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Neul Launches World's First City-Wide White Space Network

April 25, 2012 6:35 am | by Highlights Smart City use cases by demonstrating the world’s first smart meter reading over white space | Comments

Neul, the world leader in technologies for the Internet of the Things, today announced the deployment in Cambridge of the world’s first city-wide, fully-functional wireless network in white space, enabling a whole host of Smart City applications. To demonstrate this network Neul, in collaboration with Bglobal Metering, is today, showcasing the world’s first-ever smart electricity meter reading over a white space network.

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Vibrating Steering Wheel Guides Drivers While Keeping Their Eyes on the Road

April 24, 2012 9:38 am | Comments

  A vibrating steering wheel is an effective way to keep a driver's eyes safely on the road by providing an additional means to convey directions from a car's navigation system, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and AT&T Labs have shown. The study, one of the first to evaluate combinations of audio, visual and haptic feedback for route guidance, found that younger drivers in particular were less distracted by a navigation system's display screen when they received haptic feedback from the vibrating steering wheel.

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Affordable SMB Wireless Solution Featuring Polycom SpectraLink 8400 Wireless Business Telephones

April 24, 2012 9:34 am | Comments

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division, announced an affordable wireless solution for small to medium-sized businesses featuring the Polycom SpectraLink(R) 8400 series of wireless telephones. Now available through Toshiba's Authorized Dealer Network nationwide, the wireless business solution is compatible with Toshiba's IPedge(R) and Strata(R) CIX(TM) business telephone systems and works with SpectraLink 8400 wireless telephones to give SMBs an affordable choice for in-building wireless communications without the need for a base station.

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Wireless I/O Solution for Automated Monitoring and Control of Circuit Breakers in the Smart Grid

April 24, 2012 9:32 am | Comments

Circuit breakers serve critical functions in both the protection system and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system used for power switching FreeWave Technologies announced its wireless I/O radios are enabling real-time automated monitoring and control of circuit breaker technology in Smart Grid systems.

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Apple iPhone Offers Little Growth to AT&T

April 24, 2012 9:28 am | Comments

AT&T remains the king of the iPhone, but that distinction means less with each passing quarter.   The Dallas telecommunications giant sold 4.3 million iPhones in the first quarter, more than 1 million more than Verizon Wireless, and almost certainly more than Sprint Nextel, which sold 1.

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Google Drive Joins the Battle of the Cloud

April 24, 2012 9:23 am | Comments

Google Drive is finally in gear.   The oft-rumored and delayed data-storage service made its debut today, joining a growing list of high-tech players serving consumers and small businesses.   Drive lets people store photos, documents and videos on Google's servers so that they are accessible from any Web-connected device and easily shared with others.

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Norton Solves Password Pain with Identity Safe

April 24, 2012 9:12 am | Comments

For many consumers, keeping track of their online user names and passwords across all of their different devices feels like an impossible task.  In fact, when given a list of potentially challenging activities, 40 percent of people surveyed by Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) indicate remembering all of their passwords is among the top three most difficult – more than those who selected balancing their checkbook.

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What Can RFID Do for You? Unique Uses of RFID - Part Two

April 24, 2012 7:23 am | Comments

In part one of our two part series we examined several ‘unique’ ways in which RFID is being implemented around the world. Alas, we present to you, part two! Refrigerators are nerds too. ‘ Smart refrigerators ’ recently introduced in their beta phase, use RFID to track what’s inside of your fridge.

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What Can RFID Do for You? Unique Uses of RFID - Part One

April 24, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

RFID continues to become an increasingly popular trend worth monitoring as its capabilities seem to be limitless at this point.  In part one of this two-part article, we have identified some of the more “interesting” ways in which people are beginning to incorporate RFID in to their daily lives.

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Where Does Your Kobe Beef Come From?

April 24, 2012 7:06 am | by Nigel Harbott, http://rfid.net | Comments

It may be time to think or even rethink about that delicious Kobe beef burger you recently ate. There’s a problem you see. The problem is not that it isn’t on the menu, it’s on plenty of menus, it is widely advertised throughout the whole of the United States. The problem is Kobe beef is not available in America – at all – full stop.

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Comprehensive LTE Network Analysis

April 24, 2012 6:55 am | Comments

Empirix announced the availability of the Empirix xCentrix LTE Analysis Package. Through intelligent correlation and comprehensive analysis of network data, Empirix xCentrix provides deep insight into LTE utilization, integration and performance issues as well as the myriad of factors impacting customer experience and Quality of Service.

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SparkFun Electronics to Host Electronics Workshops for Kids at USA Science and Engineering Festival

April 24, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

SparkFun Electronics will travel to Washington, D.C. for the United States of America Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to host its widely popular Simon Soldering workshop. SparkFun recently formed an education department to introduce people to the world of electronics technology and to explore the creative side of engineering and computer science through an exciting, hands-on learning experience.

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40% Boost to Battery Life

April 23, 2012 11:50 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

  3M has a new battery innovation that could enable gadgets to run for 40 percent longer once charged. The company has developed a new kind of battery anode made of silicon that can deliver a significant boost in energy density for regular lithium ion batteries.   According to 3M, its silicon anode is made up of a silicon alloy (silicon with lithium) that enables a 20 percent higher energy density when paired with a standard cathode.

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Verizon Backing Microsoft In Smartphone War

April 23, 2012 10:21 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

  Verizon is publicly getting behind Microsoft in the smartphone war. During the company’s earnings conference call Thursday Verizon CFO Fran Shammo suggested that the carrier wants to help Windows Phone become more of a contender in the smartphone market.   “It is important that there is a third ecosystem that is brought into the mix here, and we are fully supportive of that with Microsoft,” Shammo said.

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Will Automated Cars Save Fuel?

April 23, 2012 10:16 am | Comments

Information technology is transforming cars faster than anyone expected, and it can do more than let drivers update their statuses on Facebook. It could also save them a lot of fuel. These days, the design and control of more fuel-efficient engines and hybrid vehicles depends on computers.

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