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No Evidence That California Cellphone Ban Decreased Accidents

July 20, 2014 10:44 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | Comments

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. The findings...

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Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 20, 2014 10:00 pm | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was...

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Axead Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity

July 20, 2014 9:54 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company's pricier Lumia phones...

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Telit Expands m2mAIR Mobile Coverage in Partnership with Telefonica

July 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced its appointment to the Telefonica m2m Channel Partner Program. As a result, m2mAIR Mobile can now offer local Telefonica connectivity services, together with its own suite of value added services to M2M customers throughout Europe and Latin America...

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Photo of the Day: The Rx for 5G RF

July 18, 2014 11:01 am | by National Instruments | Comments

NI is collaborating with several top researchers focused on wireless – specifically 5G communications. Combining LabVIEW system design software with software defined radio (SDR) hardware, researchers are able to innovate faster...

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Rescuers Comb Scene of Malaysian Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | Comments

A Malaysian jetliner shot from the sky by what U.S. intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile scattered wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside, leaving investigators scrambling Friday to figure out what happened as rescue workers, policemen and even coal miners combed the crash site...

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Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch

July 18, 2014 9:39 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency’s Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable “neuroprosthetics” that can help servicemembers, veterans, and others overcome memory deficits incurred as a result of traumatic brain injury or disease...

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Comet-Chasing Space Probe Makes Surprise Discovery

July 18, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Scientists say a space probe aiming to become the first to land on a comet has taken images that appear to show its target could actually be two separate lumps of rock and ice flying in tandem. The pictures released Thursday were taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe...

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Microsoft to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs over next Year

July 18, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month...

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New element14 Design Competition

July 17, 2014 5:07 pm | by element14 | Comments

element14, along with partner Adafruit announced the launch of the new “Hats Off” global design challenge. Participants will re-imagine the hat into new wearable technology solutions that provide real-world functionality using the Adafruit GEMMA and an accompanying accessory pack...

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TIA Supports Efforts to Open Spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band for Commercial Use

July 17, 2014 5:01 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association filed comments supporting the opening of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to commercial use that would allow for increased access to mobile broadband while maintaining appropriate protections for incumbent users...

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Cardinal Components Announces the Addition of Jameco Electronics

July 17, 2014 4:56 pm | by Cardinal Components | Comments

Cardinal Components has entered into a distributor agreement with Jameco Electronics. Jameco has been a leading electronic components distributor for 40 years and served millions of customers ranging from businesses to educational institutions to hobbyists.  

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No-Wait Data Centers

July 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue...

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Improving the Cost and Efficiency of Renewable Energy Storage

July 17, 2014 12:53 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

A major challenge in renewable energy is storage. A common approach is a reaction that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, and uses the hydrogen as a fuel to store energy. The efficiency of 'water splitting' depends heavily on a solid substance called a catalyst...

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Hundreds of Videos Combined to Reconstruct 3D Motion without Markers

July 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti...

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