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Promise and Peril in an Ultra-connected World

March 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you...

The Power of Watson in the Palm of Your Hand

February 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first of its kind, global competition to encourage developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. IBM announced the challenge at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...  

Push for Web Addresses in Era of Search, Apps

February 28, 2014 11:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In the early days, you typed in a domain name address to reach a website. Then came the ability to reach websites directly through a search engine. The mobile era brought us phone apps for accessing services without either. Yet the organization in charge of Internet addresses is pushing a major expansion in domain name suffixes...


Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV Is a Flying Donkey

February 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving 270 miles per hour at Kennedy, in a car, engineering face melting metal, and saving lives in a flying donkey ...              

Georgia Tech Project Ensures 'What You See Is What You Send’

February 25, 2014 4:08 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Imagine a user who intends to send $2 to a friend through PayPal. Embedded malware in the user’s laptop, however, converts the $2 transaction into a $2,000 transfer to the account of the malware author instead. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a prototype software...

Want Your Computer to Go Faster? Just Add Light

February 25, 2014 4:04 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Every second, your com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient. “It would save pre­cious nanosec­onds,” explained North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor of physics Swastik Kar...

Meaghan's Minute: Millions More Connected Devices Are Coming

February 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany, Sierra Wireless introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of M2M applications from the device to the cloud...

Talking in 3D

February 25, 2014 11:06 am | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Redevelopment of the London King's Cross station and the nearby neighborhood was announced in 2005 and completed with a grand opening in 2012. The internationally well-recognized engineering services firm Arup, famous among other things for their work...


System that Automatically Fills Gaps in Programmers' Code Gains Power

February 25, 2014 10:59 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working on a programming language called Sketch, which allows programmers to simply omit some of the computational details of their code...

Using Stolen Computer Processing Cycles to Mine Bitcoin

February 25, 2014 10:50 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has taken an unprecedented, in-depth look at how malware operators use the computers they infect to mine Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value is highly volatile. Researchers examined more than 2,000 pieces of malware...

LG to Offer its First Smartwatch this Year

February 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile communications division...

HotSpot Episode 51: Cancer Glasses Make Cells Glow Blue

February 24, 2014 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: the Aura, electronic musical instrument; the CuffLinc from Cuff creates a protective circle; high-tech glasses that may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear; and vehicle to vehicle communication from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute...

Review: Picking Up Glass, Google Style

February 21, 2014 4:44 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The first time I was in the proximity of Google Glass was nearly a year ago at a technology conference. The people wearing the device were like cyborg members of an elite club I couldn't join. Now, it's my turn. I picked up my Glass on Jan. 24 at the Google Glass "base camp..."


Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities

February 19, 2014 3:06 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers. The ambitious expansion announced Wednesday targets Arizona, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Using Holograms to Improve Electronic Devices

February 19, 2014 2:56 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and Russian Academy of Science have demonstrated a new type of holographic memory device that could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data processing capabilities in electronic devices...

Step Closer to a Photonic Future

February 19, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons – that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods that make them difficult and expensive to manufacture...

Making Nanoelectronics Last Longer for Medical Devices, 'Cyborgs'

February 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The debut of cyborgs who are part human and part machine may be a long way off, but researchers say they now may be getting closer. In a study published in ACS' journal Nano Letters, they report development of a coating that makes nanoelectronics much more stable in conditions mimicking those in the human body...

Better Cache Management Could Improve Chip Performance, Cut Energy Use

February 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip, and between chips and main memory, has to travel just as far. As transistors get faster, the cost of moving data becomes, proportionally, a more severe limitation...

All a Board to 2014

February 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

2013 was a very exciting year. After I joined the Wireless Design & Development (WDD) team, we launched three new video products, and created a fresh look for our daily newsletter and print issue. But we aren’t finished yet as WDD has great things in store for...

The World is One Big Dataset

February 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Dan Berkenstock, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and...                             

Crowdsourced Testers Prefer New Cyber Search Method

February 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Case Western Reserve University have developed a new tool to search and fetch electronic files that saves users time by more quickly identifying and retrieving the most relevant information on their computers and hand-held devices...

Technology to Link Patient Records Being Developed

February 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Although trauma, heart and stroke patients benefit from being transferred from a local hospital to a higher-level care facility, it’s unclear why patients transferred with non-urgent medical conditions show at least a 30 percent higher death rate than had they stayed put, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s nursing school.

Computer Arranges Pictures Based on Artistic Aspects

February 18, 2014 12:18 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Until now, it has been a time-consuming process for a program to arrange pictures in a consistent order. It is even more complex to order them on the basis of visual characteristics. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a system to arrange pictures into a consistent order...

HotSpot Episode 50: Blinking Beacons Help Planes Miss Wind Turbines

February 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a low-power, signal-processing chip that could lead to a chochlear implant with not external hardware; synthetic motors that live inside human cells; a sensor solution for blinking beacons on wind turbines; and a clever detector array...                    

Photos of the Day: The K-Glass Head-mounted Augmented Reality

February 18, 2014 10:39 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

Walking around the streets searching for a place to eat will be no hassle when a head-mounted display (HMD) becomes affordable and ubiquitous. Researchers at KAIST developed K-Glass, a wearable, hands-free HMD that enables users to find restaurants while checking out their menus...

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