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Major US chipmaker to slash 1,700 of its workforce

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Major US electronics corporation Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) plans to eliminate 1,700 jobs. Major US electronics corporation Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has announced plans to slash its global workforce by 1,700 people as a ‘cost-cutting’ measure. The move, announced Wednesday by the Dallas-based chipmaker, is part of the TI’s plan to discontinue its mobile business, according to the company’s... 

Japan to unveil world's first 3D printing photo booth

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Otome 3D compnay will open the world’s first 3D printing photo booth in Japan. The world’s first 3D printing photo booth, creating life-like miniature photos, is set to be unveiled at the Eye of Gyre exhibition in Japan. A Japanese company known as Omote 3D is planning to offer the 3D photo printing service at the Eye of Gyre exhibition that will be held in Tokyo’s Harajuk. According... 

Panasonic downgraded by S&P due to $10 billion losses

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Panasonic Corp., Japan’s second largest TV maker, saw its credit rating cut by two levels by Standard & Poor’s after it forecast a $9.5 bn loss 30 times bigger than analyst estimates. ­S&P said it has downgraded long-term debt to BBB, down from A-, as “huge losses for the second year in a row weaken the company’s financial profile and could further slow its recovery in the next... 

Mozilla to launch Firefox OS for Smartphones in early 2013

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Mozilla’s ‘Boot to Gecko’ project will be launched as a fully-fledged smartphone operating system next year to offer users an open alternative to proprietary and partially closed rivals, the non-profit organisation has announced. The announcement is not a huge surprise as B2G has rumbled along for a year since inception, but Mozilla has offered an unexpected level of commercial... 

Tesla Motors Launches Revolutionary Supercharger Enabling Free Long Distance Travel

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Today Tesla Motors unveiled its highly anticipated Supercharger network, which is said to make long distance travel in cars totally free thanks to the use of solar energy and electricity. So far the network is made up of six Supercharger stations stretching across California, as well as parts of Nevada and Arizona. These stations will allow the Tesla Model S to recharge for free, and each charge is... 

Stephen Elop to be fired by early 2013, Nokia to switch on Android

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Nokia is desperately trying to reestablish itself as a major contender in the mobile phone space, but it’s no easy task going up against the likes of Apple and Samsung. There’s also a lot riding for company CEO Stephen Elop, who could find himself looking for a new job if the Lumia 920 fails to excite customers the way he envisioned. Elop has bet the farm and possibly his job on Microsoft’s... 

Samsung seeks to ban iPhone 5 sale in the US

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It was a long time coming, but now it has been officially confirmed – Samsung is going to pursue a ban on the US sales of the Apple iPhone 5. The Koreans believe that the latest iOS smartphone infringes on at least 8 of their LTE patents. The official statement goes as following: Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add... 

iPhone 5 to recover US economy

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The sales of iPhone 5 in the fall could be a tangible help to the economy of the United States of America. Retail sales of the device have long surpassed all bold predictions and made a positive impact on the overall profit of the retail segment of the market. According to experts, the American economy will get additional $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Analysts give very bold predictions... 

HP Expands Job Cuts To 29,000

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) is planning to cut 2,000 more jobs, expanding total job cuts to nearly 29,000 in its latest reorganization efforts, the company said in a document Monday. In a regular filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the world’s largest personal computer maker said it expects to “eliminate approximately 29,000 positions in connection with the 2012 Plan through... 

Apple Granted Patent To Disable Cameras According To Location

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Recording, communicating during protests, political events could be restricted. Apple was granted a patent last week that will enable it to wirelessly disable the camera on iphones in certain locations, sparking fears that such techniques could be used to prevent citizens from communicating with each other or taking video during protests or events such as political conventions and gatherings. The... 

Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone

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Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts. The technology was designed to help handicapped people, but could have ample applications in other fields as well. A video posted to YouTube by researchers at Zhejiang University shows how the system,... 

South Korea’s Samsung to contest US court ruling

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A sign is posted in front of a Samsung Electronics office on July 30, 2012 in San Jose, California. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics says it will contest a United States court ruling ordering the company to pay damages to the American rival Apple. “We will move immediately to file post-verdict motions to overturn this decision in this court and if we are not successful, we will appeal this... 

Ultra-compact Hiriko Fold to go on sale next year

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The computer generated image shows how the Hiriko Fold is able to fold up to fit into tiny spaces. Researchers have designed a new car that can fold up to fit itself into small spaces, making it much easier for the driver to find a parking space. Developed by MIT’s Changing Places group and the Spanish Basque region’s development agency DENOKINN, the Hiriko Fold, is an ultra-compact electric... 

Pentagon reveals DARPA's creepiest spy robot yet

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Researchers at the Pentagon’s DARPA lab are always on the lookout for new, exciting scientific marvels to creep out everyone on Earth. In their latest effort to do as much, they’ve succeeded with a small, color-shifting soft-shell robotic snail. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon’s state-of-the-art science lab, have already brought us bite-sized drones... 

Pentagon confirms X-51A test flight was a failure

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Graphic shows the X-51A Waverider as it is set to demonstrate hypersonic flight. The US Air Force confirmed on Wednesday that the test mission one day earlier of an unmanned hypersonic plane hoped to travel at six times the speed of sound was a failure. The Pentagon revealed on Wednesday that Tuesday’s test run of the X-51A WaveRider aircraft was unsuccessful. “It is unfortunate that a problem... 
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