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Cop Cams Ordered to Help Fix NYC Stop-and-Frisk

August 14, 2013 9:45 am | by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Body-worn cameras are being used in hundreds of smaller departments around the country and have been largely successful in reducing complaints against police and controlling the behavior of some suspects. But New York City's mayor has criticized their use as unnecessary for the 35,000-officer department. Police reform advocates cautiously agreed to the idea in theory — with some caveats.

New Twist in the Graphene Story

August 13, 2013 9:38 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a unique new twist to the story of graphene, sheets of pure carbon just one atom thick, and in the process appear to have solved a mystery that has held back device development.

Voters Mad about NSA Spying Face Uphill Battle

August 13, 2013 9:18 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about government invasion of privacy while investigating terrorism, and some ordinary citizens are finding ways to push back. They are signing online petitions and threatening lawsuits. Some are pressing their providers to be upfront when data is shared with the government, which federal law allows as long as the person isn't being investigated under an active court order.

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NY Investigates Virtual Money to Stem Criminal Use

August 13, 2013 9:18 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York is trying to corral the "Wild West" atmosphere of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and may create new regulations to keep the growing technology from being used in crimes. Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky's inquiry is confirmed in a memo provided to The Associated Press on Monday.

Thai Police Seek to Monitor Chat App for Crimes

August 13, 2013 9:17 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai police asked the operator of the popular "Line" instant messaging app for access to records of online chats, raising concerns about intrusive surveillance despite promising only suspected criminals would be targeted. Technology Crime Suppression division chief Pisit Paoin said Tuesday that police want to review the data of users they suspect are involved in crimes.

Near Field Communication (NFC) Workshop Added to RFID in High Tech 2013 Conference

August 12, 2013 2:38 pm | by RFID Journal | News | Comments

RFID Journal announced that a workshop focused on Near Field Communication (NFC) has been added to the conference program for RFID in High Tech 2013. The conference and exhibition, focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the high-tech value chain, will be held on Oct. 2-3...

Jazz Wireless Data Receives 2012 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award

August 12, 2013 2:35 pm | by Jazz Wireless Data | News | Comments

Jazz Wireless Data (Jazz) has announced that their M2M Prepaid Solution has received a 2012 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award from M2M Evolution Magazine, a leading publication covering the machine-to-machine movement. The innovative prepaid offering is available through Jazz distribution partner Digi-Key.  

Microscan’s AutoVISION 2.0 Wins 2013 Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Food and Beverage

August 12, 2013 2:31 pm | by Microsan | News | Comments

Microscan has announced that its AutoVISION 2.0 machine vision software has won a 2013 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the Food and Beverage Industry category. Richard Cheng, China Country Manager, accepted the award for Microscan during a ceremony at the 2013 Food Ingredients, Health Ingredients, and Natural Ingredients...

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Cima NanoTech Launches Ultra Low Resistance SANTE EMI Shielding Film for Transparent, Lightweight and Thinner EMI Shielding

August 12, 2013 2:22 pm | by Cima NanoTech | News | Comments

Cima NanoTech, a smart materials company and developer of the ‘SANTE(R) Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Technology’, will unveil its new lightweight, thin and transparent EMI shielding film, ‘SANTE(R) FS100-LR-1N’, at IEEE EMC 2013 Symposium from August 6-8, 2013.

M2M Evolution Conference Selects B&B Electronics’ Bill Conley for oneM2M Special General Session

August 12, 2013 2:19 pm | by B&B Electronics | News | Comments

B&B Electronics has announced that its M2M business development manager and wireless expert, Bill Conley, was selected by the conference organizers to address the audience about the oneM2M initiative during the M2M Evolution Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., August 27 – 29, 2013.

Barcoding’s Third Annual Executive Forum to Highlight Latest Supply Chain Mobile Technologies and Strategies

August 12, 2013 2:10 pm | by Barcoding, Inc. | News | Comments

Barcoding, Inc. has announced the agenda for its third annual Executive Forum: Accelerating the Supply Chain with Barcoding and RFID. The one-day conference will connect industry leaders to share best practices, proven strategies and lessons learned in improving supply chain efficiencies with mobile technologies.

World's First Pop-Art Satellite Headed to Space

August 12, 2013 11:09 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

If aliens ever target Earth, Jon Gibson and Amanda White are counting on them having an appreciation for pop art and a sense of humor. The duo created an elaborate, Andy Warhol-like design that has been etched into a satellite's panel, transforming the spacecraft into a replica of an oversized electrical charging device.

BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up for Sale

August 12, 2013 11:03 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry will consider selling itself. The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of boosting the adoption of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The company said its options could also include joint ventures, partnerships, or other moves.

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In Battle to Protect Power Grid, Trees often Lose

August 12, 2013 11:02 am | by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the part of Ohio where a high-voltage line sagging into a tree in startled residents with a boom and burned out appliances in August 2003, utility workers and contractors have been threatened, and some property owners have even been thrown into jail, according to Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp.

UK: Firm Must Stop Tracking People with Trash Cans

August 12, 2013 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say that an advertising firm must immediately stop using its network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district. The City of London Corporation says it has demanded Renew pull the plug on the program, which measures the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones to follow commuters as they pass the garbage cans.

ITC Issues Import Ban on some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 11:00 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents, it cleared the South Korean company on four other patents in dispute.

Views You Can Use? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment

August 9, 2013 11:45 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests that many people are, in fact, heavily influenced by the positive opinions other people express online — but are much less swayed by negative opinions posted in the same venues. Certain topics, including politics, see much more of this “herding” effect than others.

German Companies to Automatically Encrypt emails

August 9, 2013 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of Germany's biggest Internet service providers say they will encrypt customers' emails by default following reports that the U.S. National Security Agency monitors international electronic communications. Deutsche Telekom AG and United Internet AG say emails sent by their customers will be automatically encrypted starting Friday.

Review: Google Glass Could Be Peek at Tech Future

August 9, 2013 11:37 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains a hidden computer, a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye and other digital wizardry.

Pass the Salt: Common Condiment Could Enable New High-Tech Industry

August 9, 2013 11:33 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures – materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage.

Email Service Linked to Edward Snowden Shuts Down

August 9, 2013 11:33 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based email service reportedly used by National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said it was shutting down Thursday, explaining in a cryptic message that it would rather go out of business than "become complicit in crimes against the American people."

Fast Detector for a Wide Wavelength Range

August 8, 2013 11:46 am | by Dr. Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Free-electron lasers are extremely versatile research tools because their intense, super short light flashes permit a closer look at new materials and even biological molecules; thus, allowing effects to be observed that had not been known previously.

Scientists Create Tiny Bendy Power Supply for Even Smaller Portable Electronics

August 8, 2013 11:44 am | by Victoria Steven, Royal Society of Chemistry | News | Comments

Scientists have created a powerful micro-supercapacitor, just nanometres thick, that could help electronics companies develop mobile phones and cameras that are smaller, lighter and thinner than ever before. The tiny power supply measures less than half a centimetre across and is made from a flexible material, opening up the possibility for wearable electronics.

Microsoft Billionaire Donates to Gorilla Research

August 8, 2013 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $1 million to the Jane Goodall Institute to study and protect gorillas in Africa, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation says wildlife conservation projects in Africa will be a major initiative.

Review: Google Photo Tools Won't Replace Humans

August 8, 2013 11:36 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It can take months, even years, for me to share photos from a trip. The more shots I take, the more I dread going through them to delete bad shots and perform tweaks such as brightening dark shots. So I was intrigued when Google promised to automate much of this photo editing as part of enhancements to its Google Plus social network.

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