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Technology Convergence May Widen the Digital Divide

May 22, 2012 4:47 am | Comments

Technology is helping communication companies merge telephone, television and Internet services, but a push to deregulate may leave some customers on the wrong side of the digital divide during this convergence, according to a Penn State telecommunications researcher. "Moving away from copper lines is an example of abandoning obsolete technology and embracing technology that is faster, better, cheaper and more convenient," said Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair in Cable Television and professor of telecommunications and law.


Online Privacy: How to Control Your Personal Data

May 22, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

  Most people don’t think of the phone book as that yellow block of razor-thin sheets anymore. It’s been digitized, along with your contact information, habits, and interests. In fact, all the stuff that used to be offline — like government records, court records, product registrations, and subscriptions — has moved to the web.


Cambium Networks and S&C Electric Join Forces to Improve Smart Grid Communications Infrastructure

May 21, 2012 10:23 am | Comments

Cambium Networks and S&C Electric Company announced a partnership that will strengthen the S&C portfolio of solutions delivered to their electric utility customers, and extend market reach for Cambium into the electric utility sector. Cambium Networks’ point-to-point (PTP) and point-to-multipoint (PMP) wireless broadband radio platforms further expand S&C’s existing portfolio which includes their industry leading IntelliCom™ WAN Mesh Radio and SpeedNet™ Radio offerings, providing utility customers with all the tools necessary for optimal grid communications network design.


Can the World’s Cheapest Computer Empower a New Generation of Programmers?

May 18, 2012 7:55 am | Comments

Name : Raspberry Pi Big Idea : Raspberry Pi is a small, lightweight computer that runs on Linux and costs next to nothing — the Model A retails at $35, while the forthcoming Model B will be priced at $25. Why It’s Working : By far the cheapest computer on the market, the creator of Raspberry Pi hopes to get the gadget in the hands of children all over the world.


AnyDATA ARD400-W Wins CTIA E-Tech Award

May 18, 2012 6:42 am | Comments

The AnyDATA ARD400-W was named the winner in Consumer Electronics: Tablets and Embedded Devices category of CTIA's Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards. In its seventh year, the CTIA E-Tech Awards honor the industry's most innovative wireless products and services in the areas of mobile apps, consumer electronics, enterprise and vertical markets and infrastructure.


Terahertz Wi-Fi is a Major Speed Breakthrough

May 18, 2012 6:01 am | Comments

Wi-Fi is super convenient, but if it lacks one major element: speed. But that may be about to change thanks to some researchers in Japan who have set a record for wireless data transmission speed at 20 times the speed of conventional wifi. The technology is called Terahertz Wi-Fi because it uses the unregulated terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum to transmit data.


5 Reasons QR Code Marketing Is Broken (and How to Fix It)

May 18, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

For years now, marketers, businesses and, well, everybody have touted QR codes as the next big thing. That’s largely because QR codes offered a glimmer of the future, a way to bring physical interactions into the much more malleable (and trackable) digital space. But despite the overwhelming push by marketers to stick a QR code on anything they are publishing, marketing, and eating (yes, eating), there’s been increasing skepticism about its real-world use.


Success for Broadband-IP&TV Asia 2012

May 17, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

Broadband-IP&TV Asia 2012 has been hailed a huge success, with well over 1,000 visitors attending the event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week. With a focus on delivering growth in an evolving ecosystem and enhancing the customer experience for the connected consumer, Broadband-IP&TV Asia affirmed its position as the most comprehensive event ever delivered in the region.


KINECTed Network Attached Storage (NAS) Offering

May 17, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

ViaWest announces the addition of a Network Attached Storage (NAS) product, delivered in partnership with industry leader, NetApp. Addressing the need of its clients for flexible storage options, ViaWest launches this new NAS product as part of its KINECTed Storage family, which also includes a high-performance Storage Area Network (SAN) offering.


Scientists Generate Electricity from Viruses

May 17, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a little closer to reality. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity.


Black Solar Cells Have Lowest Reflectance for Silicon Solar Cells

May 17, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

  Scientists at Natcore Technology Inc using simple liquid bath processes, have created a black surface on a silicon wafer with an average reflectance in the visible and near-infrared region of the solar spectrum of 0.3%, making it the "blackest" silicon solar cell surface ever recorded. Compared with standard production cells now available, this represents a tenfold reduction in reflectance over that portion of the spectrum, which is the source of about 80% of the usable power that can be drawn from sunlight.


In-Flight Calling: Coming Soon to an Airplane Near You

May 16, 2012 6:55 am | Comments

Hitting the friendly skies doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make a mobile phone call — at least if you’re flying on one of Virgin’s new Airbus A330 planes. The airline plans to make in-flight calling available first on its flight from London to New York. By the end of the year, in-flight calling will be available on 17 planes and at least 10 routes.


How Wearable Computers Could Make Us Healthier

May 16, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

The last time your doctor asked how much you exercise, did you tell the truth? Do you even really know the truth—not just how many visits to the gym you’ve made this month, but how many hours you sit or how many calories you burn in a day? What if your doctor had already received the information from a tiny device built into your cellphone, wallet, or undershirt? Sonny Vu believes a device like this could fundamentally change health care.


Thousands of Butts Were Analyzed to Create This Lightweight Chair

May 16, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

German designers placed a high-tech, sensor-equipped chair in the middle of a palazzo in Milan last month to record stress points on the backsides of thousands of people. The goal? To determine how to design a lightweight and efficient chair that’s sturdy enough to support a wide variety of users. When someone sat in the chair, monitors recorded data and processed it with an “algorithm that determines the most structurally efficient version of the chair,” according to the blog Co.


AWR Announces Slate of Activities for IMS 2012

May 15, 2012 11:12 am | Comments

AWR Corporation once again takes a leadership position at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2012 with a full slate of AWR 2011 software demonstrations, MicroApps presentations and panel, and its renowned Customer Appreciation Party. IMS 2012 takes place from June 17 to 22 in Montréal, Canada.



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