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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Passcodes are outdated.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...

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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...

Review: 3Doodler Is Fun but Quirky '3D Pen'

July 31, 2014 9:27 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3-D printer...

July/August 2014 – Stanford's Electroceutical Devices

July 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The July/August issue of Wireless Design and Development (WDD) focuses on electroceutical devices and wireless sensing systems for bridge infrastructure. It also features and article from Texas Instruments, and a new teardown of the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

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New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | News | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

Testing Times in the Continuing Evolution of WLAN

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Yu Qian, Marketing Engineer, Keysight Technologies | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) — forecast by some companies to host up to 50 billion wirelessly-connected devices by 2020 — demands yet more network capability and capacity. Equipment based on the 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) standard is forecast to fulfill a major part of this need...                 

Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

Bluetooth Smart Arduino Solution

July 28, 2014 9:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced that Hong Kong-based Arduino specialist, RedBear Company Ltd, has developed a Nordic nRF8001 Connectivity IC-based single board Bluetooth Smart Arduino solution...

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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally...

Talking to Mars with Commercial Orbiting Satellites

July 28, 2014 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HoSpot, real ocean broadband for the martime industry; Altech customized enclosures; a new mathematically-based technique that can make the Internet faster; and commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions...             

Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Smartphone

July 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Youkyoung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in Russia this quarter...

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think about User Behavior

July 27, 2014 5:09 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge...

Nokia Sees Brighter Future without Handset Unit

July 27, 2014 5:01 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division...

Cellphone Unlocking Set to Become Legal Again

July 27, 2014 4:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012...

Engineering Newswire 100: Digital Tattoos Give You eSkin

July 25, 2014 9:16 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

ON Semiconductor Introduces All-in-One Auto Focus Controller

July 25, 2014 9:04 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced the LC898214XC Auto Focus Controller for camera modules in smartphones. This integrated solution features...

2W Rated Chip Resistors

July 25, 2014 8:39 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components has announced the addition of higher power rated thick film chip resistors with NRCW series. An upgrade from standard power rated version thick film chip resistors, the NRCW series is ideal for use in wide range of higher power applications...

Meaghan's Minute: City Lighting

July 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Phillips CityTouch is non-stop, energy efficient lighting management solution for an entire city, making it dynamic, intelligent, and flexible...                          

Target Debuts an Image-Recognition Shopping App

July 23, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology. Starting this month, the app, called "In a Snap," will recognize images...

Amazon Fire Offers New Ways to Use Phones

July 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone...

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