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Photos of the Day: Here's Your New Spacecraft, America

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½ hours after it began and achieved at least one record: flying farther and ... 

NIST Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management

December 5, 2014 11:28 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags--devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people--have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries ... 

Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with Stephen Hawking with upgraded sensors and software, and taking a ride on the bio-bus ... powered by poop ...       

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Store Beacons Communicate with Shoppers Just in Time for the Holidays

December 4, 2014 1:35 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?                       

Photos of the Day: The White House's 3D-Printed Holiday Ornaments

December 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The White House (in partnership with the Smithsonian) organized a holiday ornaments 3D printing contest and the winners were announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a so-called "Maker Movement" that's apparently happening in the White House to encourage (we can assume) students and innovators to get excited about STEM ... 

Technology Breakthrough Reveals Cellular Transcription Process

December 4, 2014 10:42 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

A new technology that reveals cellular gene transcription in greater detail has been developed by Dr. Daniel Kaufmann of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the research team he directed. "This new research tool offers us a more profound view of the immune responses that are involved in a range of diseases, such as ... 

Ultrasonics May Soon Let You Touch What You See in Virtual Reality

December 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Adario Strange, Mashable | News | Comments

At this point it seems like it's just a matter of time before every device shown on Star Trek becomes a reality and, thanks to a new innovation, the holodeck could be next. A UK company called Ultrahaptics has developed a method of providing haptic feedback for holographic imagery by using ultrasonic technology. Originally developed ... 

The White House's 3D-Printed Holiday Ornaments

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Rex Santus, Mashable | News | Comments

The White House is pretty hip, you guys — its cool factor even shows in the ornaments. In an effort to prove it's in touch with the modern times, the White House (in partnership with the Smithsonian) organized a holiday ornaments 3D printing contest and the winners were announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a ...   

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Voice Control: Coming Soon to a House Near You

December 4, 2014 9:17 am | by Rachel Metz, Mashable | News | Comments

It's not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncooperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could be more common for those devices to actually pay attention. A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to ... 

High-Tech Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You By Tracking Eye Movements

December 3, 2014 4:59 pm | by Rex Santus, Mashable | News | Comments

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. It tracks your eye movements and selects toppings based on ... 

Novelda Secures $12M in Financing for Vital Signs Detection Sensors

December 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Novelda | News | Comments

Novelda has announced the closing of a $12M Series A financing round to secure delivery and further development of its XeThru sensor technology. The first XeThru sensors are designed to detect movement and human body vital signs such as ...                 

Photo of the Day: Internet Privacy in the Digital Age

December 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Champlain College | News | Comments

As Internet usage continues to grow all across the world, security risks have become a reality for businesses. Irrespective of the size and type of your business, you cannot ignore the possibility of Internet security risks. Online security risks pose a major threat to businesses as evidenced by the following recent events ...

IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

December 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California on a project that aims to combine the power of thousands of small computers, to each attack ... 

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Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They incredible feats of technology that are finding new applications in a variety of markets – and they’re really fun to play with. However, a recent reader comment on “Drone Sightings up Dramatically” caught my attention ...          

Filming Injustice in the World’s Most Dangerous Places

December 2, 2014 3:56 pm | by Oren Yakobovich, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness ...                

TE Connectivity Opens Wearables Lab

December 2, 2014 3:20 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced the official opening of its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process ...

Steve Jobs Key Witness in Apple iPod Lawsuit

December 2, 2014 11:21 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. A key witness will be none other than the company's legendary late founder Steve Job ...                        

FBI Investigates Sony Computer Hack

December 2, 2014 11:11 am | by BY BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week ...                            

Get Better at Sports with Smart Gear

December 2, 2014 11:08 am | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter ...                                       

Cardinal Components’ Anti-Counterfeit Timing Products

December 1, 2014 3:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Components has introduced a new product line of anti-counterfeit timing products and solutions for the electronics industry. Lutracore fingerprinting is a new method of safeguarding electronic components from counterfeiting using chemically ...                 

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

December 1, 2014 3:03 pm | by Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap | Blogs | Comments

Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015 ...            

Wireless Week Live: How Multicast is Set to Revolutionize Delivery of Mobile Video

December 1, 2014 2:33 pm | by Wireless Week | Events

The way video is delivered to mobile devices everywhere is about to get turned on its head. Thanks to a feature of LTE-Advanced called Multicast (eMBMS), watching video over a carrier network will be more efficient by leveraging Multicast's point to multi-point approach ...            

Amazon's Robotic Army Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees ...                   

Photos of the Day: Cheetah Robot Has Real-World Applications

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven ...                

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