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New echolocation app on Google Play

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:51:08 EDT

A new app developed by Clarkson University faculty and students allows users to use echolocation to better understand their surroundings.



FCC beefs up emergency cellphone alerts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:04:29 EDT

The federal government is beefing up emergency cellphone alerts like the one used in New York to advertise a search for a bombing suspect earlier in September.



Tech titans join to study artificial intelligence

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:02:25 EDT

Major technology firms have joined forces in a partnership on artificial intelligence, aiming to cooperate on "best practices" on using the technology "to benefit people and society."



Yahoo hacked by 'professional' criminals: researchers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:43:09 EDT

The massive theft of Yahoo user data disclosed last week came from "professional" hackers seeking to profit from the breach, according to an analysis by security researchers.



FCC delays decision on much-disputed rules on cable boxes

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:29:47 EDT

Federal regulators have delayed a decision on requiring cable and satellite TV companies to make free apps to bypass the need for cable boxes.



Volvo plans to sell self-driving car in five years

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:29:35 EDT

Volvo Car Corp. plans to sell a self-driving vehicle to consumers in five years.



Q&A: The data your car collects and who can use it

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:28:17 EDT

Your car knows more about you than you think.



EU's Vestager to scrutinise data in merger decisions

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:23:04 EDT

EU competition chief Margarethe Vestager on Thursday said that the relevance of user data to major corporate mergers will come under closer scrutiny as her teams get set to consider Microsoft's mega buyout of LinkedIn.



Electric cars purr at post-'dieselgate' Paris car show

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:22:27 EDT

Automakers at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday unveiled several electric cars with a range of up to 400 km, a technological leap designed to turn the page on the "dieselgate" scandal that sullied the industry's image.



Three states sue to block US ceding control of Internet group

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:22:00 EDT

Three conservative states are suing the Obama administration in an attempt to block the U.S. government from ceding oversight of some of the internet's core systems.



New research could help build better hearing AIDS

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:17:52 EDT

Scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. With a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, they will start by making a high-performance sensor and applying it to hearing aids.



BlackBerry lesson: adapt or die in the internet Age

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:56:06 EDT

BlackBerry has joined Yahoo, Nokia and other technology industry stars felled by an internet age in which companies are forced to evolve quickly or perish.



Explainer: US ceding control of core Internet systems

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:32:23 EDT

On Saturday, the U.S. government plans to cede control of some of the internet's core systems—namely, the directories that help web browsers and apps know where to find the latest weather, maps and Facebook musings.



Tesla 'on autopilot' crashes on German Autobahn: police (Update)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:25:52 EDT

A Tesla electric car crashed into a tourist bus on a motorway in northern Germany, police said Thursday, adding that the driver had claimed he had activated the car's autopilot system.



Singapore eases online gambling ban

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:02:07 EDT

Singapore will allow limited online betting in tightly controlled conditions, the government said Thursday, as it eases a sweeping law banning remote gambling.



Redstone push is on to reunite CBS and Viacom

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:01:43 EDT

Media mogul Sumner Redstone is pushing for a reunion between CBS and Viacom, more than a decade after they went their separate ways.



World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:46:31 EDT

Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world's first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly.



Older adults no slower than young adults at taking control of semi-autonomous vehicles

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:45:06 EDT

New research from North Carolina State University finds that older adults have comparable response times to young adults when tasked with taking control of a semi-autonomous vehicle.



Coolness, control and community draw people to Pinterest

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:31:55 EDT

Cool features with easy-to-follow instructions that provide control and community may keep Pinterest users pinning, liking and inviting, according to researchers, who add that these behaviors may reveal new ways people are using the web and social media.



Building a sustainable, intelligent and power-efficient cloud

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:21:53 EDT

EU researchers are combining high-performance computational power with hardware and servers in order to build a more efficient, heterogeneous cloud.



Product verification support leads to significant savings for precision engineering company

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:19:04 EDT

Support from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has helped SME Anglia CNC Engineering (ACE) improve its manufacturing processes and is expected to save the company at least £50k a year.



With more drones in the sky, expect less privacy

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:56:09 EDT

Drone footage is everywhere, whether used to film extreme sports, outdoor events, nature, music festivals, or just for its own sake.



Uber tests in Pittsburgh don't mean driverless taxis are imminent, transportation policy expert says

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:50:02 EDT

The media hype surrounding Uber conducting tests of driverless ride-share vehicles in Pittsburgh made it seem like the future arrived sooner than most people expected.



First-ever 3-D printed excavator project advances large-scale additive manufacturing R&D

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:33:07 EDT

Heavy construction machinery is the focus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's latest advance in additive manufacturing research. With industry partners and university students, ORNL researchers are designing and producing the world's first 3D printed excavator, a prototype that will leverage large-scale AM technologies and explore the feasibility of printing with metal alloys.



40 years of safer aviation through reporting

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:22:18 EDT

The U.S. has an incredibly safe aviation system – it's unparalleled when compared to other modes of transportation. The basis for this historic safety record is that we identify and correct safety concerns before they become real problems. NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) is one of the tools used to make the system as safe as it is.



Renault-Nissan CEO at Paris auto show: Diesel isn't dead yet

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:43:14 EDT

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn't ready to give up on diesel—though he admits that tougher emissions rules emerging from the Volkswagen scandal are a boon to his company's bet on electric cars.



'Game of Thrones' books getting a digital enhancement

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:42:54 EDT

The books that gave us "Game of Thrones" are getting an enhancement for the digital age.



Dutch take Pokemon Go makers to court as gamers flood beaches

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:42:26 EDT

Dutch authorities are taking the US makers of Pokemon Go to court, after the company failed to meet pleas to stop hordes of fans flocking to protected beaches.



Samsung to resume S. Korea sales of new Note 7 phones

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:19:00 EDT

Samsung said Thursday it would resume sales of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in South Korea this week, hoping to turn the page on the troubled device after an ongoing global recall prompted by battery explosions.



Electrics touted at Paris car show, but await their moment

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:18:19 EDT

When will electric-powered cars become a practical choice for ordinary people? The question hangs in the air at the Paris auto show, where Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors are showing off electric cars they hope are the on-ramp to a profitable future.