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Technology Not to Blame for Teen Woes

May 7, 2014 1:05 pm | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it's her teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart...

Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I became pregnant with my daughter, now 4, I didn't even own a smartphone. I did most of my pregnancy research with my desktop computer and those pregnancy books that nearly every first-time mom reads. Now, baby No. 2 is on the way and times have changed...

Data Breaches: A New Source of Worry for CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia.Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's third-largest retailer on Monday shows that...

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Intel, PC Makers Broaden Support for Chromebooks

May 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors...

IBM Partners with Universities on Watson Projects

May 6, 2014 4:54 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Watson is going to college. Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of new classes set for next fall. The partnership between Armonk, New York-based IBM and the universities...

Kaspar the Friendly Robot

May 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tony Paese, Intern, WDD | Blogs | Comments

With the simple Google search, “companion robots,” I was surprised (more, perhaps, than I should have been in this day and age) to find a large variety of machines of varying degrees of humanoid appearance already being instituted into homes and schools as – and this is key – assistants, not replacements...

Why Virtual Reality Will Compete with the Real World

May 6, 2014 11:15 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Recent weeks have been good ones for people interested in virtual reality. The Facebook acquisition of Oculus has galvanized the idea that “something wonderful” will happen if we put on these strange headsets and visually enter other worlds. Of course, most people assume this means gaming...

FAA: Data from U-2 Spy Plane Caused Computer Issue

May 6, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday...

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Richardson RFPD Introduces New Power Amplifier from Wavelex

May 6, 2014 10:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 0.8 W power amplifier from Wavelex...

Photos of the Day: Miami is New Tech 'Hot Spot'

May 5, 2014 8:53 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

Miami Looks Beyond Beaches, Bikinis to Tech

May 5, 2014 8:35 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

Global Cost of Data Breach Increases by 15 percent, According to Ponemon Institute

May 5, 2014 11:58 am | by Stephanie Kanaan, Senior Account Executive, Global Communications | News | Comments

Today Ponemon Institute released its ninth annual Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Study, sponsored by IBM. According to the study of 314 companies spanning 10 countries, the average total cost of a data breach increased 15 percent in the last year to $3.5 million...

IBM Advances Fight against Cyber Threats with Comprehensive Threat Protection System

May 5, 2014 11:36 am | by Stephanie Kanaan, Senior Account Executive, Global Communications | News | Comments

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has introduced comprehensive new security software and services to help organizations protect their critical data in an environment where advanced persistent threats, zero day attacks, breaches, and the financial impact on an organization continue to rise...

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DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Flexx-Sil Tubing Cables Now Available From Cicoil

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil now offers highly durable Flexx-Sil Tubing Cables. Combining multiple tubing lines in an easy to use flat configuration is an excellent alternative to loose, bundled, tangled, and unprotected tubing assemblies...

Ironwood Electronics Announces PB-BGA133A-Z-01 Socket Probe Adapter

May 5, 2014 9:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

 Ironwood Electronics' PB-BGA133A-Z-01 Socket Probe Adapter allows high-speed testing of BGA devices while accessing signals using testers via header pins. Features of the PB-BGA133A-Z-01 include shortest possible trace length for maximum speed, low inductance, low capacitance, and it is blind and buried via PCB design technology...

WAGO Introduces I/O System for Extreme Environments

May 5, 2014 9:24 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation'snew WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750 XTR combines the successful features of the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM with expanded specifications for use in extreme environments. Reliability in extreme temperatures, vibration and shock resistance, and protection against EMC interference are the fundamental features of the XTR...

Photo of the Day: Flat Lens Using a Metasurface

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The premise of nanophotonics is that light can interact with matter in unusual ways when the material incorporates tiny metallic or dielectric features that are separated by a distance shorter than the wavelength of the light. Metamaterials are engineered materials that exploit these phenomena, producing strange effects, enabling light to bend unnaturally...              

Atmel Launches Fourth Generation Low-Power LIN System Basis Chip

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Agnes Toan, Atmel | News | Comments

Atmel has announced a new LIN system basis chip (SBC) ATA663254 for low-power local interconnect networking (LIN) systems used for automotive comfort, power-train, sensor and actuator applications. Atmel’s ATA663254 is the first available device in this family of new LIN devices...

VITA 59 RCE Rugged COM Express Ensures Robust COMs in Harsh Environments

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rugged Com Express has introduced the new VITA 59 standard, enabling the COM Express technology to be used in mission-critical and harsh environments. New mechanical parameters guarantee operation in a harsh environment. The new VITA Rugged COM Express standard features...

Diamond Systems Introduces QSeven Computer-on-Modules

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems has introduced Quantum, a conduction-cooled PCI/104-Express SBC (single board computer) family with interchangeable, full size QSeven COMs processors and a highly...

Future Electronics & Crocus Technology Sign Global Distribution Agreement

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Martin H. Gordon, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Future Electronics has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Crocus Technology. “Considering the ever increasing demand for non-volatile memories and products capable of enhancing the performance and security of chips for smart cards, mobile phones, and data servers...

Senaptic Turns IoT into Real-world Revenue Streams

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Senaptic | News | Comments

Senaptic is a new company focussing on ultra-scalable private network solutions for smart cities and utilities. It has an innovative business model providing end-to-end solutions that are already turning the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) into significant revenue streams in global markets...

Mobile Apps Under a New Kind of Attack

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Syracuse University | News | Comments

Scanning 2D barcodes, finding free Wi-Fi access points, sending SMS messages, listening to music, and watching MP4 videos: these are very common activities that we do using our smartphones. Can you imagine that simply doing these things can get your smartphones infected with "worms" that can not only steal personal information from your phone...

Rohde & Schwarz's Signal & Spectrum Analyzer with 500 MHz Analysis Bandwidth

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has expanded the analysis bandwidth for its R&S FSW high-end signal and spectrum analyzers to be used for measurements in a frequency range up to 67 GHz, enabling completely new applications for the signal and spectrum analyzer in research and development. The analyzer is well-suited for sophisticated measurement tasks in radar or satellite applications as well as for tests on fast wireless connections such as WLAN or Beyond 4G (5G). Features include...

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