Apple's victory could mean fewer phone options
2012-08-25 07:47:28 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc.'s $1 billion legal victory could mean fewer smartphone options for consumers to choose from, analysts said.
A federal jury's verdict Friday that Samsung Electronic Co. stole Apple's technology to make and market smartphones using Google's Android software sen...
Mars rover passes driving test, looks to hit road
2012-08-23 18:03:21 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Now that Curiosity passed its driving test on Mars, the six-wheel NASA rover set its sights on longer treks.
The first test drive around the pebbly Martian crater where it landed was just that — a test drive. The rover edged forward about 15 feet, rotated to a right ang...
Honda robotics powers first product for homes
2012-08-21 14:51:08 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co. finally has its first product for the home packed with its prized robotics technology — a sensor-equipped lawn mower.
Miimo goes on sale next year, in only Europe, where spacious lawns are often enclosed in gates, targeting 4,000 unit sales a year.
The machine, ...
Epic patent trial over iPhone technology wraps up
2012-08-21 14:33:19 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives debate the complicated legal claims of Apple Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., a jury of nine men and women are set to decide one of the biggest technology disputes in history...
Apple sets record for company value at $623B
2012-08-21 14:31:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is Wall Street's all-time MVP —that's Most Valuable Property.
On Monday, Apple's surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, the world's highest, ever. It beat the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet b...
Supersmall lab-on-a-chip is superfast
2012-08-18 18:15:24 UTC
Looking for a specific protein in a drop of blood is like trying to find a notorious white whale on the seven seas — it takes some time. But a new device quickly filters the ocean of molecules in a blood sample, capturing proteins that may warn of an impending heart attack or out-of-whack insulin...
Unusual virus may tie snakes in knots
2012-08-18 18:09:36 UTC
A newly discovered class of virus may be at fault in a disease that causes snakes to regurgitate their food, stop eating, and even twist themselves into knots.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found three new viruses in captive snakes with inclusion body disease, a f...
NASA rover prepares to use laser on a Martian rock
2012-08-18 18:02:33 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ready, set, fire.
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity is preparing for its first laser target practice — zapping a Martian rock 10 feet away on Saturday night.
Since landing in an ancient crater Aug. 5, the car-size Curiosity has been getting a full health checkup. Scientists s...
Apple stock hits new high after 4-month dip
2012-08-17 18:48:56 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's stock hit a new high Friday after a four-month swoon, as investors look ahead to the release of a new iPhone and possibly a smaller iPad.
Already the world's most valuable company, Apple Inc. saw its stock hit $645.48 in midday trading, before retreating to $645.02. Tha...
7 rare rhinos photographed in western Indonesia
2012-08-13 13:50:33 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservationist says seven of the world's rarest rhinoceroses were photographed at a national park in Indonesia. It is the first sighting there in 26 years.
Tarmizi, from the Leuser International Foundation, said Thursday that pictures from movement-triggered camera...
NASA's 'green' planetary test lander crashes
2012-08-12 03:41:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this week NASA safely landed a robotic rover on Mars about 150 million miles away. But on Thursday here on Earth, a test model planetary lander crashed and burned at Kennedy Space Center in Florida just seconds after liftoff.
The spider-like spacecraft called Morpheus...
NASA's mega-rover landed on Mars. What's next?
2012-08-12 03:08:58 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a spectacular landing on Mars, the rover Curiosity wasted no time embracing its inner shutterbug, delighting scientists with vistas of Gale Crater complete with sand dunes, mountain views and even haze.
The nuclear-powered, six-wheel Curiosity is on a...
Cold fusion chemist Martin Fleischmann dies at 85
2012-08-07 21:26:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — British chemist Martin Fleischmann, who stunned the world by announcing that he had achieved nuclear fusion in a glass bottle, has died after a long illness. He was 85.
His son Nicholas said he died Friday at his home in Tisbury, England. He had suffered from Parkinson's diseas...
Apple to ditch iPhone YouTube app
2012-08-07 21:06:50 UTC
Apple says the next version of its software for the iPhone and iPad won't come with a pre-installed YouTube application.
Users will be able to play YouTube videos in the Web browser, says Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. Google Inc., which owns YouTube, is also working on a downloadable app, sh...
NASA releases low-res video of Mars rover descent
2012-08-07 00:51:17 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA has released a low-resolution video of the Curiosity rover during the final few minutes of its descent to the Martian surface.
The video showed the protective heat shield falling away as the rover plummeted through the Mars' atmosphere, and dust was being kicked up...
MSL, EDL, huh? Guide to NASA's Mars mission lingo
2012-08-04 14:42:21 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Fascinated by NASA's latest Mars mission and planning to tune in?
Well, good luck understanding the space agency's everyday lingo, which resembles a sort of Martian alphabet soup.
In the highly specialized world of spacecraft engineering, there are many moving parts ...
Anxiety over rover's Hollywood-style Mars landing
2012-08-04 14:29:03 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Seven minutes of terror.
It sounds like a Hollywood thriller, but the phrase describes the anxiety NASA is expecting as its car-sized robotic rover tries a tricky landing on Mars late Sunday.
Skimming the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph, the Curiosity rov...
NASA picks 3 private firms to develop space taxis
2012-08-04 13:41:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA picked three aerospace companies Friday to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station.
This is the third phase of NASA's efforts to get private space companies to take over the job of the now-retired space shuttle. The companies will sh...
Olympics awash in Twitter, for better or worse
2012-07-31 19:40:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It's amazing how much trouble can be stirred up in 140 characters or less.
But also how much intimacy, excitement, global scope and, yes, general zaniness. For better and for worse, the 2012 Olympics are being shaped, shaken and indisputably changed by a social media revolution t...
IPhone appeal dims as Samsung shines
2012-07-31 19:36:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The once-sexy iPhone is starting to look small and chubby.
That's become a problem for Apple, which revealed last week that iPhone sales have slowed. Part of the problem is that the competition has found a formula that works: thinner phones with bigger screens.
For a dose of...
Why Mars again? A look at NASA's latest venture
2012-07-30 19:36:23 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's new robot rover named Curiosity has spent 8½ months hurtling through space toward its destination Sunday on Mars. It is set to land near the foot of a mountain rising from a giant crater. This marks NASA's 19th mission and eighth landing attempt.
Why Mars again?
NASA to athletic Mars rover: 'Stick the landing'
2012-07-30 19:24:07 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It's NASA's most ambitious and expensive Mars mission yet — and it begins with the red planet arrival late Sunday of the smartest interplanetary rover ever built. Also the most athletic.
Like an Olympic gymnast, it needs to "stick the landing."
It won't be easy. The ...
Google: Didn't delete Street View data after all
2012-07-27 19:11:33 UTC
LONDON (AP) — After being caught spying on people across Europe and Australia with its Wi-Fi-slurping Street View cars, Google had told angry regulators that it would delete the ill-gotten data.
Google broke its promise.
Britain's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) received a letter fr...
Altruistic kidney donors help many
2012-07-25 08:47:49 UTC
Mass exchanges result in more kidneys for difficult-to-match recipients.
When a person donates a kidney to a broad pool of potential recipients, the altruistic act can kick off a long chain of donations that leads to more transplants for hard-to-match patients, a mathematical analysis conclude...
Crowd sourcing comes to astronomy
2012-07-25 08:40:01 UTC
Online snaps of comet used to determine its orbit
Some people scour the Internet for pictures of celebrities and cats.
Others search for comets.
After performing a Yahoo! image search for photos of Comet Holmes, which whizzed by Earth in 2007, a team of astronomers used the returned imag...