Planned cut to renewable energy target 'a free kick' for fossil fuels
The federal government's plan to reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) could jeopardise billions of dollars in investment while giving a boost to the fossil fuel sector, experts have predicted.
Tomorrow's tablets? Look, no hands
Engineers in a suburban Chicago office complex have designed a new microphone that they say will be key to the future of smartphone and tablet technology because it gives consumers the ability to operate hand-held devices ...
What's next for the smartphone in a rapidly changing market?
It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months – the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, ...
California startup unveils gun technology for cops
A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.
Apple to open 25 new stores in China in the next two years
Tim Cook is in China this week, where he announced plans to open 25 new Apple stores in its Greater China region in the next two years.
Microsoft's Garage becomes an incubator of consumer apps
For five years now, The Garage has served as Microsoft's incubator for employees' passion projects, an internal community of engineers, designers, hardware tinkerers and others from all different parts of the company who ...
Yelp adds hotel and winery bookings with new partnerships
Travelers often turn to Yelp to check out consumer reviews of hotels before they go on vacation, and now they can book a room directly through its site and app thanks to a partnership with startup Hipmunk.
Evaluating powerful batteries for modular grid energy storage
Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower's GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia's Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque, N.M.
Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark
Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast.
Researchers increase the switching contrast of an all-optical flip-flop
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York have increased the switching contrast of a particular kind of all-optical flip-flop by 28 dB, resulting in a switching contrast of 36.6 dB. ...
New oscillator for low-power implantable transcievers
Arash Moradi and Mohamad Sawan from Polytechnique Montreal in Canada discuss their new low-power VCO design for medical implants. This oscillator was implemented to provide the frequency deviation of frequency-shift-keying ...
Sweat and a smartphone could become the hot new health screening
A University of Cincinnati partnership is reporting a significant leap forward in health diagnostics that are more accurate than what's available today, yet considerably less invasive than something like ...
Online anonymity isn't as easy as the firms offering privacy apps want you to think
In a post-Snowden world, anonymity is what people want online. Smartphone apps offering anonymous messaging are popping up everywhere – Secret, Whisper and now Yik Yak. The latest additions to privacy- ...