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'Silicon Beach' Brings Tech Boom to LA

October 22, 2014 2:37 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach..."                       

Photos of the Day: A 'Star Wars' Laser Bullet

October 22, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

A laser with power of 10 TW per pulse was constructed at the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw.

This is What a 'Star Wars' Laser Bullet Really Looks Like

October 22, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Tests of a new compact high-power laser have given researchers at the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (IPC PAS and FUW) the opportunity to film the passage of an ultrashort laser pulse through the air.

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DOCSIS 3.1 Compliant Switch from RFMW

October 22, 2014 10:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announced design and sales support for a single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch from Peregrine Semiconductor...

Researchers Build "Smart City" to Test Smart Grid Technologies

October 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State University | News | Comments

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive "smart city" laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. Scientists have received...                        

Versatile Dual-Band RFID Antennas

October 22, 2014 10:04 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

HUBER+SUHNER announced a range of dual-band UHF RFID antennas designed for integration into package and goods identification systems...

Illegal Drones a Growing Issue at Sporting Events

October 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions...                

iRobot Receives $7.6M Order from U.S. Navy

October 22, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and...                 

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Ka-Band HPA and Block Upconverter

October 22, 2014 9:39 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced today two Ka-band devices for use in single-carrier satellite communications...

Leaded RF Chokes with High Current Capability

October 22, 2014 9:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announced new EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability. The series with designation LBC+ offers components for rated currents...

Taxi GPS Data Helps Researchers Study Hurricane Sandy's Effect on NYC Traffic

October 21, 2014 6:46 pm | by Celeste Arbogast, CEE Dept. University of Illinois | News | Comments

When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast in late October 2012, the “superstorm” disrupted traffic in New York City for more than five days, but the evacuation proceeded relatively efficiently with only minor delays, according to transportation researchers at the University of Illinois.

What Do We Do with All this Big Data?

October 20, 2014 10:43 pm | by Susan Etlinger, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen...                              

Cisco and Sensity Systems Deliver IoT Applications Platform

October 20, 2014 5:21 pm | by Sensity | News | Comments

Cisco and Sensity Systems, announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic relationship that utilizes Sensity’s NetSense platform as a foundation for Cisco’s City Infrastructure Management (CIM) software...

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High-Voltage Capacitive Touchscreen Line Driver

October 20, 2014 3:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the MTCH65X, a new addition to its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with a standalone integrated high-voltage line driver...

The Brainstorm: Electronica 2014

October 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

What are the main wireless, RF, and microwave trends we will see displayed at Electronica 2014?                             

HotSpot Episode 85: The Problem with Electric Cars

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a Wi-Fi connected, voice operated computer that is finally available; a tool that broadcasts and receives information to truly bring to life one’s personal environment; the problem with electric cars; a universal control system for iRobot's line of defense and security robots; the RP6V2-C autonomous mobile robot syste; and welcome... 

Stanford Students Create Geographic Mapping Software That Tells the Story of Global Change

October 20, 2014 10:31 am | by Rob Jordan | News | Comments

An innovative project led by Stanford students harnesses the power of first-person and local news stories – presented in an interactive online map – to help people grasp the science of global environmental impacts on their communities...

iPads Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

October 20, 2014 10:03 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology...              

Biological Debate Resolved with Electrostatic Force Microscopy

October 20, 2014 9:47 am | by Janet Lathrop, University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say a new collaborative study provides stronger evidence than ever to support their claims...          

SpliceLine In-line Connectors

October 20, 2014 9:40 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The IDEAL SpliceLine in-line wire connector is an alternative to traditional butt splices that reduces time and cost for pre-fab shops and electricians...

Sprint Cuts 452 Jobs at its Kansas Headquarters

October 20, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint Corp. has cut 452 jobs from its Overland Park headquarters as part of a previously announced cost-cutting effort, the nation's third-biggest cellphone carrier disclosed in a filing with the Kansas Department of Commerce...                            

IBM to Hand Over its Costly Chip Division to Globalfoundries

October 20, 2014 9:05 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations...                         

What Is the Internet of Things & What Does It Mean for Design?

October 20, 2014 8:54 am | by Diego Tamburini, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

Is the tech buzz around 3D printing giving way to a new-media darling? Sure looks like it. What is the Internet of Things (IoT) fervor all about? While the idea of connecting products such as mobile devices, TVs, and even refrigerators to the...                                 

Photos of the Day: Smart Desk Connects to Wi-Fi

October 17, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Stir Kinetic is probably the world's first "smart" desk. It has a built-in touch screen, so you can see this either as a desk with a smartphone in it or a smartphone with a desk attached...                      

Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup

October 17, 2014 11:10 am | by BY ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet...              

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