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Microsoft Buying Internet Startup Yammer for $1.2B

June 26, 2012 9:26 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is buying Internet startup Yammer for $1.2 billion in an attempt to bring Facebook-like sharing features to its widely used suite of business software applications. Yammer specializes in creating private social networks so employees within the same company can keep tabs on what colleagues are working on.

ZigBee for Wireless Lighting Control

June 26, 2012 9:17 am | by Simon McCarthy, Field Applications Engineer, Ember Corporation | Comments

Advances in color LED technology and wireless networking are enabling new possibilities for lighting control by making it easier and more cost effective to retrofit modern illumination systems while also making the lighting system’s controllers more convenient to use from anywhere in or around the building.

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6 Must-have Apps For A Stress-free Summer

June 22, 2012 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

Between the heat, the busy weekends, and the school-free kids, summer can be more stressful than stress-free. Don’t worry, like every problem these days, there’s an app for that. For the sake of sanity, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to keep your summer from feeling like a punishment. 1. For your email Nothing kills a day at the beach like an unexpected, hostile Facebook message from your mom or depressing text from work about a failed project.

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The Road to Gigabit+ Performance

June 22, 2012 7:46 am | by Joe Zeto, Sr. Manager Market Development, Ixia | Comments

Chip and hardware developers have their hands full with the next generation of the 802.11 standard – IEEE 802.11ac. The deployment of 802.11ac promises to deliver higher bandwidth while retaining better quality of experience (QoE) for end users, as well as some significant technical challenges for developers.

The Olympic Communications Challenge Explained

June 22, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Dan-Joe Barry, vice president of network analysis and acceleration technology specialist Napatech, explains the nature of the intense communications planning that has been taking place in the run-up to this summer’s Olympic Games. The adoption of smart hand-held devices, like smartphones and tablets, over the last number of years has far exceeded everyone’s expectations.

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a Volkswagen!

June 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

The ‘ People’s Car Project ’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.

Fitness-Based Fundraising Applications Make Donating to Charity as Easy as Walking the Dog

June 18, 2012 1:13 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

Charity and fitness organizations join together each year to raise millions of dollars, reach millions of walkers, runners and bikers and connect people working toward a common goal. Relay-for-life , an organization that raises money for the American Cancer Society, makes donating easy by hosting events across the United States.

Do Your Homework Before Porting an iOS app to Android

June 12, 2012 12:51 pm | by Martin Larochelle, Macadamian | Comments

With the rise of Android’s popularity, product managers with an existing iPhone or iPad product are under pressure to port it to Android. While porting from iOS to Android is certainly possible, we have found teams almost always underestimate the amount of effort required. Porting an iOS app is not a trivial matter because there are a number of Android elements not present in iOS, and vice versa.

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The Advantages of Global 3G Coverage for M2M Applications

June 12, 2012 10:57 am | by Carl Fenger and Ezra Stein | Comments

U-Blox’ LISA-U2 UMTS/HSPA+ Universal Modem Family In many regions of the world there is a strong migration from 2G to 3G networks, especially in regions such as the USA, Japan, Korea and Australia. Almost daily there is news published about service providers informing GSM customers to switch to 3G services: • Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, which provides mobile communication services to over half of all users in Japan, has announced the termination of 2G services by end of 2012.

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Smart Grid, Smarter Design

June 12, 2012 6:28 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

  We all fall for them. The allure of buzzwords and hot topics captures our attention and appeals to an optimistic nature for all things that will make our world better. However, they can also lead us to fall for the hype instead of focusing on credible, real-world applications. This leads into our discussion of the smart grid.

The New Guard Dog on the Block- Wireless Property Security Systems

June 11, 2012 12:43 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

One residence burglary happens every 13 seconds, according to the FBI . Thirty percent of burglaries happen by unlawful entry (breaking in through an unlocked window or door)  Sixty percent of burglaries happen by forced entry. Police confirm that 90 percent of property burglaries are preventable.

Ditch Those Tacky Key Chains: Easy Access with EC Key

June 11, 2012 6:59 am | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

Tired of fumbling around for keys in your handbag? Do your pants pockets sound out the tune to jingle bells with each step? It’s time to ditch those tacky key chains.   What it is: the EC Key, available in two models: the EK2 and EK3, is a wireless locking system that instantly turns your Bluetooth-enabled device into a key.

Thousands of International Professionals to Explore Entire Array of Wireless Communications Technologies at IEEE ICC 2012

June 7, 2012 4:55 am | by Heather Ann Sweeney, Associate Marketing Manager, IEEE Communications Society | Comments

Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE – COLLABORATE,” the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012), the premier flagship event of the IEEE Communications Society, will hold its next annual conference from June 10 – 15 in Canada’s beautiful capital city of Ottawa.

RF Design Is Easy - Just Let Someone Else Do It

June 5, 2012 11:22 am | by Andy Ross, Director of Wireless Applications for B&B Electronics | Comments

If you’re not designing Wi-Fi (802.11) into your systems already, you’ll be doing so very soon. Wi-Fi is rapidly establishing itself as the standard wireless connection for industrial devices. It’s a big change, but it needn’t be intimidating. There are plenty of vendors out there who have all of the necessary expertise.

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Underground Ads: NFC Does It Again

June 5, 2012 11:01 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Advertisements parade the bustling world we live in. Billboards, magazines, buildings, websites, public transportation, even the oddest places, such as supermarket eggs, Chinese food cartons, and motion sickness bags on airplanes. For example, we’ve all stood (or sat if you’re lucky) on a subway train, where we are engulfed by advertisements “decorating” the steel walls.

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