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ACCES I/O Products Releases RS-232 Serial Adapter for Android Devices

February 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has released a new USB serial interface board—the ANDROID-232. Users can now control legacy RS-232 devices directly from modern Android devices. The ANDROID-232 uses the Android Open Accessory protocol to convince an Android device that its onboard USB port is an RS-232 port...

How True Love Opened the Smart Bra

February 4, 2014 12:17 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Only two months have passed, and another bizarre smart bra has come into the spotlight. Except this one goes into even further campy territory. Japanese lingerie company, Ravijoir, is jumping on the smart bra bandwagon with their “True Love Tester” bra...

Target Data Breach Pits Banks against Retailers

February 4, 2014 9:11 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal information...                           

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Car-to-Car Talk Offers Warning on Collisions

February 4, 2014 9:10 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don't, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril...                

Internet Firms Release Data on NSA Requests

February 4, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans...                           

Obama Secures $750M in Pledges to Get Kids Online

February 4, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Claiming progress in his campaign to get American schools wired for the future, President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet...                         

'Cool' Invention Wins First Place at MADMEC

February 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Rob Matheson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Heating or cooling certain parts of your body — such as applying a warm towel to your forehead if you feel chilly — can help maintain your perceived thermal comfort...                                           

Thermostat Wars to End, Wristify Lends a Hand

February 3, 2014 12:37 pm | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This winter, I’ve engaged in a thermostat war with my roommate. One night, in a shivering, desperate attempt to find a way to stay warm, I turned to Google for a solution that didn’t involve wearing half of my wardrobe. What I found continues to excite me...

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Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put on Ice

February 3, 2014 10:52 am | by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run. Lakemaid Beer recently tested its delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs...

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...                       

Fujitsu Introduces Grounding Springs for Mobile Devices

February 3, 2014 9:20 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Components America has released a new series of grounding springs featuring a patented, robust structure and a wide working range for use in emerging mobile devices. The FCN-118X grounding spring series is designed to provide frame grounding between the pc board and chassis of smart phones, tablet PCs, PDAs...

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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...

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 ...                      

Vishay Intertechnology Announces HML, New Miniature Axial-Leaded Thick Film Resistor

January 30, 2014 5:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new miniature axial-leaded thick film resistor designed for hearing aids and high-frequency probe tips for testing in industrial applications. Encapsulated in a robust plastic housing, the Vishay Techno HML combines an ultra-compact 1.85 mm by 0.91 mm case size with high-temperature performance...

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...

NextG-Com Announces LTE Host Test Platform for Release 11 Conformance

January 30, 2014 12:20 pm | by Colin Aitken, NextG-Com | News | Comments

NextG-Com has announced the development of a low-cost LTE protocol test platform on host compliant to 3GPP Release 11 specification. XANTHUS 203 is a protocol conformance test framework that allows the execution of TTCN3 36.523 Test Cases as published by ETSI. It has been designed within the current NextG-Com ALPS LTE product development program...

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...

Balluff Offers New Industrial Ethernet Cables

January 30, 2014 10:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Ethernet has expanded its line of industrial Ethernet cables. While Cat5E is the base requirement for industrial Ethernet, when working with a specific network like EtherNet/IP or PROFINET, higher requirements are a must with the components in the network..

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...

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