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ACCES I/O Releases Rugged Mini PCI Express Isolated RS232 Serial Communication Cards

November 24, 2014 12:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure 30 x 51 mm and feature a selection of 4 or 2 ports of isolated RS232 serial communications ...                 

Innovative Supercomputers Increase Nation's Computational Capacity and Capability

November 24, 2014 11:15 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of such resources. As supercomputing--also known as high...

HotSpot Episode: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, NVIDIA unveils a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator; a portable printer for your smartphone; a modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles; and the interiors of self-driving cars ...     

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Experimental Blood Device Uses Smart Phone

November 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Four students and two faculty advisers create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices ...                

New 2D Quantum Materials for Nanoelectronics

November 21, 2014 10:09 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT say they have carried out a theoretical analysis showing that a family of two-dimensional materials exhibits exotic quantum properties that may enable a new type of nanoscale electronics ...            

NRL Scientists Discover Novel Metamaterial Properties within Hexagonal Boron Nitride

November 21, 2014 9:54 am | by Daniel Parry; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride ...             

Don't Get Hacked!

November 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

You're your own worst enemy when it comes to online security.Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react ...                     

Intel Still Struggles to Catch Up in Mobile Computing

November 21, 2014 9:20 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015 ...                  

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Brighter Images & More Efficient LCD Displays

November 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light ...             

An Anti-Surveillance Tool for Human Rights Groups

November 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software ...                       

Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Ethics of the Road

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic ...                           

Next Level Computer Vision Algorithm That Can Describe Photos

November 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Abate | News | Comments

Computer software only recently became smart enough to recognize objects in photographs. Now, Stanford researchers using machine learning have created a system that takes the next step, writing a simple story of what's happening in any digital image. "The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and ... 

Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

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Getting Started in IoT: A Webinar on Creating Connected Products

November 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Murata | Events

Murata is joining other industry thought-leaders in the upcoming webinar “Getting Started in IoT: Creating Connected Products.”  The panel discussion will specifically address ...             

Photos of the Day: The Race to Making Computer Components Smaller & Faster

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have engineered a nanowire system that could pave the way for this ability, combining two light waves to produce a third with a different frequency and using an optical cavity to amplify the intensity of the output to a usable level ...      

Mixing Light at the Nanoscale

November 18, 2014 10:48 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light ...

InnoSwitch Family of Highly Integrated Switcher ICs Use FluxLink Technology

November 18, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The InnoSwitch family of highly integrated switcher ICs combines primary, secondary and feedback circuits into a single, worldwide safety-rated, surface-mount package. With InnoSwitch ICs, designers can easily exceed all global regulatory standards for efficiency and no-load consumption, while minimizing component count and providing highly accurate constant voltage and constant current up to ... 

HotSpot Episode 89: Digital 6th Sense

November 17, 2014 11:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung announces the Innovator Edition of its Gear VR headset; LTE Direct will be available in 2016; an app to help fix your slouching problem; and Mimosa Networks announces a hotspot-to-the-home-gateway ...                

Researchers Discern the Shapes of High-Order Brownian Motions

November 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have vividly mapped the shapes and textures of high-order modes of Brownian motions--in this case, the collective macroscopic movement of molecules in microdisk resonators--researchers at Case Western Reserve University report. To do this, they used a record-setting scanning optical interferometry technique, described in a study published ...

Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

November 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks ...

Advanced E-Voting System Selected for Australian State Election

November 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new, advanced electronic voting system developed by the University of Surrey and the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), in collaboration with the Universities of Melbourne and Luxembourg is to be used in Australia's Victorian State election, which opens on Monday.

Cats Teach Robots How to Land on Their Feet

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Georgia Tech College of Computing | News | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that’s how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu, an associate professor...

You Have Zero Privacy, Get Over It

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP | News | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about broad...

Using "Smart Spaces" to Wirelessly Send Data

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other obstacles.

Hacker-Hit Tibetan Monks 'Detach From Attachments'

November 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER and ASHWINI BHATIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments."Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to happiness...

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