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The Wireless Charging Future is Getting Closer to Reality

Imagine a world where we don’t have to plug anything in. Your phone, laptop, tablet and headphones are constantly being topped-up whenever they’re placed on an inductive surface, so that when you take them out with you into the wider world, your devices are always brimming with battery. Step-by-step, it’s what we might be moving toward, if the industry lobbying group The Wireless Power Consortium gets its way. The group’s

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New Earbuds Let You Manipulate Sounds in the World Around You

Nothing kills the experience of a five-star dinner like the shrieks of a crying baby at a nearby table. But imagine if, rather than wincing with frustration, you could simply turn down the baby’s volume? That’s the promise behind Doppler Labs’ latest invention: earbuds that serve as your personal audio mixer to control real-time sounds in your environment. Adjust the bass levels at a live concert. Turn your coworker’s voice

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Do Computers Die of Old Age?

Nothing lasts forever, not even electronics. “People assume electronic components will not age,” says Bianca Schroeder, a computer scientist at the University of Toronto. Without moving parts, electronics seem unlikely to wear out. Yet even a standard memory module comprising little more than a capacitor and a transistor can begin to dodder. “It’s kind of surprising, but most of the computer components I look at show signs of aging,” Schroeder

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8 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change The Way We Live And Work

By 2020, there will be tens of billions of data-spouting devices connected to the Internet. And they’re already changing how we live and work. IBM’s Almaden lab is sacred ground for techies. Set in the middle of 700 grassy acres on a hill south of San Jose, its scientists have filed thousands of patents. They’ve won Turing and Nobel prizes. And almost 60 years ago, they pioneered the first bulky

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Google’s Nest Unveils New Camera

Google Inc.’s Nest Labs rolled out an overhaul of its product line, including new versions for its home-security camera and its smoke alarm, pushing the Web company deeper into technologies for smart homes. The updates, some of the biggest since Nest was acquired by Google last year, include a $199 camera and a video storage and management service that costs $10 per month, Maxime Veron, head of Nest hardware product

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Tech Companies Standing Up To Government Data Requests

Tech companies are getting better at protecting our data from government spying, according to a report published this week. The Electronic Frontier Foundation examined the privacy policies of 24 popular websites, apps, and Internet service providers in the United States. It found that the vast majority — 21 of the 24 — have publicly opposed policies which would force them to build a “back door” into their software that would

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Mobile App Flaw Leaves Users’ Personal Information Vulnerable

Popular iOS, Android apps affected because of how they store data online. Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in the way thousands of popular mobile applications store data online, leaving users’ personal information, including passwords, addresses, door codes and location data, vulnerable to hackers. The team of German researchers found 56 million items of unprotected data in the applications it studied in detail, which included games, social networks, messaging, medical

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Apple News App to Rely on Editors Rather than Algorithms for Curation

Plans to hire ‘ambitious, detail-oriented journalists’ to work on recently-unveiled app, but what happens when Apple becomes the news? That news story you just read on your iPhone: did Apple pay the editor responsible? Actually, from this autumn, it’s possible that the company did. Apple is hiring a team of editors to work on the Apple News app unveiled during the company’s recent WWDC event, before the app’s launch as

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iPod Pulled from Apple Homepage and Hidden from Website, Could be Getting Ready to Retire.

The iPod has been retired from Apple’s homepage, in a move that could mean the much-loved music device is set to be retired. The device has sat at the top of the company’s site for over 13 years, and going through various iterations like the iPods Classic, Shuffle and Touch. But it has been taken down from that top banner, and hidden in a special “music” part of the site,

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A Victory for Internet Freedom

The House of Representatives voted by acclamation Tuesday to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act. In place since 1998, the law prevents taxes on email and Internet access services, and Web users have never needed it more to prevent a multibillion-dollar avalanche of new fees after its scheduled expiration on Oct. 1. The Internet is the quintessential instrument of interstate and international commerce. And it needs Congress to protect

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