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Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work....

SKorea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets...             

CWRU Engineering Researchers Report Nanoscale Energy-Efficient Switching Services

December 11, 2013 10:02 am | by Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

By relentlessly miniaturizing a pre-World War II computer technology, and combining this with a new and durable material, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have built nanoscale switches and logic gates that operate more energy-efficiently than...

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Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:59 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract...             

Group Wants Fisher Price iPad Seat Recall

December 11, 2013 9:56 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps? Fisher-Price is selling an infant seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby...                    

Optimizing Carbon Nanotube Arrays for use in Hot Spots

December 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

When engineers design devices, they must often join together two materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged...             

Exclusive: Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 4:03 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of Things. Searches on Shodan can find a stunning amount...

HotSpot Episode 42: NASA's Sunjamming Solar Sail

December 9, 2013 11:44 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, helping an aging population with chronic healthcare problems; the final step before solar sails are launched into space; a rehabilitation device for stroke vicitms; and a jacket that tell you where to go...

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Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'Tinker Toy' Materials to Appear in Science

December 9, 2013 10:56 am | by Mike Janes, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound implications for the future of electronics, sensors, energy conversion and...

EU Warns Nokia Not to Become 'Patent Troll'

December 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp. this year but retained its patent portfolio...                 

Court Case Could Mean 'Death' of Software Patents

December 9, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or...

IAR Embedded Workbench Extracts Full Potential

December 6, 2013 2:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

As the only tools provider covering the entire range of Renesas 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontroller families, IAR Systems announces full development tools support for the RXv2 core, a new, high-performance 32-bit RX CPU core for embedded devices in the consumer, industrial, and office equipment fields...

Woman Fights Ticket for Driving With Google Glass

December 5, 2013 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The technology will not be made widely available to the public until 2014, but ...

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China Claims Victory in Scrubbing Internet Clean

December 2, 2013 9:04 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity, and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party...                              

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 2, 2013 9:03 am | 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, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and...

Pilot Use of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

December 2, 2013 9:02 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're sometimes unprepared to take control...                        

HotSpot Episode 40: Hammerhead Aircraft Complete First Test Flight

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brough to you by SanDisk...                                               

New Research Aims to Teach Computers Common Sense

November 25, 2013 11:31 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7 and, in tiny steps, is deciding for itself how those images relate to each other. The goal is to recreate what we call common sense...

Keep Your Head in the Cloud: Rethinking BSS Systems in the Era of Hyper-Innovation

November 21, 2013 3:07 pm | by Alam Gill, senior vice president of global managed services, CSG International | Blogs | Comments

Remember the days when outsourcing meant giving “non-core” systems and processes to third-party “consultants” who promised to save you money while allowing you to focus on whatever they thought was your core business...                 

Meet the Robots for Humanity

November 21, 2013 9:31 am | by TED Talk, Henry Evans | Videos | Comments

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a...               

Solar-Powered Battery Woven into Fabric Overcomes Hurdle for 'Wearable Electronics'

November 21, 2013 9:27 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands...             

Exclusive: External Impacts on Touch Panel Design and Performance

November 19, 2013 4:17 pm | by Shahna Kothapally, Vice President of Engineering, Ocular | Articles | Comments

Projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels are the touch panel of choice. Research has shown that resistive touch panel sales are significantly lower than PCAP, and this trend is...                           

Engineering Newswire 65: Efficient Batteries Go Viral

November 18, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re launching drones from tiny boats, recycling shower water, using sensors to prevent serious brain injuries, and making batteries more efficient by going viral ...       

HotSpot Episode 39: Watson's Return

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, brought to you by National Instruments, a product that combines all of your credit cards into one, easy-to-use device; Jeopardy superstar, Watson returns; the EnOcean Alliance introduces its generic profiles; and an app to help drivers locate alternative fueling stations...

Google: Searches for Child Abuse Sites Blocked

November 18, 2013 9:31 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Writing ahead of a British summit on Internet safety, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said his company has fine-tuned Google Search to clean up results for over 100,000 search terms. When users type in queries that may be related to child sexual abuse, they will...

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