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Highly Rugged, Multiple-Output

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Luso Electronics Distribution has announced the VITA 62 compliant VPX power supplies, designed for high-performance computing applications in harsh environments and demanding electrical conditions of military/aerospace applications...             

Meaghan's Minute: Smart Home Detect Disorders

March 26, 2014 11:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, the Tecnalia center for applied research has designed a system of sensors which when fitted in a home, allows a person's habits and activities to be monitored...                

Photo of the Day: Advanced Tissue-Engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer

March 26, 2014 10:59 am | by Nancy Ambrosiano, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly miniaturized platform...                

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Hotseat Episode 18: Wi-Fi Performance Modeling Solution

March 26, 2014 10:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this week's episode of the HotSeat, WDD sits down with Bill Bidermann, Vice President of Engineering at Airgain, a leading provider of embedded antenna products, integration support, and test services for the in-home wireless device market...                           

Managing Renewables Intelligently

March 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Kurt Rohrig | News | Comments

Experts have already conducted a test showing that this setup does indeed work reliably in practice, having combined numerous wind parks, biogas and photovoltaic facilities delivering a total output of over 80 MW in a virtual combined-cycle power plant. Because small providers work together...                    

Facebook Buying Virtual-Reality Company for $2B

March 26, 2014 10:12 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained...                        

The NSA Responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk

March 25, 2014 12:03 pm | by TED Talk, Richard Ledgett | Videos | Comments

After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director...                                   

Where’s Google Going Next?

March 25, 2014 11:06 am | by TED Talk, Larry Page | Videos | Comments

Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons...                                              

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Electronic Medication Alerts Designed with Provider in Mind Reduce Prescribing Errors

March 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Cindy Fox Aisen, Indiana University | News | Comments

Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders in...                        

Engineers Design ‘Living Materials’

March 24, 2014 11:41 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors...                

Photo of the Day: Hybrid Materials Conduct Electricity for Diagnostic Sensors

March 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

These hybrid materials could be worth exploring for use in energy applications such as batteries and solar cells...                                      

Report: NSA Targeted Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

March 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer...                      

Microsoft Says it Snooped on Hotmail to Track Leak

March 21, 2014 10:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft, which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets...                     

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IBM's Watson to Help in Brain Cancer Research

March 19, 2014 5:48 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer. The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center to help develop treatments for glioblastoma...

Google Redesigns Android to Power Smartwatches

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet's most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing with a version of its Android software...

Why Do Airplane Transponders Have an 'Off Switch?'

March 18, 2014 10:20 am | by Joan Lowy & Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder? It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication...

Phone Record Surveillance Yields Vast Amounts of Information

March 17, 2014 5:04 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Two computer science graduate students have found that the NSA's mass collection of phone records can yield much more information about people's private lives than the U.S. government claims. The National Security Agency's mass surveillance of telephone metadata could yield detailed information...

HotSpot Episode 54: Floating Sphere Sonically Responds to Environment

March 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a floating sphere that responds sonically to its environment; a ground-breaking diagnostic system based on smart cards and skin patches; and catching satellites with radio-frequency sensors...                         

Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 16, 2014 9:03 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own...

Missing Jet Creates Legion of Armchair Sleuths

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Scott Materowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

There aren't supposed to be any mysteries in the Digital Age. The answers to most questions, it seems, can be found using Google or Twitter. So, maybe that's why the world is ...            

'Ultracold' Molecules Promising for Quantum Computing, Simulation

March 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new type of "ultracold" molecule, using lasers to cool atoms nearly to absolute zero and then gluing them together, a technology that might be applied to quantum computing, precise sensors and advanced simulations."It sounds counterintuitive, but you can use lasers to take away the kinetic energy, resulting in radical cooling..."

Quantum Physics Secures New Cryptography Scheme

March 12, 2014 3:51 pm | by Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore | News | Comments

The way we secure digital transactions could soon change. An international team has demonstrated a form of quantum cryptography that can protect people doing business with others they may not know or trust – a situation encountered often on the internet and in everyday life, for example at a bank's ATM...

Government Surveillance — This is just the Beginning

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by TED Talk, Christopher Soghoian | Videos | Comments

Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says...                                    

Inventor of Web Calls for Digital Bill of Rights

March 12, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful...

California Pushes to Finish Driverless Car Rules

March 12, 2014 10:05 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology — get ahead of a big new development before it goes public. By the end of the year, the Department of Motor Vehicles must write rules to regulate cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving...

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