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Wary NKorea Struggles to Stay Afloat in Info Age

February 3, 2014 10:46 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's late afternoon at the e-library in North Korea's Kim Il Sung University, where row after row of smartly dressed students sit quietly, their faces bathed in the glow of computer displays as they surf the Internet. On the surface, it's a familiar-seeming scene, which is exactly why officials are offering it up for a look...

Obama: I Care Deeply About 'Net Neutrality'

February 3, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the U.S. government is exploring options for keeping the Internet free and open after a federal court set aside rules designed to do just that. A three-judge panel earlier this month set aside rules intended to ensure that the transmission of Internet content be treated equally...

HotSpot Episode 48: High-Tech Bra Tracks True Love

February 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an electronic, beer-tasting tongue; a high-tech bra that only opens for true love; smart shorts that tracks how you're working your muscles; and bionic contact lens that produce tactile sensations to help guide the blind...                       

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Companies Back Fast Internet-In-Schools Initiative

February 3, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed Internet service over the next few years.A White House education event Tuesday will focus on his ConnectED initiative...

Web Developers Gather for 'Hackathon for Cuba'

January 31, 2014 10:23 am | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered the one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere. The "Hackathon for Cuba" begins Friday in Miami. Cuban dissident and online activist...

California Cracks Down on Computer Boot Camps

January 31, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumer protection officials are threatening to close a number of fast-paced, fast-growing computer coding boot camps that train people to work in the technology industry, saying they failed to get licensed as private schools before they started accepting students...

Yahoo Email Account Passwords Stolen

January 31, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected...

Exclusive: Proximity Sensing in Mobile Phones

January 31, 2014 9:16 am | by Sivaguru Noopuran, Product Marketing Engineer and Priyadeep Kaur, Application Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Proximity sensing technology is becoming popular across a wide range of industries, especially in consumer electronics, because OEMs introduce new products to market every year. The largest application within consumer electronics is the mobile phone. Given the competition in this particular market, it is important for OEMs to adopt the latest technology and offer unique features to differentiate their products...

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Engineering Newswire 75: First Porsche Ever Made Found 115 Years Later

January 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re printing multi-material in color, detecting mines with our shoes, cutting catalytic converter costs, and riding the first Porsche ever made. This episode features ...                      

An Electronic Tongue Can Identify Brands of Beer

January 30, 2014 3:56 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

Spanish researchers have managed to distinguish between different varieties of beer using an electronic tongue. The discovery, published in the journal 'Food Chemistry', is accurate in almost 82% of cases. Beer is the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drink in the world...

Nintendo Chief Stays On, Health Business Planned

January 30, 2014 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo has been unable to arrest a slide in console sales as more people play games on smartphones and tablets. The company's apparent solution? A move into health care. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata vowed Thursday to stick to the company's old ways, refused to resign or cut product prices despite its dismal earnings...

CEOs Seek Better Internet Access in Classrooms

January 30, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top officers at more than 40 companies are asking the Federal Communications Commission to act quickly to help get more high-speed Internet into America's classrooms. The FCC is weighing changes to a program called E-rate that provides discounts to help schools with telecommunications and Internet access...

Israel Seeks to Export Cyber Tech, Despite Risk

January 30, 2014 10:13 am | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a bold initiative this week calling on tech giants and Western powers to band together to protect the world from cyber-attacks, vowing to relax export restrictions normally placed on security-related technologies so Israeli cyber-defense companies can sell their expertise around the globe...

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NYU Researchers Take Magnetic Waves for a Spin

January 29, 2014 11:22 am | by New York University | News | Comments

Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and other consumer products. Their method employs "spin waves"...

Pressure Mounts for Apple to Expand its Horizons

January 29, 2014 10:20 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone. The void in Apple's lineup is a major reason why the company's quarterly revenue...

Report: Spies Use Smartphone Apps to Track People

January 28, 2014 10:31 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe...                      

Apple's 1Q Results Highlight Need for New Products

January 28, 2014 10:23 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's going to take more than brisk sales of the iPhone and iPad to convince investors that Apple still has the magic touch...                                                

Photos of the Day: Google Glass Prescription Frames

January 28, 2014 10:20 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google plans to make various attachments available. Starting Tuesday, the Mountain View, CA, company is offering four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers"...                        

Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Sharpen Glass

January 28, 2014 10:17 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass...                                               

After Loss, LG Sees Lower Profit, Currency Risks

January 27, 2014 1:30 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected loss in the final three months of 2013. The latest results from LG Electronics underline how it is being squeezed between Japanese competitors...

HotSpot Episode 47: Having Sex with Glass

January 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a solution for gamer rage; a control system that makes robots more intelligent; spicing things up with Google Glass; and a Wi-Fi product that allows users to control any device from their smartphone...                   

Samsung, Google Sign Patent Agreement

January 27, 2014 9:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants...                                

U.S. to NY court: Reject Apple's Monitor Challenge

January 27, 2014 8:59 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court Friday to let a monitor continue reviewing Apple's antitrust policies over the company's objections...                            

Engineering Newswire 74: Human-Piloted Anti-Robot Walks

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

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re expanding the Internet of Things with the Wunder Bar, getting mustache rides from robots, and piloting robots to fight the Kaiju, in the future ...                        

Near Error-Free Wireless Detection Made Possible

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge...                          

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