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[21 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
E-cigarettes ‘do further damage than good’

Technology.am (Jan 21, 2010) — London, January 21: Battery-powered e-cigarettes can do further injury than good, as they in fact contain injurious chemicals, experts claim.
Two most important Greek researchers have advised consumers to discontinue using the devices until ongoing protection studies are reported back.
The recognition of e-cigarettes has improved as consumers can inhale nicotine without tar, tobacco or carbon monoxide.
Nevertheless, the US Food and Drug Administration have expressed anxiety after learning different brands delivered noticeably diverse amounts of nicotine vapor with every puff.
They have detected traces of dominant cancer-causing …

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[20 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Electric control of aligned “spins” might enhance computer memory

Technology.am (Jan 20, 2010) — Washington: Scientists are by means of electric fields manipulating the property of electrons identified as “spin” to store up data everlastingly, which might not just develop random access memory (RAM) in computers, it can in addition transform the next generation of electronic devices.
The group of scientists consist of researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Germany and the French research facility CNRS, south of Paris.
The latest type of memory exploits an occurrence called “tunnel magneto resistance” or TMR. Two thin layers of a magnetic …

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[13 Jan 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
McAfee in agreement to power Facebook security ops

Technology.am (Jan 13, 2010) — In a move to demonstrate to its 350 million members that it’s serious about their protection, Facebook has launched a joint venture with security firm McAfee: six months of McAfee’s Internet Security Suite software, a discount subscription following that, and custom security software and education materials on Facebook.
“Facebook is applying all financial incentives from this partnership to the benefit of its users and will not be taking a share of any profits from user subscriptions,” a release explained. McAfee has also developed a free means …

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[7 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
London uncovers digital datastore

Technology.am (Jan 07, 2010) — Over 200 data sets detailing life in London are to be put online by the capital’s governing body. Information regarding planning decisions, crime rates, abandoned vehicles, house prices, road accidents and many other metrics will structure the London datastore.
The Greater London Authority said the online data warehouse will formally release on 29 January. Boris Johnson, London Mayor, said releasing the data would make the GLA more open and responsible.
“I firmly believe that access to information should not just be the preserve of institutions and limited …

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[7 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Technology.am (Jan 07, 2010) — The price of Google’s new Nexus One is $529 and admittedly a small price to shell out for the eternal enjoyment promised by its backers. For $179, one can get the similar device through T-Mobile, because the wireless carrier expects to charge $79.99 per month for at least two years.
If T-Mobile is ready to subsidize the price of the Nexus One in return for a services contract, why can’t Google subsidize the gadget, given that it’s efficiently a one-way trip into Google Land and …

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[24 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]
HP confesses to ‘racist’ PC crisis

Technology.am (Dec. 14, 2009) — Software giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has admitted that its latest face-tracking webcam has “issues” with black users. The concern attracted international attention this month, when a US guy known as “Black Desi” posted a YouTube video that showed his HP webcam — built in to its most recent computers — refusing to track his face.
According to news.com.au, the webcam was developed to improve live conversations and is believed to track the user in all directions and zoom in and out.
Titled “HP computers are racist”, the YouTube …

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[16 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Taiwan reveals super-tiny microchip

Technology.am (Dec 16, 2009) — Taiwan has developed tiny microchips that could show the way to lighter and cheaper laptops or mobile phones, researchers and observers said Wednesday.
State-backed National Nano Device Laboratories in northern Hsinchu city said it had succeeded in packing additional transistors into smaller chip space than anybody else so far.
“Electronic gadgets like cellphones and laptops could be converted into smaller, lighter and cheaper with this technology,” Yang Fu-liang, the lab’s chief, told AFP.
Presently, laptops barely ever weigh less than about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) but the latest …

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[15 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Intel to preview latest chips on December 17

Technology.am (Dec. 15, 2009) — On December 17, Intel will preview new processors for laptops, amongst other chip technologies. The preview is noteworthy because it will be Intel’s primary opportunity to show off its ready-to-ship, commercially viable next-generation 32-nanometer technology. Almost all Intel processors are presently built on a 45-nanometer process. Normally, the smaller the geometry, the faster and more power competent the processor is.
Intel’s Core i series of processors will be the focal point of the San Francisco event that will provide as a venue to preview and show …

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[5 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
PC Tools Internet Security 2010 reviewed

Technology.am (Dec. 05, 2009) — PC Tools’s Internet Security suite for 2010 gets a number of things correct, and annoyingly drops the ball on others. It’s tough not to be fond of the feature set, which is strong, and their latest effectiveness badge from Virus Bulletin. Nevertheless, some of the problems in the suite are conspicuous and will potentially worry aware users who may otherwise discover it a high-quality security tool.
The default landing page ought to appeal to those who like speedy glances to make sure that everything is running …