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Automating Privacy Compliance for Big Data Systems

May 21, 2014 11:41 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Web services companies, such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, all make promises about how they will use personal information they gather. But ensuring that millions of lines of code in their systems operate in ways consistent with privacy promises...

New Analysis Eliminates Potential Speed Bump in Quantum Computing

May 20, 2014 11:12 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A quantum particle can search for an item in an unsorted "database" by jumping from one item to another in superposition, and it does so faster than a classical computer ever could. This assertion assumes, however, that the particle can directly hop from any item to any other...

Swipe Right for Ms. Right: The Rise of Dating Apps

May 20, 2014 9:51 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So, a lady walks into a bar...Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25 and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too...

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Microsoft: No Need for Laptop with its New Tablet

May 20, 2014 9:32 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft bills its new Surface tablet computer as a laptop replacement — and it means it this time. The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in the previous model. The Pro 3 is 32 percent thinner...

New TerraWave Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit

May 20, 2014 12:34 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, will showcase solutions from its comprehensive product portfolio, including the new TerraWave Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit, at Cisco Live 2014 in San Francisco...

Agilent Technologies Introduces Two Portable Oscilloscope Families

May 20, 2014 11:12 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies has introduced two new high-performance portable oscilloscope series deploying next-generation oscilloscope technology...

New Handheld TDR from Megger

May 20, 2014 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR) that locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables. The CFL535G can test the capabilities of connections and locate faults for up to 12 miles (20 km)...

Passive Plus Introduces New High Power Capacitors

May 20, 2014 9:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Passive Plus, Inc. has introduced a line of Hi-Q capacitors available in surface mount or leaded configurations that are 100% RoHS compliant...

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Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has bought Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees are increasingly relying upon to get their work done. Financial terms of the acquisition announced Monday were not disclosed. The deal is part of...

Google, Apple Settle Longstanding Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents. Apple Inc. and Google Inc. announced Friday that they are dropping nearly two dozen lawsuits...

FBI: BlackShades Infected Half-Million Computers

May 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a half-million computers in over 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals remotely hijack a computer and its webcam, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against nearly 100 people worldwide...

Connector from Amphenol Withstands Harsh Environments

May 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group now offers a connector family with 1.5 mm socket contacts featuring Amphenol’s RADSOK technology. Tru-Loc’s rugged, compact, thermoplastic construction makes it ideal for use in harsh environments where high vibration and caustic fluids are present...

Nordic Semiconductor Announces Miniaturized Bluetooth Smart Module

May 19, 2014 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced that multi-die system-in-package (SiP) design specialist Insight SiP (Sophia–Antipolis, France), has developed a miniaturized Nordic nRF51822 System-on-Chip-based Bluetooth Smart module that requires no specialist RF engineering experience to employ...

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Vitesse Licenses Gigabit Ethernet IP Cores To Freescale

May 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Vitesse Semiconductor | News | Comments

Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS) (Camarillo, CA) has announced that Freescale® Semiconductor (Austin, TX) is using Vitesse’s VSC9953-01 SparX™ Gigabit Ethernet switch IP core in Freescale’s 28 nm QorIQ® T1040 quad-core and T1020 dual-core communications processors, now sampling to customers...

Fast and Curious

May 16, 2014 8:38 pm | by Princeton University | News | Comments

As smartphones get smarter and computers compute faster, researchers actively search for ways to speed up the processing of information. Now, scientists at Princeton University have made a step forward in developing a new class of materials that could be used in future technologies.

The Early Earthworm Catches on to Full Data Release

May 16, 2014 8:36 pm | by GigaScience | News | Comments

To quote the American cartoonist Gary Larson: all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm—but perhaps never in such a visually stunning way as that presented in two papers published today in the open access journals GigaScience and PLOS ONE...

Cuba Mobile Email Experiment Causes Chaos

May 16, 2014 8:30 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

On an island where most people have no Internet access, the arrival of mobile phone email service was embraced with joy. Tens of thousands of Cubans began emailing like crazy in March — for days, until the service started to fail, taking much of Cuba's...

US Senate: Firms Must Protect Against Malicious Ads

May 15, 2014 6:43 pm | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so...

Google to Release Diversity Data about Workforce

May 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is planning to release statistics documenting the diversity of its workforce for the first time amid escalating pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women. The numbers are compiled as part of a report that major U.S. employers must file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

Agilent Acquires Electrothermal Analysis Technology from Gradient Design Automation

May 15, 2014 9:37 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced its acquisition of electrothermal analysis technology from Gradient Design Automation (Palo Alto, CA), the maker of HeatWave electrothermal analysis software. Agilent EEsof EDA now has sole ownership of Gradient’s core technology and will serve customers of both the integrated Advanced Design System software solution and Gradient’s HeatWave solution...

Advance Brings 'Hyperbolic Metamaterials' Closer to Reality

May 14, 2014 8:18 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials," ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells...

Retailers Launch Cybercrime Info Sharing Center

May 14, 2014 4:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the country's largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers' personal and financial information from hackers and thieves. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several top retailers ranging from...

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 14, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the U.S. as the company fine-tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology. The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after...

Review: Roku Stands Out Among Streaming Sticks

May 14, 2014 4:30 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's much-talked-about $35 Chromecast streaming device is remarkable for its low cost. Its main problem, however: It works with a limited number of video services. Recently, Roku and a few small startups have come out with low-cost devices that allow you to stream video content from...

A Smart Watch Controlled by Twists, Tilts & Clicks

May 14, 2014 11:17 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A project at Carnegie Mellon University suggests a better way to control smart watches: allowing users to physically tilt, click, and twist the watch’s bezel, the area around the screen. This could make it much easier to do things like set up appointments, play music, or navigate a map on the tiny display...

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