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Lucrative Stardom in China, Using a Webcam and a Voice

Apr 17, 2014 7:32 pm

The success of typically low-budget productions offers a potential path for the rest of the world, which is struggling to move profitably into online programming. [more]

Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

Apr 17, 2014 6:52 pm

As more people use their local libraries to connect to the Internet, libraries are requesting funding for better services. [more]

uGet Gives Great Downloads

Apr 17, 2014 6:35 pm

The latest version of the uGet Download Manager rekindled my interest in grabbing files without relying on a Web browser. uGet version 1.10.4. was released last month. Written in C, it uses GTK+3 for its user interface, and it is packed full with improvements. It is very reliable and stable, with... [more]

Hackathon team's GoogolPlex gives Siri extra powers

Apr 17, 2014 4:40 pm

( —Four freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania have taken Apple's personal assistant Siri to behave as a graduate-level executive assistant which, when asked, is capable of adjusting the temperature of the phone owner's Nest thermostat or playing a song of choice on the Spotify... [more]

Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

Apr 17, 2014 4:30 pm

Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees. [more]

Lawsuit Against Pandora Seeks Royalties for Golden Oldies

Apr 17, 2014 4:08 pm

The suit, filed by several big record companies on Thursday, accuses Pandora of violating common-law copyright protections for songs made before 1972. [more]

Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown

Apr 17, 2014 3:18 pm

An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City has been revealed. [more]

Weibo shares jump in market debut

Apr 17, 2014 2:40 pm

Weibo Corp.'s shares are rising in the Chinese social media company's debut in the U.S. [more]

Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer

Apr 17, 2014 2:13 pm

The laptop computer that Bill Clinton used in 1998 to send the first-ever US presidential email has sold for $60,667 in an online auction, the Boston auction house that handled the transaction said Thursday. [more]

Americans Find Future Tech Both Fascinating and Frightening

Apr 17, 2014 2:08 pm

The pace of technological change is getting faster, and many Americans are optimistic about the results, although a sizable minority are concerned, Pew Research has found. Nearly 60 percent think technological and scientific advances will make life in the future better, but 30 percent fear they... [more]

Slide Ninja synchronizes lecture slides with audio and notes

Apr 17, 2014 1:38 pm

Recording the audio of a lecture is often a good idea as it provides you with options to play back the lecture whenever the need arises. Video is better for obvious reasons but most of the time, audio is sufficient. If you do get slides, a presentation in pdf format or PowerPoint for example,... [more]

Facebook adds friend-tracking feature

Apr 17, 2014 1:33 pm

Your phone always knows where you are. And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too. [more]

DealBook: Weibo and Sabre Rise in Market Debut, After Shrinking I.P.O.s

Apr 17, 2014 1:07 pm

The rise in shares in both Weibo, A Chinese microblogging service, and Sabre, a technology services provider, came after they scaled back the sizes of their offerings. [more]

Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office

Apr 17, 2014 12:40 pm

Turkey's government said on Thursday it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move. [more]

Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers, researchers find

Apr 17, 2014 12:25 pm

Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said Thursday. [more]

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Apr 17, 2014 12:24 pm

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. [more]

Bits Blog: Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos

Apr 17, 2014 12:23 pm

Google is lifting up the hood of its new Lens Blur feature for its camera app, showing how the company can make a photo taken on a smartphone look like it has varying depths of field. [more]

Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game

Apr 17, 2014 12:11 pm

Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. [more]

Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet

Apr 17, 2014 12:10 pm

Finnish telecom company Nokia on Thursday recalled 30,000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock. [more]

Chinese Company Creates 3D-Printed Houses

Apr 17, 2014 11:54 am

Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, a Shanghai-based company, has created 10 3D-printed houses. Each house reportedly cost less than $5,000 and took less than 24 hours to construct. The printer used to create the homes was about 100 feet long, 33 feet wide and more than 20 feet tall.... [more]

Bits Blog: Uber Faces Rebukes in Europe

Apr 17, 2014 11:42 am

The company’s global problems add to the bumps the company face in the United States, including opposition from taxi groups and driver complaints. [more]

Drone finds 1,000-year-old village

Apr 17, 2014 11:26 am

Archaeologists used a drone to peer through the dry New Mexican desert to find this hidden treasure. KRQE has more. [more]

Hand out money with my mobile? I think I'm ready

Apr 17, 2014 11:20 am

A service is soon to launch in the UK that will enable us to transfer money to other people using just their name and mobile number. Paym is being hailed as a revolution in banking because you can pay people without needing to know their account number or sort code. [more]

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

Apr 17, 2014 11:12 am

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. [more]

Bits Blog: Facebook’s New Twist on Location Sharing Puts Users in Control

Apr 17, 2014 11:02 am

Nearby Friends, a feature announced Thursday, lets users broadcast their location to friends, but simple privacy controls give them the power to decide how much more to share. [more]

PsiKick's batteryless sensors poised for coming 'Internet of things'

Apr 17, 2014 11:00 am

Research from the University of Virginia and the universities of Michigan and Washington is the foundation of a startup company, PsiKick, that plans to manufacture the lowest-power wireless sensors in the world. [more]

Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US

Apr 17, 2014 10:40 am

The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces. [more]

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

Apr 17, 2014 10:29 am

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. [more]

