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In-Flight Sensor Tests a Step Toward Structural Health Monitoring for Safer Flights

September 29, 2014 11:01 am | by Heather Clark, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance. These flight tests are part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process that will make the sensors widely available to U.S. airlines...

Constant Phone Calls Allowed on European Flights

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights...                          

Tech-Friendly Cities Struggle with New Biz Rules

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries...              

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5 Questions, Answers on 'Net Neutrality'

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster...                    

Lenovo Looks to Expand after IBM Acquisition

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday...                   

Government Takes on the Internet

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?...                

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...

C&K Components Miniature Tactile Switches

September 29, 2014 10:24 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a new series of SMT top-actuated, momentary action tactile switches...

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New Discovery Could Pave the Way for Spin-Based Computing

September 26, 2014 10:30 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Electricity and magnetism rule our digital world. Semiconductors process electrical information, while magnetic materials enable long-term data storage. A University of Pittsburgh research team has discovered a way to fuse these two distinct properties in a single material, paving the way for new ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures...

Putting the Squeeze on Quantum Information

September 26, 2014 10:27 am | by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research | News | Comments

CIFAR researchers have shown that information stored in quantum bits can be exponentially compressed without losing information. The achievement is an important proof of principle, and could be useful for efficient quantum communications and information storage. Compression is vital for modern digital communication...

Time Warner Cable Announces Enhancements to Ethernet Services Portfolio

September 24, 2014 11:31 am | by Time Warner Cable Business Class | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class today announced significant enhancements to its Ethernet Services portfolio, to target mid-market and enterprise customers with business locations spread across the US. These enhancements come on the heels of other major product updates this year...

Full Two-Port 26.5 GHz Vector Network Analyzers Fit in Just One PXI Slot

September 24, 2014 11:02 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced a series of one-slot PXI vector network analyzers that cover 300 kHz up to 26.5 GHz. The new analyzers offer PXI VNA performance on key specifications such as speed, trace noise, stability and dynamic range...

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 ...       

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System-in-Package Solution for Precision-Sensing in Portable Medical Devices

September 24, 2014 9:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has responded to product development demands within the portable medical market by introducing Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package solution for precision sensing and monitoring...

Maintenance-Free, Reliable Computing

September 23, 2014 4:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has expanded its line of maintenance-free, rugged box computers with two scalable versions. Powered by the 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor family, the new computers provide high performance...                    

Artificial Intelligence That Imitates Children’s Learning

September 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

The computer programs used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialized. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from ...  

Superfast Computers That Don't Overheat

September 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material - a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor - that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don't ...  

New Computer Model to Aid Greener, Leaner Aircraft Design

September 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | News | Comments

A computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged will make it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Innovative computer codes form the basis of a computer model that ...    

Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security

September 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

In a big step for securing critical information systems, such as medical records in clinical settings, Dartmouth College researchers have created a new approach to computer security that authenticates users continuously while they are using a terminal and automatically logs them out when they leave...

Start-Up Expert Becomes New CEO of EnOcean

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | by EnOcean | News | Comments

EnOcean today announced the appointment of Dr. Wald Siskens as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this position, he will further develop EnOcean’s business in line with the company’s long-term growth strategy for the core markets of building automation and smart home...

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...  

Oculus Unveils New Prototype VR Headset

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The hew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features a higher resolution and refresh rate, integrated headphones and 360-degree head tracking...

RF Connector Cross Reference Research Tool

September 22, 2014 9:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components has developed a research tool for cross referencing the company’s extensive database of RF components...

Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with ‘phase-change materials’ (PCMs), which are capable of reversibly switching between two structural phases with different electrical states – one crystalline and conducting and the other glassy and insulating – in billionths of a second...

Photo of the Day: Breaking the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Modelling and tests of PCM-based devices have shown that logic-processing operations can be performed in non-volatile memory cells using particular combinations of ultra-short voltage pulses, which is not possible with silicon-based devices...

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