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Broadband Photodetector for Polarized Light

July 17, 2013 9:32 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | News | Comments

Using carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes, researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and infrared spectrum.

Coalition Sues to Halt Electronic Surveillance

July 17, 2013 9:24 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Environmental and human rights activists, church leaders, and gun rights advocates found common ground on Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the federal government to halt a vast National Security Agency electronic surveillance program. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

AT&T Introduces Option for Faster Phone Upgrades

July 17, 2013 9:19 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The country's second-largest cellphone carrier says it's introducing an option called AT&T Next on July 26. Instead of paying, for example, $200 up front to buy a smartphone, customers would pay monthly installments of $15 to $50 on top of their service plan, depending on the device.

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Microsoft Asks Holder to Ease Gag on NSA Program

July 17, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to personally review a gag order that prevents the company and others from further discussing secret national security requests for customer emails, Skype calls and documents stored on its servers.

The Data Distribution Service: An Intelligent Systems Backbone

July 16, 2013 9:19 am | by Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG®) | Articles | Comments

Perhaps you haven’t heard the term “Intelligent Systems” yet? Nevertheless I can guarantee that you use at least one Intelligent System device on a regular basis. Any technological device that is able to autonomously communicate to another device as well as access the Internet is an Intelligent System.

Experts Say U.S. Spy Alliance Will Survive Snowden

July 16, 2013 9:10 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press PAISLEY DODDS,Associated Press | News | Comments

All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they point to a vital lesson: American information is so valuable, experts say, that no amount of global outrage over secret U.S. surveillance powers would cause Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to ditch the Five Eyes relationship.

Court Sides with Yahoo in Data Collection Case

July 16, 2013 9:08 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government's efforts to obtain data from Internet users. The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government requests to spy on individuals, ruled Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case.

South Korea Blames North Korea for Cyberattack

July 16, 2013 9:04 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korean investigators on Tuesday blamed rival North Korea for a cyberattack last month on dozens of South Korean media and government websites, including those of the president and prime minister. The biggest piece of evidence linking Pyongyang to the attacks on June 25.

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Yahoo Accepting Requests for Inactive email IDs

July 16, 2013 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is hoping the inactive IDs will be claimed by people who will use them to log into its website and discover a series of changes to its email, home page, and other services that have been made since Marissa Mayer became the company's CEO a year ago.

IL Researchers Build 'Vanishing' Tech Gear

July 16, 2013 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

John Rogers is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the university. Rogers says the goal of the "born to die" program is to design transient technology that can dissolve at the end of its useful life, thus saving space in landfills and reducing waste.

A Tale of Two Cities: Ethernet Meets PCIe

July 15, 2013 9:21 am | by Michael Zimmerman, vice president of marketing, Tilera Corporation | Articles | Comments

Two industry megatrends are reshaping the way we design and deploy networks and compute (i.e. datacenter servers). The first is Network Functions Virtualization with the goal of moving functions such as content distribution, firewalls and base station controllers from proprietary hardware to standard, low cost servers.

Imaging Electron Pairing in a Simple Magnetic Superconductor

July 15, 2013 8:51 am | by Karen McNulty Walsh, DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

In the search for understanding how some magnetic materials can be transformed to carry electric current with no energy loss, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell University, and collaborators have made an important advance: Using an experimental technique they developed to measure the energy required for electrons to pair up and how that energy varies with direction.

Merkel Urges Stronger Europe, Global Data Rules

July 15, 2013 8:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Sunday for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs. Merkel pledged that Germany will take a "very strict position" in ongoing talks on European Union-wide data rules.

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Robots to Revolutionize Farming, Ease Labor Woes

July 15, 2013 8:39 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are designing robots for the most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware, and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won't be commercially available for at least a few years.

Journalist: Edward Snowden Has 'Blueprints' to NSA

July 15, 2013 8:37 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, a journalist close to the NSA leaker said. Greenwald said he believes the disclosure of the information in the documents would not prove harmful to Americans or their national security, but that Snowden has insisted they not be made public.

Nokia Phone's Potent Camera is Bid to Regain Share

July 12, 2013 10:39 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One-time cellphone powerhouse Nokia is hoping to lure people back from iPhones and Android phones with a powerful smartphone camera that tops many point-and-shoot imaging devices. The new Nokia Lumia 1020 phone is packed with innovations designed to provide sharp images.

Norway Mulls Broadband Coverage in Arctic

July 12, 2013 10:35 am | by MARK LEWIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas outside the reach of current geostationary communications satellites. The Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas.

Microsoft Reboots with Sweeping Reorganization

July 12, 2013 10:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft has decided its entire business needs a new operating system. CEO Steve Ballmer is restructuring the company to cope with a quickening pace of technological change that has left the world's largest software maker a step behind its two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.

Filtering Out of All the ‘Noise’

July 12, 2013 9:38 am | by Ed Sullivan - Technical Writer - Los Angeles, CA - EMI Solutions | Articles | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.

The Interspecies Internet? An Idea in Progress…

July 11, 2013 10:58 am | by Ted Talk | Videos | Comments

Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers -- dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet.

Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

July 11, 2013 10:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it’s possible to write computer programs using ordinary language rather than special-purpose programming languages.

A New Way to Trap Light

July 11, 2013 10:40 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

There are several ways to “trap” a beam of light — usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method to trap light that could find a wide variety of applications.

NY judge: Apple Colluded to Raise e-Book Prices

July 11, 2013 10:29 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple milked the popularity of its iTunes store to form an illegal cartel with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge decided in a case swayed by the words of the late Steve Jobs. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan sided with government regulators' contention that Apple joined five major book publishers to gang up Amazon.com in a price-fixing conspiracy.

Review: Water Resistance Stands Out in Sony Phone

July 11, 2013 10:28 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Xperia Z, unveiled Wednesday in the U.S., helps Sony catch up with offerings from Samsung and HTC, but one feature stands out: Its water-resistant shell means you can submerge the phone. That's great if you're a lifeguard, or if you're prone to dropping your phone in toilets or spilling coffee near it.

First Apple Computer Sells at Auction for $387,750

July 11, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An original Apple computer from 1976 sold Monday for $387,750 at a Christie's online-only auction. Bolaffi, an Italian collections company, says in a statement that it bought the computer. The seller was a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, CA.

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