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Camera inspired by insect eyes can see 180 degrees, has almost infinite depth of field

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Technologists have been drawing inspiration from the insect world for a long time. And folks working on robotics really seem to love their creepy-crawlies and buzzing arthropods. Researchers at the University of Illinois are looking to our eight-legged planet mates, not for mobility lessons, but as a reference for...
Camera inspired by insect eyes can see 180 degrees, has almost infinite depth of field

Verizon in talks to lease Clearwire spectrum for $1.5 billion

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Verizon could be looking to bolster its wireless network with Clearwire spectrum, according to the Wall Street Journal. The potential deal, of which little is known at the moment, would see the nation's number one wireless operator forking over $1.5 billion for use of Clearwire's spectrum. Leasing spectrum an...
Verizon in talks to lease Clearwire spectrum for $1.5 billion

Microsoft Fresh Paint video fills in more details of rumored Windows Blue upgrade

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On the heels of its Windows 8 launch, Microsoft seems not to be doing any laurel-resting as more evidence of a rumored cross-platform update, codenamed "Blue," has leaked. The latest video obtained by MSFTKitchen features Microsoft's chief technical strategy officer Eric Rudder talking about "extending touch in even more...
Microsoft Fresh Paint video fills in more details of rumored Windows Blue upgrade

Google's BufferBox delivery lockers to arrive in San Francisco 'very soon'

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San Francisco is getting all sorts of delivery options courtesy of its friends in Mountain View. Not only has The City by the Bay been graced by Google's same-day delivery Shopping Express pilot, but it'll soon see kiosks from BufferBox, a startup offering lockers for stowing online purchases, which...
Google's BufferBox delivery lockers to arrive in San Francisco 'very soon'

Tokyo court fines Google for not censoring defamatory instant search results

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Remember the sad tale of the Japanese man that Google's Instant Search forced out of a job? Entering his name into the search bar, and Google's auto-complete algorithm tacked on accusations of nefarious acts that he was allegedly responsible for -- causing his employers to hand him his pink...
Tokyo court fines Google for not censoring defamatory instant search results

AllThingsD: Gates, Ballmer and Sean Parker join Zuckerberg's FWD.us lobby group

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Mark Zuckerberg showed he's more than just a social butterfly earlier this month, forming the tech-focused political lobby group FWD.us alongside some other big names in the industry. Now, according to AllThingsD, a few more heavy-hitters have signed up to offer their expertise, including Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve...
AllThingsD: Gates, Ballmer and Sean Parker join Zuckerberg's FWD.us lobby group

Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 press shots revealed

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See that group of phones just sitting around, pretending not to have a care in the world? Turns out, this is the new Lumia 720, which is now greeting the world for the first time in a leaked press photo. If you'll recall, this device, along with the Lumia...
Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 press shots revealed

NYPD now has Android smartphone arsenal to pull up records, identify perps

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Thanks to an NYPD pilot program, over 400 officers now have special Android smartphones that allow them to pull up suspect data on the spot, according to the New York Times. Patrol car-mounted laptops can be slow and cumbersome, while the call-disabled handsets (which look like Samsung's Rugby Smart...
NYPD now has Android smartphone arsenal to pull up records, identify perps

OneNote update improves custom pens, syncs Office 365 notebooks

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If you picked up a Surface Pro or another pen-friendly Windows 8 tablet, you're likely eager to wring every ounce of productivity out of that stylus. Microsoft hears your call. It just updated the OneNote app for Windows 8 to give pen customization a shot in the arm: a...
OneNote update improves custom pens, syncs Office 365 notebooks

FCC confident in its mobile phone radiation limits, seeks second opinions

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Cast your memory back to last summer. Sweep away memories of iPhone 5 leaks galore, and you might remember that the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) asked the FCC to reevaluate its radiation limits for mobile phones. Now a few seasons later, the FCC has finally wrapped up a...
FCC confident in its mobile phone radiation limits, seeks second opinions

Bosch introduces affordable Power Max home EV charger range, starts at $450

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Electric vehicles still have a few obstacles that prevent them from going fully mainstream. These typically center on the price of the vehicle itself (though this is changing), and its range. One other barrier has also been the price of home-based chargers. Now, Bosch is offering a level 2...
Bosch introduces affordable Power Max home EV charger range, starts at $450

Google Hangouts receive sign language interpreter support, keyboard shortcuts

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Video chat can be an empowering tool for hard-of-hearing internet citizens for whom sign language is easier than voice. Most chat software doesn't easily bring an interpreter into the equation, however, which spurred Google into adding a Sign Language Interpreter app for Google+ Hangouts. The web component lets chatters...
Google Hangouts receive sign language interpreter support, keyboard shortcuts

App.net gives users 10GB of cloud storage, its File API to set social data free

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We thought App.net had eyes only for Twitter when the project was funded and garnered its first 20,000 customers. Today, a post on the company blog reveals that its sights are set much higher than mere messaging. Rather than provide just an ad-free alternative to Twitter, it turns out...
App.net gives users 10GB of cloud storage, its File API to set social data free

Facebook tests $100 charge to message strangers, isn't a big fan of spam

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Facebook raised alarm bells among some social networkers when it confirmed that it's experimenting with letting strangers message them for a fee. As we're learning, however, it's keenly aware of the ramifications if that fee is too low. The company has confirmed that it's toying with "extreme price points,"...
Facebook tests $100 charge to message strangers, isn't a big fan of spam

DoJ now in favor of using search warrants to access user email

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The United States Justice Department seems to be listening to cries from Google (among others) that the 1986 ECPA (Electronic Communications Privacy Act) should be revised to reflect the vastly different universe that we now live in. DoJ attorney Elana Tyrangiel testified before the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on...
DoJ now in favor of using search warrants to access user email

