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Bradley Manning's maximum sentence reduced by a third

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning now faces a maximum term of 90 years, down from 136, after a judge ruled that several parts of the military's case could be merged for the purposes of sentencing.

Xerox scanners found to sometimes alter numbers

Xerox scanners have been found to randomly alter numbers on documents when reproducing them if a certain combination of image quality and compression setting is used.

Samsung lays ground for a 'Galaxy Gear' smartwatch

Samsung files an application for a U.S. trademark on the name "Samsung Galaxy Gear" for what sounds like a smartwatch.

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Apple OKs pre-teen iTunes accounts upon school request

Apple is allowing children under 13 to have their own iTunes accounts as part of a new push coming later this year to increase the use of its iPad in education.

Possible sales ban for Samsung to be decided next week in patent infringement case

The United States International Trade Commission expects to complete its investigation next week into allegations of patent infringement between Apple and Samsung.

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Spoofed! Fake GPS signals lead yacht astray

Researchers in the U.S. have managed to spoof GPS (Global Positioning System) signals to send a yacht hundreds of meters off course, while fooling the crew into thinking the yacht was remaining perfectly on course.

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Eyeing faster chips, scientists measure super-fast electrical switching

Researchers in Silicon Valley have managed to observe electrical switching that is thousands of times faster than transistors used in today's computer chips. Their work could lead to a better understanding of how transistors work at the atomic level and in turn help to enable more powerful computers.

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Android tablet gives rare glimpse at North Korean tech

An Android tablet brought back from North Korea by a tourist has provided a glimpse at some of the restrictions placed on IT users in the famously secretive country.

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Astronaut controls robot on Earth from the ISS

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station used an extraterrestrial remote control system on Friday to maneuver a robot rover at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

Apple continues to hint at new products this year

Apple says new products are coming, but don't ask when, or what, or how much -- the company isn't telling.

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San Francisco DA: Microsoft, Google not doing enough on phone thefts

San Francisco's district attorney says he's optimistic that Apple and Samsung are making progress on a system that would render stolen smartphones unusable, but the same isn't true of Microsoft and Google.

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Japan, South Korea continue to lead in fiber Internet

The number of fiber Internet subscriptions rose 12.7 percent in the countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based group said Thursday.

EPEAT green IT registry expanding to mobile phones

The Green Electronics Council plans to expand its EPEAT environmental rating system later this year to include smartphones, the council said Tuesday.

Apple-Samsung phone battle to hit appeals court in August

A court's decision not to prevent multiple Samsung handsets from being sold in the U.S. despite their being found to infringe Apple patents will go before an appeal's court in early August.

High-tech system listens for gunshots from city streets to the African savanna

Audio technology makes possible the operations of ShotSpotter, a service that helps police departments pinpoint the location of gunfire in their city or from poachers in rural Africa.

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