The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.
Smoke detectors frequently produce more headaches than useful warnings. The devices have an irritating habit of shrieking when there's no cause for alarm, and always seem to wait until the middle of the night to chirp when their batteries run low.
Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 4 percent Monday on a report that the company is in sale talks with a handful of companies. Reuters reported Friday that the struggling smartphone maker was holding discussions with Cisco, Google and SAP about a possible sale of all or part of itself.
On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.
LG Display has announced that it will start mass-production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. This state-of-the-art panel represents another milestone following the company’s commercial rollout of the world’s first ...
A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.
The maker of Galaxy smartphones said Friday that its third-quarter operating income rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $9.4 billion. The result was slightly better than the market expectation of $9.3 billion, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.
CNTs are long chains of carbon atoms that are extremely efficient at conducting and controlling electricity. They are so thin – thousands of CNTs could fit side by side in a human hair – that it takes very little energy to switch them off, according to Wong, co-author of the paper and the Williard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor at Stanford.
A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips. This unprecedented feat culminates years of efforts by scientists around the world to harness this promising material.
Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors? There's good news. A growing number of options allow...
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big ...
With sensors and networking technology being strapped to nearly every machine around the globe at a blistering pace, estimates projecting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may be too conservative.
Private equity firm Cerberus is interested in taking a look at BlackBerry's books as a prelude to a possible bid for the troubled smartphone company. Cerberus is looking to sign a confidentiality agreement with BlackBerry that would...
How do you pick up a malicious online virus, the kind of malware that snoops on your data and taps your bank account? Often, it's through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that...
Digital music service Rdio (AR'-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it...
Fully-matched, 2-stage GaN in Plastic module provides 2X the power of competing products in surface mount 14 x 24 mm package
API Technologies recently announced the availability of its new 5300 series of current sensors and transformers that measure a wide range of AC currents by transforming them accurately from high to low measurable values.
Harwin has expanded its range of EZ-Spring Contacts with different contact styles and heights.
In order to provide highly dynamic servo motor technology to a wider range of applications, Beckhoff Automation has released the new AM8500 series of servo motors. With an increased rotor moment of inertia, this advanced servo solution extends the performance range of Beckhoff servo motors.
Advanced Power Electronics has launched a new P-channel Enhancement-mode Power MOSFET, the AP2325GEU6-HF-3, which is well-suited for use in applications such as load switches.
Cardinal Components is introducing a new functional module product line called Real Time Plus (RTP).
FANUC America has introduced the CNC Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser controls, which offer fabricators streamlined efficiency and increased productivity using Ethernet and Ethernet/IP field bus options and newly supported FANUC NCGuide simulation software.
SV Microwave has officially been approved by DLA as the QPL source for qualified M3933/30 (DC-32 GHz) attenuators. SV Microwave manufactures a complete line of standard and custom-designed attenuators including fixed coaxial, QPL, Hi-Rel, and Chip versions.
Microchip Technology recently announced the expansion of its Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem, including a new Raspberry Pi tool that it co-developed with partner element14—the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board.
In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, re-searchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.