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Feb 22,2008
RESTON, Va. - GSA Technology Schedule 70 orders for federal Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) rose 45.4% to $361.2 million from $248.5 in FY06, according to a new report by INPUT, the authority on government business. Between October 2006 and September 2007, state and local governments ordered nearly $250 million for IT equipment, software and services and an additional $87 million was dedicated to wireless services. Top contractors were Verizon Wireless, DLT Solutions, HPTi, and Mythics ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Ratchet & Clank and Resistance: Fall of Man Creators Kick Start Industry-Wide Tech Sharing by Providing Free Source Code, Tips and Tutorials SAN FRANCISCO - Independent console games developer Insomniac Games, creators of the multimillion-selling Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises, today unveiled a tech-sharing initiative dubbed 'Nocturnal' in which it will share elements of its technology source code and presentations free of charge with the worldwide development community. "The Nocturnal initiative is designed to ... [full story]
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Feb 06,2008
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity says virtual reality Internet sites may promote criminal activity and extremism.The intelligence agency said in a recent paper the economic and social mechanisms inherent in Web-based "worlds" such as Second Life open the virtual world to corporate espionage, terrorism or other criminal activity, The Washington Post said Wednesday. "Unfortunately, what started out as a benign environment where people would congregate to share information or explore fantasy worlds ... [full story]
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Feb 05,2008
DALLAS - The newest twist on crimes involving hacking phone companies is a trend called "swatting," a type of fake emergency call, the FBI in Dallas said Monday.Recently five so-called swatters in several states have placed emergency calls to 911 pretending to be other people in more than 60 cities, often using tales elaborate enough to have a SWAT team sent out, said an FBI news release.The callers often told of hostages about to be ... [full story]
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Feb 04,2008
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new voice-to-text technology reportedly meets the safety challenges in the United States posed by a more mobile and more connected society.North Carolina's Yap Inc. developed software that converts voice to cellular text messages, an application seen as necessary after a 2007 Zogby poll showed 66 percent of drivers young than 24 years old send text messages while driving, The Washington Times said Monday.A Nationwide Insurance study from 2006 found that one-fifth ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
CHI, Ill. - AT&T Mobility restored most of the service that was disrupted in the U.S. Midwest and Southeast on Thursday, the company announced Friday.Technicians said they hadn't figured out what caused the outages, which were discovered about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.During the outage, cell customers could make calls and send text messages, but iPhone and Blackberry models were unable to access the Internet, the company said.Service was expected to be fully ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
HILLSDALE, N.J. - A New Jersey company is breaking with tradition by offering title insurance and mortgage closing services online, it was announced Friday.MyClosingSPACE.com is offering its services first to New Yorkers, Insurance Networking News said.Title insurance is required by mortgage lenders to protect sale of property from "defects," which is the term used to describe a mistake made by a title search company that researches the deed to make sure the sale is free ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
CHICAGO - Illinois-based electronics giant Motorola Inc. announced intentions to sell its struggling cellular telephone division, it was reported Friday.The company has repeatedly struggled to keep up with the fast-paced advances in cell phone handset offerings, the Chicago Tribune said. Motorola has fired two chief executives who failed to keep the company's once dominate cell phone business ahead of competitors. Jettisoning the division was seen as a move by current Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
EDMONTON, Alberta - Cost-cutting by Texas computer-maker Dell has hit a second Canadian city, with plans announced to close a 900-staff call center in Edmonton, Alberta.Kenn Bur of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, which was instrumental in convincing Dell to open the Edmonton center with an agreement to lease Dell city-owned land for $1 a year for 20 years and a break on property taxes, said it wasn't a complete surprise."The company didn't know three ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. made an unsolicited bid to purchase Internet search engine Yahoo! Inc. for $44.6 billion, the company announced Friday.A Microsoft statement said the offer values Yahoo! at $31 per share, 62 percent above its closing value on the stock market Thursday.The offer would allow Yahoo! shareholders to either take cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, comprising a 50-50 ratio of cash and stock, the statement said.Microsoft ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - An effort to create a nationwide wireless network for police, firefighters and other emergency responders hit a snag when it drew little investor interest.The Federal Communications Commission had hoped to come up with airwaves dedicated for public safety use through an auction but it drew very little interest, The Washington Post said Thursday.The FCC proposal drew only one bid and that was far below the anticipated cost.The idea was to auction off the ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
The small, monochrome display screen on the Acoustic Research music and phone headset seems so retro at first glance - unless that first impression happens in broad daylight.   LIGHT BRIGHT - This working prototype of a Qualcomm phone display can be viewed in direct sunlight because it reflects light instead of using a backlight. CNS Photo by John Gastaldo. While it looks like the small screen on last decade's pagers, this display remains vibrant in direct ... [full story]
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Nov 16,2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - New computer programs adopted by U.S. airlines to track planes will get a severe test as winter weather sets in and the holiday travel season arrives.The goal is to reduce delays and cut the number of stranded passengers when bad weather closes airports, The New York Times reported. Recent incidents when loaded planes sat on runways for hours waiting for takeoff have made the issue a pressing one.Monte Ford, the chief ... [full story]
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