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Birth control implant device can be turned on and off remotely

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 4:06 pm

One of the problems that many women face with birth control today is that it can take a long time after they stop taking pills or using other devices before they can get pregnant. In the future, that problem might be alleviated using an implantable device with a microchip that can be remotely turned on and off.

 

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This implant could be used to deliver all sorts of medications, but the first use of it is expected to be for birth control. The implanted device could be left just under the skin for up to 16 years. Inside the device, the tiny microchip has small reservoirs of drugs gated by a titanium and platinum seal.

 

That seal will temporarily melt when an electric current is applied allowing the drug inside the seep out into the body. The reservoirs in the small 20mm square device are large enough for a 16-year supply of the contraceptive called levonorgestrel. The device is from a MIT spin off in Massachusetts and the project is backed by the Gates Foundation as well.

Tesla gets sued in China for trademark infringement

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 3:02 pm

Tesla is one of the most successful electric carmakers in the world and the company wants to expand into China. Back in January, Tesla had announced that it had settled a trademark infringement case between it and a Chinese businessman named Zhan Baosheng who had registered the Tesla trademark in China before the automaker entered the market.

 

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Zhan has now sued Tesla in a Chinese court again over trademark infringement. He is demanding that Tesla stop all sales and marketing activities in the country, and shut the doors on its showrooms and charging facilities.

 

Zhan is also demanding a payment of 23.9 million Yuan, which is about $3.85 million in the US. The case is set to be heard by a Chinese court on August 5. Tesla believes that China will be its biggest market for cars.

Harley Davidson recalls motorcycles for front wheel lockup issue

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 2:00 pm

Automakers like GM and Ford have been recalling thousands and thousands of vehicles around the world for issues that pose a safety hazard to drivers. Motorcycle maker Harley Davidson has now issued a recall on certain motorcycles in the 2014 model year.

 

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The recall covers 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles that have anti-lock brakes. Harley is warning riders of these bikes that the front wheel can lock up without warning. The issue has caused five known accidents with two minor injuries reported.

 

The front wheel lockup happens when the brake line is pinched between the fuel tank and frame. That pinch increases the pressure of fluid in the lines and locks up the front wheel. The fix Harley will offer is to replace brake lines and add straps to hold the lines in place.

Sony Xperia C3 gets 5MP front camera with flash for selfies

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 1:06 pm

If you are the sort who loves to take selfies, you might want to check out the latest smartphone from Sony. The device is the Xperia C3 and its claim to fame is a high-resolution front camera with flash. The 5MP wide-angle front lens has a soft LED flash and the smartphone is known as the PROselfie Smartphone.

 

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The camera has software features with AR effects, Smile Shutter, and the ability to activate the camera shutter with a double tap on the back cover of the phone. The smartphone does have some features that aren't focused on selfies.

 

The OS is Android 4.4 and the phone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The rear camera of the phone is an 8MP unit and the phone has a 5.5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. Power for the phone comes from a 2500 mAh battery

AT&T to be first to get LG G Android Wear smartwatch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 12:01 pm

LG has a new smartwatch that is set to hit the market called the LG G watch. The smartwatch will run the Android Wear operating system and will go on sale on July 11. AT&T has announced that it will be the first carrier to get the LG G watch in its retail stores.

 

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The LG G Watch is made in partnership with Google and carries a MSRP of $299. Fans of the device could pre-order the watch starting July 8. LG fits the smartwatch with a 1.65-inch screen that gives all sorts of notifications from the smartphone it is connected to and can connect to calendars and applications.

 

The LG watch is for Android devices and works with many of the Android smartphone on the market today. There are still few smartwatches that are designed to work with the iPhone.

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart wearable tracks health data

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:16 am

Adidas has officially launched a new wearable fitness and heath product called the miCoach Fit Smart. The wearable device was unveiled in San Francisco recently and is able to monitor all sorts of health data while being worn on the wrist. Fit Smart can monitor calories burned, heart rate, distance covered, pace, and a number of other fitness statistics.

