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China's TCL brings back physical keyboard in new BlackBerry

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:00:27 EST

Chinese electronics company TCL unveiled Saturday its first BlackBerry-licensed smartphone which brings back the device's signature physical keyboard as it seeks to revive the once mighty brand.

Resort, tour company warn customers after data breach

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:59:45 EST

A resort and a tour company are warning customers that their credit card information and other data may have been stolen.

Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:57:22 EST

The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles.

VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:23:07 EST

Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday.

Solar-powered cinema opens in Burkina ahead of festival

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:35:41 EST

A solar-powered cinema was unveiled in Burkina Faso Friday ahead of Ouagadougou's hosting of Africa's top film festival, even as movie theatres on the continent continue to disappear.

Private data leaked online by Cloudflare bug

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:34:58 EST

Internet users Friday were being urged to change all their passwords in the wake of a Cloudflare bug that could have leaked passwords, messages and more from website visits.

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:08:14 EST

Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.

Google rolls out AI tool to combat online trolls

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:06:16 EST

Google said it will begin offering media groups an artificial intelligence tool designed to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites.

Bristol and BT collaborate on massive MIMO trials for 5G wireless

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:50:15 EST

The quest for highly efficient 5G wireless connectivity has been given a boost thanks to a collaboration between a team of 5G engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Lund, National Instruments (NI), and BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications services.

Major gains still to be made in quality of arm prostheses

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:40:02 EST

Approximately 4,000 people in the Netherlands are affected by arm damage: they have to do without the use of their hand or part of their hand, their forearm or even a complete arm. The majority of these people have a prosthesis. This prosthesis may be purely cosmetic, or have a gripping function, enabling the user to carry out everyday activities. The latter may either be body-powered or myoelectric. A myoelectric prosthesis is controlled by electrical signals associated with the user's muscle contractions, and is powered by electric motors. Body-powered prostheses are controlled by bodily movements. These movements are transmitted to the gripping mechanism via a harness on the shoulder and a cable.

Two types of sensors that provide information on vineyard water status are designed

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:11:56 EST

Researchers at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre have designed two types of sensors whose innovative technologies obtain information on the water status of a vineyard. The work has been developed by a NUP/UPNA multidisciplinary team in collaboration with various Navarrese companies.

Electrical engineers create tiny but powerful medical devices

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:42:20 EST

Battery-operated medical devices implanted in human bodies have saved countless lives. A common implant, the cardioverter defibrillator, sends a jolt of electricity to the heart when needed, preventing a heart attack or heart failure. While patients' lives are improved by this technology, if the device causes an infection or the battery needs to be replaced, more invasive procedures are necessary.

Gamer dies while attempting 24-hour stream for charity

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:58:13 EST

Police are investigating the death of a popular Virginia gamer who died during the home stretch of a 24-hour marathon video game session he was streaming online to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Phone firms turn to artificial intelligence at top mobile fair

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:28:57 EST

Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain.

Germany's BASF 'cautious' after challenging 2016

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:56:06 EST

German chemicals giant BASF on Friday said it expected higher oil prices to push up earnings this year after a challenging 2016, when its main Ludwigshafen plant was hit by a deadly explosion.

Alphabet accuses Uber of stealing self-driving car technology

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:06:57 EST

The race to develop self-driving vehicles took a new turn on Thursday when Google's parent company Alphabet filed a lawsuit against Uber, accusing it of stealing technology.

India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud charges

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:06:00 EST

The director of an Indian company that claimed it was selling the world's cheapest smartphone was arrested Thursday on fraud charges, police said Friday.

Agricultural robot may be 'game changer' for crop growers, breeders

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:27:46 EST

A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.

Bored by physical therapy? Focus on citizen science instead

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:25:21 EST

Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have devised a method by which patients requiring repetitive rehabilitative exercises, such as those prescribed by physical therapists, can voluntarily contribute to scientific projects in which massive data collection and analysis is needed.

Chu's Limit—a limit no more

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:25:22 EST

Chu's Limit, a fundamental principle of electromagnetics, dictates that the bandwidth an antenna can function in has a maximum level proportional to the physical size of the antenna—the smaller the antenna, the smaller the bandwidth, the slower and less capable the communications link. Chu's Limit has been a foundational law of antenna and telecommunications research since its introduction in the late 1940s, but a scientist at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) has recently, for the first time, exceeded Chu's Limit in a measured experiment.

Researchers teach drones to land themselves on moving targets

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:47:35 EST

The buzzword in drone research is autonomous—having the unmanned aerial vehicle do most or all of its own flying.

When test-driving a new car, take the technology for a spin

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:10:49 EST

Car shopping isn't just about kicking the tires anymore. It's also about testing the technology.

Liquid hydrogen may be way forward for sustainable air travel

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:10:11 EST

Transport makes up around 20 percent of our energy use around the world—and that figure is set to grow, according to the International Energy Agency. With sustainable solutions in mind, a new study published by eminent physicist Jo Hermans in MRS Energy and Sustainability—A Review Journal (MRS E&S) looks at the energy efficiency of current modes of transport—from bicycles to buses, from air transport to cruise ships— and concludes that liquid hydrogen seems to be a realistic option for what is probably the most problematic of transportation modes in terms of sustainability, future air travel.

Broadband internet can help rural communities connect – if they use it

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:20:01 EST

Being able to connect to the internet is crucial for many rural Americans. It allows them to buy goods and services that may not be available locally; market their own goods and services to a much larger area; connect remotely with health services that previously required several hours' worth of driving; and even telecommute.

CWI, Google announce first collision for Industry Security Standard SHA-1

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:01 EST

Today, researchers at the Dutch research institute CWI and Google jointly announce that they have broken the SHA-1 internet security standard in practice. This industry standard is used for digital signatures and file integrity verification, which secure credit card transactions, electronic documents, GIT open-source software repositories and software distribution. CWI cryptanalyst Marc Stevens says: "Many applications still use SHA-1, although it was officially deprecated by NIST in 2011 after exposed weaknesses since 2005. Our result proves that the deprecation by a large part of the industry has been too slow and that migration to safer standards should happen as soon as possible".

How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:13:13 EST

Despite the criticism levelled at South Australia over its renewable energy ambitions, the state is nevertheless aiming to be carbon neutral by mid-century, which will mean moving to 100% renewable electricity over the next 15-20 years.

German federal police say British hacker arrested in London

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:56 EST

A 29-year-old Briton was taken into custody in London on a European arrest warrant issued by Germany on suspicion of a carrying out a cyberattack on Deutsche Telekom, federal police said Thursday.

GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:30:16 EST

With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade lawmakers across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.

Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows (Update)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:45:42 EST

Tesla reported on Wednesday that it slipped back into the red in the recently ended quarter while revenue revved, with orders for some of electric car models hitting record highs.

Cameras can steal data from computer hard drive LED lights: study

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:28:38 EST

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Cyber Security Research Center have demonstrated that data can be stolen from an isolated "air-gapped" computer's hard drive reading the pulses of light on the LED drive using various types of cameras and light sensors.