MySpace relaunches with new design and Justin Timberlake all over it

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A totally revamped and unrecognizable MySpace has just gone public, enticing new joiners with a track by Justin Timberlake -- who now owns a good chunk of the business alongside Specific Media. Based on the limited access teaser we saw back in September and the image above, this fresh...
MySpace relaunches with new design and Justin Timberlake all over it

Mojang's Minecraft Realms subscription service promises a safer playground

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A Minecraft world really comes alive with internet-based multiplayer, but the requirement for a dedicated host creates its fair share of problems for both casual gamers and parents worried about where their kids will play. Mojang is currently testing a subscription service, Minecraft Realms, that could put at least...
Mojang's Minecraft Realms subscription service promises a safer playground

NASA PhoneSat returns photos from orbit, reminds us of streaming circa 1998

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The launch of NASA's PhoneSat mission last year was loaded with promise: finally, proof that mobile technology could power nanosatellites and stick it to The Man. The photos have returned, and... well, Lockheed won't be scrapping its big satellites just yet. While we're impressed that the Nexus Ones onboard...
NASA PhoneSat returns photos from orbit, reminds us of streaming circa 1998

Google Now seen in Chrome Browser code, hints at impending arrival

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Google Now seems another step closer to arriving to the Chrome browser on Windows and Chrome platforms, thanks to yet another code spot by Chromium savant François Beaufort. He previously noticed hints that such a feature might arrive, and this time he espied it in a full-fledged Chrome beta...
Google Now seen in Chrome Browser code, hints at impending arrival

WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China 'the most sophisticated and prolific' hacker of foreign firms

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The Wall Street Journal snagged a preview of an upcoming book co-authored by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and the company's Jared Cohen, and it doesn't seem to paint the rosiest picture of China. Dubbed The New Digital Age, the tome reportedly claims China is "the world's most active...
WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China 'the most sophisticated and prolific' hacker of foreign firms

Microsoft ViralSearch project visualizes content as it spreads across Twitter

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It's not a new component of Bing (not yet, anyway), but Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new small-scale search project at its TechFest event this week -- one with a particular focus on so-called viral content. Appropriately dubbed ViralSearch, the effort from Microsoft Research currently uses Twitter...
Microsoft ViralSearch project visualizes content as it spreads across Twitter

Internet Explorer flaw may let ad firms track mouse input, Microsoft says that will change

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Many of us already complain that web ads follow us too closely. You can understand why Internet Explorer users might be nervous, then, when Spider.io claims that the ads are even tracking their mouse movements. A JavaScript hole in Internet Explorer 6 through 10 reportedly lets intruders follow along...
Internet Explorer flaw may let ad firms track mouse input, Microsoft says that will change

Samsung's JK Shin: there's 'lackluster demand' for Windows-based phones, tablets

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You don't need to be Captain Subtext to understand that a few manufacturers (and developers) aren't best pleased with Microsoft's latest mobile products. The latest to damn Redmond with faint praise is Samsung's newly-minted Co-CEO, JK Shin, who told The Wall Street Journal that demand for Windows-based phones and...
Samsung's JK Shin: there's 'lackluster demand' for Windows-based phones, tablets

Onity rolling out safeguards against hotel keycard hacks, may fix some locks outright

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Mozilla staffer Cody Brocious' discovery of a quick (if imperfect) hack for hotel door locks raised alarms at the prospect that thieves could slip into rooms moments after plugging in a rogue device. The keycard system's creator, Onity, suggested in August that any solutions beyond capping the data port...
Onity rolling out safeguards against hotel keycard hacks, may fix some locks outright

Fujitsu touch interface detects fingers on real objects, adds digital details to print

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Bringing touch interfaces to real-world objects often involves putting hardware either inside the item or in front of it, neither of which is especially natural. Fujitsu has developed a control system that could eliminate those obstructions and bring digital interaction to many surfaces, even to old-fashioned paper. Its multi-camera...
Fujitsu touch interface detects fingers on real objects, adds digital details to print

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will step down 'in the coming weeks'

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Julius Genachowski will be stepping down from his position as FCC Chairman "in the coming weeks" according to a brief message on the FCC's webpage. We're expecting more detail in a live announcement at 10am, but this was no big surprise: the Wall Street Journal broke the news yesterday...
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will step down 'in the coming weeks'

RIAA claims Google's anti-piracy downranking doesn't work

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Google offered an olive branch to content producers when it promised to downrank pirate sites in its search results last summer. Really, the RIAA was looking for the whole tree; it just published a report claiming that Google's technique hasn't had any tangible impact. The agency argues that the...
RIAA claims Google's anti-piracy downranking doesn't work

Alfred v2 brings Workflows, automates what Automator might not

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Anyone who's heavily invested in the Mac ecosystem knows Automator, a built-in tool that can string together multiple computing actions without having to know a lick of code. Some of us may want a little more power, or just a different variety of power -- which is where the...
Alfred v2 brings Workflows, automates what Automator might not

Aereo wins a crucial court battle, opens up partnership talks with ISPs and pay-TV providers

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Something tells us the US Court of Appeals for the Second District has no intentions to kid around with its latest decision, despite it coming down on the 1st of April. In what can only be viewed as a monumental victory for Aereo, the aforesaid court has just rejected...
Aereo wins a crucial court battle, opens up partnership talks with ISPs and pay-TV providers

Twitter granted patent on itself

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What do Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Christopher "Biz" Stone have in common with Thomas Edison? That's easy, they're all patent holders. Issued today, the USPTO's database details a messaging system where users can follow each other and display messages without a unique recipient. Last time we checked, this...
Twitter granted patent on itself
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