 

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Adidas offers the device in black or white colors and the strap is made from silicone and has a small strip of LEDs on the side that can change color depending on how hard you are working out. The watch sells for $199 and will hit stores late next month.

 

"What we did, by working with elite coaches, was bring an experience to help people set weekly goals and training plans," Paul Gaudio, GM of digital sports at Adidas said. "We took the things that have been very successful and implemented them here with the Fit Smart."

Uber driver allegedly flees authorities with three passengers onboard

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 10:33 am

A man named Ryan W Simonetti and two of his coworkers were in Washington DC recently where they hailed an Uber ride via the app. When the trio walked up to the Uber car, they noticed a DC Taxi inspector talking to the driver of the Uber car. As the inspector walked off, Simonetti says the Uber driver just drove off.

 

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The inspector turned on his lights and started to follow the Uber car according to Simonetti. The passenger told the driver the cop was following him and the Uber driver allegedly responded, "He's not a real cop." The driver then ran a red light and proceeded to drive above the speed limit. Simonetti said it was like an episode of cops.

 

The driver allegedly told the passengers he couldn't stop and let them out because he would get a $2,000 fine. "It was insane," Simonetti said. "I physically tried to force his leg to hit the brake. I ripped off his pant leg ... I said, 'Here's two options. You take this exit, or I'm going to knock the side of your head in. If we crash, we crash, but you're gonna kill us anyway.'" The driver eventually let them out of the car and continued to flee authorities. The matter is under investigation by law enforcement and Uber.

Bell Labs achieves over 10Gbps using traditional copper phone lines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 9:31 am

Bell LAbs, which is a division of Alcatel-Lucent, is claiming to have "set a new broadband speed record of 10Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines". This was achieved in a research project that could see gigabit broadband speeds delivered to normal broadband networks with copper, by combining fiber.

 

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These 10Gbps speeds can only be achieved at 30 meters (or 100 feet), and at 70m (or 230 feet) the top speeds drop to 1Gbps. Alcatel-Lucent has said that bidirectional 1Gbps speeds can be achieved in the real-world over networks that deliver fiber to the curbside, and rely on copper for the final few feet of the connection.

 

Alcatel-Lucent said: "When it becomes commercially available in 2015, G.fast will use a frequency range for data transmission of 106MHz, giving broadband speeds up to 500Mbps over a distance of 100 meters. In contrast, XG-FAST uses an increased frequency range up to 500MHz to achieve higher speeds but over shorter distances. Bell Labs achieved 1Gbps symmetrical over 70 meters on a single copper pair. 10Gbps was achieved over a distance of 30 meters by using two pairs of lines (a technique known as 'bonding'). Both tests used standard copper cable provided by a European operator".

MindRDR lets you command Google Glass with your mind

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 8:27 am

Using Google Glass can be quite troublesome at the best of times, as you're either sliding your finger along the touchpad, or speaking commands into it. MindRDR hopes to change that with its new app, but you'll need the Neurosky MindWave EEG headset, which costs around $121.

 

 

Mixing the headset, MindRDR app and Google Glass together looks incredibly intuitive, as you'll be able to control Google's wearable headset with your thoughts. Wearing both Glass and the Neurosky MindWave EEG will have you looking like even more of a robot out in public, but there are some very cool possibilities with this combination in hardware.

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Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7 early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:33 am

Even thought millions upon millions of people still use Windows 7 across the world, Microsoft will be ending mainstream support of its most popular OS early next year.

 

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The company normally supports its operating systems for a minimum of 10 years, with a minimum of five years for its 'mainstream' support - or for two years after its successor is released (in this case, Windows 8). Another minimum of five years (or an additional two years after its successor is released) in something Microsoft calls extended support.

 

During the first few years with mainstream support, Microsoft offers the OS security updates, non-security hot-fixes, performance enhancements, feature improvements and design changes, all for free, as well as still accepting warranty claims. Once this mainstream support has passed, and it is entering extended support, the company only provides security updates, and paid hotfix support.

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