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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally...

Talking to Mars with Commercial Orbiting Satellites

July 28, 2014 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HoSpot, real ocean broadband for the martime industry; Altech customized enclosures; a new mathematically-based technique that can make the Internet faster; and commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions...             

Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Smartphone

July 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Youkyoung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in Russia this quarter...

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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 offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge...

Nokia Sees Brighter Future without Handset Unit

July 27, 2014 5:01 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division...

Cellphone Unlocking Set to Become Legal Again

July 27, 2014 4:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012...

Engineering Newswire 100: Digital Tattoos Give You eSkin

July 25, 2014 9:16 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

ON Semiconductor Introduces All-in-One Auto Focus Controller

July 25, 2014 9:04 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced the LC898214XC Auto Focus Controller for camera modules in smartphones. This integrated solution features...

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2W Rated Chip Resistors

July 25, 2014 8:39 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components has announced the addition of higher power rated thick film chip resistors with NRCW series. An upgrade from standard power rated version thick film chip resistors, the NRCW series is ideal for use in wide range of higher power applications...

Meaghan's Minute: City Lighting

July 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Phillips CityTouch is non-stop, energy efficient lighting management solution for an entire city, making it dynamic, intelligent, and flexible...                          

Target Debuts an Image-Recognition Shopping App

July 23, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology. Starting this month, the app, called "In a Snap," will recognize images...

Amazon Fire Offers New Ways to Use Phones

July 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone...

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

July 23, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach...

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Why This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 23, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not...

Meaghan's Minute: Remote Controlled Birth Control

July 22, 2014 11:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, MicroCHIPS of Lexington, Massachusetts has developed a wireless implant that can be turned on and off with a remote control, making it a perfect candidate for a new contraceptive...

Hotseat 33: Unified Communications Technologies

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of WDD's HotSeat we are speaking with Tim Root, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of New Business Development at RevoLabs...                                

Meaghan's Minute: Car Seats for Sleepy Drivers

July 21, 2014 8:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On today's episode of Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers are developing car seats that warn drivers if they start to fall asleep behind the wheel...                         

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 Evidence That California Cellphone Ban Decreased Accidents

July 20, 2014 10:44 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. The findings...

Axead Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity

July 20, 2014 9:54 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company's pricier Lumia phones...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Hardware Obsolescence

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out ... 

Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch

July 18, 2014 9:39 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency’s Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable “neuroprosthetics” that can help servicemembers, veterans, and others overcome memory deficits incurred as a result of traumatic brain injury or disease...

Review: Tech Goodies to Bring along on Trips

July 17, 2014 10:45 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going? In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth bringing along...

Making a Mental Match: Pairing a Mechanical Device with Stroke Patients

July 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The repetitive facilitation exercise is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they cannot create a strong enough neural signal that travels from the brain to the wrist...

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