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The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …

Internet of Things

Spot Gen3 outdoor beacon adds more robust tracking options, improved battery life

It looks nearly the same as it did in 2007, but Spot's outdoor beacon has evolved quite nicely on the inside. Now in its third incarnation, the Spot Gen3 is designed to help wandering argonauts keep their loved ones informed of their location for an even longer period of time. Engineered to be worn …

Bradley Manning's verdict will be announced on Tuesday: here's what you need to know

After 1,000 days already spent in prison, Manning faces life behind bars<p>Before there was PRISM, there was the largest national security leak in US history.<p>Right now, a military judge is deliberating the fate of Bradley Manning: a US Army intelligence analyst who confessed to leaking around 700,000 …

US patent office throws out Apple's pinch-to-zoom claim against Samsung

For those of you eagerly following the seemingly never-ending legal battle between Apple and Samsung (cue crickets), a recent decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office has thrown a wrench into Apple's master plan. According to documents filed by Samsung in the United States District Court for …

Amazon Partners With Cloud vLab To Teach Developers How To Use AWS

Nobody has ever accused Amazon Web Services of hiding its complexities. It seems even Amazon acknowledges that getting started with its ever-expanding cloud services platform isn’t easy. For a while now, Amazon has offered a number of instructor-led classes, but today the company also announced …

Michael Dell plans to stay with company if his buyout bid fails

Regardless of his battle for control of Dell shakes out, its chief executive intends to stay with the computer maker he founded.<p>Michael Dell, who is trying to take his namesake company private, told The Wall Street Journal he will stay with Dell even if his deal doesn't win shareholder approval. …

Michael Dell