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China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law...

Unleashing the Power of Quantum Dot Triplets

July 27, 2014 5:17 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialize. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising...

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think about User Behavior

July 27, 2014 5:09 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks...

A New Multi-Bit 'Spin' for MRAM Storage

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-...

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New Software Provides Accurate, Real-Time Data on Traffic

July 20, 2014 11:29 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

Researchers have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations. It is a highly reliable...

No-Wait Data Centers

July 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue...

Apple, IBM Team up in Mobile Devices, Applications

July 15, 2014 6:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries...

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The World’s First Photonic Router

July 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers...

Virtual Finger Enables Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 15, 2014 12:55 am | by Edelman Public Relations | News | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using the flat surface of their computer screens..

Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology...             

Test Solution for USB 3.1 Receivers

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced an accurate test solution for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers. Using the Agilent USB 3.1 receiver test set, design and test engineers in the semiconductor and computer industry can now accurately characterize and verify USB 3.1 receiver ports in ASICs and chipsets...

Photos of the Day: Robot Plays Angry Birds

July 14, 2014 12:59 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities...

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Your Next Angry Birds Opponent Could Be a Robot

July 14, 2014 12:54 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities...

Integrated Wireless Controller Provides On-Board User Application Memory

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

LPRS now offers Internet of Things and other wireless control or communication system builders with a system-on-chip fully integrated wireless controller with on-board memory for end-user application programming and control functions...

Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye

July 10, 2014 1:07 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University's breakthrough silicon oxide technology for high-density, next-generation computer memory is one step closer to mass production, thanks to a refinement that will allow manufacturers to fabricate devices at room temperature with conventional production methods...

'Melbourne Shuffle' Secures Data in the Cloud

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it's also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on cloud servers...

Speeding up Data Storage by a Thousand Times with 'Spin Current'

July 10, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

A hard drive stores bits in the form of tiny magnetic domains. The directions of the magnetic north and south poles of these domains, which are referred to as the magnetization, determine whether they are a 0 or a 1. Data is stored by changing the direction of the magnetization of the associated bits...

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Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks

July 10, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access...

Heads up, World Cup Teams: The Robots Are Coming

July 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years...

Versatile Computing Platform from Elma

July 9, 2014 2:54 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic has introduced the S50J Computing Platform, a highly reliable and rugged field-deployable system with abundant configurable I/O for maximum design versatility...

Rugged COM Express Module from MEN Micro

July 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has released the CC10C, a Rugged COM Express module that offers an abundance of I/O design flexibility. Supporting different Freescale ARM i.MX 6 processors, the exceptionally scalable COM module easily accommodates various system requirements...

Google Picks 5 Charities to Create Ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers...

Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes...

Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 7:11 pm | by Frank Jordans & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union...

Review: Evolutionary Advances in New Smartwatches

July 6, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either. Samsung's Gear Live and LG's G Watch are good products and will appeal to those who like to be among the first to own new gadgets...

Toward a New Way to Keep Electronics from Overheating

July 2, 2014 3:32 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Computer technology has transformed the way we live, but as consumers expect ever more from their devices at faster speeds, personal computers as well as larger electronic systems can overheat. This can cause them to slow down, or worse, completely shut down...

Researchers Develop ‘Encore’ to Monitor Web Access

July 2, 2014 3:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool to monitor the accessibility of Web pages around the world that can be installed by adding a single line of code to a web page. The tool, Encore, runs when a user visits a website where the code is installed and then discreetly collects data from potentially censored sites...

Research Could Lead to Dramatic Data Farm Energy Savings

July 2, 2014 3:27 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science...

Review: Android Wear Is about Simplifying Future

July 2, 2014 10:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some things that Android Wear can't...

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