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Scientists Develop Ultra-Fast Electrical Circuits Using Light-Generated Tunneling Currents

April 9, 2014 1:23 pm | by Kimberley Wang, National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Assistant Professor Christian A. Nijhuis of the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Science, in collaboration with researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, namely Dr Bai Ping of the Institute of High Performance Computing and Dr Michel Bosman of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering has successfully designed and fabricated electrical circuits that can operate...

Photos of the Day: Orientation Algorithm for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:42 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The algorithm is primarily intended to aid robots navigating unfamiliar buildings, not motorists navigating unfamiliar cities, but the principle is the same. It works by identifying the dominant orientations in a given scene, which it represents as sets of axes...                

Orienteering for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June, MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that could make it much easier for computers to re-indentify their surroundings...                     

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Physicist Wins $1.3M Tech Prize for Data Storage

April 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks...                     

New Wireless Technology Unwraps Mummies' Mysteries

April 9, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers...                   

Online Security Flaw Exposes Millions of Passwords

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery...                       

Rebar Technique Strengthens Case for Graphene

April 8, 2014 11:04 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University...                                        

Photos of the Day: Hybrid Nanotube-Graphene Material

April 8, 2014 11:00 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

The technique should make large, flexible, conductive and transparent sheets of graphene much easier to manipulate, which should be of interest to electronics manufacturers...                     

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Nokia Gets Chinese Approval for Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft, removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal...                

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

April 8, 2014 8:38 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Helen Keller National center, along with the Boston-based Perkins School for the Blind, is working with state agencies and others around the country to distribute items like refreshable Braille displays, amplified telephones, and computer programs that allow...                      

HotSpot 57: Standardizing The Internet of Things

April 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an enhanced baseball experience with iBeacon technology; driving the adoption of an Internet of Things; LTE Innovation Summit; and who has the better Smart Home: Samsung or Honda?                      

Review: Ups and Downs with Google Glass Apps

April 7, 2014 11:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup...                                      

Photos of the Day: Giant Tetris Game Displayed on Skyscrapper

April 7, 2014 11:00 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building's glass facade normally display colorful patterns. On Saturday night, images of supersized shapes "fell" on two sides of the mirrored tower as competitors used joysticks to maneuver them, creating a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology...

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Tetris in the Sky: Gamers Play on Philly Building

April 7, 2014 10:59 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper...                                    

Photos of the Day: Monitoring System Satellite

April 3, 2014 11:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The satellites will collect data and then share it with their ground stations for immediate distribution where it is needed...                                  

U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' to Stir Unrest

April 3, 2014 11:36 am | by ALBERTO ARCE, Associated Press DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government...                                

Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass them Abroad

April 3, 2014 11:31 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake, and needed a man's help to understand how to work the phone...

Yahoo Adds More Security to Thwart Surveillance

April 3, 2014 11:13 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping...                                     

European Parliament Adopts 'Net Neutrality' Law

April 3, 2014 11:11 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on Thursday, barring Internet service providers from giving preference to some kinds of traffic on their networks — such as streaming video — when it profits them...                      

Samsung: Patents Developed by Google Engineers

April 2, 2014 9:55 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did...                        

Knowledge Transfer between Robots

April 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University | Videos | Comments

While it may sound like fun and games, helping robots teach each other to play computer games is an important area of research in robotics – and it’s not easy. If robots could teach each other tasks, then people wouldn’t need to; for instance, a housecleaning robot could teach its replacement the job...

Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

April 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University | News | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact...             

Live Panel Discussion at IMS2014

April 1, 2014 9:48 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, June 3rd, I will be hosting a live panel discussion at the 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Tampa Bay, FL. Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel will focus on the wireless technologies and...                          

Photos of the Day: High-Tech Wireless Syrup Monitoring

April 1, 2014 9:31 am | by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meadowbrook Maple Syrup in January installed a monitoring system designed to help mid-to-large scale syrup producers keep an electronic eye their sap vacuum lines, the Tap Track system consists of solar battery-powered radio units strapped to trees, with each unit monitoring the pressure on a half-dozen lines...                   

Supreme Court Could Limit Software Patents

April 1, 2014 9:29 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question Monday as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software...                    

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