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Android KitKat is the next version of Google's mobile operating system

Google's Sundar Pichai, head of both Android and Chrome, has confirmed that the next version of Android will be called KitKat. Yes, you've read correctly, KitKat, as in the trademarked name of the chocolate candy bar made by Nestle (and licensed by Hershey in the US). A splash page for the new …

Researchers overcome show-stopping problems with ferroelectric RAM - ExtremeTech

By on June 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Over the past five years, NAND flash …

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Researchers claim that life arrived on Earth via asteroids and comets, but not in the way you think - ExtremeTech

By on June 7, 2013 at 10:11 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Not so long ago, there was quite a …

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Galaxy S4 losing steam? Samsung's shares follow suit

Despite Samsung's claims last month that its Galaxy S4 was performing quite well on store shelves, and had reached 10 million units sold in less than a month, analysts are concerned things are changing.<p>Samsung's shares were down around 6 percent Friday, representing their largest drop since August. …

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Inconsistency In The Big Bang Theory Resolved

Previous measurements of lithium isotopes in the galaxy may not have been entirely accurate. Woops!<p>A team of scientists working at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii has solved one of the vital inconsistencies in the Big Bang theory, reconciling observed data with our current theoretical models of how …

Laser Time Cloak Hides The Fact That An Event Ever Happened

This is the first almost-practical application of temporal cloaking ... but it might work too well.<p>Electrical engineers at Purdue University have found a way to make your data disappear completely--into holes in time. The technique, described in a paper published online in <i>Nature</i> yesterday, uses …

Why Government Phone Spying Is Really About Big Data

Verizon has given the U.S. National Security Agency information on all its telephone calls for months. But it's not the calls' content the government is looking at—it's their context.<p>For the past three months, Verizon has handed over information on all telephone calls within its system to the U.S. …

Fluorescent IED-Detecting Polymer Could Replace Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

It's like a glow stick!<p>When it comes to ferreting out explosives in public places, bomb-sniffing dogs still rule, though scientists are trying to find a way to reproduce their expertise with tech. Now, Cornell University's William Dichtel and graduate student Deepti Gopalakrishnan have created a …

How You Should Be Using LinkedIn -- But Probably Aren't

This story originally appeared on Business on Main<p>If you're like me, you hastily set up a LinkedIn page, accepted invitations to connect, and then left your page to wither. Big mistake. In a recent survey of 835 business owners by Vistage International and The Wall Street Journal, 41 percent of …

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Is the World Ready for Online Masters Degrees to Be Taken Seriously?

It's sort of a utopian nerd dream, using the internet to be educated by the best universities in the world. We have online universities now, but …

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Gigaom | Amazon, Google execs clash with Apple lawyers in ebook pricing trial

Advertisement<p>On the fourth day of the federal government’s ebook pricing trial against Apple (s AAPL), Amazon (s AMZN) and Google (s GOOG) executives …

NSA Snooping Of Verizon Shows Why Technology Is A Double-Edged Sword

Americans are upset to learn that the NSA has been gathering call data from Verizon. A report from the <i>Guardian</i>–compliments of a leaked Top Secret document–shows that Verizon has been mandated to supply information to the NSA on a daily basis pertaining to all calls placed and received by all …

Microsoft's Shortsighted Approach Might Have Already Killed Xbox One

With Microsoft having made it official that the new Xbox One will have draconian limitations on playing used games, sharing games and being played without an internet connection, the question now is whether the console is dead on arrival with gamers. Given that the Xbox division has been one of the …

Facebook To Simplify Ad-Buying Process By Eliminating Half Of Its 27 Ad Units

Facebook is wrapping up a press session at its Menlo Park headquarters where it talked about the progress that it’s making with advertisers and announced it will be eliminating and consolidating a number of ad units.<p>The big vision, according to Product Manager Fidji Simo, is to simplify the general …

The RK-1 Is An Arduino-Based Mobile Robot You Control With Smartphone Swipes

London-based roboticist Evangelos Georgiou wants to offer an open-source platform for helping Arduino hobbyists take their projects mobile, thanks to a remote controlled robot called the RK-1 that combines a programmable Arduino microcontroller with apps for iPhone or Android, tank tracks, DC …

Is Intel finally ready to take on its ARM rivals for dominance in the mobile world?

When you think of microprocessors, Intel is probably one of the first companies that comes to mind. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Intel’s mobile chips. Intel hasn’t exactly taken the mobile world by storm, as ARM-licensed SoCs from companies such as Qualcomm and Nvidia have instead …

What other countries can learn from Britain’s experience with China’s Huawei

Britain finds itself in an uncomfortable position: It doesn’t like the fact that Huawei, a large Chinese firm that manufactures telecoms equipment, is deeply embedded in what Britain calls its “critical national infrastructure,” which includes energy supply pipelines, transportation infrastructure, …

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