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IDTechEx to Host Webinar Wearable Technology and Market Forecasts

July 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by IDTechEx | Events

IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 entitled "Wearable Technology 2015-2025." It will be presented by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx, who is the author of a research report by the same title. Already there has been a first wave of conventional wearable technology...

No-Wait Data Centers

July 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue...

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Improving the Cost and Efficiency of Renewable Energy Storage

July 17, 2014 12:53 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A major challenge in renewable energy is storage. A common approach is a reaction that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, and uses the hydrogen as a fuel to store energy. The efficiency of 'water splitting' depends heavily on a solid substance called a catalyst...

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Hundreds of Videos Combined to Reconstruct 3D Motion without Markers

July 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti...

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Review: Tech Goodies to Bring along on Trips

July 17, 2014 10:45 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going? In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth bringing along...

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Hand-Held Anemometer Measures Air Speed, Volume and Temperature

July 17, 2014 10:34 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Thermal Solutions now offers the ATS-0345 portable vane anemometer for measuring air flow speed, volumetric flow rate, and temperature. The hand-held anemometer provides precise measurements for automotive, aerospace and HVAC studies...

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8-bit PIC Microcontroller Family with Intelligent Analog Integration

July 17, 2014 10:12 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters...

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DOCSIS 3.1 Waveform Creation Capability and Software Enhancements

July 17, 2014 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the M9099 Waveform Creator 2.0, providing new capabilities for engineers working on the development of radars, satellite communications, military radios and the next generation of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems...

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Letters to the Editor: The Liability of Self-Driving Cars

July 17, 2014 9:13 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

WDD has received another letter concerning self-driving cars, and it asked some important questions about liability. Check out this most recent “Letters to the Editor”...                    

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Making a Mental Match: Pairing a Mechanical Device with Stroke Patients

July 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The repetitive facilitation exercise is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they cannot create a strong enough neural signal that travels from the brain to the wrist...

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An Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective Display for Mobile Devices

July 16, 2014 2:37 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they've developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection...

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UN: Nations Hide Rise in Private Digital Snooping

July 16, 2014 2:33 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday. Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a growing complicity...

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What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

July 16, 2014 2:30 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts? A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission, whose members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws...

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UAE Plans First Arab Spaceship to Mars in 7 Years

July 16, 2014 2:24 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday...

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Want to Innovate? Become A "Now-Ist"

July 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by TED | News | Comments

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly...

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