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Low-Cost RF Vector Signal Generation for Wireless Communications Test

April 15, 2013 9:50 am | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Digitally modulated signals fill space and travel through almost every wired and optical network. Today, almost all wireless services use a plethora of complex carrier modulation schemes. The continuous improvement in modulation technologies, components, and advancements ...

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Diamond as a Building Material for Optical Circuits

April 12, 2013 10:08 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) | Comments

The application of light for information processing opens up a multitude of possibilities. However, to be able to adequately use photons in circuits and sensors, materials need to have particular optical and mechanical properties. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)...

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New Software Alleviates Wireless Traffic

April 12, 2013 10:00 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

The software, GapSense, lets these devices that can't normally talk to one another exchange simple stop and warning messages so their communications collide less often. GapSense creates a common language of energy pulses and gaps. The length of the gaps conveys the stop or warning message.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Launches Political Group

April 12, 2013 9:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Zuckerberg announced the formation of Fwd.us (pronounced "forward us") in an op-ed article in The Washington Post late Wednesday night. In it, he said the U.S. needs a new approach to these issues if it is to get ahead economically. This includes offering a path to citizenship...

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Investors Dump Microsoft, PC Stocks on Bleak News

April 12, 2013 9:48 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

That logic ruled Thursday as Wall Street reacted to fresh evidence that PCs are turning into a dying breed of technology as consumers and businesses embrace smartphones and tablet computers as their preferred computing devices. That logic ruled Thursday as Wall Street reacted to fresh evidenc...

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Review: Home Shields You from Non-Facebook Tasks

April 12, 2013 9:43 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

When I got my first smartphone in 2010, I checked Facebook obsessively. But over time, the novelty wore off and opening Facebook's app to check photos, links and posts from friends turned into a chore. In a sense, I'm the ideal target for Facebook's new Home app ...

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NYC Students, Hackers Train for Cybersecurity Jobs

April 12, 2013 9:37 am | by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press | Comments

Every week, a group of teenagers and 20-somethings dressed in hoodies gets together in a tiny room on a college campus and plug in their laptops. They turn up pulsing electronic funk music, order pizza and begin furiously hacking into computer networks.

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TV Stations Feel 'Squeezed' by Airwave Auction

April 12, 2013 9:32 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

As the federal government tries to encourage companies like AT&T and Verizon to create bigger, faster mobile networks, TV broadcasters are feeling like the farmers of yesteryear who were asked to sell their land to make way for the nation's highways.

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Coding Boot Camps Promise to Launch Tech Careers

April 12, 2013 9:28 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

Instead, he quit his job and spent his savings to enroll at Dev Bootcamp, a new San Francisco school that teaches students how to write software in nine weeks. The $11,000 gamble paid off: A week after he finished the program last summer, he landed an engineering job that paid more than twice his previous salary.

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Aircraft Sensors without Batteries or Cables

April 11, 2013 1:22 pm | by Vienna University of Technology, TU Vienna | Comments

An idea from EADS and Vienna University of Technology is taking off: in a joint project, Energy Harvester Modules suitable for aircrafts have been tested, which should supply sensor nodes with electrical power in the future.

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Wild, Unregulated Hacker Currency Gains Following

April 11, 2013 10:55 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

With $600 stuffed in one pocket and a smartphone tucked in the other, Patricio Fink recently struck the kind of deal that's feeding the rise of a new kind of money — a virtual currency whose oscillations have pulled geeks and speculators alike through stomach-churning highs and lows.

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Banks Rethink the Branch, but Will it Work?

April 11, 2013 10:44 am | by CHRISTINA REXRODE, AP Business Writer | Comments

In an age when checks can be deposited by smartphone and almost everyone retrieves cash from ATMs, the corner bank can seem a relic, with its paper deposit slips, marble countertops and human tellers behind glass partitions. But some banking executives say the brick-and-mortar...

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House Committee Approves Pro-Business Cyber Bill

April 11, 2013 10:35 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

A House panel voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of a new data-sharing program that would give the federal government a broader role in helping banks, manufacturers and other businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks. The bill, approved 18-2 by the House Intelligence Committee...

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Satellite Shelved after 2000 Election to Now Fly

April 11, 2013 10:17 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Obama proposed Wednesday spending nearly $35 million in his 2014 budget to refurbish a satellite, nicknamed GoreSat by critics, that's been sitting in storage after it was shelved in 2001, months after Bush took office. It cost about $100 million by then with NASA's internal auditors faulting its cost increases.

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Broadcasters Display Mobile TV Dongles at NAB Show

April 11, 2013 10:17 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

"If you're at a ball game or a Starbucks and everyone's trying to access the news, you're not going to get (video stoppages)," says Karen McCall, a marketing representative with Dyle Mobile TV, the venture backing the devices. The dongles are on display at the annual gathering of broadcasters...

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