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Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Nanotech

FDA Approves Handheld Device That Reverses Painkiller Overdose

The treatment, known as Evzio, injects a drug called nalaxone that "rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose."<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an auto-injecting device that can treat overdose from a variety of painkillers. The agency said in a statement today (April 3) that it …

Gear & Gadgets

India Is Becoming A New Frontier In Mining Personal Data

My last article described how Indian marriage web sites publish far more intimate details about people than Americans are accustomed to, including details such as blood type and HIV status. These disclosures cover millions of people. Indians are totally fine with it: the upside of revealing such …

Windows 8.1 update aims to win over mouse-and-keyboard users, arrives April 8th as an automatic download

The whole point of Windows 8 was to make Microsoft's aging OS easier to use on touchscreen devices. Mission accomplished, we'd say (more or less). But now the folks in Redmond have a new challenge afoot: Make Windows 8 equally easy to use on tablets and traditional PCs. The company's already made …

Microsoft unveils Windows in the car, battles Apple CarPlay

Microsoft has been powering a lot of different car entertainment systems over the years. Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan, and Fiat have all used special versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but Microsoft is also focusing on its own "Metro" user interface for its Windows in the car …

Is your car infested with spiders? Mazda has a software update for that

Mazda has a spider problem, and now it's issuing a voluntary recall to implement a "bug fix" in every sense of the word. A certain species, known as the yellow sac spider, is spinning webs in the vent lines of Mazda 6 sedans. The spider is attracted to gasoline and other hydrocarbons, and despite …

Maybe you don’t need a gig. Wireless might bridge the broadband gap

Not every community needs a fiber-to-the-home network. Not every home needs a gig to their doorstep. In our gigabit crazy era this statement might …

Leaked docs reveal Google's plans for 'Android TV'

If you thought Google’s plans for the TV were wholly focused on its cheap Chromecast streaming stick, then think again.<p>Google is apparently hard at work on a new media platform, dubbed Android TV, that will help give you easier access to movies, TV shows, music, and more from your television …

Yahoo Looking To Enter Original Programming Game: WSJ

Web giant Yahoo is not known for online video, but it's looking to change that.<p>The company is close to ordering four different original series that would take the form of half-hour comedies, sources familiar with Yahoo's plans told The Wall Street Journal.<p>The move would pit Yahoo against services …

Half-century milestone for IBM mainframes

<b>The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary.</b><p>The first System 360 mainframe was unveiled on 7 April 1964 and its arrival marked a break with all general purpose computers that came before.<p>The machines made it possible to upgrade the processors but still keep using the same code and …

Giant Game of Tetris Played on 29-Story Building

Tetris fans leveled up — and up and up — this weekend.<p>Hundreds of enthusiasts played the classic video game on the 29-story Cira Centre high-rise …

Windows Phone may come to your car with Cortana as copilot

Microsoft has a home in the automotive world, but it doesn't have a way to bring a phone's interface to your car's infotainment system -- there's no Windows Phone equivalent to Apple's CarPlay. That might change before long, though. The software giant used a presentation at this week's Build …

Robotic kangaroo generates its own energy

<i>(Credit: Festo)</i><p><b>Automation company Festo has once again turned to nature to build a gesture-controlled robotic kangaroo that stores and uses the</b> …