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Dramatic Shifts for Test Equipment

February 27, 2014 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, next generation mobile devices are becoming more powerful and more complex...                          

Noting Tech Needs, Mining Companies Seek Graphite

February 27, 2014 10:32 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say the promise of expanded uses for "pencil lead" in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades...                 

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-End Power

February 27, 2014 10:21 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as...              

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High Performance Enclosure Gaskets

February 27, 2014 10:20 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech beryllium-copper fingerstock gaskets are an ideal choice for making reliable electrical contact between parallel seams (mating surfaces) that are created by enclosure access doors and panels. These high-performance, hardened Alloy 25 gasket...                  

Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 1:57 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones...

Photos of the Day: Praying with Robots in Iran

February 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran...

Iranian Teacher Builds Robot to Teach Prayer

February 26, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran...

Smartphone-Based Voting Technology May Lead to Fewer User Errors

February 25, 2014 1:13 pm | by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

Many U.S. counties have incorporated electronic voting technology, largely in response to well-publicized challenges related to older mechanical and punch-card models. Although these updated systems have solved some usability problems, they present a new set of issues for voters unfamiliar with the technology...

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Phone Makers Look to Emerging Markets for Growth

February 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here's the rub for companies: A good part of the key markets they serve already own smartphones and use them to connect various Internet services. How do you grow from there? Companies from Facebook to Firefox are looking to emerging markets for the next few billion people...

Nokia Targets Emerging Markets with Android Phones

February 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by Anick Jesdanun & Joseph Wilson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to take over Nokia's handset business. Nokia will ditch many of the Google services that come with Android...

LG to Offer its First Smartwatch this Year

February 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile communications division...

Meaghan's Minute: World Lacks RF Design Expertise, Limits DAS

February 24, 2014 1:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

With more than 30 billion square meters of global commercial real estate, only two percent is currently covered with a dedicated indoor wireless network. It's a big issue. 80 percent of mobile connections are made inside of buildings and users expect faster, reliable service...

Sony Showcases Phone with Ultra-HD Video Recording

February 24, 2014 12:56 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Noise cancellation works with an in-ear headset sold separately...

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Many New Phones Coming, but Samsung Hogs Limelight

February 24, 2014 12:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior. Yet most of the attention will be on Samsung...

Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung unveiled two new computerized wristwatches on Sunday, this time including health sensors and related fitness features to give people a reason to buy one. Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace...

HotSpot Episode 51: Cancer Glasses Make Cells Glow Blue

February 24, 2014 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: the Aura, electronic musical instrument; the CuffLinc from Cuff creates a protective circle; high-tech glasses that may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear; and vehicle to vehicle communication from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute...

As IPO Looms, GoPro Enjoys Spotlight

February 21, 2014 5:06 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

GoPro isn't exactly a household name, but anyone who's spent a little time on YouTube is surely familiar with the thousands of snowboarding, surfing and even skateboarding baby videos that its cameras produce. GoPro Inc., which makes a small line of high-definition video cameras geared toward extreme sports athletes...

US Officials at Odds Over Cellphone Use on Planes

February 21, 2014 5:03 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like the U.S. government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most American travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen. Passengers — particularly those who fly often — oppose allowing calls in flight, polls show...

FitBit Halts Force Wristband Sales Due to Rashes

February 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wearable technology maker Fitbit Inc. has stopped sales of its $130 Force wristband and is recalling it after the fitness gear caused skin problems for some customers. CEO and co-founder James Park says about 1.7 percent of users reported skin irritation in a letter posted on the company website Thursday...

Review: Picking Up Glass, Google Style

February 21, 2014 4:44 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The first time I was in the proximity of Google Glass was nearly a year ago at a technology conference. The people wearing the device were like cyborg members of an elite club I couldn't join. Now, it's my turn. I picked up my Glass on Jan. 24 at the Google Glass "base camp..."

The Unlikely Founders Behind WhatsApp's Rise

February 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WhatsApp isn't your average Silicon Valley startup. The company's founders Jan Koum, 38, and Brian Acton, 42, shun the media spotlight and are much older than your typical college dropout-turned CEO. And at a time when social media companies are focusing on advertising to generate revenue...

Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register? U.S. retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores...

Nanodiamond-embedded Contact Lenses for Glaucoma Treatment

February 19, 2014 10:25 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

By 2020, nearly 80 million people are expected to have glaucoma, a disorder of the eye that, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness. The disease often causes pressure in the eye due to a buildup of fluid and a breakdown of the tissue that is responsible for regulating fluid drainage...

Exclusive: Providing Prosthetics With a Sense of Touch

February 19, 2014 9:27 am | by Meaghan Ziemab, Editor | Articles | Comments

Losing the ability to move is a traumatic experience, mentally and physically, but recent advances in medical technologies have helped tetraplegics regain a part of their lives they once thought to be lost forever. Losing the ability to move results in the loss of touch, a sense necessary to perform the most basic tasks – from...

All a Board to 2014

February 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

2013 was a very exciting year. After I joined the Wireless Design & Development (WDD) team, we launched three new video products, and created a fresh look for our daily newsletter and print issue. But we aren’t finished yet as WDD has great things in store for...

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