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Rising Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer Takes Aim at Apple iPhone

January 15, 2015 10:02 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said ...                             

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Booking Hospital Visits with a Smartphone

January 15, 2015 9:58 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings ...                       

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Why a Samsung Takeover of Blackberry Could Make Sense

January 15, 2015 9:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Propelled by the arrival of the Apple Watch, the global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is set to attain a gargantuan 3,000 percent expansion this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. Global revenue this year from shipments of wireless power receivers and transmitters in wearable application ... 

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Photos of the Day: The 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra is Unveiled

January 14, 2015 10:42 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays homage to the classic Shelby Cobra in celebration of the racing ... 

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Research Finds Computers are Better Judges of Personality Than Friends and Family

January 14, 2015 9:19 am | by Clifton B. Parker | Comments

Computers can judge personality traits far more precisely than ever believed, according to newly published research. In fact, they might do so better than one's friends and colleagues. The study, published Jan. 12 and conducted jointly by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, compares ... 

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Why the U.S. Needs More Cyber Professionals

January 13, 2015 12:23 pm | by Norwich University | Comments

Cyber threats continue to increase, as do the opportunities for information security and assurance experts. Several trends are driving this fact. More businesses are storing their data offsite in the cloud and more employees have remote access to systems and data ...

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Stanford Researchers Measure Concussion Forces in Greatest Detail Yet

January 13, 2015 11:51 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | Comments

A team of engineers and physicians at Stanford has provided the first-ever measurements of all the acceleration forces imparted on the brain during a diagnosed concussion. The findings could lead to better injury detection or toward developing safer protective gear ...                         

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Improving Public Health on Beaches

January 13, 2015 11:36 am | by Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment | Comments

The analysis by researchers from Stanford; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the nonprofit environmental group Heal the Bay shows that relatively easy-to-use predictive modeling systems offer an improvement over current monitoring methods ...                 

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Vision System for Household Robots

January 13, 2015 10:50 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed to manipulate. But while object recognition is one of the most widely studied topics in artificial intelligence, even the best object detectors still fail much of the time ...               

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Important Milestones of Technology

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Sam Hudgins | Comments

Technology has come a long way, and it continues to advance at a rapid pace. From wearables to autonomous vehicles, here are a few of the great milestones that have occurred in technology ...                                      

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5th LED Professional Symposium +Expo: Call for Papers Now Open

January 12, 2015 5:15 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The international program committee for the 5th LED professional Symposium +Expo (LpS) has opened the "Call for Papers". The LpS 2015 will take place from September 22nd to 24th, 2015, in Bregenz, Austria. Authors from science and industry have until February 20th, 2015 to submit their drafts on the subject of “Trends & Technologies for Future Lighting Solutions”.

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Obama: With Tech Advances Come Privacy Risks for U.S.

January 12, 2015 4:31 pm | by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked, providing more free access to credit scores and protecting students' private data ...                       

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One Step Closer to a New Generation of Electric Car Batteries

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by University of Waterloo | Comments

An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by Waterloo scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar and her research team in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo have announced ... 

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Wearable Sensors Gather Lots of Data _ Now to Make it Useful

January 12, 2015 11:06 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's not just about how many steps you've taken or how many calories you've burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? ...                      

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Govt Considering Using Internet, Smartphones for 2020 Census

January 12, 2015 10:27 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars ...                     

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