Tailored approach key to cookstove uptake

Apr 17, 2014 10:26 am

Worldwide, programs aiming to give safe, efficient cooking stoves to people in developing countries haven't had complete success—and local research has looked into why. [more]

Bits Blog: Europeans Look Beyond Their Borders

Apr 17, 2014 10:07 am

To gain traction, many European tech founders often focus on their individual home markets, but that strategy is starting to change. [more]

Wireless power transfer achieved at five-meter distance

Apr 17, 2014 10:06 am

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also shifted from wired... [more]

SOPA Defeat Haunts Efforts to Rein In Illegal Copying, British Official Says

Apr 17, 2014 9:06 am

Michael Weatherly, a member of parliament and adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, says copyright owners will look to efforts beyond legislation. [more]

App Makes It Easier to Spot and Dispute Questionable Payment Transactions

Apr 17, 2014 9:01 am

BillGuard helps users track activity across all their credit and debit card accounts and makes approving or contesting a charge as simple as a swipe. [more]

Microsoft enables Yahoo Mail and IMAP import on

Apr 17, 2014 8:36 am

If you are using an online web mail service, it is often rather difficult to switch to another one. Say, you are using Gmail or Yahoo Mail primarily and want to switch to Microsoft's Outlook email service instead. If you are using a desktop email client, that's not a problem at all. Just add... [more]

Americans wary of futuristic science, tech

Apr 17, 2014 8:13 am

Americans are generally excited about the new technology they expect to see in their lifetimes. But when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous. [more]

Net neutrality balancing act

Apr 17, 2014 7:50 am

Researchers in Italy, writing in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management have demonstrated that net neutrality benefits content creator and consumers without compromising provider innovation nor profits. [more]

Google's Street View address reading software also able to decipher CAPTCHAs

Apr 17, 2014 7:38 am

( —Google engineers working on software to automatically read home and business addresses off photographs taken by Street View vehicles, have created a product so good that not only can it be used for address reading, it can solve CAPTCHAs, as well. [more]

Researchers develop the first mobile charging system for electric vehicles

Apr 17, 2014 7:30 am

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) in Spain has developed the first mobile charging system for electric vehicles. This system allows users to charge their vehicle from any plug -not just from a specifically designed one- as long as it has been previously authorised by an electric... [more]

Preventing AI from developing anti-social and potentially harmful behaviour

Apr 17, 2014 7:20 am

Next time you play a computer at chess, think about the implications if you beat it. It could be a very sore loser! [more]

E-Book Self-Publishing: Brave New Words

Apr 17, 2014 7:13 am

Mark and Lesleyann Coker wrote a novel, Boob Tube, based on her experiences as a soap opera reporter. They found an agent, who shopped it around to traditional publishers to no avail. Rather than give up, however, they decided to start their own e-book publishing company, Smashwords. "That... [more]

Bringing history and the future to life with augmented reality

Apr 17, 2014 7:10 am

Have you ever wished you had a virtual time machine that could show you how your street looked last century? Or have you wanted to see how your new furniture might look, before you've even bought it? Thanks to VENTURI, an EU research project, you can now do just that. [more]

Researcher seeks to lessen failures in computerized visual recognition programs

Apr 17, 2014 7:10 am

Computer programs that use facial or image recognition systems—be it security cameras or applications that search databases for everything from photographs of wanted criminals to images of bears – are like any other technological marvel. They may be fast and versatile, but they frequently... [more]

Bits Blog: Twitter Goes After a Facebook Cash Cow

Apr 17, 2014 7:06 am

The social network will begin offering “app install ads,” which prompt smartphone users to try new games and other apps. The category has been a lucrative franchise for Facebook. [more]

Shape-Shifting Touch Screen Buttons Head to Market

Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading... [more]

Researcher launches successful tech start-up to help the blind

Apr 17, 2014 6:50 am

Michael Rosen has produced research related to people with disabilities for the past four decades, the last ten as an associate professor in the School of Engineering. It wasn't until he co-founded Engineering to Assist and Support You (E.A.S.Y), LLC, with a colleague and a former student,... [more]

Sound expert works with Imogen Heap on musical gloves project

Apr 17, 2014 6:30 am

UWE computer music expert Dr Tom Mitchell is part of the team working to make musician Imogen Heap's pioneering Mi.Mu gestural gloves more widely available. The team has recently started a Kickstarter campaign to develop the gloves. [more]

Neuromorphic computing 'roadmap' envisions analog path to simulating human brain

Apr 17, 2014 6:06 am

( —In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a "roadmap" that details innovative analog-based techniques that could make it... [more]

DealBook: Weibo, a Chinese Answer to Twitter, Prices Its Offering at $17

Apr 17, 2014 5:07 am

The microblogging service set a price at the bottom of its expected range, and will carry a value well below that of Twitter when it begins trading on the public markets. [more]

How to remove channel recommendations permanently on YouTube

Apr 17, 2014 4:38 am

YouTube's new What to Watch page is a mess. It offers a mixture of updates from channels that you are subscribed to and popular channels on YouTube that the site's algorithm thinks you will like as well. My main issue here is that there is apparently no way to block certain channels from being... [more]

SRI microrobots show fast-building factory approach (w/ video)

Apr 17, 2014 3:50 am

( —SRI International, a research center that conducts client-sponsored research and development for government and other organizations, is attracting attention for work on what micro-factories might accomplish in the future, with micro-robots coordinated to go to work building... [more]

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