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The White House's 3D-Printed Holiday Ornaments

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Rex Santus, Mashable | Comments

The White House is pretty hip, you guys — its cool factor even shows in the ornaments. In an effort to prove it's in touch with the modern times, the White House (in partnership with the Smithsonian) organized a holiday ornaments 3D printing contest and the winners were announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a ...   

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Voice Control: Coming Soon to a House Near You

December 4, 2014 9:17 am | by Rachel Metz, Mashable | Comments

It's not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncooperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could be more common for those devices to actually pay attention. A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to ... 

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High-Tech Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You By Tracking Eye Movements

December 3, 2014 4:59 pm | by Rex Santus, Mashable | Comments

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. It tracks your eye movements and selects toppings based on ... 

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Novelda Secures $12M in Financing for Vital Signs Detection Sensors

December 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Novelda | Comments

Novelda has announced the closing of a $12M Series A financing round to secure delivery and further development of its XeThru sensor technology. The first XeThru sensors are designed to detect movement and human body vital signs such as ...                 

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TE Connectivity's Antennas for Consumer Devices, Connected Home & IoT

December 3, 2014 11:40 am | by TE Connectivity | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced two standard antenna extensions — the 5 GHz antenna, which accommodates the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, and the 4G LTE antenna. These new embedded antennas address customers’ increasing needs for more compact components ...                             

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Photo of the Day: Internet Privacy in the Digital Age

December 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Champlain College | Comments

As Internet usage continues to grow all across the world, security risks have become a reality for businesses. Irrespective of the size and type of your business, you cannot ignore the possibility of Internet security risks. Online security risks pose a major threat to businesses as evidenced by the following recent events ...

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IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

December 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California on a project that aims to combine the power of thousands of small computers, to each attack ... 

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Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

December 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Penn News | Comments

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices. Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create these unusual effects is a challenge but new research from the University of Pennsylvania presents a way of ... 

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Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

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Engineers Take Big Step Towards Using Optics to Transmit Data in Computers

December 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data. They describe what they call an "optical link" in an article in Scientific ...

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Digi International and Mouser Reach Agreement for Global Distribution

December 2, 2014 4:59 pm | by Digi International, Mouser Electronics | Comments

Digi International and Mouser Electronics have announced they have entered into a global distribution agreement ...                         

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Laird Accelerates Time to Market for Embedding Wireless Connectivity

December 2, 2014 4:55 pm | by Laird, Future Electronics | Comments

Laird has announced that it has signed a distribution partnership with Future Electronics. Through its dedicated wireless business unit, Future Connectivity Solutions, Future will promote and sell Laird Embedded Wireless Solution’s extensive line of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Proprietary wireless modules across North America, Europe, and APAC ...

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Wireless Research Center of NC Secures Three Portable Towers

December 2, 2014 4:26 pm | by Wireless Research Center of North Carolina | Comments

The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) has acquired three portable radio towers, thanks to a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. This expands WRC's support of wireless technology expansion throughout North Carolina ...                   

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Plextek RFI Publishes White Paper on Design and Performance of a 25W X-band GaN PA MMIC

December 2, 2014 4:24 pm | by Plextek | Comments

Plextek has published a new White Paper on the design of a 25 W X-band GaN PA MMIC. This case study describes the design and performance of a 25W X-band GaN PA MMIC designed on WIN's 0.25μm GaN on SiC process ...                 

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TE Connectivity Opens Wearables Lab

December 2, 2014 3:20 pm | by TE Connectivity | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced the official opening of its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process ...

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