A new algorithm lets networks of Wi-Fi-connected cars, whose layout is constantly changing, share a few expensive links to the Internet. Wi-Fi is coming to our cars. Ford Motor Co. has been equipping cars with Wi-Fi transmitters since 2010; according to an Agence France-Presse story last year, the company expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in.
In yet another Olympian feat of measurement, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently calibrated a tape that will be used to measure out the distance of this summer's Olympic marathon—a distance of 26 miles 385 yards—to 1 part in 1,000. Image: NIST technician Christopher Blackburn uses a microscope to precisely align a retroreflector over the center of a hash mark on a measuring tape.
Driver cellphone blocking technology could save lives Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring. Abdul Shabeer of the Anna University of Technology in Tamilnadu, India, and colleagues point out that globally around 20% of fatal road accidents with trucks and other heavy vehicles involved the drivers of those vehicles using a cell phone in their hand at the time of the accident.
Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA’s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA’s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency. We all know what happens when you place a cell phone too close to a speaker: seconds before the phone rings, that obnoxious buzz interrupts your favourite song.
Having to reheat your hot beverage after it turns cold is not only inconvenient, but it’s also not very energy efficient. Designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi has created the Burning Cup that will keep your coffee or hot chocolate warm from the first to last sip without using any electricity. The mug contains a solution of sodium acetate, which is a solid form when cold and a liquid form when heated.
I’ve logged plenty of hours on Android phones, starting with the very first one, the remarkably rudimentary G1 , back in 2008. But the phones in question have always been backups to my main handset (which, since mid-2008, has been an AT&T iPhone). Or they’ve been Android phones that I was reviewing or otherwise experimenting with.
Google used its official blog today to announce that it’s discontinuing a bunch of products. They range from the rather well-known iGoogle personalized home page to curios I’d never heard about until now, such as a search app for Symbian. The move is just the most recent of several mass executions which Google has performed since Larry Page returned to the position of CEO last year and declared that the company would henceforth be putting more wood behind fewer arrows .
They call it “ showrooming ,” and to hear the nation’s retailers and other experts fret about consumers using smartphones to buy online while shopping in stores, it’s the worst thing to happen to brick-and-mortar sales since Jeff Bezos started a website to sell books. Except it’s not. Turns out, consumers who use smartphones when out shopping are 14% more likely to make a purchase in the store than those without.
Technologies essential to the latest smartphones and tablets mean that the analog integrated circuit (IC) industry can look forward to guaranteed expansion over the next few years, states a new report* by business intelligence providers GBI Research. Analog ICs are used in a wide range of applications including third and forth generation (3G/4G) radio base stations and portable device batteries, as well as medical imaging scanners and electric cars.
A federal judge on Monday paved the way for a ban on U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to go into effect. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued an injunction on that product last week, as well as a separate injunction barring sales of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in patent infringement cases brought by Apple against Samsung.
B&B Electronics announced that its European operation has provided an extensive fiber, cellular and wireless communications network for the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Grand Finale ( http://www.volvooceanracegalway.ie/ ), the nine-day festival built around the final leg and finish line of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 in Galway, Ireland, June 30 – July 8.
Cloud computing just isn’t as scary as it once was to companies and their CIOs. A new survey of 785 companies finds a meager 3% considering it to be too risky — down from 11% last year. Only 12% say the cloud platform is too immature, and that’s down from 26% a year ago. Furthermore, 50% of the survey respondents now say they have “complete confidence” in the cloud — up from 13% a year ago.
California has become the first U.S. state to install more than 1,000 megawatts of solar panels on homes and businesses and the boom is on track to continue in 2012 despite upheaval in the solar market and declining incentives, according to a report released Monday by state regulators. The California Public Utilities Commission estimates that the state is generating 1,255 megawatts of electricity from 122,516 rooftops.
Apple reportedly reached a settlement over the iPad name in China, with news reports saying the company paid Proview Shenzhen $60 million to end the trademark dispute and allow it to start selling the third generation of the tablet in its fastest-growing market. The potential settlement ends a long-running legal battle over the iPad name and paves the way for Apple to reap billions in sales of its tablet from a region that now accounts for 20 percent of revenue.
Come fall, the glossy book jackets of every new Simon & Schuster hardcover and trade paperback will feature a QR code in an effort to bolster newsletter signups. Scanning a code will send consumers to an author’s mobile page on S&S’s website . There, they are encouraged to sign up for email alerts, browse the author’s other publications and, when available, watch a video interview with the author.