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Air Force’s Top Brain Wants a ‘Social Radar’ to ‘See Into Hearts and Minds’

January 19, 2012 4:05 am | by Noah Shachtman | Comments

Chief Scientists of the Air Force usually spend their time trying to figure out how to make jets go insanely fast or build better satellites. Which makes Dr. Mark Maybury, today’s chief scientist, a bit of an outlier. He’d like to build a set of sensors that peer into people’s souls — and forecast wars before they erupt.

DOCOMO Beijing Labs Reduces Development Time of Mobile Communications Technology by 50 Percent with MATLAB

January 18, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

MathWorks announced that DOCOMO Beijing Communications Laboratories has adopted MATLAB to develop and verify algorithms for the development of new physical layer mobile communications technologies for advanced standards such as LTE-A. MATLAB has allowed DOCOMO Beijing Labs to cut development time by 50% compared with its previous C and C++ development methods, and allowed researchers to rapidly develop new algorithms for link-level and system-level simulations.

Industry's First Full-Featured and Self-Contained Low-Power 802.11n Wi-Fi Module for M2M Markets

January 18, 2012 5:31 am | Comments

Redpine Signals announced the release of the industry’s first self-contained low-power Wi-Fi module for M2M markets. Redpine’s WiSeConnect is the first to implement advanced features like Wi-Fi Direct and Enterprise security required for 802.11n Wi-Fi based machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. With all the hardware and software required for not only standards compliant Wi-Fi operation but also for regulatory certification, the WiSeConnect module offers the easiest path to integrating advanced wireless connectivity for the entire range of emerging M2M applications.

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Altair Semiconductor Completes LTE Band Class 14 Interoperability Testing with Alcatel-Lucent

January 18, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

Altair Semiconductor announced that its FourGee-3100/6200 chipset has successfully completed Band 14 interoperability testing with Alcatel-Lucent infrastructure. Band 14 spectrum, which is in the 700 MHz frequency, has been allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for public safety broadband use in the United States.

Russian Military Says Spacecraft Debris Falls in Ocean

January 16, 2012 6:14 am | Comments

(Reuters) - Pieces of a failed Russian Mars probe plummeted into the Pacific Ocean far off the Chilean coast Sunday, Russian news agencies cited a military official as saying. Debris from the Phobos-Grunt craft fell into the sea some 1,250 km (775 miles) west of the coastal island of Wellington, state-run RIA and Itar-Tass cited Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin as saying.

Google: Sorry, Twitter, We Don’t Index the @ Symbol

January 13, 2012 9:53 am | Comments

If you haven’t noticed that Google+ pages are increasingly becoming a part of Google search results, you may have noticed Google and Twitter’s increasingly public spat about it. Twitter argues that by promoting Google+ in search results, Google isn’t providing the most relevant social results. Meanwhile, Google has implied it would promote more pages from Twitter if it had adequate permission to do so.

Google Offers Free Wi-Fi in India to Access Social Networks

January 13, 2012 9:51 am | Comments

Google is offering users in India free Wi-Fi in an effort to increase usage of Google’s social network Google+ as well as YouTube. The service provided by O-Zone Networks will run for an initial three months and will allow unlimited usage of Google+ and 10 minutes of free access to YouTube per week, but any other websites can only be accessed by paying for minutes.

ARM Shrugs Off Intel’s First Smartphone

January 13, 2012 9:13 am | Comments

For the past several years, almost every smartphone, tablet or other mobile device has used a microprocessor based on the computer chip technology of U.K.’s  ARM Holdings . That has finally changed with the unveiling at CES of the  first mass-market smartphone  that packs  Intel  technology, and it definitely won’t be the last.

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How Google’s Social Search Shift Will Impact Your Brand’s SEO

January 13, 2012 9:09 am | Comments

In what could be hailed as the update that sparked an all-out Internet riot, Google has launched “Search, plus your World,” which pours personal social results into your public search listings. The catch is that it only factors in your Google+ social graph, leaving Facebook and Twitter, arguably the more active social networks, out in the cold.

MicroSD Card will give any Android Device Near-field Communications Capabilities

January 13, 2012 9:04 am | Comments

One of the more interesting abilities of some of the latest and greatest Android devices is their capacity for a technology called near-field communication. The tech is built into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for compatible devices, and it can turn smartphones into tools that can help users make instant payments at stores, among other cool features.

Near Field Communication the Next Mobile Boost?

January 13, 2012 9:01 am | Comments

You may not have heard of it, but near field communication (NFC) is the technology that major companies are betting will become a central part of every mobile phone user's life. Interested in digital wallets, gaming, or social media? You'll soon be acquainted with NFC — which could transform the way we shop, pay, save, and interact with other mobile device users and even with physical objects.

Cars Connect With Apps, the Cloud at CES

January 13, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Automakers are racing the put the mobile in automobile as they connect our vehicles to the cloud and increasingly blur the line between cars and consumer electronics.  These systems let you do everything from update your Facebook status to make flight reservations to access voice-activated navigation.

What to Expect From Mobile Marketing Tech in 2012

January 13, 2012 7:06 am | by For instance, what is the future of the QR code, and should we prepare to be wowed by augmented reality? Read on for my mobile marketing predictions of 2012. | Comments

As new technologies emerge that seek to bridge the real world with the digital, the offline-to-online marketing learning curve only gets steeper. 1. Quick Response (QR) Codes The Good : We’ll witness the disappearance of non-standard formats, an exponential rise in capable mobile devices, and a steady march toward improved calls-to-action spurred by more accountable analytics.

5 Gadgets From CES That Are Ideal for Journalists

January 13, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is the second-largest in its history. With 2,700 companies pitching products to 5,000 members of the press in Las Vegas, it’s easy to get dazed and confused by the avalanche of over-hyped gadgets. Here are five IJNet thinks are worth adding to your reporting toolkit as they come on the market.

Now That LTE is Here, What’s the Future for Sprint’s WiMax?

January 13, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

In the last few weeks Sprint has rolled out LTE service to a few area. Some have been under the impression that these are “test areas” to examine the viability of LTE. That’s not the case. I haven’t been able to get word from Sprint about their long-term plans — not officially anyway, and it’s the source of some confusion in the wireless industry.

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