A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.
Samsung Electronics reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $7.5 billion.
Microsoft shares jumped 6 percent before the opening bell Friday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, marking a strong start for a major overhaul at the world's largest software company. Conditions in the PC industry, according to Citigroup's Walter Pritchard, might not look as bad as they previously did.
The September/October issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics, including an article by Cavendish Kinetics concerning new design space for mobile antenna designers, a Brainstorm on Test & Measurement, and Sacrificing Conversation for Connection from the editor.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.
For this HotSeat interview, Craig Miller, vice president of marketing for Sequans Communications sits down with WDD to discuss single-mode LTE modules for tablet and mobile computers. He provides the unique features of Sequans modules versus other modules on the market.
Windows is still far from perfect. It continues to come across as a work in progress. But Windows 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening. People who already have Windows 8 will find digital life more pleasant with the update. Microsoft's tile and touch approach will take time to get used to, even with Windows 8.1.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”
Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October.
An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts.Israel Brain Technologies presented the award on Tuesday to BrainGate. The group is based at Brown University in Rhode Island and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions.
Sony says its new computerized wristwatch will sell for $200 in the U.S. and will work with a variety of Android phones. Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Gear, but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones.
A growing category of devices and software applications promises to measure the mundane details of our daily lives: calories burned, diaper changes, how much and how well we sleep, caffeine intake, kids' studying habits, household chores, even whether a baby is nursing more frequently on Mom's left breast versus her right.
This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Nest Labs is back with their new Nest project smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; the 66th and final antenna has been delivered to the ALMA observatory; detecting Alzheimer's disease at an early stage; and a portable smartphone attachment for sophisticated field testing.
The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts that range from a working kidney and circulation system to cochlear and retina implants.
Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach with applications in materials development for energy capture and storage and for optoelectronic materials.
Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.
Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Daimler unveiled its autonomous Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International Car Show. The vehicle, driving with little autonomy, recently performed well on a 62-mile test drive through Germany.
Samsung's new tablet, Galaxy Note 10.1, gives consumers quick access to the tools they can accomplish with its stylus. Pen Window is one. Another feature lets consumers add notes to a screenshot of what they see. Another lets users clip a section of a Web page and store it with a Web link.
A dozen people were stuck for more than two hours on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida. A glitch caused the computers to go into safety mode, stopping the ride in a vertical position, more than 150 feet from the ground. Park officials are still investigating what exactly caused the glitch to stop the ride.
Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more. Hewlett-Packard makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.
The Galaxy Round has a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology. The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world. Samsung said the curve will make it easier to grip.
Three U.S.-based scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing powerful computer models that others can use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs. Research in the 1970s by Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel has helped scientists develop programs that unveil chemical processes.
The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.
On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.
Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, A basic computer has been built by a team of Stanford engineers using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips.