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Google Bots Take the Wheel in Nevada - After Hitting the DMV

June 4, 2012 11:47 am | Comments

We’re another day closer to thinking about people who own cars the same way do we think about people who own horses: A nice hobby, but no way to get to work. The state of Nevada announced yesterday that it has granted Google the nation’s first-ever license for a driverless vehicle; previously, Nevada and California had only allowed limited testing in specific areas.

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What's Killing the Electric Car? The Price of Batteries

June 4, 2012 11:04 am | Comments

At last week's Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles, a consortium of automakers from the United States and Europe unveiled a speedy new standardized charger for electric vehicles. Under the old system, a full charge would take two to three hours; with the new system, put together by Big Three American automakers Ford, GM and Chrysler and their German counterparts—Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen—a vehicle could charge in as little as 15 or 20 minutes, while you’re in the grocery store or the doctor’s office.

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Can Mind-Reading Robots Help Students Pay Attention?

June 4, 2012 11:00 am | Comments

Even the best teachers have moments where their students start to lose focus in class. But what if they had a robot that could help them keep kids engaged? It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie but according to New Scientist , researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a robot teacher that can regain the attention of even the most daydream-prone student.

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Dear Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur and Tech Start-ups, You Won't Want To Miss This

June 4, 2012 10:22 am | Comments

If you are an aspiring tech entrepreneur with an innovative concept worth developing, or a fledgling tech start-up who just needs the critical support to transform your dream into reality, don’t miss the bus!  TechLaunch, New Jersey’s Technology Accelerator, is still taking applications at www.

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5 Ways Mobile Tech Can Improve Your Health

June 1, 2012 12:28 pm | by Edna Boone, Senior Director of mHIMSS | Comments

J ust a decade ago, if someone had said that Steve Jobs would have a huge effect on how medical professionals administer care, that prediction would have been met with an eye roll. But the reality is people increasingly access healthcare services via mobile, or “mHealth.” The result: Mobile is having a transformative effect on the way physicians and nurses care for patients.

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MU to Help Rebuild Engineering Education in Iraq

June 1, 2012 11:17 am | Comments

For thousands of years, the area that is now Iraq has been a center of learning, but after decades of tyranny and war, Iraqi educational institutions face the challenge of rebuilding their programs and reentering the global academic community. Recently, the University of Missouri College of Engineering received a grant from the U.

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Join the 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Montreal: The Largest Gathering of Wireless/RF/Microwave Professionals in the World

June 1, 2012 9:34 am | Comments

The 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) together with the RFIC and ARFTG conferences will be held in Montreal, Canada as part of Microwave Week. From 17-22 June, 2012, attendees will experience a technical program that offers the most comprehensive collection of advanced RF/microwave/wireless R&D and the opportunity to peruse the largest exhibition (over 900 booths) of related products as the largest gathering of the industry professionals come together for this annual event.

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Controlling Your Phone With Motion

May 31, 2012 11:14 am | by Kent German, CNET | Comments

Hillcrest Labs isn't a household name, but if you have a Roku 2 streaming player (and really, you should) the company has entered your home. Based in Rockville, Md., Hillcrest developed the motion-sensing technology used in Roku's remote. So when you're flipping through menus or playing Angry Birds , Hillcrest is behind how it all works.

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CML Microcircuits has Shipped over 1 Million RF Devices

May 31, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

CML Microcircuits has announced that they have shipped more than one million RF devices. The one million milestone is a testament to CML Microcircuits’ on-going success in the niche market of high-performance, low-power RF semiconductors for wireless data and two-way radio markets. Neil Ball – CML’s Director of Sales states “Our RF customers demand market-leading products which exhibit high-performance, flexibility and low power consumption.

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Voice-over-LTE Test System Developed

May 31, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced that the Agilent PXT wireless communications test set is now available for testing voice quality on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) 4G phones with the Brüel & Kjær PULSE Audio Analyzer and Head and Torso Simulator (HATS). Transporting voice over a packet-based LTE cellular infrastructure poses challenges that make voice-quality testing essential.

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New 802.11ad PHY Layer Testing Application Note

May 31, 2012 5:21 am | Comments

What : The  new application note “Solutions for 802.11ad PHY Layer Testing” offers insight into how to enable quick and accurate simulation, generation and analysis of 60 GHz signals with 2 GHz modulation bandwidth.  It is the newest in the series of Agilent’s Power of  X application notes created to provide insight into solving tough measurement problems in unique ways for both the design and manufacturing environments.

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Stanford Psychologists Aim to Help Computers Understand You Better

May 30, 2012 1:02 pm | Comments

Language is so much more than a string of words. To understand what someone means, you need context. Consider the phrase, "Man on first." It doesn't make much sense unless you're at a baseball game. Or imagine a sign outside a children's boutique that reads, "Baby sale - One week only!" You easily infer from the situation that the store isn't selling babies but advertising bargains on gear for them.

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Rogers Introduces Circuit Materials Solutions at IMS2012

May 30, 2012 10:28 am | Comments

Rogers Corporation and representatives of its Advanced Circuit Materials Division will be at the upcoming 2012 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) to help attendees learn more about Rogers’ wide range of high frequency circuit materials. The 2012 IEEE International Microwave Symposium ( www.

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Calling All Gadget Gurus! You Might Want To See This..

May 30, 2012 10:01 am | Comments

More than 15,000 companies, along with countless enthusiasts, researchers and inventors, are developing innovative products with Bluetooth wireless technology. From the wondrous to the wacky, these products promise to make life easier—and sometimes even more fun.    Sony SmartWatch hits the market Sony jumped into the emerging smart watch market at CES in January with a new device named simply the Sony SmartWatch .

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Biochip-based Device for Cell Analysis

May 30, 2012 9:42 am | Comments

Inexpensive, portable devices that can rapidly screen cells for leukemia or HIV may soon be possible thanks to a chip that can produce three-dimensional focusing of a stream of cells, according to researchers. "HIV is diagnosed based on counting CD4 cells," said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

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