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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally...

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Talking to Mars with Commercial Orbiting Satellites

July 28, 2014 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HoSpot, real ocean broadband for the martime industry; Altech customized enclosures; a new mathematically-based technique that can make the Internet faster; and commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions...             

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Photos of the Day: Radar Catches Massive Bug Swarm

July 28, 2014 9:12 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin. The flies hatch and then spend a year burrowed into the sediment...

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Caught on Radar: Beer-Loving Bugs Swarm Midwest

July 28, 2014 9:05 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin. The flies hatch and then spend a year burrowed into the sediment...

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Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Smartphone

July 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Youkyoung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in Russia this quarter...

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Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on Drone Use

July 28, 2014 8:53 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month...

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Portable, Stand-Alone or USB-Powered Data Acquisition System

July 28, 2014 8:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs has announced the global market launch of its Model 3340 G-Logger. The Model 3340 is a three-channel, low cost, portable data acquisition system, offering...

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Farsens’ PHOTON, a Battery Free RF Field Detector

July 28, 2014 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The PHOTON from Farsens S.L. is a UHF RF field detector passive tag equipped with an LED. Whenever this tag is close to an RF field source, it will harvest the energy from the RF field and drive an LED.

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RFX Limited Opens New U.S. Operation

July 28, 2014 1:01 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFX Limited, recognizing the need for strong and local partnerships with their US customer base have opened up a new sales office in New York. This sales office will...

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Intelligent Sensing Platform Accelerates Development

July 28, 2014 12:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is a complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet of Things networking in remote and demanding environments....

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'Holy Grail' of Battery Design Achieved: A Stable Lithium Anode

July 27, 2014 6:38 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing...

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Magnets for Fusion Energy: A Revolutionary Manufacturing Method

July 27, 2014 6:18 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

The National Institute for Fusion Science, of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting...

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Unleashing the Power of Quantum Dot Triplets

July 27, 2014 5:17 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialize. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field...

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Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think about User Behavior

July 27, 2014 5:09 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge...

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Nokia Sees Brighter Future without Handset Unit

July 27, 2014 5:01 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division...

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