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Sony Launches Camera Phone with Add-On Lenses

September 5, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Mobile unveiled a new addition to its Xperia smartphone lineup Wednesday: a device that sports a massive 20.7-megapixel camera and is capable of attaching better lenses. The Xperia Z1, presented in Berlin two days before the annual IFA consumer electronics show there, is Sony's attempt to leapfrog rivals such as Nokia and Samsung in the race for the phone with the best camera.

Samsung Unveils New Smartwatch That Makes Calls

September 5, 2013 9:35 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 70 years after Dick Tracy began wearing a two-way wrist radio in the funny pages, the technology that once seemed impossibly futuristic will be widely available by Christmas. Samsung on Wednesday introduced a digital watch for the holiday season that will let users check messages with a glance at their wrists and have conversations secret agent-style.

Yahoo Unveils New Logo

September 5, 2013 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The redesigned look unveiled late Wednesday is part of a makeover that Yahoo Inc. has been undergoing since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company hired Google executive Marissa Mayer to become Yahoo's CEO 14 months ago. Mayer has already spruced up Yahoo's front page.

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Review: Stylish Makeover for Samsung Note Phone

September 5, 2013 9:32 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled Wednesday, has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip.

Google Argues for Right to Continue Scanning Gmail

September 5, 2013 9:27 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In court records filed in advance of a federal hearing scheduled for Thursday in San Jose, Google argues that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing."

Laser Spectroscopy Helping to Measure Progress in Nanotech Design

September 4, 2013 11:20 am | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel University’s College of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University’s College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could alleviate the persistent challenge of measuring key features of electron behavior while designing the ever-shrinking components that allow cell phones, laptops and tablets to get increasingly thinner and more energy efficient. 

Researchers Produce Nanostructures with Potential to Advance Energy Devices

September 4, 2013 11:11 am | by Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Arizona State University researchers Karl Sieradzki and Qing Chen have been experimenting with dealloying lithium-tin alloys, and seeing the potential for the nanostructures they are producing to spark advances in lithium-ion batteries, as well as in expanding the range of methods for creating new nanoporous materials using the dealloying process.

In Nokia Acquisition, Microsoft Tries to Catch Up

September 4, 2013 10:58 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's troubled smartphone business represents a daring $7.2 billion attempt by the software giant and a once-influential cellphone maker to catch up with the mobile computing revolution that threatens to leave them in the technological dust.

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Review: 'Mega' Phone is Huge, with Limited Appeal

September 4, 2013 10:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Mega shouldn't even be called a phone, if it weren't for the fact that it makes phone calls. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Mega is more like a small Android tablet computer. It shares the tablet's advantages in showing more detail in photos and video. Text is larger and easier to read, too.

Monitoring the Medical Monitors

September 4, 2013 10:53 am | by Trelleborg AB - Sweden | News | Comments

Mindray, a medical device company founded two decades ago in the Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen, is continually making technological advances. But how does the company know whether a new feature truly improves a device’s usefulness and helps doctors to save lives?

ZigBee and the Smart Home: Is Security An Issue?

September 4, 2013 10:48 am | by Cees Links, Founder and CEO, GreenPeak Technologies – www.greenpeak.com | Blogs | Comments

In one of my earlier blogs I shared that today maybe around 600 million homes have WiFi. People share their lives with their family and friends, and execute their financial transactions wirelessly over the Internet without being overly worried about security, and, despite the recent NSA disclosures, I wonder whether many people have changed their online behavior.

Stellar Line-up of Keynote Speakers and Breakout Session Presenters for Upcoming IMPACT13 Conference

September 3, 2013 8:27 pm | by Internet Marketing Association | News | Comments

The Internet Marketing Association has announced three new industry leading keynote speakers for its upcoming IMPACT13 conference, as well as the line-up of presenters for the events 12 in-depth breakout sessions. The conference is set for Sept. 25-27, 2013, at the Aria Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Patents Obtained for Thermoelectrically Cooled Transit Cases for Electronics in Harsh Environments

September 3, 2013 8:21 pm | by EIC Solutions | News | Comments

EIC Solutions has obtained US and Canadian patents for its full line of Defender Series Thermoelectrically Air Conditioned Transit Cases. The cases protect electronics from impact, shock vibration, and also from dust, moisture and corrosion.

