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HotSpot Episode 94: U.S. Navy Tests Shark Robot UAS

December 22, 2014 | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, the Ford SYNC 3, Mirco Location: the new ScenSor chip, the KipstR: Eat, Sleep, Wear, and the Robo Shark. Ford has introduced its new communications and entertainment system, SYNC® 3. SYNC 3’s more conversational voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like touch screen and ... 

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Industry’s Smallest USB 3.0 Hub Controller

December 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced a small package option for its EZ-USB® HX3™ USB 3.0 hub controller. The 6 mm x 6 mm ball grid array (BGA) package saves board space for Ultrabook™ devices, tablets, portable port replicators, and other mobile and consumer devices, adding to the HX3 controller’s ... 

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New RTM Bench Oscilloscope Model Ideal for the Education Sector

December 22, 2014 12:05 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz (Munich) is expanding its R&S RTM bench oscilloscope family by adding a new model that is ideal for the education sector. The instrument features a 200 MHz bandwidth and an education mode that deactivates special measurement tools to help students quickly learn how to work with an oscilloscope. The new digital ... 

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Sony on Shelving 'The Interview': 'We Had No Choice'

December 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." However, the studio ... 

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Photos of the Day: Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)

December 22, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed ... 

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MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite Encapsulated in Launch Vehicle Fairing

December 22, 2014 9:26 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications ... 

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LTE Innovation Summit Extends 2015 Call for Papers Deadline

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The 2015 LTE Innovation Summit has extended its Call for Papers deadline to January 16, 2015. The LTE Innovation Summit is seeking presenters from all stages of the mobile wireless ecosystem to discuss the unique design, implementation and testing challenges facing the mobile wireless and broadband industry. This year's areas of interest includes ... 

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Rogers Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Arlon

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arlon, currently owned by Handy & Harman ...                                           

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Double Amputee Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms with Only His Mind

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Alyssa Bereznak, Yahoo! Tech Columnist | News | Comments

This summer, 40 years after losing both of his arms in a freak electrical accident, Colorado resident Leslie Baugh got two new bionic limbs. And after just 10 days of training, he began using them to move objects from shelf to shelf, controlling them with only ...

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How to Connect the ‘Other 3 Billion’ People

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

In attempts to connect the “other three billion”, O3b Networks is launching four additional satellites to accompany its existing network (launched in 2013) that is connecting, enabling, and transforming parts of the world that are currently unconnected and underserved ...           

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Photos of the Day: O3b Satellite Launch

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | News | Comments

O3b’s satellites will go through a period of in-orbit testing before being fully integrated into the rest of the network in February ...                                       

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The Internet of People Before the Internet of Things

December 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague ... 

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Stanford's 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

December 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play ...                

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Research Finds Graphene Oxide Can Improve Rechargeable Batteries

December 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Lamuel David, doctoral student in mechanical ... 

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Computers Catch Up to Primate Brain

December 19, 2014 9:01 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly ...                  

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Americans Skeptical of the Benefits of the Drone Revolution

December 19, 2014 8:53 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll ...             

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