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Life-size 3-D Hologram-like Telepods May Revolutionize Videoconferencing in the Future

May 23, 2012 5:10 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Queen's University's Roel Vertegaal's Star Trek-like 3D cylindrical display is probably as close to teleportation as we will ever get A Queen's University researcher has created a Star Trek-like human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other.

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Research Breakthrough Takes Supercomputing Out of the Lab

May 23, 2012 5:06 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

New device, developed by team of engineers led by Professor Amr Helmy (ECE), could bring quantum computing to your home or office In the age of high-speed computing, the photon is king. However, producing the finely tuned particles of light is a complex and time-consuming process, until now. Thanks to the work by a team of engineers led by Professor Amr Helmy of The Edward S.

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X-rays Reveal Molecular Arrangements for Better Printable Electronics

May 23, 2012 5:01 am | Comments

    By employing powerful X-rays that can see down to the molecular level of organic materials used in printable electronics, researchers are now able to determine why some materials perform better than others. Their findings, published in the journal Nature Materials , could lead to cheaper, more efficient printable electronic devices.

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Computing Experts Unveil Superefficient ‘Inexact’ Chip

May 23, 2012 4:59 am | Comments

Researchers have unveiled an “inexact” computer chip that challenges the industry’s 50-year pursuit of accuracy. The design improves power and resource efficiency by allowing for occasional errors. Prototypes unveiled this week at the ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers in Cagliari, Italy, are at least 15 times more efficient than today’s technology.

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Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks

May 23, 2012 4:55 am | Comments

Mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) allow people in multiple, rapidly-moving vehicles to communicate with each other – such as in military or emergency-response situations. Researchers from North Carolina State University have devised a method to improve the quality and efficiency of data transmission in these networks.

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Engineers Use Plasmonics to Create An Invisible Photodetector

May 22, 2012 5:15 am | Comments

It may not be intuitive, but a coating of reflective metal can actually make something less visible, engineers at Stanford and UPenn have shown. They have created an invisible, light-detecting device that can “see without being seen.” At the heart of the device are silicon nanowires covered by a thin cap of gold.

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New Silicon Memory Chip Developed

May 22, 2012 5:05 am | by The first purely silicon oxide-based 'Resistive RAM' memory chip that can operate in ambient conditions – opening up the possibility of new super-fast memory - has been developed by researchers at UCL. | Comments

Resistive RAM (or 'ReRAM') memory chips are based on materials, most often oxides of metals, whose electrical resistance changes when a voltage is applied – and they "remember" this change even when the power is turned off. ReRAM chips promise significantly greater memory storage than current technology, such as the Flash memory used on USB sticks, and require much less energy and space.

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Performance Boost for Microchips

May 22, 2012 5:03 am | Comments

The semiconductor industry is faced with the challenge of supplying ever faster and more powerful chips. The Next-Generation Lithography with EUV radiation will help meeting that challenge. Fraunhofer researchers have developed key components. Flat computers, powerful cell phones and tablets – the integrated circuits, our computers‘ power centers, are becoming increasingly smaller and more complex.

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Technology Convergence May Widen the Digital Divide

May 22, 2012 4:47 am | Comments

Technology is helping communication companies merge telephone, television and Internet services, but a push to deregulate may leave some customers on the wrong side of the digital divide during this convergence, according to a Penn State telecommunications researcher. "Moving away from copper lines is an example of abandoning obsolete technology and embracing technology that is faster, better, cheaper and more convenient," said Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair in Cable Television and professor of telecommunications and law.

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Online Privacy: How to Control Your Personal Data

May 22, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

  Most people don’t think of the phone book as that yellow block of razor-thin sheets anymore. It’s been digitized, along with your contact information, habits, and interests. In fact, all the stuff that used to be offline — like government records, court records, product registrations, and subscriptions — has moved to the web.

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Cambium Networks and S&C Electric Join Forces to Improve Smart Grid Communications Infrastructure

May 21, 2012 10:23 am | Comments

Cambium Networks and S&C Electric Company announced a partnership that will strengthen the S&C portfolio of solutions delivered to their electric utility customers, and extend market reach for Cambium into the electric utility sector. Cambium Networks’ point-to-point (PTP) and point-to-multipoint (PMP) wireless broadband radio platforms further expand S&C’s existing portfolio which includes their industry leading IntelliCom™ WAN Mesh Radio and SpeedNet™ Radio offerings, providing utility customers with all the tools necessary for optimal grid communications network design.

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Can the World’s Cheapest Computer Empower a New Generation of Programmers?

May 18, 2012 7:55 am | Comments

Name : Raspberry Pi Big Idea : Raspberry Pi is a small, lightweight computer that runs on Linux and costs next to nothing — the Model A retails at $35, while the forthcoming Model B will be priced at $25. Why It’s Working : By far the cheapest computer on the market, the creator of Raspberry Pi hopes to get the gadget in the hands of children all over the world.

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AnyDATA ARD400-W Wins CTIA E-Tech Award

May 18, 2012 6:42 am | Comments

The AnyDATA ARD400-W was named the winner in Consumer Electronics: Tablets and Embedded Devices category of CTIA's Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards. In its seventh year, the CTIA E-Tech Awards honor the industry's most innovative wireless products and services in the areas of mobile apps, consumer electronics, enterprise and vertical markets and infrastructure.

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Terahertz Wi-Fi is a Major Speed Breakthrough

May 18, 2012 6:01 am | Comments

Wi-Fi is super convenient, but if it lacks one major element: speed. But that may be about to change thanks to some researchers in Japan who have set a record for wireless data transmission speed at 20 times the speed of conventional wifi. The technology is called Terahertz Wi-Fi because it uses the unregulated terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum to transmit data.

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5 Reasons QR Code Marketing Is Broken (and How to Fix It)

May 18, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

For years now, marketers, businesses and, well, everybody have touted QR codes as the next big thing. That’s largely because QR codes offered a glimmer of the future, a way to bring physical interactions into the much more malleable (and trackable) digital space. But despite the overwhelming push by marketers to stick a QR code on anything they are publishing, marketing, and eating (yes, eating), there’s been increasing skepticism about its real-world use.

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