High-capacity 3D transparent memory a step closer to reality

Rice University researchers led by chemist James Tour have just written a paper in the journal Nature Communications that describes transparent, non-volatile, heat- and radiation-resistant memory chips created in Tour’s lab from silicon oxide sandwiched between electrodes of graphene, the single-atom-thick form of carbon. More than four years ago, they discovered it was possible to make bits of computer memory from silicon and carbon,…

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Samsung Sues Apple Over iPhone 5, Allowed to Sell Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung is suing Apple over claims that the iPhone 5 infringed on its patents. The Korean electronics giant filed the lawsuit in a U.S. court Tuesday, Reuters reported. “We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights,” Samsung said in a statement. Last month, court documents…

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Maps on smartphones: Lost

The criticism heaped on Apple shows the growing importance of cartography. … Maps are becoming important strategic terrain. They are more than an aid to getting from A to B. Apps based on location—to summon a taxi, say—need maps inside them. Digital maps can include countless layers of information, plus advertisements from which money can…

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Bioengineers introduce Bi-Fi | The biological Internet

If you were a bacterium, the virus M13 might seem innocuous enough. It insinuates more than it invades, setting up shop like a freeloading houseguest, not a killer. Once inside it makes itself at home, eating your food, texting indiscriminately. Recently, however, bioengineers at Stanford University have given M13 a bit of a makeover. The…

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Wrong turn: Apples buggy iOS 6 maps lead to widespread complaints

By Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson Apple has a maps problem. The major new feature of the company’s new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself — a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a…

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Motorola asks ITC to ban every Mac, iPad, and most iPhones

The International Trade Commission voted yesterday to investigate Apple for patent infringement allegations launched by the Google-owned Motorola Mobility. As expected, Motorola is asking for import bans on just about every iOS device, including iPhones, iPods, and iPads. What might be surprising is that Motorola is also asking for a ban on every type of…

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Why You Don’t Need the iPhone 5, by an iPhone Owner

Can you feel it yet? The slow, subtle build-up in peer pressure. The smug, self-satisfied looks from that guy in the office who pre-ordered the iPhone 5 at midnight. The questions from friends who assume that, because you like tech, you’re probably getting one. The calculations you catch yourself making, wondering if you could actually…

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Moving plane exchanges quantum keys with Earth

AN AEROPLANE has beamed quantum encryption keys to a station on the ground, paving the way for an ultra-secure global communications network. Quantum key distribution (QKD) uses photons polarised in two different ways to encode the 0s and 1s of an encryption key. The laws of quantum mechanics ensure the transmission is secure, as any…

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