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Description: Companies in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics sectors will not be able to buy AeroScout tags and exciters after Oct. 31. However, Stanley will continue to offer AeroScout solutions to hospitals and other health-care customers. Stanley Black & Decker is discontinuing its AeroScout Industrial line of real-time location syste... More »
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Description: Google is discussing a possible investment in rocket maker SpaceX to beef up efforts to deliver Internet access via satellite, according a report by The Information. The investment deal, which has not been finalized, would value the SpaceX in excess of $10 billion, sources described as familiar with the talks told The Information. Such a part... More »
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Description: Apple's growth plans in China are heating up. The tech giant plans to open five new stores across the country over the coming five weeks, Xinhua, the Chinese government's news agency, reported Thursday. Those will be on top of the 15 Apple stores already there. "We are opening five new stores before the Chinese New Year this year," Angela Ahr... More »
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Description:  Researchers at the Kyoto Institute of Technology are using SK's Fine Tag, affixing the tiny passive EPC UHF tag to ants in order to track the insects' behavior.  Japanese technology firm SK-Electronics has developed a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag that is less than 0.5 millimeters by 0.5 millimeters (0.02 inch by 0.02 i... More »
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Description:   Fitbit's Surge smartwatch, which costs $250 in the US, acts like fitness tracker. Sarah Tew LAS VEGAS -- Have you been holding out for a wearable that tracks your heart rate on top of your activities? Fitbit has begun shipping two wrist wearables that co... More »
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Description: If you're a GoPro camera user, you know charging up your battery can be an all-too-frequent occurrence. You also know that it's a bit of a hassle since you typically have to remove it from a housing of some sort to get the battery out or plug the camera in. The Mota Wireless Charger for GoPro gets around at least part of this by letting you j... More »
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Description:  Sony's PlayStation Network was still recovering on Saturday from a suspected attack that took it offline over Christmas. PSN, along with Microsoft's Xbox Live, started experiencing connection problems three days ago on Wednesday afternoon. A hacking group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility via Twitter for a D... More »
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Description:  You can talk to someone in another language without knowing how to speak their language. Skype launched a new tool that translates language in real time. Right now it's only for English and Spanish when spoken, but written messages can be translated for more than 40 languages. sourc:cnet.com  
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Description:  Google plans to discontinue its Google News offering in Spain in response to newly passed legislation that imposes fees on content aggregators for using local publishers' content. The search giant announced in a company blog post late Wednesday that it will disable the service and remove Spanish publishers from Google News on Decem... More »
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Description: A French-American start-up launched an automatic password changer in an attempt to remove the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase "computer security" a worrying oxymoron, leading a rival U.S. software firm to launch a similar service.   For most people, properly managing passwords verges on impossible, given the dizzying... More »
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Description:   Dish Network customers can watch CBS stations again after an overnight outage -- but they'll have to say goodbye to Dish's AutoHop ad-skipping feature for new episodes of the broadcaster's shows. CBS programming is back on for Dish Network customers after the two companies agreed to a new contract. CBS and Dish announced a multiyear car... More »
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Description: Iranian hackers have infiltrated some of the world's top energy, transport and infrastructure companies over the past two years in a campaign that could allow them to eventually cause physical damage, according to U.S. cyber security firm Cylance. Aerospace firms, airports and airlines, universities, energy firms, hospitals, and telecommunicatio... More »
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Description:   Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Monday it has acquired PasswordBox, a Montreal-based identity management service that gives users a convenient way to log into websites and applications from any device without having to type or remember passwords. The purchase price for the privately held Canadian start-up was not disclosed. The Santa Clara, C... More »
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Description: The websites of British and North American media organisations and retailer Wal-Mart's Canadian unit were hacked on Thursday in a suspected attack by the Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among media sites hit were London newspapers the Daily Telegraph, Independent and Evening ... More »
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Description:  The fashion apparel company's new store features RFID-enabled touchscreen mirrors in dressing rooms to identify which items a shopper has, as well as provide the option of requesting additional garments, accessories or different sizes, which the sales staff can then deliver to that fitting room. Rebecca Minkoff's new clothing store in New Yo... More »
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Description: U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting on Friday.   U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testi... More »
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Description: Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Azure cloud-computing service, which hosts websites and lets customers store and manage data remotely, suffered serious outages on Tuesday taking its popular MSN web portal offline. According to Microsoft's Azure status page, the problems started around 5pm Pacific time and have still not been fully solved. "We are expe... More »
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Description: Russia plans to create its own "Wikipedia" to ensure its citizens have access to more "detailed and reliable" information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday.   Citing Western threats, the Kremlin has asserted more control over the Internet this year in what critics call moves to censor the web, and has introduce... More »
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Description: A U.S. judge on Friday put on hold a $2.5 billion lawsuit by Mexican mobile phone operator Iusacell SA de CV accusing IBM Corp of fraudulent misrepresentations, citing a pending arbitration launched by the U.S. technology giant.     U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York granted IBM's bid to stay the lawsuit as it invol... More »
