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Malware Bites and How to Stop It

August 15, 2013 12:20 pm | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Antivirus software running on your computer has one big weak point - if a new virus is released before the antivirus provider knows about it or before the next scheduled antivirus software update, your system can be infected. Such zero-day infections are common.

Encryption is Less Secure than We Thought

August 15, 2013 12:17 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Information theory — the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression — also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appeared, most information-theoretic analyses of secure schemes have depended on a common assumption.

Breakthrough in Memory Technologies Could Bring Faster Computing

August 15, 2013 10:25 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Memory devices like disk drives, flash drives, and RAM play an important role in our lives. They are an essential component of our computers, phones, electronic appliances, and cars. Yet current memory devices have significant drawbacks: dynamic RAM memory has to be refreshed periodically, static RAM data is lost when the power is off, and flash memory lacks speed.


Apple Breaks $500 Threshold, 1st Time Since Jan.

August 15, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's shares srged passed the $500 threshold — their highest level since January. Wednesday's gains came a day after activist investor Carl Icahn said he thinks the iPhone maker should do more to revive its stock price. The outspoken billionaire said in Twitter posts Tuesday that he had acquired an unspecified stake in Apple and had spoken to its CEO about boosting share repurchase plans.

Microsoft Restores Service on the Web

August 15, 2013 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft said it has fixed a problem that prevented some people from getting their email on, but mobile users might still be having problems.Service had been restored on the Web shortly after 2 p.m. PDT Wednesday, according to an update on Microsoft's website.

IBM Buys Fraud Protection Software Maker Trusteer

August 15, 2013 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM is buying fraud protection software maker Trusteer, amid the growing threat of cyberattacks. The Armonk, NY, technology services company announced the acquisition Thursday, but didn't disclose how much it paid for Trusteer. In connection with the deal, IBM said it's forming a new software lab in Israel where Trusteer and IBM researchers and developers will work together on cybersecurity issues.

Cypress Expands CapSense Express Mechanical Button Replacement Family

August 14, 2013 1:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced a new CapSense Express capacitive touch-sensing controller optimized to replace mechanical buttons in front panels for industrial and consumer applications, portable medical devices, gaming devices, and home automation systems.

Pasternack Releases Line of High Frequency Power Dividers

August 14, 2013 12:44 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has introduced a brand new line of ultra-broadband power dividers capable of 50 GHz. These millimeter wave power dividers are ideal for use in radar systems, electronic warfare equipment, fiber optic systems, 10G Ethernet, and any application that requires high-frequency, multi-octave performance.


Engineering Update: Bringing Immersive Entertainment to the Bathroom

August 14, 2013 10:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's headlines: AquaTop Display brings immersive entertainment to your bathroom: Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are exploring new territory in the field of natural user interface design with their AquaTop Display.

Wireless Devices Go Battery-Free with New Communication Technique

August 14, 2013 10:28 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

UK Bars Trash Cans from Tracking People with Wi-Fi

August 14, 2013 9:49 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones, and suggested that it would apply the concept of "cookies" — tracking files that follow Internet users across the Web — to the physical world.

BlackBerry Shares Jump on Sale Speculation

August 14, 2013 9:47 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry shares surged Tuesday on a report that its largest shareholder is looking to take the company private and on speculation about how much the company could fetch. The struggling smartphone maker said Monday it will consider selling itself. The long-awaited debut of its new phones this year has failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.

Icahn Sets Sights on Apple, Talks to CEO Tim Cook

August 14, 2013 9:46 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Icahn, an outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signaled he has Apple in his sights in two short messages posted Tuesday on his Twitter account. Until now, he had been deploying Twitter as a weapon in his attack on Dell's proposed sale to a group led by its CEO, Michael Dell.


This is What Happens in One SECOND on the Internet

August 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet?

HotSpot Episode 25: Game-Changing EMC Shielding Product

August 12, 2013 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, I’m covering some of the most exclusive and innovative products that I saw at the 2013 IEEE EMC Symposium in Denver, CO, including Empower RF's new amplifier platform, CIMA Nanotech's SANTE EMI Shielding Film, Rhode & Schwartz's EMC Pocket Guide, and Agilent Technologies' product showcases.

ITC Issues Import Ban on some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 11:00 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents, it cleared the South Korean company on four other patents in dispute.

Engineering Newswire 50: Big Bertha Tunnels to Downtown Seattle

August 8, 2013 2:25 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 digging ditches with Big Bertha, using self-cleaning super glass, making a mini Mona, and electrifying hydrogels to make soft robots.

Samsung Seeks Smart Watch Trademarks in U.S., SKorea

August 8, 2013 11:33 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business. Samsung described "Samsung Galaxy Gear" as a wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle in its July 29 application with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Reliable Communication, Unreliable Networks

August 6, 2013 8:56 am | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Now that the Internet's basic protocols are more than 30 years old, network scientists are increasingly turning their attention to ad hoc networks — communications networks set up, on the fly, by wireless devices — where unsolved problems still abound.

IDC: Tablet Shipments Slow with No New iPad

August 6, 2013 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn't release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday. Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year.

HotSpot Episode 24: iPhone Biosensor Detects Toxins, Bacteria, & Viruses

August 5, 2013 10:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a smart home security device controlled from an iPhone; Telemakus USB range of USB controlled RF products; an iPhone biosensor that detects toxins; and a space laser communication system.

Feds, States Want Apple to Revamp e-Book Practices

August 5, 2013 9:37 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general on Friday said they want to prevent Apple from entering into contracts with sellers of e-books, movies, music, and other digital content that are likely to raise prices. The demand comes out of an antitrust suit against Apple and five e-book publishers.

Dell CEO Ups Ante in Buyout Battle for PC Maker

August 5, 2013 9:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press PAUL WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just when it looked as if he might be vanquished, Dell CEO Michael Dell has regained the advantage in a lengthy battle to buy the slumping personal computer maker that he founded nearly 30 years ago. He did it by persuading the company's board to accept a slightly better offer that adds a one-time dividend in exchange for a pivotal change in how shareholders will vote on the deal.

Engineering Newswire 49: Embedded Teeth Circuits Monitor 'Unhealthy Acts'

August 1, 2013 12:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're embedding sensors in your teeth to help track unhealthy acts; using the patch to help quit mosquitoes; designing temporary tattoo bio-sensors to warn extreme athletes when they are about to 'bonk'; and building the world's largest functioning brain ... model.

FCI’s New 12Gb/s SAS Receptacles Boost I/O Performance

August 1, 2013 11:30 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has introduced its storage line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connectors with the launch of 12 Gb/s SAS receptacles for the enterprise storage and server industry. This latest range of SAS connectors provides the IT sector with high performance storage interface that can perform up to12 Gb/s of data speed and accelerate server applications’ ability to access data.

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