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iDevices Announces My Virtual Closet Wearable Bluetooth Technology & APP

September 3, 2013 8:15 pm | by iDevices | News | Comments

iDevices announced My Virtual Closet at the Broadcom Connecting Everything media event held in San Francisco. iDevices has set up a worldwide consortium for fashion designers to collaborate with iDevices on this Bluetooth app-enabled experience set to revolutionize the fashion industry.

TÜV Rheinland to Demonstrate ZigBee Test Tool at European Utility Week in Amsterdam

September 3, 2013 8:02 pm | by TÜV Rheinland | News | Comments

TÜV Rheinland will demonstrate its ZigBee test harness tool at the European Utility Week exhibit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from October 15-17. As a show exhibitor, TÜV Rheinland invites manufacturers to visit the exhibition using its e-ticket...

Tech Valley Communications’ CEO and CNO Featured Speakers at COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2013 Convention & EXPO

September 3, 2013 7:57 pm | by Tech Valley Communications | News | Comments

Tech Valley Communications (TVC), a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada, today announced that its CEO, Kevin O’Connor, and James Capuano, will serve as panelists...

Saguna Networks Named a 2013 CRN Emerging Mobility Vendor

September 3, 2013 7:53 pm | by Saguna Networks | News | Comments

Saguna Networks, an innovative provider of Radio Access Network (RAN) application acceleration and mobile content delivery on HSPA and LTE networks, announced that the company has been selected as a 2013 Emerging Vendor by CRN Magazine.

TNCI Operating Company Acquires Pac-West Telecomm

September 3, 2013 7:49 pm | by TNCI Operating Company | News | Comments

TNCI Operating Company LLC, an entity formed by Garrison Investment Group (“Garrison”) and Blue Casa Telephone, announced the acquisition of UPH which includes Pac-West Telecomm Inc. With this acquisition, TNCI will operate Pac-West, PointOne and the UPH family of companies under the TNCI brand.

Peregrine Delivers UltraCMOS Antenna Tuning Switch Optimized for High Performance, Ultra-Thin LTE-Advanced Smartphones

September 3, 2013 7:40 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor | News | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation has announced a single-pole, single throw (SPST) antenna-tuning switch for LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) smartphones. This latest addition to Peregrine’s series of tuning devices leverages Peregrine’s UltraCMOS process using the HaRP and DuNE enhancements...

Almost As Sensitive As a Dog's Nose

August 29, 2013 1:30 pm | by Hyung Gyu Park, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Scientists at ETH Zurich and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have developed an innovative sensor for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Thanks to its unique surface properties at nanoscale, the method can be used to perform analyses that are more reliable, sensitive, and cost-effective. In experiments with the new sensor.

Collaboration Tools to Accelerate Design

August 29, 2013 1:11 pm | by Nathalie Regniers, Director, Industry & Product Marketing, Infor SCM & PLM | Articles | Comments

Increasing demand for product specialization from customers and market pressures to speed new product introductions are two big challenges facing manufacturers today. Manufacturers with engineer-to-order and made-to-order products need new tools to be able to successfully share the collective brainpower of manufacturing and engineering in real-time.

50 Years Later, Hotline to Moscow Still Relevant

August 29, 2013 12:18 pm | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Washington-Moscow Hotline is not just a Cold War relic, but a system for top-level crisis communications that remains a useful tool for U.S. and Russian leaders at odds over their relations with Syria and Iran, a former director of the Soviet space exploration program says.

Ultracold Big Bang Experiment Successfully Simulates Evolution of Early Universe

August 29, 2013 12:15 pm | by Steve Koppes, University of Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have reproduced a pattern resembling the cosmic microwave background radiation in a laboratory simulation of the big bang, using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber at the University of Chicago. "This is the first time an experiment like this has simulated the evolution.

Space Laser to Prove Increased Broadband Possible

August 29, 2013 9:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration begins operation aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, it will attempt to show two-way laser communication beyond Earth is possible, expanding the possibility of transmitting huge amounts of data.

Vodafone in Talks to Sell Verizon Wireless Stake

August 29, 2013 8:55 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

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