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electronica 2012 Promotes Greater Connectivity, Immense Power

November 15, 2012 4:58 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Wireless Design & Development | Comments

I’m at the midway point during my first trip to electronica and it has proven both awesome and challenging. Awesome in the number of new technologies that are on display; challenging in navigating a show that is so expansive. Awesome in how much I love Munich; and challenging (to my body) with the amount of beer consumption.

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Evolution of the Rugged Tablet; What's Next?

November 15, 2012 4:25 am | Comments

by Tom Callahan, QRC Technologies Although the origins of today’s tablets reach back as far as Konrad Zuse’s first freely programmable Z1 Computer , the device world has since branched off into very distinct directions based on user needs – consumer and industrial.

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Texas Instruments Cutting 1,700 Jobs

November 15, 2012 3:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Wednesday that it will eliminate about 1,700 jobs as it trims spending in its wireless business. The cuts will reduce Texas Instruments' staff positions by almost 5 percent. Texas Instruments expects the job cuts and other changes will save about $450 million per year by the end of 2013.

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Speeding Algorithms by Shrinking Data

November 14, 2012 9:29 am | Comments

In computer science, the buzzword of the day is “ big data .” The proliferation of cheap, Internet-connected sensors — such as the GPS receivers, accelerometers and cameras in smartphones — has meant an explosion of information whose potential uses have barely begun to be explored.

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RIM Offers Free Voice Calls Over Wi-Fi with BBM

November 14, 2012 9:25 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls over a Wi-Fi network using the popular BBM messaging service. Research In Motion Ltd. announced Wednesday that it's adding the feature to BBM. Users will be able to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call. A split-screen option will let them talk and text at the same time.

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Free M2M Communication Framework Enables Remote Management

November 14, 2012 4:21 am | Comments

NEW YORK--Nov 14, 2012-- DeviceHive , a free open-source cloud-based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication framework, was launched today by DataArt , a custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for select industries. In the ever-expanding world of the Internet of Things, ‘smart’ devices and cloud solutions, DeviceHive is designed to function as the missing link in a network of connected devices.

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New Metamaterial Lens Focuses Radio Waves

November 14, 2012 4:16 am | Comments

In many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. Scientists are investigating metamaterials for their potential to engineer invisibility cloaks — materials that refract light to hide an object in plain sight — and “super lenses,” which focus light beyond the range of optical microscopes to image objects at nanoscale detail.

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Driving Drones Can Be a Drag

November 14, 2012 4:12 am | Comments

On its surface, operating a military drone looks a lot like playing a video game: Operators sit at workstations, manipulating joysticks to remotely adjust a drone’s pitch and elevation, while grainy images from the vehicle’s camera project onto a computer screen. An operator can issue a command to fire if an image reveals a hostile target, but such adrenaline-charged moments are few and far between.

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Cyber Threats Forecast for 2013

November 14, 2012 3:53 am | by The report can be downloaded by visiting http://www.gtsecuritysummit.com/report.html . | Comments

The year ahead will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, escalating battles over the control of online information and continuous threats to the U.S. supply chain from global sources. Those were the findings made by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in today's release of the Georgia Tech Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2013.

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National Cyber Range Rapidly Emulates Complex Networks

November 14, 2012 3:21 am | Comments

DARPA transfers facility for testing advanced cyber technologies to Test Resource Management Center. Realistically and quickly replicating globally interconnected networks to securely test new cyber tools and capabilities is no longer an issue for cyber researchers thanks to the DARPA-developed National Cyber Range (NCR).

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A Look at RIM's Much-Delayed BlackBerry 10

November 13, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

(AP) - Jan. 30 will be the date Research In Motion Ltd. holds an official launch for its much-delayed BlackBerry 10 smartphones. RIM previously announced delays to its upcoming BlackBerry 10 system, which the company considers crucial to its future. In recent months, RIM has been targeting the first quarter of next year, without being more specific.

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Battery Production Made Cheaper, Safer

November 13, 2012 4:32 am | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University, Finland have developed a method for producing lithium batteries that is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than previously used methods. This new process has succeeded in replacing the harmful methylpyrrolidone (NMP) solvent, which is traditionally used in the manufacturing of electrodes, with water.

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Surveying Earth's Interior with Atomic Clocks

November 13, 2012 3:34 am | by University of Zurich | Comments

Surveying Earth's Interior with Atomic Clocks Have you ever thought to use a clock to identify mineral deposits or concealed water resources within the Earth? An international team headed by astrophysicists Philippe Jetzer and Ruxandra Bondarescu from the University of Zurich is convinced that ultraprecise portable atomic clocks will make this a reality in the next decade.

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RIM to Unveil New BlackBerry Phones on Jan. 30

November 13, 2012 3:31 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

RIM to Unveil New BlackBerry Phones on Jan. 30 Research In Motion said Monday that it will hold an official launch event for its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan. 30. The new phones are seen as critical to RIM's survival. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said Monday details on the much-delayed smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.

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Microsoft Says Windows Head Sinofsky Leaving

November 13, 2012 3:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft Says Windows Head Sinofsky Leaving Microsoft said that Steven Sinofsky, the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations, is leaving the company. Sinofsky's departure comes just weeks after the Redmond, Washington state, software company launched Windows 8, which represented a major overhaul of its ubiquitous computer operating system.

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