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Jun 15,2007
Each year shoplifters become more brazen and crafty, dreaming up new and audacious ways to steal everything from baby formula to Levi's jeans to Crest White Strips. To keep up, retailers are coming up with new ways to thwart would-be shoplifters. Those technologies were on display recently at the National Retail Federation's Loss Prevention Conference and Expo in San Diego. No longer relying only on run-of-the-mill sensor tags and video surveillance cameras, stores are using ... [full story]
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Jun 08,2007
Several seasons back in the irreverent cartoon "South Park," an episode took place in China, where the cast of reprobate kiddies competed in the world dodge-ball championship. The animated Chinese sportscasters mocked Americans with cheap stereotypes about big eyes, non-dairy creamer and the repeated phrase, "I'll use my credit card." I was reminded of that show on a recent trip to China. Somehow, my digital camera didn't make it into my suitcase. Maybe I can ... [full story]
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Jun 08,2007
Irish rockers U2 created a buzz at the recent Cannes Film Festival with a 55-minute preview of a high-tech concert movie, "U2 3D." By pushing the technical limits of 3-D digital cinema, the film will showcase the strengths and weaknesses of cinema made without celluloid. Producers plan to limit release of the final 90-minute version to theaters equipped with digital, 3-D projectors. Unlike animated 3-D movies such as "Chicken Little" and "Monster House," "U2 3D" ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
TALLINN, Estonia - A cyber attack that overwhelmed computers in Estonia may teach other nations how vulnerable the world is in the Internet age, a U.S. official said. "This may well turn out to be a watershed in terms of widespread awareness of the vulnerability of modern society," Linton Wells II, a deputy assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon told The New York Times. "It has gotten the attention of a lot of people." ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
WASHINGTON - A federal agency is expected to deliver a ruling Friday that some say could strike a serious economic blow to the wireless industry by banning the import of certain advanced cell phones into the United States. The U.S. International Trade Commission has a deadline of Friday to announce its remedy or penalty in a patent infringement dispute between Southern California chip makers Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego and Broadcom Corp. of Irvine, Calif. ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Buying a gadget can mean running a gauntlet of confusing questions. How many gigabytes? Mac or Microsoft? What about megapixels? Plasma, LCD or DLP? How long is the battery life? How much are you willing to spend?   A LITTLE EXTRA - Do you want the extended warranty? Before you say no, you might want to think of the added protection it would provide for the expensive consumer products you're buying. CNS illustration by Cristina Martinez ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Hospital records aren't what they used to be at Tri-City Medical Center. Emergency room doctors record orders for lab tests, medications and treatments on wireless tablet computers. Nurses on the in-patient floors enter vital signs into rolling laptop computers. And digital X-ray images are available on computer screens throughout the Oceanside, Calif., hospital moments after they are taken.   UNHEALTHY RECORDS - Scripps Health production control specialist Debbie Taratuta, left, information services supervisor Tom Liston and ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Pfizer's 26,600 square feet of empty lab, office and meeting space set aside to incubate new biotechnology companies might not look like a luxury hotel, but company executives hope it will feel that way to the tenants now being screened. In a modern, tile-and-glass building on its campus on the San Diego coast, the pharmaceutical giant is planning to spend $10 million annually for at least the next five years, incubating promising innovations or ideas ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
SAN DIEGO - Wireless technology giant Qualcomm is planning to launch a mobile network that would allow people to use their cell phones to manage myriad health issues including diabetes and dieting. Called LifeComm, the service would offer cell phones that could double as glucose meters to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetics, track aerobic activity in dieters or otherwise function as a medical device. The new wireless phone service is expected to launch in ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
TAMPA, Fla. – Pegasus Imaging Corporation, the leading provider of digital image compression technology, today claims IntelCorporation unlawfully infringed on its registered trademark causing confusion in the marketplace and taking business from a smaller company. Pegasus Imaging discovered Intel set up a Google AdWord campaign using its registered mark "Pegasus" in connection with its company name, "Pegasus Imaging," as not only a search phrase, but also the headline of the ad. The ad linked to ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
In the not-too-distant past, the Internet was, for many people, a thing of clunky Web sites, awkward search engines and slow loading times. But more recently, ongoing development of Internet technology has provided increasingly faster connections. In a report by Pew Internet Research, for example, it's estimated that 84 million Americans have broadband Internet access in their homes. And, just as the speed at which consumers receive online material has changed, so have expectations of ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is looking into advanced face-recognition technology that would use digital surveillance photos to spot terrorists. The goal is to convert photos into numerical sequences that can be instantly compared with millions of photos in a database, USA Today said Thursday. The newspaper said the technology has been tested at Boston's Logan International Airport, in busy city centers and at the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa Using face-recognition for surveillance is ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
There are moments when e-mail's easy access and swift convenience leave us in awe. "What did we do without it?" asks Rita Ali. Then there are all those other bold-faced moments Ali knows well - the daily deluge of e-mail messages piling up in the inbox. One day recently, Ali, director of diversity at Illinois Central College, whittled her inbox total down to a paltry 219 messages. But that was only after she transferred 1,500 ... [full story]
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