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Quantum Dots Provide Complete Control of Photons

January 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

By emitting photons from a quantum dot at the top of a micropyramid, researchers at Linköping University are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications. Polarized light forms the foundation for technology...

Web Developers Gather for 'Hackathon for Cuba'

January 31, 2014 10:23 am | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered the one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere. The "Hackathon for Cuba" begins Friday in Miami. Cuban dissident and online activist...

California Cracks Down on Computer Boot Camps

January 31, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumer protection officials are threatening to close a number of fast-paced, fast-growing computer coding boot camps that train people to work in the technology industry, saying they failed to get licensed as private schools before they started accepting students...

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Engineering Newswire 75: First Porsche Ever Made Found 115 Years Later

January 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re printing multi-material in color, detecting mines with our shoes, cutting catalytic converter costs, and riding the first Porsche ever made. This episode features ...                      

Storage System for 'Big Data' Dramatically Speeds Access to Information

January 30, 2014 4:10 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

As computers enter ever more areas of our daily lives, the amount of data they produce has grown enormously. But for this "big data" to be useful it must first be analyzed, meaning it needs to be stored in such a way that it can be accessed quickly when required...

Integration Brings Quantum Computer a Step Closer

January 30, 2014 4:03 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

An international research group led by the University of Bristol has made an important advance towards a quantum computer by shrinking down key components and integrating them onto a silicon microchip. Scientists and engineers have, for the first time, generated and manipulated single particles of light (photons) on a silicon chip...

CEOs Seek Better Internet Access in Classrooms

January 30, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top officers at more than 40 companies are asking the Federal Communications Commission to act quickly to help get more high-speed Internet into America's classrooms. The FCC is weighing changes to a program called E-rate that provides discounts to help schools with telecommunications and Internet access...

Israel Seeks to Export Cyber Tech, Despite Risk

January 30, 2014 10:13 am | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a bold initiative this week calling on tech giants and Western powers to band together to protect the world from cyber-attacks, vowing to relax export restrictions normally placed on security-related technologies so Israeli cyber-defense companies can sell their expertise around the globe...

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NYU Researchers Take Magnetic Waves for a Spin

January 29, 2014 11:22 am | by New York University | News | Comments

Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and other consumer products. Their method employs "spin waves"...

Pressure Mounts for Apple to Expand its Horizons

January 29, 2014 10:20 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone. The void in Apple's lineup is a major reason why the company's quarterly revenue...

Report: Spies Use Smartphone Apps to Track People

January 28, 2014 10:31 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe...                      

Apple's 1Q Results Highlight Need for New Products

January 28, 2014 10:23 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's going to take more than brisk sales of the iPhone and iPad to convince investors that Apple still has the magic touch...                                                

Photos of the Day: Google Glass Prescription Frames

January 28, 2014 10:20 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google plans to make various attachments available. Starting Tuesday, the Mountain View, CA, company is offering four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers"...                        

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HotSpot Episode 47: Having Sex with Glass

January 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a solution for gamer rage; a control system that makes robots more intelligent; spicing things up with Google Glass; and a Wi-Fi product that allows users to control any device from their smartphone...                   

U.S. to NY court: Reject Apple's Monitor Challenge

January 27, 2014 8:59 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court Friday to let a monitor continue reviewing Apple's antitrust policies over the company's objections...                            

Near Error-Free Wireless Detection Made Possible

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge...                          

Notable Macs over the Years, from 1984 to the Pro

January 24, 2014 9:31 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

From the start, Apple's Macintosh shattered conventional notions of what a computer should be...                                    

Apple's Mac Still Influences, 30 Years after Debut

January 24, 2014 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Computers at the time typically required people to type in commands. Once the Mac came out 30 years ago Friday, people could instead navigate with a graphical user interface. Available options were organized into menus. People clicked icons to run programs and...                       

How to Build an Information Time Machine

January 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Frederic Kaplan, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers...                      

Icahn Raises Apple Stake, Now Owns $3B in Stock

January 23, 2014 8:30 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far below their peak price...                           

Lenovo Buys Part of IBM Server Business for $2.3B

January 23, 2014 8:24 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets, and smartphones...                                            

Slumping Intel to Cut More than 5,000 Jobs in 2014

January 21, 2014 8:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips...                                  

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

Europe Launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots'

January 17, 2014 10:08 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications...           

Build Your Own Secret Monitor

January 16, 2014 11:46 am | by Brussupup | Videos | Comments

If you are annoyed with people looking over your shoulder and reading what is on your computer monitor, try this fun project out that keeps what your working on safe from nosey co-workers...                              

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