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Home, Baby Cameras not Secure Worldwide

November 20, 2014 10:25 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera: change your password now, because feeds from the cameras are being posted online by a Russian website ...                    

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Gadgets to Help Your Selfie

November 20, 2014 10:24 am | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | Comments

Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by ...            

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China & U.S. Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market in 2014

November 19, 2014 5:10 pm | by IHS Technology | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology. Global market revenue for ...             

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Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Ethics of the Road

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic ...                           

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Photos of the Day: Parrot’s Bebop Drone

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The Bebop is part remote-control flyer and part robot. It has a host of sensors — including pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer — to help it fly stable, hover in the air, and take off and land smoothly without assistance. The AR.Drone has those, too, but Bebop adds a built-in GPS that tells Bebop where it ... 

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Meet Parrot’s Powerful Bebop Drone and Crazy Optional Controller

November 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable | Comments

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors). Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It does have at least one thing in common with ... 

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Paper Electronics Could Make Health Care More Accessible

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper -- an inexpensive material -- have the potential to some day cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these sensors by directly printing conductive ink on paper. They published their advance ... 

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Next Level Computer Vision Algorithm That Can Describe Photos

November 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Abate | Comments

Computer software only recently became smart enough to recognize objects in photographs. Now, Stanford researchers using machine learning have created a system that takes the next step, writing a simple story of what's happening in any digital image. "The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and ... 

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Scientists Get to the Heart of Fool's Gold as a Solar Material

November 19, 2014 11:40 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite -- a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as fool's gold -- could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion ... 

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Anritsu Demonstrates World’s First LTE Advanced Category 9 with 3x CA

November 19, 2014 10:47 am | by Anritsu Company | Comments

Anritsu Company has demonstrated stable peak data throughput for a Category 9 LTE device and network simulator using 3x Carrier Aggregation (3x CA) ...                   

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New ZigBee 3.0 Creates Single Open, Global Wireless Standard for Devices

November 19, 2014 9:22 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, announced the unification of its market-leading wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0. This standard will provide interoperability among the ... 

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A Manufacturing Equipment Solution to Mass Produce Flexible OLED Diplays

November 19, 2014 8:45 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

Flexible consumer electronics products are closer to Main Street thanks to a new manufacturing tool from Kateeva. This week at the Printed Electronics USA conference in Santa Clara, Calif., the provider of technology-driven deposition equipment will introduce the YIELDjet FLEX, a high-performance mass-production solution for flexible ...

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Will Smartwatches Tarnish Fitness Tracker Market?

November 18, 2014 3:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Thinking about a fitness tracker? In the future you may defer that purchase in favor of a smartwatch. According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 fully 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristband will choose a smartwatch instead. Gartner forecasts shipments of wearable fitness devices will hit ... 

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Replacing Pay Phones with Wi-Fi Hubs

November 18, 2014 11:41 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press | Comments

Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging ... 

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Two Sensors in One

November 18, 2014 11:01 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment, or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets ...

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