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A Closer Look: What Map Apps Can Do for You

October 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway. Here's a look at what leading free map apps can do for you...

Extended SMX Series of Stacked SMPS MLCCs

October 8, 2014 9:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended its high temperature SMX Series stacked SMPS MLCCs with the addition of new 25V ratings in case sizes 3-5 and 500V ratings in every case size...

New Studies Point out Dangers of 'Talking' to Car

October 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio...

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Breaking Bad Habits with Shock Therapy App

October 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, hotel rooms you can control with your phone; an agreement to explore Mars; Google Glass helps the hard of hearing; and app to help consumers break bad habits; and I try programming a robot...           

Bel Power Solutions Digital Power Technology Patent License with Cosel

October 6, 2014 11:50 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Bel Fuse announced that it has entered into a non-exclusive, worldwide, multi-year field of use license agreement with Japan-based Cosel...

Alleviating Spectrum Congestion for Wireless Devices

October 6, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Bender, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

Your smartphone’s communications degrade when the device competes with other mobile traffic to send and receive data, and that competition will only intensify. Far more than a billion smartphones are expected to ship this year ...   

Keysight Converter Reduces Test Development Time

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced the M9188A, a PXI-based, 16-channels, single-slot unipolar dynamic digital/analog converter...

Integrated Rack-Level Systems for Use in Rugged Environments

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers rack-level integration services that enable deployment of commercial equipment in rugged and mobile environments...

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Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation

October 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Debra Nowland, Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionize advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher...                  

Engineering Newswire 110: Lockheed Martin Wreaks Havoc in Extreme Off-Road Testing

October 2, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re traveling in our very own solar-powered pods, picking up space garbage, and wreaking havoc in extreme off-road testing ...             

EnerSys Announces Extension to Line of PowerSafe Telecom Batteries

October 1, 2014 1:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

EnerSys has introduced resilient, high efficiency PowerSafe SBS 2V batteries for telecom applications...

Chillers and Heat Exchangers Enhance Looped Liquid Electronics Cooling

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Thermal Solutions introduced a series of portable Chiller Systems and liquid-to-air Heat Exchangers for controlling fluid temperatures in looped liquid cooling systems...

RFMW offers 18 GHz UltraCMOS Switches

October 1, 2014 11:03 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announced design and sales support for two new Peregrine Semiconductor switches. Both the PE42542 and PE42543 are SP4T switches with operating bandwidth of 9 kHz to 18 GHz...

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Autonomous Power Distribution System

September 30, 2014 3:52 pm | by Michigan Technological University | Videos | Comments

The team has programmed robots to restore power in small electrical networks, linking up power cords and batteries to light a little lamp or set a flag to waving with a small electrical motor...             

Photos of the Day: Football-Size Robot Searches for Hidden Contraband on Ships

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. Because of its small size and unique propulsion mechanism — which leaves no visible wake — the robots could, in theory, be concealed in clumps of algae...

Don’t Microwave Your iPhone

September 29, 2014 11:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a Head Mounted Dispaly made to work with an iPad Mini; controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages; Sony announces SmartEyeglasses; and getting to the bottom of some recent hoax ads about Apple's new iPhone 6...    

Don’t Microwave Your iPhone

September 29, 2014 11:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a Head Mounted Dispaly made to work with an iPad Mini; controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages; Sony announces SmartEyeglasses; and getting to the bottom of some recent hoax ads about Apple's new iPhone 6...    

Syfer Announced PSL Series of Capacitors

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Syfer announced the PSL Series MLCCs suitable for power supplies, DC-DC converters, LED lighting, and other demanding applications...

SEGGER Announces Support for ARM Cortex-M7

September 29, 2014 10:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SEGGER is one of the first tool vendors to announce their support for the new ARM Cortex-M7 architecture...

Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

September 26, 2014 10:34 am | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count. Now, a team has developed a tabletop model of a robot team that can bring power...

Big Data Is Better Data

September 24, 2014 10:05 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning — and human knowledge ...       

Rolling-Spider Mini Drone

September 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot brought to you by Components Corp., a new beam control turret being developed for DARPA to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons; smart cars have the potential of hacking; developing better-tasting wine with sensor technology; and an ultra-compact drone that is controlled by a smart phone...  

Water-Based Nuclear Battery Can Be Used to Generate Electrical Energy

September 17, 2014 10:49 am | by University of Missouri new Bureau | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many applications such as a reliable energy source in automobiles and also in complicated applications such as space flight...

Self-Driving Cars Now Need a Permit in CA

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around...                               

Photo of the Day: 5 Bridge Technologies in History

September 16, 2014 11:12 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

It can be hard to imagine a world without bridges, just getting home from a friend’s house might take several days instead of five minutes, fortunately the ancient Romans stepped up to the plate. Ohio University took a look at the five major bridge...            

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