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Possible China Deal Could Pep up iPhone Sales

December 16, 2013 9:50 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from...

Engineering Newswire 69: Autonomous Car Concept is Fully Bi-Directional

December 13, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redefining the autonomous car, sending Valkyrie to Mars, and finding the coldest place on Earth ...                 

Meaghan's Minute: A Drum Party In Your Pants

December 13, 2013 10:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Tyler Freeman is a drummer who has the habit of drumming and patting his pants. So to help other drummers and musicians produce real music while they’re on the go, he created Drum Pants, a wearable and fully customizable on-the-go musical instrument...       

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Protest Apps Bring High-Tech Flair to Thai Rallies

December 13, 2013 9:50 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations...

Meaghan's Minute: Advancing the Internet of Everything

December 12, 2013 10:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, tech giants are coming together to form the AllSeen Alliance, which will enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services and support broadest cross-industry effort to...       

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work....

SKorea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets...             

Meaghan's Minute: Wireless Power Transfer Technology

December 11, 2013 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, wouldn’t it be great is our mobile devices charged themselves without ever being plugged in, or if we could hang our ridiculously over-sized flat screen TVs on...               

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Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:59 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract...             

Group Wants Fisher Price iPad Seat Recall

December 11, 2013 9:56 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps? Fisher-Price is selling an infant seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby...                    

Optimizing Carbon Nanotube Arrays for use in Hot Spots

December 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

When engineers design devices, they must often join together two materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged...             

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...

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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 ...             

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 ...

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...                 

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...               

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