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HotSpot Episode 42: NASA's Sunjamming Solar Sail

December 9, 2013 11:44 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, helping an aging population with chronic healthcare problems; the final step before solar sails are launched into space; a rehabilitation device for stroke vicitms; and a jacket that tell you where to go...

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'Tinker Toy' Materials to Appear in Science

December 9, 2013 10:56 am | by Mike Janes, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound implications for the future of electronics, sensors, energy conversion and...

Engineering Newswire: First Government-Recognized Cyborg Gets His Passport

December 6, 2013 9:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re doodling working circuits, test firing new rocket engines, having fun being a Borg, and using your smartphone as a 3D scanner ...             

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Senate Votes to Ease Ability to Drop Land Lines

December 6, 2013 9:17 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone companies would have an easier time discontinuing traditional land lines in Michigan under legislation approved Thursday that supporters say recognizes technological change but critics contend could leave customers with less reliable service. Starting in 2017, the bill ...

Woman Fights Ticket for Driving With Google Glass

December 5, 2013 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The technology will not be made widely available to the public until 2014, but ...

Heart-Hacking is Possible Paranoia

December 4, 2013 5:14 pm | by Julia Blaikie, WDD Intern | Blogs | Comments

Like other wireless electronic systems, medical devices can be hacked. While it may not make sense to think that anyone would want to wirelessly access your medical implant to destroy you, neither does thinking someone would...   

BlackBerry Head Says Company Is 'Very Much Alive'

December 3, 2013 9:59 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry's interim chief executive said Monday reports of the death of the company "are greatly exaggerated." Former Sybase CEO John Chen said in a letter to customers that BlackBerry is returning to its roots, refocusing on delivering devices and ...

Amazon's Delivery Drones: An Idea That May Not Fly

December 3, 2013 9:44 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle. The Amazon CEO is working on a way to use the small aircraft to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less. While flight technology makes it feasible, U.S. law and society's attitude toward drones ...

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HotSpot Episode 41: Smartphone-Controlled Smartplane

December 2, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smartphone-controlled smartplane; a nano camera that can operate at the speed of light; Microsoft and Sony have delivered their newest generation of high-powered video games; and a custom Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip that enables wireless programming...

Small Company Helps Twitter Make Money

December 2, 2013 9:16 am | by P. SOLOMON BANDA, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money...                       

China Claims Victory in Scrubbing Internet Clean

December 2, 2013 9:04 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity, and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party...                              

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 2, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging, and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and...

Amazon.com Developing Delivery Drones

December 2, 2013 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The online retailer says it's working on its Prime Air project in its research and development labs. It says the idea is that the delivery system would be able to get purchases to customers in less than 30 minutes through the use of the...                 

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Gift Guide: PS4, Xbox One Won't Disappoint Gamers

November 27, 2013 10:21 am | by Lou Kesten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Perhaps you weren't one of those eager fans who waited in line at midnight to get first crack at the new consoles. Perhaps there's a gamer in your family who would love to unwrap a shiny new machine on...               

Inexpensive ‘Nano-Camera’ can Operate at the Speed of Light

November 27, 2013 9:57 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

A $500 “nano-camera” that can operate at the speed of light has been developed by researchers in the MIT Media Lab. The three-dimensional camera, which was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in...               

Richardson RFPD Introduces New mXTEND Antenna Booster from Fractus

November 26, 2013 3:01 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The mXTEND (part number FR01-S4-250) is specifically designed to provide multiband performance in mobile and other wireless devices, enabling worldwide coverage by allowing operation in the communication standards...       

Amphenol Enhances RADSOK Technology RADSOK R4

November 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Global Operations has enhanced its RADSOK technology high current contact system to RADSOK R4.  This improved system is available in board-to-board, wire-to-board, and busbar-to-board configurations...

Webinar: Overcoming Operational Restrictions to Cost-Effectively Deploy and Maintain HetNets

November 26, 2013 1:54 pm | by EXFO Experts | Events

Given the proliferation of applications and the resulting rise in bandwidth consumption, maintaining high quality services at a reasonable cost is quite challenging. Mobile operators are forced to evaluate and deploy new technologies...    

AVX Expands Mini-Turbocap BME Capacitor Series

November 26, 2013 1:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has expanded its Mini-TurboCap and RoHS Compliant Mini-TurboCap Series with a new 25V rating and an extended capacitance range (up to 39µF) for its 50V parts...

BlackBerry Shakeup Continues as COO, CFO Depart

November 26, 2013 10:19 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry's interim chief executive has shaken up BlackBerry's management team in a move seen as prelude to him taking the top job himself. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, both hired by recently ousted CEO Thorsten Heins, will leave the struggling...

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 10:08 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Two new giant phones are worth considering. Neither comes with a stylus, a signature feature of Samsung's 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, which is one of the most popular phones of its size. But the 5.9-inch HTC One Max and the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 both have larger screens than...

Ultra-Low-Noise RF Low-Dropout Regulators

November 26, 2013 9:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices recently announced the release of ultra-low-noise LDO (low-dropout) regulators for RF (radio frequency) signal devices...     

HotSeat 13: Search Engine for Electronic Parts

November 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on WDD's HotSeat, we are speaking with Sam Wurzel, the Co-Founder and CEO for Octopart. Sam likes to build things. In college he spent alternate summers working in experimental physics labs and bicycle shops...                   

Driving Carrier ARPU Through Messaging, Mobile Payments and Mobile Advertising

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by James Citron, CMO, payvia | Articles | Comments

A recent report from the GSMA predicts an increasingly tough few years ahead for mobile carriers, with global revenues dropping 16 percent by 2017. With subscriber penetration in the developed world now between 70 and 90 percent...           

Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 10:21 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is...                   

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