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Thu
11
Jan
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Live like The Jetsons: Appliances that Interact over WiFi

Imagine coming in after a hard day of work in the summer months and wanting nothing more than to sit in the coolness of your own home and watch some television. Imagine only having to push a single button, and the temperature of your home, your ... favorite television channel and even the dimness of the interior lights adjust to your personal preference. Imagine pushing another button and all of the settings return to their previous state. Welcome to the future of convenient living. Beginning next month, Best Buy will sell a package called 'ConnectedLife.Home' that features a computer with ... (view more)

Sun
31
Dec
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Coming Soon: The Virtual Family Dinner

Accenture, a technology consulting company, is in the process of developing a system called "The Virtual Family Dinner" that hopes to restore the value and importance of having a shared family meal. The system hopes to target the elderly, mostly ... widows and widowers, who reside on their own and live with limited human contact. With The Virtual Family Dinner, families can come together around a virtual table and share a family meal as if they were both in the same room. (Source: usatoday.com ) The concept is much more appealing than a standard telephone call. For instance, if an elderly woman ... (view more)

Thu
28
Dec
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Police Use YouTube to Help Solve Murder

YouTube provides a vast and diverse library of pop culture videos, while offering a stage for those individuals who wish to perform before an international audience. And, there is little doubt that YouTube.com is one of the most frequently visited ... websites in North America. YouTube has always functioned as an entertainment outlet...until now. In Hamilton Ontario, police have capitalized on the popular media service as a modern way to fight crime. Officials hope to target a young demographic who use YouTube as a way to stay connected with current events. Officers are specifically looking for ... (view more)

Thu
14
Dec
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Flash Lite: The Future of Mobile Phone Technology

If you borrow a cell phone in Europe or Asia these days, you just might realize that you are looking into the future of mobile technology. Clouds that float across the phone to indicate low signal strength, the face of a friend circling around the ... screen to indicate that they had just called, or a photo of a city skyline at night to indicate that the sun had just set are all a part of the latest technological craze to sweep through these two continents. These innovations comprise a new form of presentation technology that allows users to access and manipulate the applications of their phone ... (view more)

Wed
08
Nov
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Cable-Free High Definition Signal: A Reality

Seven of the world's leading electronics makers have joined forces to produce a cable-free system that hopes to unite televisions with other electronic equipment, revolutionizing the world of wireless connectivity. LG Electronics, Matsushita ... Electric Industrial [Panasonic], NEC, Samsung Electronics, Sony, Toshiba and SiBEAM (an up-and-coming electronics company) have come together to supply end-users with a product that possesses high-definition signal quality without the presence of a physical plug. (Source: iht.com ) In what is being billed as the Wireless HD Consortium, televisions will ... (view more)

Fri
03
Nov
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U.S. Soldiers in Fear of Domestic Invasion

U.S. soldiers must now be fearful of invasion, even when back in the comfort of their own homes. Unlike the fears of physical invasion experienced on the battlefield, soldiers must now be weary of an invasion of privacy coming from the very same ... military they represent during times of war. A Virginia-based military surveillance company, Army Web Risk Assessment Cell, is monitoring all soldier blogs and Internet posts to avoid the leaking of vital information that may jeopardize the security of the U.S. military. Among the most detrimental items being pursued are official military documents, ... (view more)

Sat
07
Oct
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Can you Be Identified By Your Clickprint?

Recent research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California suggests that you can be accurately distinguished by your "clickprint" while surfing the web. So... What is a Clickprint? Professor Balaji Padmanabhan, a ... clickprint researcher, defines a clickprint as a "unique pattern of web surfing behavior based on actions such as the number of pages viewed per session, the number of minutes spent on each page, the time or day of the week the page is visited, and so on." Like a fingerprint, a clickprint is unique to you and only you. (Source: technology.guardian.co ... (view more)

Fri
08
Sep
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Free WiFi for Residents and Businesses in Silicon Valley

Announced earlier this week, a group of technology companies are planning to provide a vast wireless network that will give the entire Silicon Valley free high-speed Internet access. The free WiFi service will be available as early as next year and ... will be provided by Silicon Valley Metro Connect: a group that is comprised of IBM, Cisco, SeaKay, and Azulstar. (Source: abcnews.com ) Silicon Valley Metro Connect will provide the service for 38 cities in California's San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Santa Cruz counties -- an area covering roughly 1,500 square miles. This move takes advantage ... (view more)

Thu
31
Aug
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Cracking Down on Criminals in the Tech World

Evidently, crime doesn't pay, even in the tech world. Although it seems that in the land of Microsoft, PDAs, and Google criminals routinely get away with their crimes (even as corporate entities in various industries, like music, begin to get ... tough), there is evidence that the courts are fighting back. In the last week two major sentences have been handed down, including a three year jail term for a botnet attacker and a six year lockup for a software pirate. Christopher Maxwell, 21, pleaded guilty in May of launching a computer attack that affected tens of thousands of systems. Last Friday, ... (view more)

Sun
30
Jul
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Microsoft Licenses 'Touchlight' Technology to EON

Stepping outside the bounds of its usual focus on security and operating systems, Microsoft has recently licensed touch-screen technology. Dubbed "Touchlight", the technology is one of twenty projects being offered to venture capitalists for ... development in cooperation with Microsoft. Signing on for Touchlight is EON Reality, who will use the technology for exhibitions, technical demonstrations, and training exercises. EON hopes to begin commercialization of the Touchlight and other similar projects before the year ends. (Source: microsoft-watch.com ) Touchlight: How It Works Microsoft's ... (view more)

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