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Rugged COM Express Module from MEN Micro

July 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has released the CC10C, a Rugged COM Express module that offers an abundance of I/O design flexibility. Supporting different Freescale ARM i.MX 6 processors, the exceptionally scalable COM module easily accommodates various system requirements...

Google Picks 5 Charities to Create Ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers...

Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes...

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Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 7:11 pm | by Frank Jordans & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union...

Review: Evolutionary Advances in New Smartwatches

July 6, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either. Samsung's Gear Live and LG's G Watch are good products and will appeal to those who like to be among the first to own new gadgets...

Toward a New Way to Keep Electronics from Overheating

July 2, 2014 3:32 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Computer technology has transformed the way we live, but as consumers expect ever more from their devices at faster speeds, personal computers as well as larger electronic systems can overheat. This can cause them to slow down, or worse, completely shut down...

Researchers Develop ‘Encore’ to Monitor Web Access

July 2, 2014 3:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool to monitor the accessibility of Web pages around the world that can be installed by adding a single line of code to a web page. The tool, Encore, runs when a user visits a website where the code is installed and then discreetly collects data from potentially censored sites...

Research Could Lead to Dramatic Data Farm Energy Savings

July 2, 2014 3:27 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science...

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Review: Android Wear Is about Simplifying Future

July 2, 2014 10:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some things that Android Wear can't...

NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

July 2, 2014 9:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

The 1s and 0s Behind Cyber Warfare

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Chris Domas, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Chris Domas is a cybersecurity researcher, operating on what’s become a new front of war, "cyber." In this engaging talk, he shows how researchers use pattern recognition and reverse engineering (and pull a few all-nighters) to understand...                    

The Revolution Will be Digitized

July 1, 2014 9:24 am | by TRELLEBORG | Articles | Comments

The digital revolution is upon us, and, as in any revolution, chaos will precede order – and completely new opportunities...                       

HotSpot Episode 69: Wireless, Connected Chemistry Analyzer

June 30, 2014 11:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention... Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game that allows players to remotely control actual holonomic combat robots over the internet. Think first generation Gamer...

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Google Glass Taking Fans Closer to the Action

June 30, 2014 10:18 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles will test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use...

U.S. to Ask China to Restart Cyber Working Group

June 28, 2014 10:39 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told The Associated Press...

After Verizon, Germany Mulls Axing Foreign Tech

June 28, 2014 10:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

First Verizon got the boot, now the German government is considering pulling the plug on foreign companies that provide hardware for official communication networks. An Interior Ministry spokesman says Germany is examining which devices can be used if it wants to keep critical IT infrastructure safe from cyberthreats...

Ask the Crowd: Robots Learn Faster, Better with Online Helpers

June 27, 2014 12:21 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could...

Engineering Newswire 96: The Most Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Ever Designed

June 27, 2014 12:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re recharging drones on power lines, adding dimples to domes, and driving an autonomous caddy ...                  

Collaborative Learning... For Robots

June 25, 2014 3:39 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Machine learning, in which computers learn new skills by looking for patterns in training data, is the basis of most recent advances in artificial intelligence, from voice-recognition systems to self-parking cars. It's also the technique that autonomous robots typically use to build models of their environments...

New Method Automatically Cuts Boring Parts from Long Videos

June 25, 2014 3:36 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Smartphones, GoPro cameras and Google Glass are making it easy for anyone to shoot video anywhere. But, they do not make it any easier to watch the tedious videos that can result. Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists, however, have invented...

Google Shows off Android Auto, Wearables

June 25, 2014 3:19 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco. But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display...

New Memristor Study: Metal Particles Aren't as Fixed as They Seem

June 25, 2014 12:32 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought...

Ghost Writing the Whip

June 25, 2014 12:14 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

"Ghost imaging" sounds like the spooky stuff of frivolous fiction, but it's an established technique for reconstructing hi-res images of objects partly obscured by clouds or smoke. Now a group of researchers is applying the same idea in reverse...

Review: Colors Come to Life in New Samsung Tablet

June 24, 2014 5:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition...

Eyes on You: Experts Reveal Police Hacking Methods

June 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday...

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