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Gadget Watch: Nabu Smart Wristband from Game Maker

January 8, 2014 9:05 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Razer whose gaming tablet won last year's "Best of Show" award at the International CES gadget show, has unveiled a wristband that combines the functionality of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch...                     

T-Mobile CEO Crashes AT&T Party, is Thrown Out

January 8, 2014 9:00 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is taking his "bad boy" image and feud with AT&T to the next level: he crashed a party thrown by AT&T at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas, and was thrown out after being discovered...                               

A Fireside Chat: How Wall-E Inspired the Ninja Sphere

January 7, 2014 2:32 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Using sensors and actuators, the Ninja Sphere learns about its environment and knows when something is out of place – even the dog. The next generation of environment control, the sphere monitors temperature, light, energy, and location ...            

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Photos of the Day: NSF-Supported Consumer Technology

January 7, 2014 12:57 pm | by Sarah Bates, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

CES is a smorgasbord of innovation in software and hardware for consumers, and Eureka Park will feature the latest in grass-roots technology. Since its establishment in 2012, Eureka Park has become known as the focal point for exhibits with technological breakthroughs at CES...     

Ideas in Action at Eureka Park

January 7, 2014 12:56 pm | by Sarah Bates, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A modified Google Glass prototype that transmits personal health insights to the cloud. Ultra thin, flexible, rechargeable batteries for portable electronics. A shoe insole that gives movement feedback for amputees...                  

AT&T to Sell Toll-Free Service for Wireless Data

January 7, 2014 10:12 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

AT&T the country's second-largest wireless carrier, announced Monday that it's setting up a "1-800" service for wireless data. Websites that pay for the service will be toll-free for AT&T's wireless customers, meaning the traffic won't count against a surfer's monthly allotment of data...

Four Predictions for CES 2014

January 7, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Being that the PD&D offices are in Madison, WI, it would only be assumed that I, along with my colleagues, would venture to the grand International CES event in Las Vegas through the air. Unfortunately, due to the many flight cancellations associated with the bitter cold snap, I found myself stranded in...

Intel Says its Processors are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 9:44 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel the world's largest maker of computer processors, says its processors are now free of minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...                             

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Sony Launches SmartBand with Life-Logging App

January 7, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is delving further into the wearable computing market with SmartBand, a waterproof wristband that tracks everything from daily physical activities and nightly sleep patterns to how much you've socialized with friends...         

HotSpot Episode 44: Easy Way to Detect Dangerous Heart Rhythms

January 6, 2014 11:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Texas Instruments is showing us some KoolThings; a wireless mouse trap; a small adhesive wireless device that track dangerous heart rhythms; and a wrist band for climbers...               

Global Tech Spending Seen slipping 1 Percent in 2014

January 6, 2014 10:43 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that global spending on technology will slip 1 percent this year to $1.06 trillion as the lower average selling price of smartphones and tablets offsets unit growth in markets like China...                       

Wave of Wearable Gadgets Expected at CES Event

January 6, 2014 10:31 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Several companies are expected to unveil wearable devices that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks and cloud computing...                                     

Eric Schmidt's Prognostications for 2014

January 3, 2014 9:52 am | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares some pointed expectations for the coming year in this video from Bloomberg and key to his message is that "mobile has won." Check out just exactly how Schmidt thinks ...       

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Gloomy Americans See a Downhill Slide to 2050

January 3, 2014 9:41 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you'll get some dreary visions. Whether they foresee runaway technology or runaway government, rampant poverty or vanishing morality, a majority of Americans predict ...     

Lawyers Begin Appeal of NSA Phone Ruling

January 3, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil rights groups took the first step Thursday in appealing a finding by a federal judge in New York City that the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records is ...          

The Best Way to Get Seed Money Through Crowdfunding

January 2, 2014 9:58 am | by Jerry Barach, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Early on in our careers, many of us were tutored as to how to best write an effective and attention-getting curriculum vitae in looking for a job. But in today's world, many are looking not for just a job, but are engaged in wide searches for...

Microchip’s New Matched WLAN Front End Module

December 31, 2013 5:31 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip has announced its new 5 GHz, 50 ohm Matched WLAN Front End Module (FEM)—the SST11LF04— for high data rate mobile device applications. With its small footprint, high linear output power of up to 16 dBm and 17 dBm, at 3.3V and 5V Vcc respectively...

Meet the Maker

December 31, 2013 9:46 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

MIT alumna Limor Fried has become a pioneer of the ‘maker movement’ with her multimillion-dollar company. Since childhood, Fried has built, tweaked and otherwise modified (or “hacked”) electronic devices, sometimes creating her own unique gadgets. Eventually, at MIT and beyond, she would sell these products while ...   

Review: New Camera Phones Notable in 2013

December 31, 2013 9:01 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. That's why coming up with a "best of" list for 2013 proved difficult...           

Touchscreens that Touch Back

December 30, 2013 8:45 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Developers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrate touchscreen technology that could one day...                                              

Samsung Sells 110-Inch Ultra-HD TV for $150,000

December 30, 2013 8:26 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said a 110-inch TV that has four times the resolution of standard high-definition TVs is going on sale for about $150,000 in South Korea...                                    

Skyworks’ Isolator for Wireless Infrastructure

December 26, 2013 6:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions has introduced a 2110-2170 MHz single junction, robust lead isolator in an industry leading, small footprint, 11 x 11 mm surface mount package. The SKYFR-000727 is ideally suited for various wireless/cellular infrastructure applications...

Apple Lands Elusive iPhone Deal with China Mobile

December 26, 2013 1:21 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

A long-sought deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile should enable Apple to boost its profits and build customer loyalty in an important, growing market...                                  

BlackBerry Co-Founder Trims Stake after Huge Loss

December 26, 2013 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry co-founder Michael Lazaridis has trimmed his stake in the troubled smartphone pioneer to just below 5 percent after selling 3.5 million shares during the past two days...                                

Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

December 26, 2013 12:47 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games...                                   

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