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Photo of the Day: Industry Trends: Wireless Test Equipment

July 24, 2014 | by WDD Staff | Comments

Around 240 readers responded to WDD’s survey on wireless test equipment. This infographic showcases the results...          

       

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Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

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Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app...

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Photos of the Day: Next-Generation Microshutter Array

July 30, 2014 1:10 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope...                  

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Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

July 30, 2014 1:04 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays...

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Optimum Inertia for Snowman-like Nanorobot

July 30, 2014 12:52 am | by Springer | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge...

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New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

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Tektronix Adds Support for Automated APCO P25 Transmitter Compliance Testing

July 29, 2014 6:54 pm | by Tektronix | Comments

Tektronix announced a cost-effective compliance transmitter test solution for the Project 25 Common Air Interface Phase 1 and Phase 2 standard. The new software gives RF test engineers and safety agencies the convenience of push-button measurements with automated pass/fail reporting...

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Photo of the Day: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for PNT

July 29, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Beyond GPS: DARPA's PNT Portfolio

July 29, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

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China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law...

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Physicists Unlock Nature of High-Temperature Superconductivity

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The earliest superconducting materials required operating temperatures...

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Refrigerator Magnets

July 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by MIT | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to...

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Measuring the Smallest Magnets

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous “background noise” that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device...

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