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Engineering Newswire: Toilets of the Future

August 27, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant. For more information visit www.


Nokia Forges Alliance With Samsung, Sony To Revolutionize Indoor Positioning

August 27, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Nokia, Samsung, Sony and 19 companies are collaborating in the In-Location Alliance to develop and promote a precise indoor positioning technology. GPS technology isn’t accurate to a pin point, at least not yet, and definitely not indoors. To determine an exact location within an enclosed space requires external hardware for the purpose of mapping an indoor location, and it’s a troublesome task that many companies, like Wifarer , are diligently working on.


How Close Were These Old Predictions About The Internet?

August 27, 2012 5:20 am | Comments

Wikipedia informs us that there was a time before the Internet. Sadly, I have spent so long online that my memories only go back as far as my first tagged Facebook photo in 2007. Here are some videos of people talking about and predicting the Internet, which are now on the Internet (mind, blown). Some of them are pretty funny.


OwnFone Will Only Let You Call The People Most Important To You

August 27, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

While most smartphones attempt to attract consumers by adding more and more features, OwnFone's biggest appeal is its distinct lack of options — it can make phone calls and that's about it. Not only that, but the credit card-sized device is also designed to only call the most important people in your life.


Dell & HP Together On A Long Road To Nowhere

August 24, 2012 12:52 pm | Comments

Dell stock, which hit an all time high at the turn of the century! has been slipping & sliding! Dell, the company started by Michael Dell in his college dorm room, at one time was synonymous with the PC market. During the nineties, I reported on the company’s meteoric rise. Not a day passed when people didn’t extoll the virtues of the Dell way: a just-in-time production model that essentially wrung any and all efficiencies out of the PC ecosystem.


Silicon Valley Techies Fight to Save a Popular but Illegal Haven

August 24, 2012 12:43 pm | Comments

Hacker Dojo is equal parts shared office, lecture hall and after-hours salon for a variety of tinkerers, software coders and entrepreneurs who intend to reinvent the future. The idea for Pinterest was cooked up here. The makers of Pebble watches used the space as their West Coast headquarters. Today, however, it is threatened with extinction.


The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone

August 24, 2012 11:58 am | Comments

On May 29, in the bottom of a tin-mining pit on Bangka Island in Indonesia, a wall about 16 feet high collapsed, sending a wave of earth crashing down on a 40-year-old father of two. His name was Rosnan. The dirt crushed his legs, sent something sharp slicing through his right thigh, and buried him from the waist down.


Starbucks Schools Other Retailers on Mobile Payments

August 24, 2012 11:44 am | Comments

Since May, Penn State student Sarah Espinoza has been hitting her local Starbucks ( SBUX ) in State College, Pa., for double-tall, no-water soy dirty chais two to three times a day, about double her usual rate. This spring she downloaded a Starbucks mobile app that lets her pay with an iPhone 4S and notifies her of special offers.


You're Going To Want This...

August 24, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

MPD is pleased to offer free wallpapers that are based it its recent ad campaign for coin cell battery Gliders.  MPD recently introduced a whole new category of lithium coin cell battery holders. “Gliders” are a hybrid type combining the low cost of retainers with higher reliability than regular coin cell battery holders.


See the Top 10 College Campuses for Tech

August 24, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

We know about the top party schools and the best schools for sports. But which college or University is the most technologically advanced in the U.S.? Unigo , an online resource for college information, polled students at hundreds of colleges across the country and came up with the top 10 Wired Campuses list — as well as some interesting findings.


Novel Technique to Synthesize Nanocrystals That Harvest Solar Energy

August 24, 2012 6:23 am | Comments

One reason that solar energy has not been widely adopted is because light absorbing materials are not durable. Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability to compete with other renewable energy sources like wind or hydroelectric generators.


Thinfilm Printed Memory Drives Creation of New Device for Medical

August 24, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Thin Film Electronics ASA announced that its award-winning Addressable Memory was chosen by a FlexTech Alliance-funded consortium as a key component in a printed sensor platform to monitor temperature and blood oxygen content. Thinfilm will deliver its Addressable Memoryto the new program led by PARC, a Xerox Company, and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).


Flat Lens Offers A Perfect Image

August 24, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without imparting the distortions of conventional lenses. Left to right : Francesco Aieta, Federico Capasso, and Patrice Genevet. At a mere 60 nanometers thick, the flat lens is essentially two-dimensional, yet its focusing power approaches the ultimate physical limit set by the laws of diffraction.


Google, Boingo Bring Their Free Wi-Fi Experiment To Mall Rats

August 24, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

Google and Boingo are building on their free Wi-Fi project in New York City , launching the advertising-paid access model in eight malls across the country. Though the project is still in its infancy, it represents a growing trend to make Wi-Fi a free and readily accessible resource, while depending on ad views to pay the bill.


PayPal’s French McDonald’s Experiment Could Have Big U.S. Implications

August 22, 2012 11:42 am | Comments

PayPal is confirming reports that it is test-running a new app-based checkout system in McDonald’s restaurants, a pilot program that could push the online payment broker - and the notion of phone-based payments  - much further into the consumer shopping experience. It could also add confusing choices and tools to manage in an increasinly fragmented payment landscape.



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