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Does Lack of FM Support On Phones Increase Your Chances of Dying In a Disaster?
Posted by: theodp
reports NPR's Emma Bowman,

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Kingston HyperX Predator SSD Takes Gumstick M.2 PCIe Drives To 1.4GB/sec
Posted by: MojoKid
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Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android
Posted by: BarbaraHudson
The Chocolate Factory's research arm says handwriting recognition is needed because touchscreen keyboards remain modestly effective and while 'Voice input is an option, but there are situations where it is not feasible, such as in a noisy environment or during a meeting.

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Drought and Desertification: How Robots Might Help
Posted by: Hallie
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Recon Instruments' Sports-Oriented Smart Glasses Now Shipping
Posted by: First
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John Hawley Talks About UAV Controls (Video)
Posted by: John
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AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business
Posted by: An
AMD has pulled out of the market for high-density servers, reversing a strategy it embarked on three years ago with its acquisition of SeaMicro. AMD delivered the news Thursday as it announced financial results for the quarter. Its revenue slumped 26 percent from this time last year to $1.03 billion, and its net loss increased to $180 million, the company said. AMD paid $334 million to buy SeaMicro, which developed a new type of high-density server aimed at large-scale cloud and Internet service providers.

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MIT Researchers Develop Wireless Trackpad For Your Thumbnail
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Embedded Linux Takes to the Skies (Video)
Posted by: This
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The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers
Posted by: An
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Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera
Posted by: Jason
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Samsung SSD On a Tiny M.2 Stick Is Capable of Read Speeds Over 2GB/sec
Posted by: MojoKid
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New Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later This Month
Posted by: An
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Fifty Years of Moore's Law
Posted by: HughPickens.com
50 Years of Moore's Law

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Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display
Posted by: An
displays with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution. They'll hit the market next year. The display will have a pixel density of 806 PPI. It's not known yet which smartphone makers will build devices with these screens. The displays cost significantly more than a more typical 1080p or 1440p display, so they'll probably only make it into high-end phones. On the other hand, this will help to drive down prices for lower-resolution displays, so it could indirectly benefit everybody.



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Killer Robots In Plato's Cave
Posted by: Lasrick
After all, if the only criterion is that a human nominates the target, then even The Terminator...might qualify as semi-autonomous.

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Transforming Robot Gets Stuck In Fukushima Nuclear Reactor
Posted by: An
The ability to change shape hasn't saved a robot probe from getting stuck inside a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor. Tokyo Electric Power will likely leave the probe inside the reactor housing at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex north of Tokyo after it stopped moving. On Friday, the utility sent a robot for the first time into the primary containment vessel (PCV) of reactor No. 1 at the plant, which was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. 'The robot got stuck at a point two-thirds of its way inside the PCV and we are investigating the cause,' a Tokyo Electric spokesman said via email. The machine became stuck on Friday after traveling to 14 of 18 planned checkpoints.

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Report: Chinese Government Plans To Put 3D Printers In All Elementary Schools
Posted by: InfiniteZero
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Storing Data To Survive a Fire (or Other Disaster)
Posted by: First
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Google Battles For Better Batteries
Posted by: An
At Google, Dr. Bhardwaj's group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices. ... In a February presentation to an industry conference, Dr. Bhardwaj described how solid-state, thin-film batteries could be used in smartphones and other mobile devices that are thinner, bendable, wearable and even implantable in the human body. ... For the contact lens, the technology is safer because it doesn't use flammable electrolyte liquid, Dr. Bhardwaj's presentation explained.

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