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Engineering Newswire 44: World’s Fastest Electric Race Car Goes 186 mph

June 28, 2013 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re powering jets with sugar, making magic boxes for dancers, creating hand manipulators, and driving 186 miles per hour in the fastest electric race car in the world.

Research from Boston University and USC Promises Breakthrough in Internet Bandwidth

June 28, 2013 8:56 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

As rapidly increasing demand for bandwidth strains the Internet's capacity, a team of engineers has devised a new fiber optic technology that promises to increase bandwidth dramatically. The new technology could enable Internet providers to offer much greater connectivity – from decreased network congestion to on-demand video streaming.

Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal Tracks Movement -- Even Behind Walls

June 28, 2013 8:54 am | by Sarah McDonnell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects. Now we could all have X-ray vision, thanks to researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Researchers have long attempted to build a device capable of seeing people through walls. However, previous efforts to develop such a system have involved the use of expensive and bulky radar technology.

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Apps Mix History with Technology at Gettysburg

June 28, 2013 8:37 am | by KEITH COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough; more than 16,000 Facebook users have liked it. And in the weeks leading up to the anniversary, apps that offer maps and information about key battle spots have surged in popularity.

TV-Over-Internet Service Aereo Heading to Chicago

June 28, 2013 8:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring. Service in the Chicago area will begin Sept. 13 and will come with several Chicago-area broadcast stations plus Bloomberg TV. Eligibility is limited to 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

Hospitals Seek High-Tech Help for Hand Hygiene

June 28, 2013 8:32 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses, and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights, and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.

GE Helps Utilities Manage Stressed Grids; Launches Technology to Improve Grid Efficiency and Reliability

June 27, 2013 12:54 pm | News | Comments

GE [NYSE: GE] has announced the availability of its MultilinTM DGCM Field Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) to help utilities improve network efficiency and reliability by monitoring and automating distribution assets. With the world’s demand for electricity growing almost twice as fast as its total energy consumption[1]...

Keeping Networks Under Control

June 27, 2013 9:20 am | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

As the world becomes increasingly connected, the need to ensure the proper functioning of its many underlying networks -- such as the Internet, power grids, global air transportation, and ecological networks -- also is increasing. But controlling networks is very difficult.

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Review: Windows 8.1 Widens Gap with Older PCs

June 27, 2013 9:03 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the latest update to Windows is a "refined blend" of its older operating system for PCs and its new touch-enabled interface for more modern, mobile devices. After some hands-on time with it, the update seems to me like a patch over an ever-widening chasm.

Engineering Update #13: Internet-Beaming Balloons and a Robotic Cat

June 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines Internet-beaming balloons; battery-free driving on electric roads; an interview with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan; and a robot that runs like a cat.

Rivals Seek Tough EU Antitrust Action on Google

June 26, 2013 8:54 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of Google's competitors urged the European Union's antitrust watchdog Tuesday to reject the Internet giant's proposed concessions on displaying search results. The European Commission, the bloc's antitrust authority, has been investigating since 2010 whether Google is abusing its dominant market position and stifling competition.

Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity

June 26, 2013 8:52 am | by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder David Karp illustrate the opportunities programming skills can create.

Microsoft to Unveil Latest Windows Adjustments

June 26, 2013 8:47 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft's partners and other technology developers, anyone will be able to download it for free starting Wednesday.

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Meet BRCK, Internet Access Built for Africa

June 25, 2013 4:36 pm | by Juliana Rotich, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.

Volvo Demonstrates the Ingenious Self-Parking Car

June 25, 2013 8:57 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Car Group has developed an ingenious concept for autonomous parking. The concept car, which will be demonstrated at a media event next week, finds and parks in a vacant space by itself, without the driver inside. The smart, driverless car also interacts safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians in the car park.

Finding the Fit for Spintronics

June 25, 2013 8:53 am | by Laura L. Hunt, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Articles | Comments

An ongoing collaboration between physicists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the University of York, UK, is focused on probing, tailoring and tuning the electronic behaviors of TIs at nanoscale. In bulk these materials do, in fact, insulate. But on the surface, TIs are conductors.

Websites in 2 Koreas Shut Down On War Anniversary

June 25, 2013 8:45 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM, Associated Press YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours Tuesday on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Seoul said its sites were hacked, while it was unclear what knocked out those north of the border.

European Court Lawyer Sides with Google

June 25, 2013 8:39 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top lawyer at the European Court of Justice said Tuesday that Google and other search engines should not have to remove web pages containing personal information from their search indexes. In a blow for the "right to be forgotten" privacy principle in Europe, the court's independent Advocate General, Niilo Jaaskinen, said in a formal opinion that websites, not Google, should bear responsibility for information they publish.

Agilent Technologies Adds Scanning Microwave Microscopy Mode to Flagship 5500 AFM System

June 24, 2013 5:50 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] has announced the availability of scanning microwave microscopy (SMM) capabilities for its premier-performance atomic force microscope, the 5500 AFM. Agilent’s second-generation SMM nose cone makes this unique electrical measurement option compatible with the 5500 system.

Agilent Technologies Introduces a Solution for Modeling Power Devices

June 24, 2013 5:48 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] has announced that its Integrated Circuits Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software has been enhanced to provide full support for the B1505A Power Device Analyzer/Curve Tracer, including the instrument's new high-power, high-current source monitor unit modules.

Understanding 802.11ad Physical Layer and Measurement Challenges

June 24, 2013 5:36 pm | by IEEE Communication Society | News | Comments

View this tutorial presented by Agilent experts for a modest overview of standards and market trends followed by an in-depth description of the physical layer construction. Included are explanations of framing, modulation, encoding, and error correction using example signals and measurements to emphasize principles.

Knowlarity Selects Voxbone Numbers to Extend Cloud-Based VoIP Services Worldwide

June 24, 2013 4:57 pm | by Voxbone | News | Comments

India’s VoIP market will grow 27 percent annually over the next five years, some analysts estimate, as the government and service providers invest heavily in wired and wireless broadband expansion. To capitalize on that growing installed base, Knowlarity Communications will use Voxbone DID numbers to provide cloud-based VoIP services to small and medium businesses throughout India and the rest of the world.

HotSpot Episode 18: Wireless Parking Payments

June 24, 2013 11:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD’s HotSeat, improved safety at level crossings; tracking motor vibrations through skin in three dimensions; unlocking new applications for telepresence with iRobot’s Ava 500; and a wireless payment system from Audi.   

First Apple Computer Could Fetch $500,000 or More

June 24, 2013 10:42 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Apple 1 from 1976, one of the first Apple computers ever built and forerunner of today's MacBooks, IPads and IPhones, goes on the auction block at Christie's next week. The bidding starts at $300,000, with a pre-sale estimated value of up to $500,000.

New Samsung Tablets Mimic Galaxy Phones

June 24, 2013 10:35 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, $199 device will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.

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