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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

Smart home dream could be for all

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Smart homes in which a single button controls lighting, heating, security, music, film - everything digital - has long been promised, but has never quite delivered... until now?

Cars that run on overnight charge catch valley VC's eye

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With oil prices hitting new highs, venture capitalists are considering a kind of car you can plug into your home power outlet at night. And one person they'll be hearing from soon is Palo Alto's Felix Kramer.

New Software Changes Wireless Technology Functions on Demand

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Taking wireless technology to the next level, NASA is leading the way in the field of Software Defined Radio, or SDR, a wireless technology that gives an electronic device the ability to quickly and easily perform new functions on demand.

Boy hailed for air safety gadget

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A 12-year-old Scots schoolboy has been praised by airport bosses after inventing a gadget which could help prevent plane crashes by warning pilots of dangerous material lying on runways before they prepare to land. It wouldn't take a great deal of investment to install this in airports - Daryn's model was made for around £100.

Rodents May Be Partly to Blame for Outage

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New Zealand's largest telecommunications provider was checking Tuesday whether rats gnawing a cable were partly to blame for an outage that disrupted mobile phone and Internet services and shut down the country's Stock Exchange on Monday.

Perplexed consumers dial up tech 'geeks'

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"Help! Send a geek!"

That's the growing cry of technology shoppers across the USA as they grapple with increasingly complex computers and other consumer electronics.

Taking a trip down memory-chip lane

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Renewed interest in old-school computing is more than just a trip down memory-chip lane. Early computers are a part of our technological heritage, and also offer a unique perspective on how today's machines work.

Burners' Bummer

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New Software Guards CDs From Copiers, and the Mix Culture Doesn't Like It.

In a move that risks alienating a dwindling customer base, the major record labels are tightening up restrictions on CDs.

Thanks to geniuses in Congress, your TV may no longer work

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ONE DAY in the not-too-distant future, all the TV sets in your home that aren't hooked to cable boxes will turn into pumpkins.

'Teleporting' over the internet

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Computer scientists in the US are developing a system which would allow people to "teleport" a solid 3D recreation of themselves over the internet.

Will computing flow like electricity?

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Business writer Nicholas G. Carr raised many hackles in the information technology industry when he published a piece titled "IT Doesn't Matter" in 2003. His latest piece with a similarly extreme headline, "The End of Corporate Computing," reopens the discussion of utility computing.

FCC sets rules for VoIP 911

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Internet telephone service will soon come with a warning sticker.

Space shuttle Discovery rolls toward launch pad

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Space shuttle Discovery is making its glacial crawl to launch pad 39B this morning to prepare it for blastoff next month.

Yahoo! Buys Internet Phone Provider

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Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday it had acquired DialPad Communications Inc., a 6-year-old company whose software lets people to place calls over the Internet for a fraction of the cost of regular telephone service. New products from Yahoo that integrate DialPad technology could debut within a few months.

linux on microsoft mn-700 router

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gather round folks and watch as reader liam beats a microsoft mn-700 router into submission. the router normally runs a windows ce based operating system and is considered problematic on its good days.

A deal made in Washington?

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Congressman Rick Boucher: If the MPAA expects Congress to ratify a rule that would limit the ability of ordinary consumers to share lawfully acquired digital broadcast television programs with one another, then it shouldn't be surprised if Congress insists that the MPAA accept in return a restoration of the fair use rights taken from consumers through the enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Digital shakes up entertainment

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The people who make films, TV and music are trying to work out how to survive in a digital era where the consumer is in control.

Text messages deliver woman from abductor

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Police in New York state were able to rescue a kidnapped 19-year-old Glen Burnie woman with the help of text messages she secretly sent over her cell phone while her abductor drove her to Long Island, N.Y., Maryland police said.

Plasma in reactors echoes distribution of galaxies

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Nuclear fusion reactors could be used to study what the universe was like just after the big bang. So claims a physicist who noticed that the plasma created inside these reactors is distributed in a strikingly similar way to galaxies in today's universe.

The Power Of Us

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How can a tiny European upstart like Skype Technologies S.A. do a number on a trillion-dollar industry? By dialing up a vast, hidden resource: its own users. Behold the power of us. It's the force behind the collective clamor of Weblogs that felled CBS anchorman Dan Rather and rocked the media establishment. Global crowds of open-source Linux programmers are giving even mighty Microsoft Corp. fits. Mass collaboration on the Internet is shaking up business.

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