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Microchip Introduces World’s First Programmable USB2 Controller Hubs

June 24, 2013 10:29 am | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced the expansion of the USB2 Controller Hub (UCH2) portfolio it gained from the recent SMSC acquisition. The seven new UCH2 ICs across three families are the world’s first to provide programmability, enabling the developers of PCs and mobile devices to configure their designs without external memory.

Innovative New ATIV Tablets

June 21, 2013 10:41 am | by Samsung Electronics | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has unveiled two new tablets, giving consumers more ways than ever to create, consume and share content, and blurring the industry boundaries. The two new Windows 8 tablets, the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, include several innovative new features that set them apart from other mobile tablets, including incredibly versatile form factors and extremely thin and light bodies.

Obama Relying on Untested Oversight Board on NSA

June 20, 2013 10:36 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency's secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully during its eight years of low-profile existence, stymied by congressional infighting and, at times, censorship by government lawyers.


Dish Calls It Quits on Sprint Bid, Will Focus on Clearwire Deal

June 20, 2013 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish has all but officially thrown in the towel on its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint. In a statement released late yesterday, the satellite-TV provider said that Sprint’s decision to prematurely terminate Dish’s due diligence process and accept SoftBank’s revised acquisition bid of $21.6 billion has made it “impractical” for Dish to submit a new offer to Sprint.

Sound Waves Precisely Position Nanowires

June 19, 2013 10:01 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

The smaller components become, the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers who, using sound waves, can place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits.

HotSpot 17: New Supercomputer is Worn Around the Neck

June 17, 2013 1:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, WDD | News | Comments

On the HotSpot, a patent-pending supercomputer you wear around your neck, a new study finds that hands-free technologies create dangerous mental distractions, experts tell us how to be more private, and researchers are leveraging Wi-Fi signals to detect movements without sensors.

Apple Details Government Requests for Data

June 17, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, like some other businesses, had asked the U.S government to be able to share how many requests it received related to national security and how it handled them. Those requests were made as part of Prism, the recently revealed highly classified National Security Agency program that seizes records from Internet companies.

Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

June 17, 2013 1:03 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the months and early years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers. Around the world, government spies and eavesdroppers were tracking the email and Internet addresses used by suspected terrorists.


Automated ‘Coach’ Could Help with Social Interactions

June 17, 2013 11:57 am | by MIT | News | Comments

New software developed at MIT can be used to help people practice their interpersonal skills until they feel more comfortable with situations such as a job interview or a first date. The software, called MACH (short for My Automated Conversation coacH), uses a computer-generated onscreen face, along with facial, speech, and behavior analysis...

Lightweight Microsoft Office Available on iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:32 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's Office software package is coming to the iPhone for the first time Friday, offering people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations at the doctor's office or at a soccer game...

New Array Measures Vibrations Across Skin May Help Engineers Design Tactile Displays

June 14, 2013 9:28 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings.Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel.

Engineering Newswire 42: Futuristic Airplanes Carry Passenger Pods

June 13, 2013 2:01 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re building Hyperloop transportation, putting paralyzed people behind the wheel, and riding futuristic airplanes that carry passengers in pods. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today.

Privacy _ the Online Generation Wants It

June 13, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer | News | Comments

That attitude showed up most recently in a poll done over the weekend for the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post. The poll, tied to the disclosure of broad federal surveillance, found that young adults were much more divided than older generations when asked if the government should tread on their privacy to thwart terrorism.


Utah Home to NSA's New Mega-Warehouse for Data

June 13, 2013 8:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails.

Panel Backs Introduction of Digital Learning in U.S.

June 13, 2013 8:44 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after President Barack Obama's call for U.S. schools to be outfitted with high-speed Internet within five years, an independent panel that studied the lack of technology at school says digital learning, including the super-fast Internet connections, can be introduced even sooner.

Lawsuits over Government Surveillance Languish

June 12, 2013 10:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants.

Google Asks to Publish More U.S. Gov't Information

June 12, 2013 9:54 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a show of unity, Google rivals Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. also supported the attempt to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to loosen the legal muzzle that limits disclosures about government surveillance authorized by courts to protect national security.

Waze Sale Signals New Growth for Israeli High Tech

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press MAX J. ROSENTHAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waze's popular smartphone application combines GPS navigation software with social networking features, allowing users to improve the service's directions and traffic reports with their own data. This crowd-sourcing aspect enables the service to adapt to changing road conditions, such as accidents and speed traps, in real time.

Private Contractors' Key Role at Issue in NSA Leak

June 11, 2013 9:42 am | by ADAM GOLDMAN,Associated Press JONATHAN FAHEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

When Snowden, an employee of one of those firms, Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, he spotlighted the risks of making so many employees of private contractors a key part of the U.S. intelligence apparatus.

Apple Revamps Look of iPhone, iPad Software

June 11, 2013 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007. The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for a clean, simple, translucent impression. Apple is redesigning all its applications and icons to conform to the new look, driven by long-time hardware design guru Jony Ive.

Microsoft Hypes Next-Gen Xbox One Games at E3

June 11, 2013 9:40 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The company focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show. Microsoft announced last week that the successor to the Xbox 360 must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online.

Search for 1st Web Page Takes Detour into NC

June 11, 2013 9:40 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, are searching for the first Web page. It was at CERN that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1990 as an unsanctioned project, using a NeXT computer that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs designed in the late 80s during his 12-year exile from the company.

Journalist in U.S. Surveillance Case: More to Come

June 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenwald told The Associated Press the decision was being made on when to release the next story based on the information provided by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who has been accused by U.S. Senate intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California of committing an "act of treason" that should be prosecuted.

HotSpot Exclusive: The Natalia Project

June 10, 2013 10:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on "extremely sensitive" cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus region. After her death, the Civil Rights Defenders -- an independent expert organization in Stockholm that aims to defend people's civil and political rights -- launched the Natalia Project in the spring of 2013...

HotSpot Episode 16: Big Brother is Watching

June 10, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Big Brother is collecting phone records; DARPA's ADAPT program is looking to smart phone technologies and practices to create new ground sensors; HP unveils its all-in-one pc; and Italian start-up 2045Tech introduces a pocket breathalyzer.

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