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France to Sanction Google Over Privacy Rules

September 30, 2013 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France said Friday it will fine Google up to $402,180 for breaking rules on data privacy. The French agency that regulates information technology says Google hadn't satisfactorily responded to its June decision giving the company three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users.

Google's 'Hummingbird' Hatches New Search Formula

September 27, 2013 9:17 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called "Hummingbird" that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.

Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's Experimental Program Sends Drones to Space

September 26, 2013 4:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're microwaving rubble with a portable radar device, expanding access to space with reusable unmanned vehicles, designing elastic OLEDs ro make displays like windows, and flying tinker toys to space.

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Oracle CEO Snubs Big Crowd to Watch America's Cup

September 25, 2013 9:06 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

About 60,000 people have come from all over the world to attend Oracle's biggest customer conference of the year, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison left no doubt Tuesday that his boating team's defense of the America's Cup is a higher priority. Ellison, a billionaire renowned for his flamboyance and hubris, delivered that message by snubbing the crowd that had gathered at a San Francisco convention center to see him on stage.

Mapping Ideas Worth Spreading

September 24, 2013 4:21 pm | by TED Talks: Eric Berlow & Sean Gourley | Videos | Comments

What do 24,000 ideas look like? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TED Talks, taking us on a stimulating visual tour to show how ideas connect globally.                                                          

New GaAs MMIC SP4T Reflective Switch Covers 23 to 30 GHz

September 24, 2013 11:02 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave has introduced a new reflective, Single Pole Four Throw (SP4T) switch that is ideal for demanding applications requiring broadband performance, low insertion loss, fast switching speed, and high power handling capability.

Meaghan's Minute: Microsoft's New Surface Tablet

September 24, 2013 9:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 tablet has a built-in kickstand, and can be used flat on a table, or in someone's lap. It also has a 75 percent improvement in battery life.

HotSpot Episode 31: Cleaning Up Space Mess

September 23, 2013 11:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a low voltage, miniature TCXO; a satellite with the mission to clean up space; EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems for $115M; and resistive switching devices.

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The First Google Glass Hackathon Showcase

September 23, 2013 9:27 am | by MTGx | News | Comments

MTGx and RocketSpace welcomes you to the first ever Google Glass Hackathon event. It brings together over 40 developer teams to present product ideas and solutions which explore the groundbreaking potential of Google Glass as an entertainment accessory and second screen device.

Scheme to Snag iPhones Leads to Chaos in CA

September 23, 2013 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An overnight campout for the new iPhone turned chaotic Friday morning when two men were arrested for fighting outside an Apple Store and a man's plan to hire homeless people to wait in line for the coveted devices backfired, authorities said.

New Surface Expected from Microsoft at NYC Event

September 23, 2013 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is expected to announce new Surface tablet computers, including a version with a smaller screen to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad Mini. The company has an announcement event scheduled in New York on Monday. It comes about a month before Microsoft releases an update to its Windows 8 operating system.

Google Releases Digital Wallet App for iPhones

September 20, 2013 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system.

Engineering Newswire 56: Scorpion Jet Prototype is Tactically Practical

September 19, 2013 8:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.

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Pico Technology’s High-performance PC Oscilloscopes

September 19, 2013 2:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With up to 500 MHz bandwidth on four channels, and an industry-leading 2 G samples of buffer memory, the new PicoScope 6000 Series from Pico Technology has both the performance and the advanced analysis capability to speed debug of today’s complex electronic designs.

TrueNorth Avionics: How Innovation Flies High

September 18, 2013 9:29 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale/Distribution Industries | Articles | Comments

Heads of State, Fortune 50 executives and discerning VIPs rely on the airborne telecommunications technologies of TrueNorth Avionics to stay connected while they’re in flight. The company’s products outfit private, VIP business jets. With full telecommunications capabilities available, high-powered passengers can turn otherwise nonproductive, “out-of-touch” time in the air into useful working time.

Review: New iOS Software Has Features to Discover

September 18, 2013 9:17 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many of the changes in Apple's operating system for mobile devices are cosmetic. Gone are three-dimensional icons that mimic real-world counterparts, such as a magazine rack for the Newsstand app. They are replaced by larger, two-dimensional icons sporting abstract designs and pastel colors.

Microsoft Board Boosts Dividend by 22 Percent

September 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over the world's largest software company's previous dividend.

More than a Toy

September 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

Though sphero has the RC-esque appearance of a toy, the design really has tinkerers in mind. With two different layers of software programmability, the Sphero has an array of games and utilities. Sphero comes with access to an open-source SDK (software development kit) that allows users to interface with the robot at very high levels with, through an Android or iOS app.

Graphene Photodetector Integrated into Computer Chip

September 17, 2013 9:34 am | by Florian Aigner, Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have now managed to combine a graphene photodetector with a standard silicon chip. It can transform light of all important frequencies used in telecommunications into electrical signals. The scientific results have now been published in the journal “Nature Photonics”.

On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing

September 17, 2013 9:26 am | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using premier beams of ultraviolet light at the ALS, a DOE national user facility for synchrotron radiation, the collaboration has reported the first demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in the surface of a topological insulator – a unique class of advanced materials that are electrically insulating on the inside but conducting on the surface.

HotSpot Episode 30: Detecting Heartbeats in Rubble

September 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, a new radar-based technology that detects heartbeats under cement; a superior technique that makes sense of the vast quantities of video; a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks; and a secure safety network for children.

Software May Be Able to Take Over from Hardware in Managing Caches

September 16, 2013 9:12 am | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In today's computers, moving data to and from main memory consumes so much time and energy that microprocessors have their own small, high-speed memory banks, known as "caches," which store frequently used data. Traditionally, managing the caches has required fairly simple algorithms that can be hard-wired into the chips.

Managing Multicore Memory

September 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In today’s computers, moving data to and from main memory consumes so much time and energy that microprocessors have their own small, high-speed memory banks, known as “caches,” which store frequently used data. Traditionally, managing the caches has required fairly simple algorithms that can be hard-wired into the chips.

CANblue II Transmits CAN Data Quickly and Reliably Via Bluetooth

September 12, 2013 1:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

IXXAT is offering a universal bridge, gateway, and PC interface solution for the wireless networking of CAN components and systems in a new and improved version.

Engineering Newswire 55: Hotrod in the Hot Heat

September 12, 2013 1:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re watching Gabrielle with a hawk, calling out curiosity, testing a McLaren P1 in the Arctic Circle, and riding a motorcycle, at 400-miles per hour.

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