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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...

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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...

Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has bought Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees are increasingly relying upon to get their work done. Financial terms of the acquisition announced Monday were not disclosed. The deal is part of...

Google, Apple Settle Longstanding Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents. Apple Inc. and Google Inc. announced Friday that they are dropping nearly two dozen lawsuits...

FBI: BlackShades Infected Half-Million Computers

May 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a half-million computers in over 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals remotely hijack a computer and its webcam, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against nearly 100 people worldwide...

Connector from Amphenol Withstands Harsh Environments

May 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group now offers a connector family with 1.5 mm socket contacts featuring Amphenol’s RADSOK technology. Tru-Loc’s rugged, compact, thermoplastic construction makes it ideal for use in harsh environments where high vibration and caustic fluids are present...

Nordic Semiconductor Announces Miniaturized Bluetooth Smart Module

May 19, 2014 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced that multi-die system-in-package (SiP) design specialist Insight SiP (Sophia–Antipolis, France), has developed a miniaturized Nordic nRF51822 System-on-Chip-based Bluetooth Smart module that requires no specialist RF engineering experience to employ...

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