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Gadget Watch: Nabu Smart Wristband from Game Maker

January 8, 2014 9:05 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Razer whose gaming tablet won last year's "Best of Show" award at the International CES gadget show, has unveiled a wristband that combines the functionality of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch...                     

Technology? Some Justices Want to Keep Distance

January 8, 2014 9:03 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the legal fight over the NSA's high-tech collection of telephone records moves through the court system, possibly en route to the Supreme Court, some justices already are on record as saying they should be wary about taking on major questions of technology and privacy...          

Intel Says its Processors are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 9:44 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel the world's largest maker of computer processors, says its processors are now free of minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...                             

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Skyworks Introduces WLAN Front-end Module for Smartphones and Tablets

January 6, 2014 3:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions has introduced a highly integrated 5 GHz WLAN front-end module for reference designs targeting smartphones and tablets in a 2.5 x 2.5 mm, QFN package. The SKY85702-11 incorporates a power amplifier and a SPDT transmit and receive switch for mobile/portable 802.11ac applications and systems...

HotSpot Episode 44: Easy Way to Detect Dangerous Heart Rhythms

January 6, 2014 11:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Texas Instruments is showing us some KoolThings; a wireless mouse trap; a small adhesive wireless device that track dangerous heart rhythms; and a wrist band for climbers...               

Wave of Wearable Gadgets Expected at CES Event

January 6, 2014 10:31 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Several companies are expected to unveil wearable devices that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks and cloud computing...                                     

New MIT Technology Allows 3D Image Interaction

January 2, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to allow people in one place to interact with three-dimensional versions of people or objects in a different location. MIT's Tangible Media Group calls the technology ...

Photos of the Day: Touching Digital Data

January 2, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Sean Follmer demonstrates inFORM technology on campus in Cambridge, Mass. Follmer, a researcher with MIT's Tangible Media Group, moves his hands in front of a depth-sensing camera ...

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The Best Way to Get Seed Money Through Crowdfunding

January 2, 2014 9:58 am | by Jerry Barach, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Early on in our careers, many of us were tutored as to how to best write an effective and attention-getting curriculum vitae in looking for a job. But in today's world, many are looking not for just a job, but are engaged in wide searches for...

Review: New Camera Phones Notable in 2013

December 31, 2013 9:01 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. That's why coming up with a "best of" list for 2013 proved difficult...           

The Age of the Industrial Internet

December 29, 2013 9:43 pm | by Marco Annunziata, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react...             

Report: NSA Intercepts Computer Deliveries

December 29, 2013 9:11 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets...

Rugged, 14-port Gigabit Managed Ethernet Switch

December 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems unveiled Epsilon-12G2. The rugged managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch module, which offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports and two small form factor pluggable (SFP) sockets...

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Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

December 26, 2013 12:47 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games...                                   

Bye Bye, Bile? Websites Try to Nix Nasty Comments

December 26, 2013 12:34 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet...                                

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality ...

40M Card Accounts Breached

December 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Annie D'Innocenzio & Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Target is just the latest retailer to be hit with a data breach. At TJX, for at least 17 months, one or more intruders had free rein inside TJX's computers. Without anyone noticing, one or more intruders installed code on the ...   

'Internet of Things' a Top Technology Trend in 2014

December 19, 2013 10:55 am | by Avnet | News | Comments

The Internet of Things is expected to grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, according to Gartner. Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., sees opportunity in the key technologies that make the connected ...

Welcome to the Age of the Industrial Internet

December 19, 2013 10:43 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can ...

Gift Guide: Recipients Can Invent, Make & Build

December 19, 2013 10:39 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's fairly easy to pick a holiday present, stick a bow on it and say "enjoy" when you give it to someone. It's tougher to give a gift that keeps on giving and challenges the mind. Luckily, there are plenty of gift projects for "makers" — from ...

Photos of the Day: Origami Antennas

December 18, 2013 9:34 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

The antenna's folding and unfolding capabilities provide an advantage in various commercial and military applications. According to Tentzeris, such antennas could be included in different types of communications equipment, as well as various sensors...

Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 18, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year. Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday...                    

HotSpot Episode 43: Origami Solar Array Generates Power for Satellites

December 16, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, origami solar arrays generate power for satellites; a new way to study the universe; toys that connect parents with their children; and a smart ring that controls your smartphones...   

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 10:24 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...                

Maybe Not Sci-Fi, but Robots Readied for Big Tests

December 16, 2013 9:51 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The real world has not caught up yet with "Star Wars" and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida this week for a Defense Department competition. Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for how...

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