Daily Archives: September 24, 2013

Bits Blog: Remote Controls, Without the AAA Batteries

A company in San Diego, Maxwell Technologies, says it has developed a power system for remote controls that stores electricity without chemicals and can recharge in minutes. read more

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Bits Blog: The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind

Clive Thompson, a science and technology writer, argues that technology is making us more intelligent and creating an ambient awareness of the people around us. read more

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Bits Blog: The Human Behind a Favorite Spambot, Horse_eBooks

Jacob Bakkila, a 29-year-old artist and Buzzfeed employee, said he had been operating the Twitter account for the last two years. read more

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DealBook: BlackBerry Buyout Offer Raises Array of Questions

BlackBerry said that it had reached an agreement to sell the company for $9 a share to a group led by Fairfax Financial Holdings. read more

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Gadgetwise: With New Stylus, LeapFrog Tackles Reading and Writing

The LeapReader is an electronic pen that sounds out letters and words in LeapFrog books and teaches children how to write them. read more

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Minimal Desktop Speakers With Maximum Sound

Logitech’s Z600 Bluetooth speakers deliver some serious volume from a streamlined package. read more

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Coveted Restaurant Reservations Without the Groveling

A bit of cleverness can take you far in getting that elusive table. read more

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Gadgetwise: Pro-Grade Headphones With a Striking Look

The audio company Munitio has a keen eye for detail, and it shows in its new Pro40 model over-ear headphones. read more

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DealBook: Applied Materials to Merge With Tokyo Electron

The all-stock deal will create a big new producer of semiconductor and display manufacturing equipment with an expected market value of $29 billion. read more

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Reforms urged to make UN climate reports shorter, more focused

OSLO (Reuters) – Climate experts on a U.N. panel should focus more on shorter reports on specialist subjects such as extreme weather in a shift from sweeping overviews of the kind being prepared this week in Stockholm, many scientists and governments say. read more

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison skips keynote for America's Cup races

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle Corp CEO Larry Ellison skipped a keynote address at his software company’s massive annual customer conference on Tuesday to be on San Francisco Bay as his Oracle Team USA made a comeback in the America’s Cup. read more

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BlackBerry executives sold newly vested stock on day of warning

TORONTO (Reuters) – Top BlackBerry executives sold small blocks of the company’s stock on the day that the smartphone maker warned of a huge quarterly operating loss and massive job cuts, according to Canadian regulatory filings. read more

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Honeywell seeks clarity on U.S. airline display panel proposal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Honeywell on Tuesday said it wanted U.S. air safety regulators to explain a new proposal to compel airlines to change cockpit instrument panels the company makes for Boeing planes over concerns that Wi-Fi signals could wipe out crucial readings and create a risk of crashing. read more

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Analysis: By going private, Blackberry may buy time to fix itself

TORONTO (Reuters) – A tentative deal to take BlackBerry Ltd private will not necessarily resolve challenges that pushed the smartphone maker into a corner in the first place, but it gives the struggling company some breathing room. read more

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