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Chairless Chair solution offered as leg exoskeleton for work

Aug 22, 2014 3:40 am

We have read the medical news about exoskeletons developed to empower people to walk and leap but there is another pathway for the application of exoskeletons, this time being a wearable device that can help working people in settings such as factories experience better comfort. Some workers have... [more]

Hack Day Produces Oculix, a Mind-Blowing Trip Through the Netflix Catalog

Aug 21, 2014 7:23 pm

A team of Netflix programmers merged the company's videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a... [more]

Nook Redux: Is B&N Shooting Itself in the Foot?

Aug 21, 2014 5:23 pm

After Barnes & Noble bled serious cash trying to create its own Nook e-reading tablets to compete with Amazon's Fire and Apple's iPad -- eventually, scrapping most of the Nook-building unit -- I figured it was pretty much down for the count. Letting Samsung give select tablets the "Nook" brand... [more]

Google to help boost Greece's tourism industry

Aug 21, 2014 5:20 pm

Internet giant Google will offer management courses to 3,000 tourism businesses on the island of Crete as part of an initiative to promote the sector in Greece, industry union Sete said on Thursday. [more]

Enabling a new future for cloud computing

Aug 21, 2014 4:31 pm

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new,... [more]

Salesforce Lifts Forecast on Strong Demand for Cloud Software

Aug 21, 2014 3:14 pm

The company has been helped by an increase in demand for its web-based sales and marketing software. [more]

Survey: We download fewer apps

Aug 21, 2014 1:42 pm

A Deloitte survey shows that 31% of British smartphone users do not download apps. What's next for the app economy? [more]

Security event to learn about side-channel attacks on PCs

Aug 21, 2014 1:10 pm

A paper to be presented at next month's Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) in Busan, South Korea, will discuss physical side-channel attacks on laptop computers, in findings from a team from the Technion and Tel Aviv University. "We demonstrated physical side-channel... [more]

Bits Blog: Sprint, With Marcelo Claure at Helm, Aims for Comeback With Price Cuts

Aug 21, 2014 12:53 pm

Sprint’s new chief executive just started work Monday and the company got straight to cutting prices. [more]

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Canada

Aug 21, 2014 12:47 pm

A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road. [more]

Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

Aug 21, 2014 12:31 pm

A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8. [more]

Is Open Source an Open Invitation to Hack Webmail Encryption?

Aug 21, 2014 12:21 pm

In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the... [more]

Meet Sobrr, the anti-Facebook app

Aug 21, 2014 12:14 pm

What would you do if you only had one day to live? Probably not spend time downloading and fiddling with a mobile app, we're guessing. [more]

Mozilla resolves “Firefox is already running” shutdown issue

Aug 21, 2014 11:05 am

When it comes to running Firefox on Windows, the dreaded "Firefox is already running" error message when trying to launch the browser on the system is highly annoying. This happens under certain circumstances, usually when the Firefox profile is still locked on the system while a new instance of... [more]

Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

Aug 21, 2014 10:36 am

SoundCloud says it will start paying artists and record firms whose music is played on the popular streaming site. [more]

The ethics of driverless cars

Aug 21, 2014 10:20 am

Jason Millar, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy, spends a lot of time thinking about driverless cars. Though you aren't likely to be able to buy them for 10 years, he says there are a number of ethical problems that need to be tackled before they go mainstream. [more]

A platform to help consumers achieve sustainable energy consumption

Aug 21, 2014 10:02 am

While promoting sustainable electricity supplies requires coordination at the EU level, the actual implementation has to happen locally. If local actors – such as consumers – are to make a difference however, then they need to be equipped with the knowledge and the means... [more]

We need new laws to govern cyberwarfare

Aug 21, 2014 10:00 am

President Bush is reported to have said: "When I take action, I'm not going to fire a US$2m missile at a US$10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive." As the quote suggests, when it comes to national defence, enemies are unlikely to be deterred by an army of three, a... [more]

Home Shopping: Delivering Everything, Except Perhaps Profits

Aug 21, 2014 9:34 am

Delivery services, darlings of tech investors, can be a godsend. But someone has to pay for them. [more]

Bits Blog: Next for Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games

Aug 21, 2014 9:00 am

The buzz around virtual reality is about how the technology can be used for games. But a new company called Jaunt, which just raised nearly $28 million, wants to use it to make films. [more]

Ticketfly buying WillCall for on-premise data

Aug 21, 2014 8:40 am

Ticketfly Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company among several posing a challenge to Ticketmaster, is acquiring WillCall Inc., a crosstown rival that turns your smartphone into a mobile wallet at live events. [more]

Corner Office: Paula Long of DataGravity, on Mutual Accountability

Aug 21, 2014 8:26 am

The chief executive of DataGravity, a data management firm, says setting clear expectations is paramount. [more]

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

Aug 21, 2014 8:23 am

Police and intelligence services are using image analysis and voice-recognition software, studying social media postings and seeking human tips as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley. [more]

Short of cash? Pay with your veins

Aug 21, 2014 7:57 am

Whether it's via contactless cards and mobile phones, or even biometrics, new ways of paying and spending are increasingly muscling their way into the mix. [more]

Social media and the beheading video

Aug 21, 2014 7:56 am

David Weinberger says Twitter and other social networks have been vested with a responsibility, and a trust, they did not ask for. [more]

Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

Aug 21, 2014 7:41 am

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us. Either way,... [more]

Researchers use 3D printers to create custom medical implants

Aug 21, 2014 7:32 am

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery. [more]

For secure software: X-rays instead of passport control

Aug 21, 2014 7:31 am

Trust is good, control is better. This also applies to the security of computer programs. Instead of trusting "identification documents" in the form of certificates, JOANA, the new software analysis tool, examines the source text (code) of a program. In this way, it detects leaks, via which... [more]

The best keyword-powered program launchers for Window

Aug 21, 2014 7:05 am

Windows users have several options when it comes to launching applications or opening files on their system. From placing programs in the system's taskbar, on the desktop or start menu, to using the start menu or browsing to the location on the hard drive manually. The main idea behind... [more]

DOCOMO and Huawei confirm LTE network over unlicensed spectrum

Aug 21, 2014 7:00 am

NTT DOCOMO and Huawei announced today that their joint test has successfully demonstrated that LTE can be deployed over the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, which is widely used for wireless LAN networks in many countries today. [more]

Close Your Eyes and Rest Easy - Blink Is Watching the House

Aug 21, 2014 6:00 am

One of the most troubling issues with home security and remote-monitoring products is the complexity and cost to set them up. Blink, a new Kickstarter project, is different. It promises to be astoundingly easy, and it's inexpensive, too. Backers can get a simple remote motion detection and video... [more]

Engineer leads effort to develop computer systems that can see better than humans

Aug 21, 2014 5:50 am

"Deep learning" is the task at hand for Vijaykrishnan Narayanan and his multidisciplinary team of researchers who are developing computerized vision systems that can match—and even surpass—the capabilities of human vision. Narayanan, professor of computer science and engineering and... [more]

Razor-sharp TV pictures

Aug 21, 2014 5:40 am

The future of movie, sports and concert broadcasting lies in 4K definition, which will bring cinema quality TV viewing into people's homes. 4K Ultra HD has four times as many pixels as today's Full HD. And thanks to the new HEVC video compression standard, broadcasters can now transmit live video... [more]

Unlocking the potential of simulation software

Aug 21, 2014 5:30 am

With a method known as finite element analysis (FEA), engineers can generate 3-D digital models of large structures to simulate how they'll fare under stress, vibrations, heat, and other real-world conditions. [more]

Bringing emergency communications together

Aug 21, 2014 5:10 am

A new University of Adelaide research project aims to improve emergency operations through integrated communications systems for police and the emergency services. [more]

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions

Aug 21, 2014 5:10 am

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to... [more]

Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success

Aug 21, 2014 4:58 am

( —A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from... [more]

OpenStax developing textbooks that deliver personalized lessons

Aug 21, 2014 4:32 am

Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which has already provided free textbooks to hundreds of thousands of college students, today announced a $9 million effort to develop free, digital textbooks capable of delivering personalized lessons to high school students. [more]

Michigan team finds security flaws in traffic lights

Aug 21, 2014 4:31 am

What if attackers could manipulate traffic lights so that accidents would happen with mayhem as the result? That is a question many would rather put off for another day but authorities feeling responsible for road safety are generally willing to consider all the what-ifs, assess their impact, and... [more]

DealBook: Peter Thiel’s Mithril Invests in DoubleDutch, an Events App

Aug 21, 2014 4:04 am

DoubleDutch, which makes an app for organizing events, is the latest example of start-ups that have the luxury of raising money on their terms. [more]

Download Instagram Photos and Videos to your PC

Aug 21, 2014 2:15 am

Instagram is a popular mobile application that enables you to create and share photos and videos. Part of the service's success comes from its social networking components and adaption by celebrities. Some of the appeal of the application comes from the fact that you can follow other users. If... [more]

Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'

Aug 21, 2014 2:06 am

Facebook awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications. [more]

Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads

Aug 20, 2014 10:01 pm

On Thursday, as part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will begin incorporating advertising and for the first time let artists and record labels collect royalties. [more]

SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo

Aug 20, 2014 8:12 pm

The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card... [more]

New Era in Safety When Cars Talk to One Another

Aug 20, 2014 6:28 pm

A government-sponsored pilot program in Ann Arbor, Mich., is exploring the benefits that occur when vehicles can talk with one another, and their surroundings. [more]

Hewlett-Packard Revenue and Cash Flow Improve, but Earnings Fall

Aug 20, 2014 5:50 pm

Restructuring and cost management initiated by Meg Whitman were reflected in third-quarter earnings. [more]

Nickel Allergies on Rise as Devices Meet Skin

Aug 20, 2014 5:32 pm

Some consumers are finding that their electronic devices cause allergic reactions, a problem that is increasing as the devices become wearable. [more]

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Aug 20, 2014 4:48 pm

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. [more]

HP sales inch up while profit drops

Aug 20, 2014 4:47 pm

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue was nudged up by improved computer sales, but its profit dropped as the veteran technology firm tried to renew its momentum. [more]

Shazam breaks 100 million monthly user mark

Aug 20, 2014 4:32 pm

Shazam announced Wednesday that 100 million people use its song-recognition mobile service monthly in a 34 percent surge from a year earlier. [more]

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