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Technology Review
September 15, 2010

Twitter tweaks website to show more photos, video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twitter is turning its text-messaging website into a multimedia showcase by adding a new pane that will make it easier for its 160 million users to check out photos and video. The redesign unveiled Tuesday may compel people to linger on Twitter's website for longer periods and come back more frequently, making it a more attractive advertising vehicle.
Technology Review
September 15, 2010

Amazon goes after Apple's iPad in new Kindle ad

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. is rolling up its sleeves in its fight to convince consumers that its Kindle electronic reader is better than competing devices such as Apple's iPad, unveiling more aggressive advertising that is accentuating a growing rivalry. In a Kindle commercial aired on TV and uploaded Monday to Amazon's Kindle channel on YouTube, the online retailer shows a man and a woman lounging beside a pool in the sun. The man, dressed in a white T-shirt and gray shorts, looks vexedly at a thin, dark, unlabeled tablet device -- presumably an iPad -- while trying to shield its shiny screen from the sun.
Technology Review
September 14, 2010

Are We Heading for a Space Bubble?

The supply of new spacecraft, launchers, and spaceports may soon exceed the demand.
Before the year is out, SpaceX will likely have conducted the first orbital demonstration of the Dragon capsule, which is intended to transport cargo, and ultimately humans, to the International Space Station (ISS). Next year, Orbital Sciences is expected to launch its cargo vessel, Cygnus. By 2014, two more spacecraft, the Dream Chaser and CST-100 are on track to have maiden voyages, launched by the Sierra Nevada Corporation and Boeing, respectively. And even more spacecraft are being developed by companies such as Blue Origin and PlanetSpace, as well as suborbital vehicles being built by Virgin Galactic, XCOR, and others. On the ground, there are seven federal and eight nonfederal launch sites licensed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration; most of the latter are new and owned by a combination of private enterprise and state and local governments. Additional applications for even more spaceports are likely.
Technology Review
September 14, 2010

The FlatPad A10: A Worthy iPad Competitor?

The Chinese-made tablet falls short, highlighting problems with the Android ecosystem.
The FlatPad A10 looks a lot like an Apple iPad, with the same black bezel and single circular button at the bottom of the screen. But the A10 costs only $220, compared to $499 for the cheapest (16-gigabyte, Wi-Fi-only) iPad. The A10 is also has a slot for more memory (micro-SD format); and most importantly, the A10 runs Google's open source Android operating system, making it one of the first Android-based tablets available for sale in the U.S. The A10's specifications make it seem like a strong competitor to the iPad. This Android 2.1 device has a 10.2-inch touch screen. It has 256 megabits of RAM and two gigabytes of built-in flash. There's Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port, two USB ports (one for programming the A10, one for connecting other devices), and built-in stereo speakers. It's got a one-gigahertz processor, an accelerometer to detect screen orientation, and runs Google Maps. The battery lasts five hours.
Technology Review
September 14, 2010

Generation gap: 5 ways car culture has changed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Not long ago, I gave a ride to a kid in an old car with no air conditioning. It was a warm day, so I told him to roll down the window.
Technology Review
September 14, 2010

What's new in the 2011 model year

DETROIT (AP) -- It's electric!
Technology Review
September 14, 2010

Cisco to start paying a dividend before summer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cisco, the world's largest maker of computer-networking gear, says it plans to start paying a dividend before the end of its current fiscal year, in July.
Technology Review
September 14, 2010

Intel investing $30 million in software companies

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The investment arm of chip maker Intel is investing more than $30 million total into four different software developers.
MIT Research News
September 13, 2010

Solar Funnel

New antenna made of carbon nanotubes could make photovoltaic cells more efficient by concentrating solar energy.
Solar cells are usually grouped in large arrays, often on rooftops, because each cell can generate only a limited amount of power. However, not every building has enough space for a huge expanse of solar panels.

Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell. Such nanotubes could form antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing much smaller and more powerful solar arrays.
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Technology Review
September 13, 2010

Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control

Artificial intelligence improves a wheelchair system that could give paralyzed people greater mobility.
A robotic wheelchair combines brain control with artificial intelligence to make it easier for people to maneuver it using only their thoughts. The approach, known as "shared control," could help paralyzed people gain new mobility by turning crude brain signals into more complicated commands. The wheelchair, developed by researchers at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, features software that can take a simple command like "go left" and assess the immediate area to figure out how to follow the command without hitting anything. The software can also understand when the driver wants to navigate to a particular object, like a table.
Technology Review
September 13, 2010

Electric Skin that Rivals the Real Thing

Flexible sensors could give prosthetics and robots a more sensitive sense of touch.
The tactile sensitivity of human skin is hard to re-create, especially over large, flexible surfaces. But two California research groups have made pressure-sensing devices that significantly advance the state of the art. One, made by researchers at Stanford University, is based on organic electronics and is 1,000 times more sensitive than human skin. The second, made by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, uses integrated arrays of nanowire transistors and requires very little power. Both devices are flexible and can be printed over large areas; they are described this week in separate papers in the journal Nature Materials.
Technology Review
September 13, 2010

Hewlett-Packard buying ArcSight for $1.5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. wants to have the answer to all of its customers' technology problems. So it is buying network-security provider ArcSight Inc. to help them respond to the growing threat posed by hackers, computer viruses and digital fraud.