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Southwest Airlines offering passengers gate-to-gate texting ability

Southwest Airlines says customers with iOS devices can now use Apple's proprietary iMessage system on board from gate to gate.
Computers may place you in your 'urban tribe' based on your picture

Computers may place you in your 'urban tribe' based on your picture

Computers may soon be able to tell from your photo which "urban tribe" -- hipsters, bikers, surfers, etc. -- you belong to, U.S. researchers say.

Bluetooth device, smartphone app pair to help manage diabetes

Two U.S. firms are working on Bluetooth devices coupled with a smartphone app to allow diabetics to monitor their glucose levels more closely and accurately.

Court dismisses challenge to Microsoft/Skype merger

The General Court in Luxembourg dismissed a Cisco Systems appeal that attempted to block an $8.5 billion takeover of web service Skype by Microsoft.

Prosecutors: Britain's royals were victims of phone hacking

Tabloid stories revealing Britain's Prince Harry had a "needy" girlfriend bombarding him with calls and texts resulted from hacking phones, prosecutors said.

Digital EU agenda about trust, not barriers

Data protection efforts in the European Union are about confidence building and rights, not barriers, an EU leader in charge of digital issues said Wednesday.

'Megatons to Megawatts' program concludes

The U.S. Energy Department announced a 1993 deal to convert weapons-grade nuclear material from Russia to fuel for the U.S. energy sector was completed.
USDA to invest $50 million for mental healthcare in rural areas

USDA to invest $50 million for mental healthcare in rural areas

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an agency goal of investing up to $50 million to increase access to mental healthcare in rural areas.

Google hard at work bringing voice recognition to the mainstream

The next generation of computing devices may dispense with display screens and rely strictly on voice recognition, an engineer at U.S. search giant Google says.

Sprint to debut new Galaxy S4 phone for high-speed network

U.S. wireless provider Sprint says an enhanced version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone will take advantage of its new high-speed network offering.

Computer/camera system to monitor bus drivers for dangerous fatigue

A system using computers to track bus drivers' eye movements and blinks to prevent accidents on long-distance trips is being tested, European researchers say.
Apple awarded U.S. patent for curved touch screen technology

Apple awarded U.S. patent for curved touch screen technology

Apple has been awarded a U.S. patent for a method of making curved touch surfaces, suggesting it may be experimenting with curved iPhone displays.

Brazil-China Earth observation satellite fails to launch

A $250 million Earth observation satellite developed by China and Brazil was lost Monday as it launched from the Taiyuan space center in China, officials said.
Clinton says spying shouldn't gather economic information on allies

Clinton says spying shouldn't gather economic information on allies

Allied countries should not gather economic intelligence about each other in the guise of security, former U.S. President Bill Clinton says.
Rouhani: Little progress made in Western effort to curb enrichment

Rouhani: Little progress made in Western effort to curb enrichment

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday the Western effort to curb progress in his country's nuclear sector had little impact.

Tech companies demand limit to government surveillance

The largest tech companies on the planet have endorsed a campaign to call for new limits on government surveillance.
Justin Salhani

Irish healthcare company Covidien buys Israeli firm Given Imaging

Irish global healthcare company Covidien said it has purchased Israel's Given Imaging, a developer of swallowable cameras to diagnose digestive tract problems.
It's a slow death for the contract-bound cellphone

It's a slow death for the contract-bound cellphone

AT&T has become the latest U.S. wireless provider to tacitly admit that the business model of the subsidized, contract-bound cellphone -- long the norm in the United States -- is becoming less and less attractive to increasingly sophisticated consumers.
JIM ALGAR, United Press International

Uganda to buy iPads for all 375 lawmakers

Ugandan lawmakers will be given iPads at taxpayer expense -- the latest in a string of costly perks that's aggravated voters, opposition leaders said.

Apple turns on customer-tracking iBeacon

Technology giant Apple is tracking customers as they wander through U.S. Apple stores, the company has confirmed.

Shortage of rare materials said holding back technology development

A shortage of "rare earth" metals, used in high-tech electronic devices, is hampering the growth of a number of technologies, U.S. experts say.

U.S. pushes date for auction of airwave bandwidth to 2015

The U.S. government will delay until the middle of 2015 an auction of airwaves volunteered by broadcasters to improve wireless services, officials said.
Three NASA space instruments hit a science 'trifecta'

Three NASA space instruments hit a science 'trifecta'

NASA says three of its space instruments hit the trifecta Wednesday, operating on the same day at the moon, on Mars and en route to Mars.

Student's frequent cellphone use linked to anxiety, lowered grades

Frequent cellphone use by students is linked to anxiety, lower grades and reduced happiness, a study at Kent State University in Ohio has found.

'Smart' bra with sensors part of research into overeating triggers

Microsoft is working on a smart bra with sensors to monitor a wearer's mood and trigger a smartphone app to reduce emotional overeating, U.S. researchers said.
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