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Robots and masks: Military gadgets displayed in UK
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LONDON (AP) — Transformable robots and weight-distribution backpacks are among the cutting-edge gadgets on display at a London showcase for defense science and technology. The government's Center for Defense Enterprise on Tuesday unveiled the latest gizmos being developed by small and
Nokia, Microsoft invest $24 million in mobile apps
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HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia and Microsoft plan to invest €18 million ($24 million) in promoting research into mobile applications for phones running Windows software and Nokia platforms. Aalto University in Helsinki says the AppCampus program will be launched at the university in May with each
Australia bans Chinese company from Web network
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from bidding to help build a nationwide high-speed Internet network due to concern about cyber attacks traced to China. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday the move was among "prudent decisions" to
Senators ask feds to probe requests for passwords
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SEATTLE (AP) — Two U.S. senators are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law, their offices announced Sunday. Troubled by reports of the practice, Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New
Titanic a magnet for kids, fine line for educators
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NEW YORK (AP) — Eleven-year-old John Payne has been a student of the Titanic since kindergarten. He has scrupulously researched the ship, built a model out of Lego freehand and successfully lobbied his fifth-grade teacher in suburban Chicago to let him mark the disaster's centennial with a
iPad dominates due to Apple's supply deals
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NEW YORK (AP) — Apple certainly has lots of buzz and corporate cache behind its products, but there's a hidden — almost mundane — reason its newest iPad is likely to dominate the competition: the advantageous deals the company cuts with components manufacturers. Apple's size, and the fact
Sony says it has sold 1.2M of the PlayStation Vita
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NEW YORK (AP) — Sony says it has sold 1.2 million PlayStation Vitas worldwide. The handheld game system launched last week in North America, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. It went on sale in December in Japan and other parts of Asia. Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the sales figure is as
Mazda shares dive on plan to raise $2 billion
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TOKYO (AP) — Mazda stock dived nearly 7 percent Thursday after the struggling car maker said it will raise about $2 billion from selling new shares to invest in assembly plants and developing new vehicle technologies. The Japanese company, which makes the Miata sports car, said in a statement
Sony makes mobile gaming push with handheld Vita
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NEW YORK (AP) — Sony is intensifying its push in handheld gaming with a gadget aimed at hardcore players looking for something with a bit more punch than "Angry Birds," ''Words With Friends" and other smartphone pastimes. The PlayStation Vita, already available in Japan, debuts in the U.S. and
Ibrahimovic launches autobiography iPad app
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has followed up on the success of his autobiography by launching his life story as an interactive iPad app. Sara Ohrvall, a spokeswoman for Swedish publisher Albert Bonnier, said Friday that the "I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic" application, based
Serious Facebook hack lands UK student in prison
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LONDON (AP) — A British student who stole sensitive information from Facebook's internal network was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday in what prosecutors described as the most serious case of social media hacking ever brought before the country's courts. Prosecutor Sandip Patel said
Chinese company to seek ban on iPad import, export
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BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese company said Tuesday it will ask customs officials to ban imports and exports of Apple's iPads due to a dispute over ownership of the trademark. All of Apple's iPads are manufactured in China, meaning global sales of the popular tablet computers might be affected if
Scientists say NASA cutting missions to Mars
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say NASA is about to propose major cuts in its exploration of other planets, especially Mars. NASA's former science chief is calling the plan irrational. With limited money for science and an over-budget new space telescope, the space agency essentially had to make
Brazil files injunction against Twitter
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SAO PAULO (AP) — A request for an injunction to stop Twitter users from alerting drivers to police roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints could make Brazil the first country to take Twitter up on its plan to censor content at governments' requests. Twitter unveiled plans last
Nokia ends phone assembly in Europe, cuts jobs
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HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. plans to stop assembling cell phones in Europe by year-end as it shifts production to Asia and will cut another 4,000 jobs, its latest attempts to cushion itself from stiff competition in the smartphone sector. The Finnish company said Wednesday it will make the new
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