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Rugged, 14-port Gigabit Managed Ethernet Switch

December 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems unveiled Epsilon-12G2. The rugged managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch module, which offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports and two small form factor pluggable (SFP) sockets...

Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

December 26, 2013 12:47 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games...                                   

Bye Bye, Bile? Websites Try to Nix Nasty Comments

December 26, 2013 12:34 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet...                                

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Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality ...

40M Card Accounts Breached

December 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Annie D'Innocenzio & Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Target is just the latest retailer to be hit with a data breach. At TJX, for at least 17 months, one or more intruders had free rein inside TJX's computers. Without anyone noticing, one or more intruders installed code on the ...   

'Internet of Things' a Top Technology Trend in 2014

December 19, 2013 10:55 am | by Avnet | News | Comments

The Internet of Things is expected to grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, according to Gartner. Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., sees opportunity in the key technologies that make the connected ...

Welcome to the Age of the Industrial Internet

December 19, 2013 10:43 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can ...

Gift Guide: Recipients Can Invent, Make & Build

December 19, 2013 10:39 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's fairly easy to pick a holiday present, stick a bow on it and say "enjoy" when you give it to someone. It's tougher to give a gift that keeps on giving and challenges the mind. Luckily, there are plenty of gift projects for "makers" — from ...

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Photos of the Day: Origami Antennas

December 18, 2013 9:34 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

The antenna's folding and unfolding capabilities provide an advantage in various commercial and military applications. According to Tentzeris, such antennas could be included in different types of communications equipment, as well as various sensors...

Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 18, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year. Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday...                    

HotSpot Episode 43: Origami Solar Array Generates Power for Satellites

December 16, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, origami solar arrays generate power for satellites; a new way to study the universe; toys that connect parents with their children; and a smart ring that controls your smartphones...   

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 10:24 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...                

Maybe Not Sci-Fi, but Robots Readied for Big Tests

December 16, 2013 9:51 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The real world has not caught up yet with "Star Wars" and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida this week for a Defense Department competition. Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for how...

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Engineering Newswire 69: Autonomous Car Concept is Fully Bi-Directional

December 13, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redefining the autonomous car, sending Valkyrie to Mars, and finding the coldest place on Earth ...                 

Meaghan's Minute: A Drum Party In Your Pants

December 13, 2013 10:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Tyler Freeman is a drummer who has the habit of drumming and patting his pants. So to help other drummers and musicians produce real music while they’re on the go, he created Drum Pants, a wearable and fully customizable on-the-go musical instrument...       

Programming Smart Molecules

December 13, 2013 10:04 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applies Sciences | News | Comments

Computer scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have joined forces to put powerful probabilistic reasoning algorithms in the hands of...     

Combined Data Plane and Control Processing in New Aitech SBCs

December 12, 2013 4:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems now offers two new rugged single board computers (SBCs) based on the latest Freescale 12-core T4240 QorIQ processor architecture. Both the VME-based C111 and the VPX-based C112 provide integrated performance characteristics that enable enhanced processing...

Meaghan's Minute: Advancing the Internet of Everything

December 12, 2013 10:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, tech giants are coming together to form the AllSeen Alliance, which will enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services and support broadest cross-industry effort to...       

Photos of the Day: Learning to Fly Drones

December 12, 2013 10:12 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two student pilots are seated shoulder to shoulder before a bank of video monitors, maneuvering an unmanned aircraft by keyboard and mouse as the drone descends toward a virtual runway in a suburban landscape...              

Aviation Schools Prepare for Boom in Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 10:11 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aaron Gabrielson and Andrew Regenhard, aviation students at the University of North Dakota and self-proclaimed video-game junkies, could just as well be sitting on a couch playing Xbox. But instead of tapping their fingers on a controller, they're learning to fly the plane and use...   

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work....

SKorea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets...             

CWRU Engineering Researchers Report Nanoscale Energy-Efficient Switching Services

December 11, 2013 10:02 am | by Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

By relentlessly miniaturizing a pre-World War II computer technology, and combining this with a new and durable material, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have built nanoscale switches and logic gates that operate more energy-efficiently than...

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:59 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract...             

Group Wants Fisher Price iPad Seat Recall

December 11, 2013 9:56 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps? Fisher-Price is selling an infant seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby...                    

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