TECHNOLOGY - 'Password' no longer the Internet's worst password
The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-password-longer-internet-worst.


TECHNOLOGY - Accurate opto-electrical modeling of multi-crystalline silicon wafer-based solar cells
Publication date: April 2014Source:Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Volume 123 Author(s): Andrea Ingenito , Olindo Isabella , Serge Solntsev , Miro ZemanModeling of multi-crystalline silicon solar cells has been recently widely used for fast and cost-effective performance improvements. The optimization of device performance requires deep understanding of the opto-electrical losses in a fabricated solar cell. To carry out trustworth ...
http://rss.sciencedirect.com/action/redirectFile?amp;zone=ma


TECHNOLOGY - Argentina tightens controls on Internet commerce
Argentina has toughened restrictions on Internet purchases from foreign sources, part of an attempt to stem capital flight .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-argentina-tightens-internet-com


TECHNOLOGY - Augmented reality lifts awareness of nature preservation
Imagine strolling along a wildlife refuge trail and finding a marker with a symbol of a bison. Pull out your smartphone or iPad and hold it up to the picture. Now look at the screen and see a 3-D bison roam across the landscape .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-augmented-reality-awareness-nat


TECHNOLOGY - BT's breakneck broadband test hits unimaginable speeds over plain ol' fiber
BT still has a long way to go until it connects all of Britain's homes to its fiber-optic network, but that hasn't stopped it from exploring new ways to squeeze some extra speed out of it while it does. With a little help from their friends at .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/22/bt-fastest-fiber-optic-in


TECHNOLOGY - Beats Music to reach Windows Phone listeners on January 24th
Beats Music launched with a lot of fanfare today, but you may have noticed that its promised Windows Phone client is missing. What happened? As it turns out, the app is just fashionably late -- Beats' Ian Rogers says that the Windows Phone edition .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/21/beats-music-to-reach-wind


TECHNOLOGY - Blu-ray discs may soon get billions of colors with new encoding tech
It's nice that 4K streaming is coming to match the onslaught of screens, but most media is still encoded with a "measly" 8-bits per pixel, rendering around 16 million colors. That might sound fine, but so-called deep color (10-, 12- or 16-bits per .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/22/folded-space-high-color-b


TECHNOLOGY - GPS-powered sun tracker skylights direct natural daylight indoors
The best kind of solar light is, well, solar light. These sun-tracking skylights bring the richness of natural sunlight into homes and offices .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/gps-powered-sun-t


TECHNOLOGY - Human-computer interactions could be improved by a new efficient and accurate hand-gesture-recognition model
Virtual reality, gaming and robotics rely on computers using depth images from cameras to recognize, understand and replicate actual body movements. Programming a computer to accurately identify hand gestures is particularly challenging because of the speed, complexity and dexterity of human hand movements .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-human-computer-interactions-eff


TECHNOLOGY - Innovative electrodes allow new computer memory technologies to be compatible with existing circuitry
The computing industry faces constant demands to provide faster access to data and reduce power consumption. As current memory systems cannot meet these demands indefinitely, it is essential to develop entirely new technologies. One strong contender is resistive random access memory (RRAM), which stores binary information by switching a dielectric material between conducting and non-conducting states .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-electrodes-memory-technologies-


TECHNOLOGY - Intel's latest education-focused tablet and Classmate PC reference designs add... more rubber?
We're all about the sentiment in Intel's education-focused tablet and PC reference designs, aimed at providing a template for other tablet and PC makers in the education space. That's all fine and good. Our side that cares about electronics evolving .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/22/intel-education-tablet-cl


TECHNOLOGY - Internet and Cable Giant Comcast Will Soon Sell Electricity in Pennsylvania
Nearly three years ago, Greentech Media reported on a small cooperative utility in the suburbs of Indianapolis that was merging with the local telecom to offer electricity, phone, broadband and home security services through one company now called NineStar Connect. At the time, it was a very small and local example of a trend emerging in competitive electricity markets: telecom and other consumer-facing companies selling electricity, the way Mar ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/comcast-will-sel


TECHNOLOGY - Motorola brings Prip's push-to-talk service to the iPhone
Sprint's iDEN network shutdown may have quashed hopes for an iPhone with native push-to-talk support, but that won't matter much now that Motorola has brought Prip's service to iOS. The new app lets American iOS 7 users instantly speak to both fellow .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/22/prip-for-iphone/?ncid=rss


TECHNOLOGY - Spark: Look Ma, an open source thermostat
(Phys.org) —Spark.io has come up with an open source thermostat. "We spent about $70 on components to put this together (including $39 for the Spark Core); the wood and acrylic were free. We started working at 10am and finished at 3am, with 3.5 engineers involved (one went to bed early), and the only work we did in advance was order the electronic components." Their step by step demo and encouraging words to Makers that the future is quite open f ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-ma-source-thermostat.htm


TECHNOLOGY - The Humble Toothbrush Gets an Internet Makeover
The Internet of Things appears to be expanding out from the poles of industrial machinery and everyday household items. Among the latter category, we can now count smart toothbrushes.Existing smart brushes have tracked how long and how often users brush, displaying the data in a mobile app and, upon request, sharing it with the user’s dentist. But a newcomer to the field, Kolibree, tracks not just the quantity but the quality of brushing behavior ...
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http://singularityhub.com/2014/01/21/the-humble-toothbrush-g


TECHNOLOGY - This pole-climbing rheopectic fluid might one day keep you alive
There are some kinds of sludge, like quicksand, that you sink into. There are some kinds of sludge, like custard, you can walk on. And there are some kinds of sludge that just get stronger the more you stand on them.
http://io9.com/this-pole-climbing-rheopectic-fluid-might-one


TECHNOLOGY - Veho's new K-series action cameras have pro features, amateur-friendly price
Veho is perhaps mostly known for its range of accessories -- so when we tested its entry into the (already busy) action cam market we were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Fast-forward to today, and it appears it's looking to build on that .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/21/vehos-new-k-series-action


TECHNOLOGY - Watch These People Swap Genders Using Virtual Reality
A lot of the most interesting applications of VR have less to do with gaming, and more to do with perceptions of self. What's it like to see outside of your own subjective experience of body and self? .
Watch These People Swap Genders Using Virtual Reality
http://kotaku.com/watch-these-people-swap-genders-with-virtu


TECHNOLOGY - Yahoo! users will be mostly mobile in 2014, CEO says
Struggling Internet giant Yahoo! will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer said on Wednesday at the Davos World Economic Forum .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-yahoo-users-mobile-ceo.htm


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