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SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:26 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables, art, security, and more on March 17 in Austin, Texas ...        

Wireless Minute: Multitouch Smart Coffee Table Runs Both Windows 8 and Android

January 29, 2015 9:39 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Duet, a new...

Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 12:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity...

What's Next for Apple after Record iPhone Sales?

January 28, 2015 10:06 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to...

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Wireless Minute: Augmented Reality Goggles for Skiing

January 28, 2015 10:02 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new Israel-based startup called RideOn has developed augmented reality (AR) goggles for skiing and snowboarding ...                                      

Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Femtosecond Laser to Manipulate Valley Excitons

January 27, 2015 3:44 pm | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors ...                        

New Search Engine Lets Users Look for Results Faster

January 27, 2015 3:29 pm | by Tuukka Ruotsalo, Aalto University | News | Comments

The SciNet search engine is different because it changes internet searches into recognition tasks, by showing keywords related to the user's search in topic radar. People using SciNet can get relevant and diverse search results faster, especially when they do not know exactly what they are looking for or how to formulate a query to find it ...                 

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Brain-Wave Headset Crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 2:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity ...                                        

EPFL Research Brings Reconfigurable Electronic Microchips Closer to A Reality

January 26, 2015 12:04 pm | by Leo Mc Gilly, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

EPFL researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to create conductive pathways several atoms wide in a material, to move them around at will and even to make them disappear. Their research is the subject of a recent article appearing in Nature Nanotechnology ...                   

Sheriffs Pressure Google to Disable Police-Tracking App

January 26, 2015 11:53 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked ...            

Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 11:40 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games, and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access ...               

MIT Researchers Create a Better Siri

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a pocket power plant that produces an unlimited supply of electricity anywhere; a smart portable power outlet that can be controlled by smartphones; a new tracking software for those who like to air drum; and a better Siri produced by researchers at MIT ...                   

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Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                   

Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. But it's not nearly enough to keep up with the demand ...                    

Ultra-Low Capacitance TVS Device Protects USB 3.0 Interface

January 22, 2015 12:39 pm | by Semtech | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech has announced the RClamp3346P, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device to protect the USB 3.0 interface in computing and mobile devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD) events. The RClamp3346P supplements Semtech’s ...

Microsoft Shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

January 22, 2015 9:36 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images ...                          

Self-Cleaning, Self-Powered Smart Keyboard Can Identify You

January 21, 2015 10:16 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Zhong Lin Wang and colleagues ... 

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Software Teaches Computers to Translate Words to Math

January 21, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences professor Dan Roth...

STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

HotSpot Episode 97: Orrb Pods Provide a Positive Work Culture

January 20, 2015 10:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, developing a positive work culture through the use of pods; a folding portable keyboard that makes professional-grade typing as easy to carry as a pen; a wireless headset that cancels out 95 percent of background noise; and bringing back instant print cameras ...                     

Chiming in with Robotic Conversations

January 20, 2015 8:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations ...                      

NOAA and NASA Say 2014 Warmest Year on Record

January 16, 2015 4:12 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and ... 

Floating Foam Car Claims Superior Safety

January 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re battling diabetes with temporary tattoos, testing out Ford’s all-new carbon-fiber super car, and floating a foam car ...              

Photo of the Day: Huge 3D Displays Without 3D Glasses

January 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Public screenings have become an important part of major sports events. In the future, we will be able to enjoy them in 3D, thanks to a new invention from Austrian scientists. A sophisticated laser system sends laser beams into different directions. Therefore, different pictures are visible from different angles. The angular resolution is ... 

"A Better Siri" - Software That Knows the Risk

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by MIT News | News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee's at about 12:30, and that you don't want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent ... 

Google Predicts 2-to-5-Year Timeframe for Commercial Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years ...                                                     

Google Glass Sales Stopped for Redesign

January 16, 2015 8:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device ...                                

Artificial Intelligence Helps Physicists Predict Dangerous Solar Flares

January 15, 2015 11:24 am | by Leslie Willoughby, Stanford News | News | Comments

Solar flares can release the energy equivalent of many atomic bombs, enough to cut out satellite communications and damage power grids on Earth, 93 million miles away. The flares arise from twisted magnetic fields that occur all over the sun's surface, and they increase in frequency every 11 years, a cycle that is now ... 

Booking Hospital Visits with a Smartphone

January 15, 2015 9:58 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings ...                       

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