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New avian influenza sampling method saves money – Phys.org
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Avian influenza is a foreign disease that infects poultry and other bird species. Viruses identified as highly pathogenic cause severe disease, killing more than 90 percent of infected birds. Low pathogenic viruses are not as …

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As Myanmar opens up, will mobile money emerge? — Tech News …
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It's an unprecedented moment in Myanmar's history as the country opens up to financing, technology and connectivity. Will mobile payments play a role in transforming the country?

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Money for Utah school equalization hijacked for tech initiative | The …
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Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, amended the bill so that for the first four years, money from that tax increase would go instead for the effort to put technology in schools — if that passes separately in HB131. It envisions …

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NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss
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One big step for man, one $15m mission for astroboffins NASA is plotting a mission to send its robotic lander to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons and the place deemed most likely to host life.…

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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of survival
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We’ll find out in two years, former Sybase man says Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss.…

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SpiceJet App Takes-Off With Windows Phone
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Budget Indian carrier, SpiceJet has introduced its flight booking app. This time, it’s only available for Windows Phone users. We’re sure that Android and iOS versions are in works too. Apart from letting you book tickets, the app allows you to check flight status and avail promotional offers. One also has the option of selecting […]

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Corning exec slams sapphire — rumored for Apple device
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A Corning Glass executive does not think very highly of sapphire crystal as a protective material for displays. That was made crystal clear at a Morgan Stanley conference. Originally posted at News – Apple

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Now with Streaming Stick, Roku isn't sweating the blitz
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Apple, Amazon, and Google may well roll out or refresh rivals to Roku’s video-streaming devices, but Roku believes that will only make it stronger, a top executive tells CNET. Originally posted at News – Internet & Media

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Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget
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sciencehabit writes “President Barack Obama has released a $3.901 trillion budget request to Congress, including proposals for a host of federal research agencies. Science Magazine has the breakdown, including a big win for advanced computing, a big cut for fusion, and status quo for astronomy. ‘In the proposed budget, advanced computing would see its funding […]

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