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Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

Oct 1, 2014 1:57 pm

Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. [more]

Optical zoom in mobile phones getting boost from DynaOptics

Oct 1, 2014 1:10 pm

DynaOptics wants to make a difference in bringing optical zoom to mobile phones without having to make do with a thicker phone or put up with a protruding zoom lens. [more]

DealBook: With Reddit Deal, Snoop Dogg Moonlights as a Tech Investor

Oct 1, 2014 12:31 pm

The hip hop star is joining prominent tech investors in a $50 million financing round. He’s popular on Reddit, and more than willing to discuss a popular topic there: marijuana. [more]

New frontier in error-correcting codes

Oct 1, 2014 12:26 pm

Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences that engineers call "noise." [more]

Bits Blog: Netflix’s Chief Executive Pushes Net Neutrality in Europe

Oct 1, 2014 12:08 pm

With net neutrality a hot-button topic on both sides of the Atlantic, Reed Hastings of Netflix explained at a conference in Brussels why deals to prioritize content delivery are a bad idea. [more]

App Smart: Smartphone Photography Evolves With Camera Apps and Related Tools

Oct 1, 2014 11:50 am

There are plenty of apps that help you take better pictures with your phone, or even with your regular camera. [more]

Russia to develop cyberspace 'security' without 'total control'

Oct 1, 2014 11:00 am

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia must increase its cybersecurity but pledged not to impose total control over the Internet, amid fears Moscow is mulling whether to limit access to the worldwide Web. [more]

Google's Augmented Reality 'Ingress' Gives Players New Creative Outlets

Oct 1, 2014 10:51 am

Google's Niantic Labs last week announced a new Missions feature that can incorporate user-generated content in its Ingress augmented reality game. Now available to Android users, Missions challenges players to visit a series of places, complete a game action such as hacking or capturing a... [more]

The New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs

Oct 1, 2014 10:41 am

The New York Times Co. says it is cutting about 100 newsroom jobs through buyouts and layoffs in an effort to trim costs and focus more on its digital efforts. [more]

Windows 10 Preview Downloads and Information

Oct 1, 2014 10:36 am

Microsoft has launched its Windows Insider Program a moment ago which lets you test new Windows versions before they are released, and in today's case a preview version of Windows 10. It is interesting to note that it seems possible to download the Windows 10 Preview without signing up for the... [more]

Minimally invasive surgery with hydraulic assistance

Oct 1, 2014 10:00 am

Endoscopic surgery requires great manual dexterity on the part of the operating surgeon. Future endoscopic instruments equipped with a hydraulic control system will provide added support during minimally invasive procedures. Their outstanding sensitivity simplifies the biopsy procedure. [more]

Engineering new vehicle powertrains

Oct 1, 2014 9:00 am

Car engines – whether driven by gasoline, diesel, or electricity – waste an abundance of energy. Researchers are working on ways to stem this wastefulness. Ultramodern test facilities are helping them to optimize the entire development process of the engine. In the laboratory, they have... [more]

Analyzing gold and steel – rapidly and precisely

Oct 1, 2014 8:20 am

Optical emission spectrometers are widely used in the steel industry but the instruments currently employed are relatively large and bulky. A novel sensor makes it possible to significantly reduce their size and, moreover, enables a more precise analysis in half the time previously required. [more]

More efficient transformer materials

Oct 1, 2014 8:00 am

Almost every electronic device contains a transformer. An important material used in their construction is electrical steel. Researchers have found a way to improve the performance of electrical steel and manufacture it more efficiently, using an optimized laser process. [more]

How to Bring Out the Best of iOS 8's Photography and Sharing Tricks

Oct 1, 2014 8:00 am

If you haven't yet taken the iOS 8 plunge, you may not know what you're missing. True, iOS 8 has the familiar iOS 7 look and feel, but it's chock full of both new and improved features and functionality. And it's free. Some of the new features evoke a sigh of relief -- we've been waiting for... [more]

Sensor network tracks down illegal bomb-making

Oct 1, 2014 7:50 am

Terrorists can manufacture bombs with relative ease, few aids and easily accessible materials such as synthetic fertilizer. Not always do security forces succeed in preventing the attacks and tracking down illegal workshops in time. But bomb manufacturing leaves its traces: Remains of the... [more]

DARPA technology identifies counterfeit microelectronics

Oct 1, 2014 7:50 am

Advanced software and equipment to aid in the fight against counterfeit microelectronics in U.S. weapons and cybersecurity systems has been transitioned to military partners under DARPA's Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits (IRIS) program. Researchers with SRI International, an IRIS... [more]

Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split?

Oct 1, 2014 7:49 am

PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long. [more]

Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation

Oct 1, 2014 7:43 am

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionise advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher. [more]

Miniature camera may reduce accidents

Oct 1, 2014 7:36 am

Measuring only a few cubic millimeters, a new type of camera module might soon be integrated into future driver assistance systems to help car drivers facing critical situations. The little gadget can be built into the vehicle without taking up space. The way it works is particularly reliable,... [more]

Industry's thinnest battery connector corresponding to 6 ampere high current capacity

Oct 1, 2014 7:28 am

Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a battery connector to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) board corresponding to high current capacity and boasting the industry's thinnest thickness. It is useful in the connection of the battery to the electric circuit in smartphones,... [more]

Using intelligence to unlock the market for electric vehicles

Oct 1, 2014 7:25 am

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialisation of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and emit no CO2 or other pollutants. As an added... [more]

World's first bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50

Oct 1, 2014 7:11 am

It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." [more]

Firefox OS-powered Chromecast alternative MatchStick: better hardware, open, cheaper

