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Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I became pregnant with my daughter, now 4, I didn't even own a smartphone. I did most of my pregnancy research with my desktop computer and those pregnancy books that nearly every first-time mom reads. Now, baby No. 2 is on the way and times have changed...

Data Breaches: A New Source of Worry for CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia.Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's third-largest retailer on Monday shows that...

Intel, PC Makers Broaden Support for Chromebooks

May 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors...

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Kaspar the Friendly Robot

May 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tony Paese, Intern, WDD | Blogs | Comments

With the simple Google search, “companion robots,” I was surprised (more, perhaps, than I should have been in this day and age) to find a large variety of machines of varying degrees of humanoid appearance already being instituted into homes and schools as – and this is key – assistants, not replacements...

Why Virtual Reality Will Compete with the Real World

May 6, 2014 11:15 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Recent weeks have been good ones for people interested in virtual reality. The Facebook acquisition of Oculus has galvanized the idea that “something wonderful” will happen if we put on these strange headsets and visually enter other worlds. Of course, most people assume this means gaming...

Apple Awarded $119M, but Who's Winning the Fight?

May 6, 2014 11:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2 billion Apple demanded...

Photos of the Day: Miami is New Tech 'Hot Spot'

May 5, 2014 8:53 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

Miami Looks Beyond Beaches, Bikinis to Tech

May 5, 2014 8:35 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

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DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Decoding the Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple's smartphone features...

Collaborative 'Metasurfaces' Grant to Merge Classical and Quantum Physics

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has selected the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to lead a multidisciplinary effort that will merge research in classical and quantum physics and accelerate the development of advanced optical technologies...                           

Photo of the Day: Flat Lens Using a Metasurface

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The premise of nanophotonics is that light can interact with matter in unusual ways when the material incorporates tiny metallic or dielectric features that are separated by a distance shorter than the wavelength of the light. Metamaterials are engineered materials that exploit these phenomena, producing strange effects, enabling light to bend unnaturally...              

ON Semiconductor Introduces Efficient Battery Monitors

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a new family of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ‘battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits that provide accurate measurements of the remaining power...

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RFS Introduces New Plenum-Rated Omni-Directional Antennas

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems has released the I-ATO3-698/2700 Series of plenum-rated, PIM-certified omni-directional antennas designed for broadband in-building distribution of modern wireless communication systems such as LTE, GSM, CDMA, PCS, 3G, WiFi, WLAN services...                

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

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | 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...

Network Problems? Never Fear…TotalTechHero is Here!

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The demand for network and cloud-based applications, entertainment, and services is growing. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Customers who count on dependable network and device performance encounter technical problems instead...

Nex-Tech Wireless Selects TrueCall RAN Geoanalytics Platform for New LTE Network

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Newfield Wireless & Nex-Tech Wireless | News | Comments

Newfield Wireless has announced Nex-Tech Wireless has deployed its TrueCall platform to support the operator’s LTE network. Nex-Tech is the 10th deployment of Newfield Wireless’ TrueCall LTE covering a combined total of more than 100 million subscribers...

Sequans Wins Two Designs for LTE Devices in the Bid for China Telecom’s Commercial Launch

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Sequans Communications & Datang Mobile | News | Comments

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications has announced that two of its device manufacturing partners in China, Datang Mobile and DareGlobal, have been awarded contracts to provide Sequans-powered TD-LTE end user devices to China Telecom for the operator’s commercial launch of TD-LTE service beginning in Q2...

Nordson ASYMTEK Wins Awards for Its Spectrum II Dispensing System

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Nordson ASYMTEK | News | Comments

Nordson ASYMTEK has announced that it received both the Service Excellence Award (SEA) and the New Product Introduction (NPI) Award at IPC APEX 2014. This is the 10th time in the 11-year history of the Service Excellence Awards that Nordson ASYMTEK has won. The NPI Award was presented to Nordson ASYMTEK for its new Spectrum II dispensing system...

B&K Precision Launches Major pwrApp Update

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by James Schada, B&K Precision | News | Comments

B&K Precision has relaunched its iOS application, ‘pwrApp’, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Adding to the app's value-offering of local wireless control for XLN-GL series power supplies, B&K Precision’s pwrApp now adds support for 9170/9180 series power supplies with LAN interface cards...

Cypress’s TrueTouch Touchscreen Controllers Support Touch Sensors from Cima NanoTech

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Felicia Chia, Cima Nanotech | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controllers support designs with SANTE silver nanoparticle touch sensors from Cima NanoTech. Cima NanoTech’s SANTE FS200 Touch Films is the first silver nanoparticle-based touch sensor compatible with Cypress’s TrueTouch controllers. The companies are collaborating to leverage the unique strengths of SANTE...

Cypress’s New Hub Controller Achieves USB-IF Certification

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced a new USB 3.0 hub controller certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for the SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps standard. The EZ-USB HX3 USB 3.0...

Avago Technologies' New Generation of 100 G Optical Transceivers

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies has introduced its new generation of 100G optical transceiver module solutions, the Avago 100GbE GQSFP28 SR4 and 100G CFP4 LR4, designed for modern datacenter and enterprise...

Thermoelectric Generator on Glass Fabric for Wearable Electronic Devices

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Byung Jin Cho, Professor of Electrical Engineering, KAIST | News | Comments

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be light, flexible, and equipped with a power source, which could be a portable, long-lasting battery or no battery at all but a generator...

Thermostat Wars to End, Wristify Lends a Hand

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | 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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