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New eco-friendly denim-making process uses 92 percent less water

It takes lots of water and chemicals to make a pair of jeans, and environmentally conscious clothing makers caught on years ago to the need to make more sustainable versions these popular pants. But a Swiss chemical company said Tuesday its process for making eco-friendly jeans could streamline those efforts,…

Swedish CDC releases ‘Test Nooky’ app to promote condom use

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep with a mean film director, a socialite or the guy who does voice-over in movie trailers, or perhaps with one of your Facebook friends? As part of a new safe-sex initiative, the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (SMI) on Tuesday…

Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet in iPad challenge

Software giant Microsoft unveiled its first tablet computer, Surface, in a major hardware launch clearly designed to take on long-term rival Apple’s market-ruling iPad. Chief executive Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger — complete with a built-in stand and ultra thin covers-cum-keyboards in a range of colors — as a…

Panasonic’s Android-based ‘toughpad’ unveiled in Asia

Panasonic’s first Android-based computer tablet designed for tough environments such as battlefields was unveiled Tuesday at a major regional telecom fair in Singapore. It was the first time the “Panasonic Toughpad A1″ was showcased in Asia, where company officials said there is a huge demand for such a rugged device.…

Facebook will settle ad lawsuit for $10 million

Facebook will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit from users who claimed their names, images and other information were improperly used in advertising described as “sponsored stories,” court documents showed. According to documents dated earlier this month and available online, Facebook and a series of plaintiffs submitted an agreement…

Microsoft hints it will compete with Apple on iPad

Microsoft kept the tech world buzzing Monday ahead of a mysterious announcement which has fueled speculation the software giant may unveil a product to challenge the Apple iPad. The venue for the invite-only announcement, shrouded in secrecy reminiscent of tech mega rival Apple’s media-frenzied unveilings, was disclosed to participants only…

Facebook buys facial recognition software startup Face.com

Facebook on Monday said it has bought a startup specializing in software that lets computers recognize people’s faces in digital images. It was not disclosed how much the leading social network paid for Face.com or what its plans are for the company. “People who use Facebook enjoy sharing photos and…

Earth’s supercomputing power surpasses human brain three times over

The combined processing power of the world’s most advanced computers has skyrocketed more than 66 percent since November, according to a study of supercomputers released this month. The study found that the U.S. is home to the world’s most powerful computer once again thanks to a new IBM machine called…

The iPhone makes up half of smartphone sales the U.S. even though Android wins globally

Here’s a statistic: in the first quarter of 2012, of the 18m smartphones sold in the US through carriers, the majority went to existing smartphone owners. Less than half – about 8.6m – went to new smartphone owners: people upgrading from a featurephone or getting their first phone. (The former…

Google calls increasing requests to remove political content ‘alarming’

Political commentary remains a prime target as governments increase the number of requests for Google to remove material from the reach of Internet users. The Internet giant on Sunday released its fifth semi-annual Transparency Report providing insights into requests by countries around the world to “take down” content from search…

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