Oct 1, 2014 6:21 am

MatchStick is an open Google Chromecast alternative that is based on Firefox OS. The company behind it is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and the pledged amount of $100,000 has already been matched less than a day after publication. MatchStick runs on a Rockchip 3066 1.5 MHz dual-core... [more]

DealBook: Shares of German Online Retailer Zalando Rise in Frankfurt Debut

Oct 1, 2014 5:30 am

The shares rose as much as 14 percent in their first day of trading, but retreated from that level later in the session. [more]

Bits Blog: German Regulator Warns Google Over Collecting Users’ Data

Oct 1, 2014 5:03 am

The city of Hamburg’s data protection commissioner said the tech giant’s information gathering risked creating “meaningful and comprehensive” records of individuals without consent. [more]

Protesters Are Targets of Scrutiny Through Their Phones

Oct 1, 2014 5:00 am

A fake mobile app, designed to lure Hong Kong demonstrators, has been found that can be used to eavesdrop on individuals and their data. [more]

DealBook: Even a Stand-Alone PayPal Has Far to Go to Topple the Old Payment Order

Oct 1, 2014 4:16 am

The traditional payment system is cumbersome and expensive, but PayPal’s numbers suggest the old order is far from done. [more]

Japan unveils 'anti-loneliness' hugging chair

Oct 1, 2014 3:17 am

There are times in everyone's life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that's always ready to give a comforting cuddle. [more]

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Oct 1, 2014 3:17 am

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. [more]

Classic videogame Tetris to be made into a movie

Oct 1, 2014 1:31 am

The classic videogame Tetris, in which players slot a cascade of tumbling blocks together, is being turned into a science-fiction movie, the project's developers said Tuesday. [more]

California bans paparazzi drones

Oct 1, 2014 1:30 am

California on Tuesday approved a law which will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities, among a series of measures aimed at tightening protection of privacy. [more]

New privacy battle looms after moves by Apple, Google

Oct 1, 2014 1:07 am

A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement. [more]

Hobbit fans step into "Shadow of Mordor" video game

Oct 1, 2014 1:06 am

Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday released a "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game that plays out between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." [more]

Samsung rejects claims of Galaxy Note defect

Oct 1, 2014 1:00 am

Samsung on Wednesday rejected claims that its new oversized smartphone had a defect, after some customers posted pictures of a gap between the frame and display panel. [more]

The features of the Windows 10 start menu

Oct 1, 2014 12:41 am

Microsoft announced Windows 10 yesterday during a media briefing in San Francisco and surprised the world with that name. The company has uploaded video footage of the briefing to YouTube for everyone to see. One of the features of the new operating system that got demoed quite a bit during the... [more]

Confessional in the Palm of Your Hand

Sep 30, 2014 10:00 pm

Sure, people say some nasty things in anonymous apps, but the good far outweighs the bad.“I want to quit Google,” the message on my iPhone read. “It’s boring here.” [more]

New technology allows people to take a 'virtual field trip' to an aquarium tank

Sep 30, 2014 8:40 pm

A Boise, Idaho, company is taking armchair adventuring and learning to a new level by letting anyone on the Internet take command of a remotely operated underwater vehicle. [more]

Apple Pay Signals New Era at Cash Register

Sep 30, 2014 7:05 pm

The swift reaction by companies in the weeks since Apple Pay was unveiled makes clear that how we normally pay for goods and services is ripe for transformation. [more]

Room for Debate: When Privacy and Law Enforcement Collide

Sep 30, 2014 6:27 pm

How much should tech companies cooperate with the government on data access? [more]

‘Twilight’ to Be Revived in Short Films on Facebook

Sep 30, 2014 6:26 pm

Five aspiring female directors will be chosen to make short films based on “Twilight” characters, and the mini-movies will be shown exclusively on Facebook next year. [more]

Slingbox lets you watch live TV at home or elsewhere

Sep 30, 2014 6:10 pm

Man's second-best friend, television, gets out of the house more than ever. On a smartphone app or laptop, people watch sports on WatchESPN, movies and original programming on HBO Go or Netflix, and weekly network TV series. [more]

Visa software tackles fraud at the gas pump

Sep 30, 2014 5:20 pm

Unattended gasoline pumps are a favorite place for crooks to test stolen or counterfeit credit cards before going on a shopping spree. Now Visa is trying to cut off the fuel supply. [more]

Bits Blog: A New Microsoft Windows Displays a Familiar Look

Sep 30, 2014 4:22 pm

Microsoft believes the next version of its operating system is such a big change that it is calling the software Windows 10, skipping the more logical product name, Windows 9. [more]

How Apple Watch can avoid some of Google Glass's pitfalls

Sep 30, 2014 4:20 pm

The unveiling of Apple Watch earlier this month was the moment the nascent wearable computing industry has been waiting for. [more]

Movement builds to ensure privacy for Internet users

Sep 30, 2014 4:00 pm

Before Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and Prism made headlines, a group of technologists was dedicated to making the Internet more anonymous. [more]

Netflix branches into films with 'Crouching Tiger' sequel

Sep 30, 2014 3:50 pm

Netflix is branching out into the world of movies with a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that will premiere simultaneously on the online streaming service and in selected theaters next year. [more]

Reddit raises $50 mn - with users cut in on the action

Sep 30, 2014 3:40 pm

Social news sharing site Reddit on Tuesday announced it had raised $50 million from investors who agreed that, this time, members of its community would get a piece of the action. [more]

What's PayPal's first solo move?

Sep 30, 2014 3:30 pm

PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its... [more]

Engineers complete first comprehensive mesh-free numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue

Sep 30, 2014 3:23 pm

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have completed the first comprehensive numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue using a method that uses the pixels in an image as data points for the computer simulation—a method known as mesh-free simulation. [more]

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