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Apple's Beats Buy Joins Tech and Street-Wise Style

May 29, 2014 11:27 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items...

Review: New Kiddie Fitness Band More Toy Than Tech

May 29, 2014 12:39 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technology is all the rage these days for adults. Now, the concept is spreading to kids. LeapFrog, the maker of kids' tablets and other educational products, recently unveiled the LeapBand, a device worn around the wrist. It's really more of a toy...

Crow or Raven? New Birdsnap App Can Help!

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Computer Science Professor Peter Belhumeur, have taken bird-watching to a new level. Using computer vision and machine learning techniques, they have developed Birdsnap, a new iPhone app that is an electronic field guide...

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Sight for Sore Eyes: Augmented Reality without the Discomfort

May 28, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Augmented reality is increasingly becoming… well … a reality. Smartphone apps can point out restaurants as you scan the street with your phone camera or even identify constellations when you point your phone at the night sky. And goggle-like devices...

Public-Private Survey Finds Cybercrime on the Rise

May 28, 2014 12:44 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday. The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers...

Google Glass Adaptation Opens the Universe to Deaf Students

May 27, 2014 2:08 pm | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can’t see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can’t see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That’s why a group at Brigham Young University launched the “Signglasses” project...

Hacker Who Helped Feds Gets No More Time in Prison

May 27, 2014 1:54 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A computer hacker who helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets and cripple the hacktivist crew known as Anonymous will serve no more time in prison after being sentenced Tuesday to time served...

HotSpot Episode 64: Broadband Wireless Connection…to the Moon

May 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and NASA have demonstrated a data communication technology that can provide space dwellers with the connectivity we all enjoy here on Earth, enabling large data transfers and even high-definition video streaming...

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Knockoffs a Headache for IPO-Bound Alibaba

May 27, 2014 9:46 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

At first glance, the Monster Tron T1 headphones sold on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Taobao site are a tempting offer for audiophiles looking for state-of-the-art hi-fi equipment. But sellers omit one key detail: Monster Inc. never produced this model. "There should be none in existence but our prototypes..."

China Calls on US to Stop 'Unscrupulous' Spying

May 27, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China called for a halt Tuesday to what it called unscrupulous U.S. cyberspying, saying that a monthslong investigation into reports on the "ugly face" of U.S. espionage has concluded that China is a major target of those efforts. The complaint in the form of a government agency report comes a week after...

Prosecutors: Hacker Helped Thwart 300 Cyberattacks

May 27, 2014 12:32 am | by Tom Hays, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prolific computer hacker who infiltrated the servers of major corporations later switched sides and helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets, according to federal prosecutors. New York prosecutors...

Europe's Move to Rein in Google Would Stall in U.S.

May 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza and Toby Sterling, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Europe's moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name — may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy. But across the Atlantic, the idea that users should be able to edit Google search results...

Workers in Tech Case Likely to Get Average of $4K

May 26, 2014 10:48 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers. The estimate is based upon an analysis of court documents in the case...

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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 9:02 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard...

Small Cell PAs Offer Big Performance

May 22, 2014 11:12 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for two “Small Cell” power amplifiers from TriQuint. The TQP2451 and TQP2453 support 1,900 MHz and 1,800 MHz transmitter designs respectively...

Silicon Labs Eases Smart Meter Design with Wireless M-Bus Software

May 22, 2014 10:12 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced a comprehensive software solution designed to simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters for electricity, gas, water, and heat resources based on the proven Wireless M-Bus standard...

GIGAVAC Announces Hermetically Sealed Battery Disconnects

May 22, 2014 9:37 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC announces a new addition to their extensive line of Advanced Switching Solutions. The HBD series of manual service disconnect switches incorporates new patent pending technology to deliver protection from hostile environments...

Automating Privacy Compliance for Big Data Systems

May 21, 2014 11:41 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Web services companies, such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, all make promises about how they will use personal information they gather. But ensuring that millions of lines of code in their systems operate in ways consistent with privacy promises...

New Analysis Eliminates Potential Speed Bump in Quantum Computing

May 20, 2014 11:12 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A quantum particle can search for an item in an unsorted "database" by jumping from one item to another in superposition, and it does so faster than a classical computer ever could. This assertion assumes, however, that the particle can directly hop from any item to any other...

Swipe Right for Ms. Right: The Rise of Dating Apps

May 20, 2014 9:51 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So, a lady walks into a bar...Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25 and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too...

Microsoft: No Need for Laptop with its New Tablet

May 20, 2014 9:32 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft bills its new Surface tablet computer as a laptop replacement — and it means it this time. The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in the previous model. The Pro 3 is 32 percent thinner...

New TerraWave Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit

May 20, 2014 12:34 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, will showcase solutions from its comprehensive product portfolio, including the new TerraWave Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit, at Cisco Live 2014 in San Francisco...

Agilent Technologies Introduces Two Portable Oscilloscope Families

May 20, 2014 11:12 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies has introduced two new high-performance portable oscilloscope series deploying next-generation oscilloscope technology...

New Handheld TDR from Megger

May 20, 2014 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR) that locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables. The CFL535G can test the capabilities of connections and locate faults for up to 12 miles (20 km)...

Passive Plus Introduces New High Power Capacitors

May 20, 2014 9:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Passive Plus, Inc. has introduced a line of Hi-Q capacitors available in surface mount or leaded configurations that are 100% RoHS compliant...

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