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Description: The U.S. government warned iPhone and iPad users on Thursday to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc's iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data.     There was the potential for hacks using a newly identified technique known as the "Masque Attack," the government said in... More »
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Description:  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is open to working with eBay Inc's PayPal to expand its payment options, Bloomberg reported, citing an interview with the Chinese e-commerce company's vice chairman.     "If you look at our footprint of being the largest online payment company in China, and PayPal's position of having a very good inter... More »
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Description: BlackBerry, which has completed the first phase of its two-year turnaround plan, is now focused on profitability and will not spread itself thin by attempting to launch too many new devices, its chief executive said. John Chen, who took the reins at the struggling mobile technology company in November 2013, has moved rapidly to try to get the ... More »
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Description:   Apple Inc said it has identified and blocked malicious software applications targeting users in China. Palo Alto Networks Inc said on Wednesday it discovered a new family of malware that can infect Apple products, underscoring the increasing sophistication of attacks on iPhones and Mac computers. "We are aware of malicious software av... More »
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Description: A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. REUTERS - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal... More »
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Description: (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) on Wednesday announced a partnership with Twitter (TWTR.N) to help shape business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide.   Electronic cables are silhouetted next to the logo of Twitter in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo. IBM will help busine... More »
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Description: Loud sound will eventually damage your hearing, so turning the volume down is a smart idea.   Ear buds (left) are very different than in-ear headphones (right). Give it a try, turn the volume down a little, and once you get used to listening quietly, turn it down a little more. Granted, quiet listening works best in quiet places; in noi... More »
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Description: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma speaks after accepting the Game Changer of the Year award during the Asia Society's Game Changer Awards at United Nations headquarters in New York October 16, 2014. (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd (BABA.N) executive chairman Jack Ma said he's open to working with Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on mobile pa... More »
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Description: Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact. The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was ... More »
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Description: In-house Windows phones will be branded 'Microsoft Lumia' from now on     It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft is officially phasing out the Nokia brand name. A post on Nokia France's Facebook page says that the account will soon change its name to “Microsoft Lumia.” Nokia France's Twitter account linked to the post as well... More »
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Description:   Wearables are a growing trend in today's market. There are smartwatches that can display information from your phone, but even more popular are devices that can track your daily activities. These activity trackers aren't cheap, though, with the average price being around $130. Seattle-based startup Pivotal Living is looking to turn th... More »
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Description:   Electroplating company Jing Mei Industrial (JMI) has increased its workflow efficiency and reduced the incidence of errors, as well as creating a record for product historical analysis, thanks to a radio frequency identification system deployed at two of its assembly lines.   A passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tag is attached to the c... More »
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Description: Google is seeking permission to test a high-speed Internet service that could be in your home before Fiber. Google is seeking FCC permission to test new technology that could marry the speed of Google Fiber to wireless services. In an application to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, the tech giant requested permission t... More »
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Description: Stanford University scientists have developed a lithium-ion battery that warns users long before it overheats and explodes. If you're a regular smartphone user, you've probably felt how warm such devices can get -- and, although cases of lithium ion batteries overheating and destroying devices are in the minority, they certainly do happen. The ... More »
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Description: Dropbox denies it has been compromised as hackers leak hundreds of passwords online, promising to release almost 7 million more if they're paid for the information. Hackers are threatening a major breach in Dropbox security, having claimed to have stolen the login details of almost 7 million users, and promising to release more password detail... More »
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Description: The online storage site is trying help those who lost files through a technical bug by restoring the files it can and offering free service for a year. Dropbox is trying to appease users who lost files as a result of a glitch with its application.     On Saturday, the cloud-based storage site announced it had "received several ... More »
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Description: Dell has appointed a company veteran to run its server unit following the departure of an executive known for his strong opinions. Ashley Gorakhpurwalla was promoted to vice president and general manager of Dell's Server Solutions unit. He is responsible for planning, development and delivery of server hardware and products. Gorakhpurwalla, w... More »
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Description: Toshiba has unveiled Aiko Chihira, a humanoid robot that can communicate using sign language.     The "communication android", as Toshiba is calling its creation, was unveiled this week at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Japan, and has been designed for a maximum of movement fluidity in its... More »
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Description: Microsoft's major update to its operating system, called Windows 10 and unveiled today, has been built to blend old and new in a way that will be familiar to Windows 7 users while also retaining much of its more modern tile interface.   The new OS will run on all hardware devices when it ships next year, from phones to tablets and de... More »
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Description: Energous has developed a WiFi-style wireless charging device that sends power to anything within a 30-foot radius For all intents and purposes, the new Apple Watch is not a mobile device that uses wireless charging. While its charging cable uses magnetic inductive coupling, the wire must still physically attach to the watch in order to work. I... More »