Electronics

Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Your local Best Buy store may be right along the razor's edge this week as the electronics giant makes relatively large cuts to their retail footprint amid slow profit growth. Included in this cut are 50 big box stores inside 2012 as well as an estimated 400 jobs. The jobs, surprisingly enough, are said by Best Buy to be cutting mainly from corporate headquarters - this pointing toward a restructuring of the company's business as well as its physical presence in the United States.

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UK backs internet of Things Project

UK backs internet of Things Project

The government in the UK is putting some money behind the Internet of Things project that seeks to help accelerate the connection of things and processes to the internet. Ten firms in the UK were each given £50,000 out of the Technology Strategy Board kitty for working on the project. The money granted is intended to be used to create apps and services needed for the project.

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Faderfox DS3 sound controller for Traktor revealed

Faderfox DS3 sound controller for Traktor revealed

If you've got an eye for precise control over the beats you are bringing to the table and your table is already full of a billion other controller already, you may well be looking for the new Faderfox DS3, as controlling a Traktor near you. This controller is ready to work with Traktor OR whatever else you want to reprogram it to do, switching at a tap between four different devices on the fly. This controller is both ultra compact and ultra powerful in its simplicity, triggering your loops, effects, and samples with the greatest of ease.

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Electron bouncing at Cambridge University excites scientific world

Electron bouncing at Cambridge University excites scientific world

If there's one thing we love about technology, it's that we're able to control so much about everything we do in the world, it's, as Ricky Bobby one wisely put it, "it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?" Truthfully we are so close to putting pig hearts in everyone these days that news of electron bouncing may have escaped our watchful gaze - luckily we happened across it, and the researchers at Cambridge University deserve all the credit. Electron control is the name of the game here folks, quantum computing the tool.

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China tightens grip on rare-earth exports

China tightens grip on rare-earth exports

Rare-earth sounds like something from a science fiction novel in search of another planet for humans to populate. Rare-earth is actually minerals and ore that are dug from the ground and refined for use in making all sorts of things in the electronics and technology world. China supplies about 95% of the rare-earth materials in the world and the nation is tightening its grip on supply of the material and using the tightening supply to drive the price of the material up.

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Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Geiger counter, it's a word that most people have heard about. I'm sure everyone has seen at least one piece of media featuring the clicking box with a little dial that only tells you when you're going to die a slow painful death from radiation poisoning. It's not a very fun device. Actually, they're pretty awesome. Who doesn't want to be able to play with a gadget that can sense things that only manifest in humans as genetic decay?

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Electronic Sunglasses Use Glare Shield to Block the Sun

Electronic Sunglasses Use Glare Shield to Block the Sun

Sunglasses may not be the fashion trend they used to be (that may not be a bad thing), but that's not stopping one designer from giving the sunglasses a brand new way from stopping the sun from invading your eyes. Instead of coating the entire lens of your sunglasses, designer Chris Mullin wants to be able to focus on the sun directly, and use what he calls a Glare Shield to keep the sunlight out of your eye, but without dimming everything else you're looking at, too.

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