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Samsung countersues Apple over iPhone, iPad

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co has filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm’s iPhone and iPad in a tit-for-tat case after Apple claimed Samsung’s smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products. Apple filed a lawsuit last Friday alleging Samsung violated patents and trademarks of its iPhone and…

Russia denies plans to ban Gmail, Skype

MOSCOW – The Russian security service denied Saturday it had plans to ban Skype and Gmail after one of its top officials said such services posed a serious security risk. The information and special communications director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) told a cabinet meeting Friday that he was…

US trains activists to evade security forces

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is training thousands of cell phone and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to evade security forces in what it calls a “cat-and-mouse game” with authoritarian governments. The US government is sponsoring efforts to help activists in Arab and other countries gain access to technology that…

‘Bionic eye’ implant offers hope to the blind

GLEN BURNIE, Maryland – For a man whose view of the world has slowly faded to black over 30 years, a device that allows him to see flashes of light has kindled his hope of one day gazing upon his grandson’s face. A career electrician who grew up in Greece…

Website technology scans people’s emotions

SAN FRANCISCO — Computers may soon understand people better than their spouses do, courtesy of innovations from startup Affectiva that expand on groundbreaking sensing research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Affectiva co-founder and MIT professor Rosalind Picard showed off the fledgling firm’s feelings-sensing applications at a Web 2.0…

New Army device pinpoints the locations of gunshots

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan will soon be receiving a fancy new toy: a computerized device that analyzes the harmonic resonance of distant gunshots, providing the wearer with a precise location of the shooter and the bullet’s direction. Created by defense technology contractor QinetiQ, the device uses four sensors worn by…

Technological changes may lead to “reading divide”

TOKYO (Reuters) – The rapid rise of e-books could lead to a “reading divide” as those unable to afford the new technology are left behind, even as U.S. reading and writing skills decline still further. At particular threat are African-American communities where many students are already falling behind their majority…

Microsoft releasing new Internet Explorer 9 browser

AUSTIN, Texas — Microsoft announced that it will release the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late on Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday). “Things are about to change,” Microsoft corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch said at a press conference at the South By Southwest Interactive technology…

Twitter, a five-year-old changing the world

SAN FRANCISCO – At five years old, Twitter is just starting to change the world. Jack Dorsey fired off the first tweets on March 21, 2006, an automated “just setting up my twttr” message which he followed with the first “human” tweet — “inviting coworkers.” It was Dorsey who proposed…

Eye-controlled laptop turns heads at high-tech fair

HANOVER, Germany – Billed as a global first, a laptop allowing users to open files, play music and view pictures using just the power of their eyes was turning heads Wednesday at the CeBIT, the world’s top tech fair. The otherwise unremarkable laptop integrates cutting-edge “eye tracking” technology by Swedish…

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