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Technical Glitch Halts Nasdaq Trading for 3 Hours

August 23, 2013 9:28 am | by MATTHEW CRAFT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours Thursday in the latest major electronic breakdown on Wall Street, embarrassing the stock exchange that hosts the biggest names in technology, including Apple, Microsoft, and Google. The problem sent brokers racing to figure out what went wrong and raised new questions about the pitfalls of the electronic trading systems that have come to dominate the nation's stock markets.

Review: Haswell Laptops Deliver on Long Battery

August 23, 2013 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Just in time for the back-to-school season, new laptops with extended battery life are hitting store shelves. What these laptops have in common are microprocessors that belong to a new family of Intel chips called Haswell. The chips consume less power than previous generations and promise a 50 percent boost in battery life for watching video.

Nasdaq Breakdown Ramps Pressure to Take Actions

August 23, 2013 9:18 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets ratchets up the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur. The three-hour trading outage on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday also can be expected to trigger new rounds of regulatory scrutiny on computer-driven trading.

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Student's Epic Speech Stuns New Freshmen

August 22, 2013 12:27 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Videos | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology student Nicholas Selby is a force to be reckoned with. The sophomore is a Mechanical Engineering major, co-leads Team Solar Jackets -- Georgia Tech's team that built and raced a solar-powered car in the Formula Sun Grand Prix -- and is a president's scholar, representing the top 2% of enrolled students at the university.

Apple's Grip on China Tablet Market Loosens

August 22, 2013 10:32 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's grip on China's tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier.

Google's Startup Brings Sightseeing App to Glass

August 22, 2013 10:19 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass, a spectacle-like computing device drawing lots of attention, can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company. The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs for the 10,000 people currently testing an early model of Glass known as the Explorer edition.

NSA Reveals More Secrets after Court Order

August 22, 2013 10:16 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects.

'Boyfriend Tracker' App Raises Stir in Brazil

August 22, 2013 10:02 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program. Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching philandering lovers, all high-tech weapons appear to be fair game.

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Lab-Made Complexes are 'Sun Sponges'

August 22, 2013 9:57 am | by Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A ring of protein and pigments, half synthetic and half natural, can be used to quickly prototype light-harvesting antennas that absorb more sunlight than fully natural ones. In diagrams it looks like a confection of self-curling ribbon with bits of bling hung off the ribbon here and there. In fact it is a carefully designed ring of proteins with attached pigments that self-assembles into a structure that soaks up sunlight.

DfR Solutions and Dassault Systèmes Announce Strategic Alliance

August 21, 2013 4:35 pm | by DfR Solutions | News | Comments

DfR Solutions announced a strategic alliance with Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software will integrate with Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA)...

Integrated Solution from Spirent Addresses Industry’s Challenge of Ensuring VoLTE Voice Quality and Call Performance

August 21, 2013 4:08 pm | by Spirent Communications | News | Comments

Spirent Communications announced the integration of its field-based Nomad HD solution with its CS8 Mobile Device Tester and 8100 Mobile Device Test System to assess VoLTE call performance and voice quality in the lab. Now carriers and mobile device suppliers can apply the same voice quality measurement system in live networks...

Skyriver Adds New Broadband Coverage to Meet Demand for Business Broadband

August 21, 2013 4:01 pm | by Skydriver | News | Comments

Skyriver has launched new service areas for Southern California businesses. The newly added coverage includes parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, plus the eastern portion of Orange County. Since its inception in 2000, Skyriver has delivered broadband service engineered for reliability and performance...

Wi-Fi Connectivity Will Allow Robonaut to Move

August 21, 2013 9:55 am | by Digi International | News | Comments

NASA’s Robonaut currently exists on the ISS as a torso, bolted to a pedestal, and is connected to the station with wires for power and control. The robot will be upgraded soon with legs and batteries that will allow it to move freely through the station.But that free movement will only be possible if all of the wires are gone – including the ones used for control and monitoring.

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Facebook Aims to Get More People Online

August 21, 2013 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's 7 billion people online through a partnership with Samsung, Nokia and other large mobile technology companies. Facebook announced a partnership called Internet.org on Wednesday. The company says its goal is to "make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected."

