Saturday, November 1, 2014

Technology

Google is developing tiny particles that would search for problems in your bloodstream

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology.
Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient’s bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.

The robots are coming: Lowe’s enlists customer service bots to help shoppers find items

NEW YORK — The robots are coming. Lowe’s is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.
Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe’s Companies Inc. in San Jose, California.

Apple’s Tim Cook says Apple Pay had 1 million activations in first 3 days

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

China launches lunar spacecraft

BEIJING—China launched an experimental spacecraft today to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.
The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft land on the moon, retrieve samples, and return to Earth.

China launches experimental spaceship in preparation for unmanned moon return trip

BEIJING — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

California start up creates gun technology that tells dispatch how, when cop guns are fired

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer’s weapon has been fired.
The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer’s gun is taken out of its holster and when it’s fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired.

FBI director: Cellphone encryption has “very serious consequences”

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

Up in the sky, and soon landing on Earth, a mystery space plane - but why? US military mum

LOS ANGELES — What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B?
Must be a secret space weapon.
Or something to rocket next-generation spy gear into orbit.
Or maybe a decoy to keep China’s military guessing.

Google tries to appeal to more affluent consumers with latest Nexus tablet, smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Rogers unveils new camera angles for NHL games in GameCenter Live apps

TORONTO — The glowing puck experiment in the 1990s was a loathed and derided bust. Rogers hopes hockey fans will be much more supportive of a few experiments it’s integrating into broadcasts this season.
But you won’t see them on TV. And if you’re not a Rogers customer, you’re out of luck.

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