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Robots galore as Asia's biggest tech fair opens near Tokyo

Chiba - A Japanese inventor is hoping a robot that still needs humans will win over Asia's largest tech fair, offering a counterpoint to major technology firms pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI).

Service allows voters to register to vote via text message

The nonprofit group Fight For The Future launched HelloVote on Thursday morning with the goal of boosting voter registration in several key battleground states by allowing voters to register directly via text message or Facebook Messenger.

Vibrator company in hot water over data sharing

A smart vibrator is set to be the subject of a new court case. A woman has brought a law suit against the manufacturer of a sex toy, claiming that the company has stolen personal data without her consent.

Ready for the internally implanted fitness monitor?

How would you feel if a fitness monitor, something like a Fitbit, was surgically implanted in your body to allow for the collation of more accurate health data? This could be a step closer thanks to new monitors.

Micro-sized solar cells for wearable devices

Future electronic devices, including wearable technology, may be set to drop conventional batteries and use solar cells instead. The ability of micro-sized solar cells to harness sufficient energy has been proven in a new study.

Essential Science: Spider silk inspires new electronics

The silk spun by spiders to make a web seems to have little to do with the development of next generation electronics. However, scientists at Rice University have discovered band gaps in spider silk which could have a big impact on electronics.

Essential Science: Fashioning green electrodes thanks to biology

How can biological science help the electronics sector? The answer is bacteria helping to produce a new generation of nanoelectronic materials.

New graphene based material leads to flexible screens

Exeter - A new technique, using the carbon based material graphene, should mean that fold-away electronics are a step closer to being a reality.

New nanomaterial promises flexible electronic devices

A U.S.-South Korean collaboration has led to the creation of a new ultrathin, transparent, conductive film. The film is the basis of new, flexible and wearable electronics.

Essential Science: New flexible electronic material self-heals

One of the limitations with wearable technology is that many of the items are brittle. The material structure has not progressed at the rate of technological innovation. A new self-healing material aims to bridge this gap.

Next generation tech needs a diamond at the heart

Diamonds have many useful properties, aside from being prized jewels. One such application is as semiconductors and, as a new application, they could become the basis of a new generation of electronic devices.

Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year

Apple has announced it recycled over a ton of gold last year, or $40 million worth of the metal. Devices like smartphones contain relatively high amounts of gold as it is very electrically conductive and doesn't corrode easily, ideal for circuits.

Graphene paired with 'white graphene' for new electronics

So-called "white graphene" (hexagonal boron nitride) can be paired with graphene to create ultra-thin electronics in preparation for a new generation of electronic devices.

Carbon nanotube processors could be 1000x faster than silicon

A new method of engineering the processors that power computers could result in chips with 1000 times the performance of today's best offerings, according to a group of researchers.

Keeping electronics chilled with white graphene

New York - An important step in building more advanced electronic systems is keeping circuits and devices cool to avoid over-heating. This has proved complex, although the answer could be boron nitride (so-called "white graphene").

Review: The television keeps getting smarter and prettier

Smart TVs are becoming loaded with new features that further converge computer technology with America's box of wires and flickering lights. Screens get better too making images almost real-life quality.

Moore's Law continues as IBM announces new smaller computer chips

IBM has announced that it has successfully halved the size of the smallest components on today's computer chips to create the fastest processor ever seen using a circuit of the same area. The development continues Moore's infamous law.

Researchers develop light-emitting paper for flexible displays

Chinese researchers have successfully created a sheet of light-emitting, transparent and flexible paper with a new eco-friendly manufacturing technique. The paper could be used to create truly flexible displays for bendable gadgets of the future.

Graphene yields the world’s smallest crack

A new method, designed to create more powerful and faster nanoscale devices, has led to fabricated nanostructures with atomic sized gaps. These "cracks" are reportedly the smallest ever.

Christmas day sales to hit $690k a minute online

A new study has shown that rather than taking part in the festivities or helping with the cooking this Christmas, many will be taking to their phones to participate in an online shopping frenzy as the sales open throughout the big day.

Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers

London - Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products are poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, British broadcaster the BBC found in an investigation broadcast.

Back from the edge — Radio Shack gets new financing offer

New York City - Ubiquitous US electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. reportedly has received an offer of nearly $600 million in financing that could enable it to avoid bankruptcy.

Phosphorus could make an ideal semiconductor

Houston - Phosphorus is an ideal candidate for nano-electronic applications that require stable properties, according to a new study.

Graphene sandwich bites for next-gen electronics

Manchester - Researchers have discovered that sandwiching layers of grey graphene with white graphene together could produce materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices.

Australia follows EU, U.S. in allowing mobile devices in-flight

Sydney - Passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia from Tuesday will be allowed to use mobile electronic devices in-flight with limited restrictions after a relaxation of the rules by the country's aviation authority.

Ferroelectric materials show promise

Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics - remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information.

Panasonic revolutionizes agri-tech in growing vegetables

Electronics giant Panasonic is well-known for televisions and home theater systems. But Singaporeans got a surprise last week when a unit of the corporation started selling fresh radishes and lettuce to a chain of Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

World's cheapest computer, Raspberry Pi, undergoes redesign

Cardiff - A new version of the Raspberry Pi, a basic computer system, has been released. Named the B+, the updated version uses less power than its predecessors and will cost about $35.

Woman dies in Australia using cheap USB-style charger

Sydney - Australian authorities issued a warning about cheap, non-compliant USB-style chargers Friday after a young woman died from apparent electrocution while using a laptop and possibly a smart phone.

Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphone in Russia and India

The much talked about Tizen brewed by Samsung Electronics is becoming a reality. Samsung is preparing the launch of an Tizen based smartphone to two countries.
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The front of Carbon Computing, an electronics store in Toronto
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A Radio Shack store is seen at the West Valley Mall in Tracy, Calif., 60 miles east of San Francisco.
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Tony Thompson shows his hand made robot.
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