A new technology known as "ambient backscatter," developed by engineers at the University of Washington, could make the Internet of Things a reality. The technology uses TV and cellular signals to provide power and medium for battery-free communication.
A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours Thursday in the latest major electronic breakdown on Wall Street, embarrassing the stock exchange that hosts the biggest names in technology, including Apple, Microsoft, and Google. The problem sent brokers racing to figure out what went wrong and raised new questions about the pitfalls of the electronic trading systems that have come to dominate the nation's stock markets.
Just in time for the back-to-school season, new laptops with extended battery life are hitting store shelves. What these laptops have in common are microprocessors that belong to a new family of Intel chips called Haswell. The chips consume less power than previous generations and promise a 50 percent boost in battery life for watching video.
The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets ratchets up the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur. The three-hour trading outage on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday also can be expected to trigger new rounds of regulatory scrutiny on computer-driven trading.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car.
Apple's grip on China's tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier.
Google Glass, a spectacle-like computing device drawing lots of attention, can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company. The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs for the 10,000 people currently testing an early model of Glass known as the Explorer edition.
Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program. Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching philandering lovers, all high-tech weapons appear to be fair game.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, xPico Wi-Fi helps consumers leverage mobile solutions; spoofing an 80 million-dollar yacht; bulk metal foil COTS resistors; and a synthesized RF signal generator from Saelig.
The quadcopter, which was developed at TU Vienna, can negotiate its way through a room completely on its own. It does not need any human interference, and in contrast to other models, it is not assisted by any external computer. All the necessary computing power in on board; the image processing is done by a standard smartphone.
Nano-sized gas sensors in mobile telephones that measure the atmospheric humidity are nothing new as such. However, so far it was necessary to rely on complex lithographic methods to produce the required nano-structure of the sensors, and they have the added disadvantage that they do not work well on uneven surfaces.
Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.
In a partnership between NTU, JTC, and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), an autonomous electric shuttle manufactured by Induct is expected to ply the two kilometer route providing a safe, reliable, and environmentally-friendly alternative mode of transportation.
Techies tinker at Lego play stations in workplaces. Engineers mentor competitive Lego League teams. Designers use them to mock up larger projects ideas. And executives stand Lego creations on their desks alongside family photos. The new Mindstorms sets are simpler for the younger crowd and more versatile for sophisticated users than two earlier versions.
A Delaware judge on Friday dealt a blow to activist investor Carl Icahn's effort to stop CEO and founder Michael Dell's $24.8 billion buyout offer for the struggling computer maker. He refused to fast-track proceedings on Icahn's claims that Dell directors have betrayed their duties to shareholders in trying to win support for Michael Dell's bid.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re hacking yachts, stopping trash can spies, creating feelings with Disney research, and putting the first Navy Infrared Camera in the crow’s nest.
Consumers waiting for Microsoft's revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning Oct. 17. The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers for decades.
Apple's shares srged passed the $500 threshold — their highest level since January. Wednesday's gains came a day after activist investor Carl Icahn said he thinks the iPhone maker should do more to revive its stock price. The outspoken billionaire said in Twitter posts Tuesday that he had acquired an unspecified stake in Apple and had spoken to its CEO about boosting share repurchase plans.
Microsoft said it has fixed a problem that prevented some people from getting their email on Outlook.com, but mobile users might still be having problems.Service had been restored on the Web shortly after 2 p.m. PDT Wednesday, according to an update on Microsoft's website.
IBM is buying fraud protection software maker Trusteer, amid the growing threat of cyberattacks. The Armonk, NY, technology services company announced the acquisition Thursday, but didn't disclose how much it paid for Trusteer. In connection with the deal, IBM said it's forming a new software lab in Israel where Trusteer and IBM researchers and developers will work together on cybersecurity issues.
A group of smartphone app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information. These tiny thermometers usually prevent smartphones from dangerously overheating, but the researchers discovered the battery temperatures tell a story about the environment around them.
Rachel has over 15 years in the mobile industry, with experience working for companies ranging in size from startups to multinational corporations. She was recently the vice president for product management at DeviceAnywhere, before it was acquired by Keynote. Rachel has also managed the wireless data quality products at Telephia, which is now part of Nielsen.
Cypress Semiconductor has announced a new CapSense Express capacitive touch-sensing controller optimized to replace mechanical buttons in front panels for industrial and consumer applications, portable medical devices, gaming devices, and home automation systems.
In this week's headlines: AquaTop Display brings immersive entertainment to your bathroom: Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are exploring new territory in the field of natural user interface design with their AquaTop Display.
University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.