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FCC Examining Reasons for Internet Traffic Jams

June 15, 2014 7:36 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content. The inquiry announced Friday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will dissect...

Computers Replace Humans Reading Weather Reports

June 15, 2014 7:34 pm | by Rachel D'oro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two outpost offices of the National Weather Service in Alaska are finally ending what has been a bygone practice for most of the nation for almost two decades — using real human voices in radio forecast broadcasts. The Nome and Kodiak offices are switching...

Samsung Tablets to Have Richer Colors in Screens

June 12, 2014 11:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs. These screens, known as AMOLED for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes, are already found in smartphones made by Samsung and a few...

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New Computer Program Aims to Teach Itself Everything about Anything

June 12, 2014 10:25 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online...

Measurement Specialties Introduces New Inline Strain Gage Amplifier

June 12, 2014 5:14 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has released the Model 142, a low-noise inline strain gage amplifier with an auto-zero function that provides extreme measurement accuracy...

Guarding Against 'Carmageddon' Cyberattacks

June 11, 2014 3:07 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

The potential value of turning the nation's freeways into "smart transportation systems" is enormous. Equipping the nation's concrete arteries with a nervous system of computers and sensors that directly control on-ramp signals to keep traffic moving...

Researchers Find Weird Magic Ingredient for Quantum Computing

June 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

A form of quantum weirdness is a key ingredient for building quantum computers according to new research from a team at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing. In a new study published in the journal Nature, researchers have shown...

Contextuality Puts the 'Magic' in Quantum Computing

June 11, 2014 2:51 pm | by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research | News | Comments

A new theoretical advance explains where the power of quantum computation comes from, and will help researchers design and build better computers and algorithms. The strange properties of quantum mechanics give quantum computers the potential to...

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Alibaba's First U.S. Presence 11 Main Debuts

June 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

China's largest e-commerce company is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers. Industry watchers will be paying close attention because...

China's Startups Hope for Boom after Alibaba IPO

June 11, 2014 8:39 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nils Pihl has spent 18 months building what he calls cutting-edge software to crunch "really big data sets." But instead of going to Silicon Valley, the 27-year-old Swede and his four colleagues have been working on his invention from a small apartment...

Google Buying Satellite Maker Skybox for $500M

June 11, 2014 8:35 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world. The $500 million acquisition announced...

Poland Wins 1st World Computer Coding Championship

June 11, 2014 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Polish team Need for C has won the world's first computer coding championship held in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Creating and driving virtual Formula-1 racing cars on a track projected onto a large screen in a converted cable factory...

Vero Technologies Announces New SMT Test Points and Ball and Socket Connectors

June 10, 2014 12:57 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vero Technologies has announced a complementary range of SMT devices suitable for use with high-speed placement machines...

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Conexant Introduces New HD Audio CODEC

June 10, 2014 11:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems has announced the CX20952, a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier...

Advantech Announces Mini-ITX COM Express Type 6 Application Board

June 10, 2014 11:15 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announces the release of its newest Mini-ITX application board. The SOM-AB5810 is ideal for harsh environments and perfect for outdoor surveillance, industrial automation, digital signage, kiosk applications, and much more...

New Industrial OEM Pressure Sensor Catalog from AST

June 10, 2014 10:40 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies has released a industrial OEM pressure sensor catalog featuring various sensor, transducer, and transmitter products for use in industrial applications including subsea, hydraulics, control panels, data loggers, labs, test stands, HVAC equipment, water management, and more...

Agilent's Waveform Generator/Fast Measurement Unit Used in Research at IIT Bombay

June 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that the Agilent B1530 Waveform Generator/Fast Measurement Unit (WGFMU) was used by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay to make ultrafast measurements of negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) degradation in deeply scaled high-K metal gate (HKMG) CMOS devices...

HotSpot Episode 66: Quantum Teleportation

June 9, 2014 9:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot researchers successfully teleport quantum information; a new system that remotely senses objects across long distances; electronic medical devices that could replace pharmaceuticals; and a recap from IMS2014...                         

5 Things to Know about Apple's Stock Split

June 9, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's resurgent stock may have as much to do with financial engineering as the company's technological wizardry.In late April, the iPhone and iPad maker announced plans to split its stock for the first time in nine years. Since then, Apple's stock has climbed 23 percent...

Are Squiggly Lines the Future of Password Security?

June 5, 2014 8:27 pm | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

As more people use smart phones or tablets to pay bills, make purchases, store personal information and even control access to their houses, the need for robust password security has become more critical than ever. A new Rutgers University study shows...

U.S. General Says SKorea Databases Hacked

June 5, 2014 8:23 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The top U.S. military official in South Korea said a hacking incident might have compromised the personal information of thousands of South Koreans employed by the American command. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces in South Korea...

Google Starts Street View in Greece after Spat

June 5, 2014 8:17 pm | by Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google launched its Street View map service in Greece on Thursday after winning approval from the country's privacy authority, which had blocked the ground-level map application five years ago. Company officials said the service went live after "extensive and detailed..."

XpressO-Ultra Oscillators from Fox Offer Improved Phase Noise and Reduced Jitter

June 5, 2014 9:54 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics has released the next generation of XpressO technology, the XpressO-Ultra...

Crystek Announces New 3274-3280 MHz VCO

June 5, 2014 9:25 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has announced the new CVCO55CC-3274-3280 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator). The CVCO55CC-3274-3280 is ideal for use in applications such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems...

App Paired with Sensor Measures Stress, Delivers Advice

June 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Computer scientists have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease that stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children...

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