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Official: al-Qaeda Intel Led to Flight Laptop Ban

Sources say terrorists are perfecting 'battery bomb'

(Newser) - A ban on US-bound passengers on flights on certain airlines from airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa bringing laptops, tablets, and cameras into airline cabins was prompted by intelligence about a possible terror threat, US officials say. Federal officials haven't been specific about the... More »

Scary New Problem: Distracted Doctoring

'NYT' reports on terrifying trend

(Newser) - It’s one thing to be distracted by your smartphone at the dinner table; it’s another thing entirely when you’re performing surgery. The New York Times reports on a disturbing trend it calls "distracted doctoring," explaining that thanks to the increased use of devices including smartphones... More »

FAA: Pilots Can Use iPads ... During Takeoff, Landing

But lowly passengers? No such luck

(Newser) - Well, Alec Baldwin will certainly not be happy to hear this: Starting Friday, if you're on an American Airlines flight, you may use your iPad during takeoff and landing ... as long as you're the pilot. The FAA issued the new rules yesterday, the New York Times reports. Of... More »

Kinect Sells 10M Units, Sets Guinness Record

Motion-controller trumps iPad, iPhone

(Newser) - Forget the iPhone, iPad, or Wii—the Microsoft Kinect has snagged the record for "fastest-selling consumer electronics device" after moving 10 million units since its launch in November of last year, PC World reports. The motion-sensing add-on essentially turns the Microsoft xBox into a competitor for Nintendo's Wii, and... More »

Gizmos' Energy Draw Alarms Experts

Electronic gadgets consume 15% of household energy

(Newser) - All around the house, electronic gadgets are blinking, buzzing, computing—and drawing on an immense amount of energy, the New York Times reports. Worldwide, they take up 15% of household power, and will likely consume three times as much by 2029, making it harder to combat global warming. Two hundred... More »

Songbirds Faster Than We Thought

(Newser) - Researchers have tracked the migratory paths of songbirds for the first time, using small data-gathering “backpacks,” the Washington Post reports. The avian wanderers, who are so small they cannot be tagged with transmitters, move about 3 times as a fast as previously thought. The recovered data shows that... More »

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