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Computer System Simulates the Behavior of Tax Evaders

March 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona | News | Comments

Tax fraud is a very serious problem for society, especially in Spain, where tax evasion represents almost one-fourth of its Gross Domestic Product. On the one hand, evasion is a problem because it produces a loss in public resources, something which is especially difficult in a time of economic crisis with cutbacks in public funding...

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Blind Can 'Hear' Colors and Shapes

March 10, 2014 11:28 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

What if you could "hear" colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. At the Center for Human Perception and Cognition, the blind and visually impaired are being offered tools...

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Snowden, Assange Top Bill at Texas Tech Gathering

March 10, 2014 11:17 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Surveillance. Online privacy. Robots. Food processing. Wearable computers. To get a sense of what's on the minds of the tech industry's thinkers, leaders and tinkerers, it's a good idea to head to Austin, Texas, rather than Silicon Valley this time of the year...

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HotSpot Episode 53: Entire Movie Shot with iPhone

March 10, 2014 10:45 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, an entire movie shot with the iPhone; a fiber cable system that eliminates the complexities of small cell installation; high-frequency electrical stimulus to heal chronic wounds; and taking finger gestures to the next level...                   

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Stanford Engineers Create a Software Tool to Reduce the Cost of Cloud Computing

March 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

We hear a lot about the future of computing in the cloud but not much about the efficiency of data centers, those facilities where clusters of server computers work together to host applications ranging from social networks to big data analytics...                      

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Inspire Young Women to Pursue Careers in Technology

March 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Tom Abate and Priya Ganesan, Stanford Engineering | Videos | Comments

The videos are aimed at high school and young college students, teachers, and counselors. But the Stanford undergraduates who made the videos hope that parents will share the interviews with children to help them expand their horizons...                   

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Silicon Valley Women Star in Video Series Urging Young Women to Study Computing

March 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Tom Abate and Priya Ganesan, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Many people talk about encouraging young women to study computer science. Now some female undergraduates at Stanford hope to do just that by starting an online video library that features motivational interviews with Silicon Valley women in computing...                   

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Photos of the Day: World's Thinnest, Most Flexible Solar Cells

March 10, 2014 9:57 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers...

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Atomically Thin Solar Cells

March 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers...

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Implementing Sub-GHz Wireless Connectivity in Embedded Devices

March 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by Matt Maupin, SoC Marketing Manager, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Wireless connectivity continues to expand across all markets and industries as growing numbers of electronic devices and systems add wireless controls and communications. Consumers desire the convenience of ubiquitous communication so wireless functionality is...               

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A Timeline of GPS Technology

March 7, 2014 4:28 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Blogs | Comments

As we tool around the countryside under the direction of that helpful box on the dashboard, it's easy to believe that GPS is the latest and greatest invention to hit the pike. It may come as a surprise to learn that the idea actually got off to its rocky start back in 1959...

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Why GPS Tracking Systems Need to be User-Friendly

March 7, 2014 4:23 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Blogs | Comments

Thanks to major advances in GPS technology over the last several years, it's easier and more affordable than ever for small fleets to invest in GPS tracking systems. Still, all tracking systems are not created equal. Without doing a little homework prior to making such a purchase...

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Wireless Energy Harvesting to Power the Internet of Things

March 7, 2014 3:59 pm | by Marlee Rosen, Principal Analyst, Rosen Associates | Articles | Comments

Internet technology will move from being something that is kind of independent of us to something that is literally woven into our daily existence. From your shoes to your shirt, stove to your toilet, the future may be found in connecting every part of our lives...

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Software Analyzes Apps for Malicious Behavior

March 7, 2014 3:39 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Last year at the end of July the Russian software company "Doctor Web" detected several malicious apps in the app store "Google Play." Downloaded on a smartphone, the malware installed — without the permission of the user — additional programs which sent expensive text messages to premium services...

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Interactive Simulator for Vehicle Drivers

March 7, 2014 3:33 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Maximize mileage, safety, or operating life? Driving behavior behind the wheel has a big influence on the vehicle. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a driving simulator designed to make the "human factor“ more calculable for vehicle engineers. Simulations are an important development tool in the automobile and utility vehicle industries...

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