In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it’s possible to write computer programs using ordinary language rather than special-purpose programming languages.
Apple milked the popularity of its iTunes store to form an illegal cartel with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge decided in a case swayed by the words of the late Steve Jobs. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan sided with government regulators' contention that Apple joined five major book publishers to gang up Amazon.com in a price-fixing conspiracy.
An original Apple computer from 1976 sold Monday for $387,750 at a Christie's online-only auction. Bolaffi, an Italian collections company, says in a statement that it bought the computer. The seller was a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, CA.
MEN Micro has released the versatile, high-performance F22P, the latest CompactPCI PlusIO SBC (single board computer) that uses Intel’s 3rd generation Core i7 processor. Offering processing speeds of up to 3.3 GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, the low power SBC delivers excellent graphics performance for computing environments.
Vishay Intertechnology has extended its VJ X8R series of surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) for high-temperature applications. To save board space, the devices are now offered in the 0402 case size. In addition, the 0603 and 0805 case sizes have been enhanced with a higher voltage rating of 100 V.
A Rice University laboratory pioneering memory devices that use cheap, plentiful silicon oxide to store data has pushed them a step further with chips that show the technology's practicality. A paper on the new work appears this week in the journal Advanced Materials.
A British intelligence report said Wednesday that other nations are hiring hackers to launch attacks against their enemies, a trend it described as particularly worrying. The warning over cybermercenaries came in an annual report published by Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee.
The judge at a New York civil anti-trust trial has found that Apple conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices. The ruling was issued Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged.
Radicom Research has announced the release of their RW8200 Embedded Serial to Wi-Fi Modules. It integrates a M3 Cortex host processor, Broadcom’s BCM44362 Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) and an embedded processor.
To wring more power out of lithium ion batteries, scientists are experimenting with different materials and designs. However, the important action in a battery occurs at the atomic level, and it’s been virtually impossible to find out exactly what’s happening at such a scale.
This week on the WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, understanding heart disease with two cardiovascular monitoring devices, gardening from any Web browser, electronic bag tags for tracking luggage, and a spacecraft that fits in your pocket.
Optical computing — using light rather than electricity to perform calculations — could pay dividends for both conventional computers and quantum computers, largely hypothetical devices that could perform some types of computations exponentially faster than classical computers.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re further developing BAE systems Railgun, making a bionic eye for the blind, demonstrating robotic apes, and re-reinventing the toilet.
Collecting global health data was an imperfect science: Workers tramped through villages to knock on doors and ask questions, wrote the answers on paper forms, then input the data -- and from this gappy information, countries would make huge decisions.
Cloud computing – outsourcing computational tasks over the Internet – could give home-computer users unprecedented processing power and let small companies launch sophisticated Web services without building massive server farms.But it also raises privacy concerns.
Honda's walking, talking interactive robot is running into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. The bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photo.
Google got a friendly ruling Monday from a federal appeals panel that stripped a group representing authors of class-action status as the search engine defends itself against claims that its plan to create the world's largest digital library will violate copyrights. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was too early for authors to be considered as a group in a lawsuit brought against the Mountain View, CA-based company.
Apple has applied for a trademark in Japan for "iWatch" as rumors suggest it may be developing a smart wristwatch. A document obtained Monday from the Japan Patent Office's website said the application was made June 3 and made public June 27. It was not immediately clear when the application might be approved. Patent office and Apple officials in Japan were not available for comment late Monday.
Nokia is turning to the stronger-performing parts of its business to help bolster its struggling smartphone arm, as it offered Siemens $2.22 billion for its half of the networks joint venture. Finland's Nokia said Monday that the transaction will be completed during the third quarter this year, meaning that the company formed in 2007 — Nokia Siemens Networks — will become Nokia's wholly owned subsidiary.
In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Sense+ has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Smoke and Gas Sensor smart dock and app; researchers have developed a new technology that uses wireless signals to provide non-invasive diagnosis of brain swelling or bleeding; and a hardware/Cloud-based system providing the ability to monitor and control any sensor equipped process or device.
A team of scientists at USC has verified that quantum effects are indeed at play in the first commercial quantum optimization processor. The team demonstrated that the D-Wave processor housed at the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center behaves in a manner that indicates that quantum mechanics plays a functional role in the way it works. The demonstration involved a small subset of the chip's 128 qubits.
A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for improving optical microscopes now has been applied to monitoring the next generation of computer chip circuit components, potentially providing the semiconductor industry with a crucial tool for improving chips for the next decade or more.
The German government on Monday invited the U.S. ambassador in Berlin for talks, as European countries angry over reports that Washington bugged EU offices piled on to demand answers about the scope of U.S. surveillance. The Obama administration is facing a breakdown in confidence from key allies over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed the covert listening devices in EU offices.
Agilent Technologies has introduced its U4431A MIPITM M-PHY protocol analyzer for next-generation mobile computing applications. This new protocol analyzer gives engineers in R&D and manufacturing deep insight into MIPI M-PHY-based designs.