Redesign for Sudden Autopilot Disconnection Needed, Say Flight Safety Experts

August 21, 2013 9:45 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomics | News | Comments

Flight safety experts studying recent high-profile plane crashes found sudden autopilot disconnection to be a design flaw that creates unnecessary emergencies by surprising pilots during critical, high-workload episodes. Eric E. Geiselman, along with coauthors Christopher M. Johnson, David R. Buck, and Timothy Patrick, have combined expertise as pilots, crew resource management instructors, and human factors researchers.

NASA Accepts Next Gen Satellite after Successful Orbit Testing

August 21, 2013 9:43 am | by Dewayne Washington, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The TDRS fleet provides communications support to an array of science missions, as well as several launch vehicles. The network has provided critical real-time communication with NASA’s human spaceflights since early in the Space Shuttle Program. TDRS network operations continue to provide support for International Space Station activities.

Manning Faces Sentencing for WikiLeaks Disclosures

August 21, 2013 9:37 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years after his arrest in Iraq, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to learn the price he'll pay for leaking an unprecedented volume of classified information to a once-obscure, anti-secrecy website. Manning's sentencing Wednesday in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, caps a 12-week trial and a much longer legal battle over the former intelligence analyst's intentions when he reached out to WikiLeaks.

Maxim Integrated Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Volterra Semiconductor

August 20, 2013 5:06 pm | by Maxim Integrated Products | News | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Volterra Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:VLTR) for $23 per share, which represents a 55% premium to Volterra Semiconductor's closing share price on August 14, 2013.

Beckhoff to Showcase New Solutions for eXtended Automation at Pack Expo 2013

August 20, 2013 4:54 pm | by Beckhoff Automation | News | Comments

Continuing to push the multi-tasking performance of powerful PC-based controllers and software, Beckhoff Automation will exhibit expanded eXtended Automation solutions, a refreshed range of stainless steel automation devices, industrial multi-touch technology and the landmark TwinCAT version 3.1 software at Pack Expo 2013.

Ametherm Receives UL Recognition for MegaSurge Series Inrush Current Limiting NTC Thermistors

August 20, 2013 4:44 pm | by Ametherm | News | Comments

Ametherm has announced that its MegaSurge series of inrush current limiting NTC thermistors has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification. In addition to recognition per UL file number E209153, the devices are the industry's only inrush current limiters certified to UL 1434 for single- and three-phase input voltages up to 480 VAC.

Agilent Technologies Announces Expanded Business Relationship with Gradient Design Automation

August 20, 2013 4:39 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced a new agreement that expands its business relationship with Gradient Design Automation, a leading provider of electro-thermal simulation technology used to identify hazards and improve performance in integrated circuits that will be subject to temperature variations during operation.

Cree RF Technology Helps Capture Hollywood Aerial Action Sequence

August 20, 2013 2:40 pm | by Cree, RF | News | Comments

The film features aerial stunt sequences captured using a low-latency HD camera and transmitter and Array Wireless’ S-Band linear power amplifier, which employs Cree’s world-class GaN HEMT semiconductors to meet the stringent linearity requirements for wide bandwidth HD digital transmission.

Quadcopter Piloted by a Smartphone

August 20, 2013 9:38 am | by TU Vienna | News | Comments

The quadcopter, which was developed at TU Vienna, can negotiate its way through a room completely on its own. It does not need any human interference, and in contrast to other models, it is not assisted by any external computer. All the necessary computing power in on board; the image processing is done by a standard smartphone.

Air Quality Measurements: New Manufacturing Method for Nano Gas Sensors Opens Doors

August 20, 2013 9:32 am | by University of Graz | News | Comments

Nano-sized gas sensors in mobile telephones that measure the atmospheric humidity are nothing new as such. However, so far it was necessary to rely on complex lithographic methods to produce the required nano-structure of the sensors, and they have the added disadvantage that they do not work well on uneven surfaces.

New Samsung 'Mega' Phone Nearly Tablet-Sized

August 20, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.

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