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A Closer Look: Multitasking on Mobile Devices

August 11, 2014 4:17 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. When I'm watching video, for instance, I have to pause it to read an email or text that comes in. When I'm composing a message to make plans, I have to leave the app...

As Medical Device Makers Go Wireless, Compliance Must Be Top of Mind

August 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Ivaylo Tankov, TÜV Rheinland | Articles | Comments

Wireless technology broadens application possibilities of medical devices for healthcare staff, patients and insurers, while boosting business for manufacturers. Despite the market potential, some device makers delay going wireless because of additional compliance steps this requires...

Disposable Biosensor Monitors New Vital Sign

August 11, 2014 1:46 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs ...

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U.S. Bots Flagged Ebola Before Outbreak Announced

August 11, 2014 10:31 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally ...

DARPA's Brain-Inspired Chip

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, fighting counterfeit drugs with hidden images; an algorithm that reconstructs audio signals; a complex computer chip whose architecture was inspired by the human brain; and transforming robots that are made out of paper...                        

'Seeing' through Virtual Touch Is Believing

August 11, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life...

Mostly Positive Reviews for NFL's New Tablets

August 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Teresa M. Walker, AP Pro Football Writer | News | Comments

Adjusting to new technology just isn't easy for some people, even in the NFL where everyone is trying to find that winning edge. Even in a pouring rain, Titans assistant coach Louie Cioffi flipped through soggy black-and-white printouts reviewing the opening series with his defensive backs...

Google Using Its Clout to Widen Use of Encryption

August 8, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. The move, announced late Wednesday, involves a change in Google's closely guarded formula for determining the rankings of its search results...

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WDD on Metro Raleigh Business Radio X

August 8, 2014 9:34 am | by Metro Raleigh Business Radio X | Videos | Comments

During EMC 2014, Glen Sundin and Meaghan Ziemba guest starred on Metro Raleigh Business Radio X to discuss WDD and the editorial opportunities it has for design engineers and OEMs. They also discussed the EMC show, and some of the upcoming events and products they have planned for the 2015 year...             

New Compact Panel PCs from Beckhoff

August 7, 2014 11:26 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

To best serve the HMI hardware needs of cost-sensitive machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new CP6606-0001-0020 “Economy” Panel PC...

Sweat Sensors Sniff Out Fatigue, Stress, Even Fear

August 7, 2014 4:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Sweat can be a smelly messenger, but one that also carries a trove of valuable information about how our bodies are feeling. Scientists at several labs are now trying to pick its lock with nanotechnology, including know-how transferred from ...

Outdoor Enthusiasts Use Gadgets to Stay Plugged In

August 7, 2014 3:48 pm | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers and paddle boarders by making an expanding number of products that protect smartphones...

LTETM Base Station Transceivers in Small Cell eNodeB Design

August 7, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Asahi Kasei Microdevices will demonstrate their complementary LTETM small cell radio transceiver and Cavium’s integrated LTETM small cell processors...

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Review: Amazon Phone Better for Info Than Shopping

August 6, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

My buying habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon's shopping-centric Fire phone. Rather, I've found the phone's Firefly scanning feature to be far more useful as an information-gathering tool. The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you...

Picture It: Facial Recognition to Find Lost Dogs

August 6, 2014 2:42 pm | by Sue Manning, Associated Press | News | Comments

Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County Animal Services with its owners....

3-in-1 Optical Skin Cancer Probe

August 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As thousands of vacationers hit the beach this summer, many of them will expose their unprotected bare limbs to direct UV sunlight, potentially putting them at risk of skin cancer later in life. To fight back, scientists can also turn to light, designing optical devices that may ...

Pleora Makes Wireless Video a Reality for Real-Time Imaging Systems

August 5, 2014 11:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pleora Technologies unveiled the world’s first embedded hardware solution for delivering real-time video over a standard IEEE 802.11 wireless link...

B&B Electronics Launches the Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform

August 5, 2014 11:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is an easy to use, complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet...

Chance Hospital Encounter Sends Engineer on Improbable Mission

August 5, 2014 11:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. He didn’t make it back that day. Riding down one of the ...  

Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Bionic Hand

August 5, 2014 11:14 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand ...    

New PCI Express Mini Card from MEN Micro

August 5, 2014 1:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro now offers the PX4, a mobile phone voice interface PCI Express Mini Card. The new card provides cost-effective wireless audio transmissions in rugged, mobile applications...

A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone without Passcodes

August 4, 2014 5:41 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more...

No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel IoT Reality

August 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature changes...

NFL Sideline Tech Inches Forward, Still No Video

August 4, 2014 10:24 am | by Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

NFL teams used to take Polaroid pictures of plays from atop the stadium during games then send them down to the field on a rope. Technology improved so that an automated camera could deliver the images to a printer on the sideline, creating that familiar sight of a quarterback...

A Market for Emotions

July 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Emotions can be powerful for individuals. But they’re also powerful tools for content creators, such as advertisers, marketers, and filmmakers. By tracking people’s negative or positive feelings toward ads — via traditional surveys and focus groups — agencies can tweak and tailor their content to better satisfy consumers...

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