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Wire-Free Dream Closer with Renewed WiGig VESA Collaboration

November 16, 2012 4:36 am | Comments

The Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) have established a joint working group to advance the WiGig DisplayPort video standard certification.  This new joint working group will address interoperability between the DisplayPort standard and WiGig’s own Display Extension Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL).


electronica 2012 Wrap-Up

November 16, 2012 4:26 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Wireless Design & Development | Comments

Okay, so it’s no surprise that the engineering community is continuing to be taxed by a need to shrink both the number of components housed on the board, as well as the size of them. So it’s been great to see how a number of semiconductor, power supply, and connector companies are working to provide these solutions.


Thermogenerator from the Printer

November 16, 2012 3:39 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They increasingly “harvest” the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers will present a printed thermogenerator, which in the future will be able to generate energy supply for sensors through temperature differences.


Review: Nexus Tablet Showcases Google Media Play

November 15, 2012 5:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

When I first turned on Google's new tablet computer, I immediately thought of it as a mere conduit to Google services. Besides giving you quick access to Gmail and YouTube, the Nexus 10 steers you to digital movies, books and other content available for sale through Google's online Play store.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Cyber Threats Forecast for 2013

November 14, 2012 3:53 am | by The report can be downloaded by visiting . | 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.


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).


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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