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HTC Offers Larger Phone, with Fingerprint Sensor

October 15, 2013 8:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

At your neighborhood coffee shop, you can order your beverage in small, medium, or large. Now, you can do that with phones, too. HTC is introducing a larger version of its popular HTC One phone, becoming the latest phone maker to offer its flagship device in three sizes — and, of course, three prices.

Apple Taps Burberry CEO to Oversee Stores

October 15, 2013 8:53 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple said Tuesday that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who used technology to drive a remarkable turnaround at her luxury fashion house, will take charge of the company's expansion plans and retail operation. Bailey, who will become Burberry CEO on Ahrendts' departure, live-streamed his catwalk shows to fans worldwide through online channels like Twitter.

Kickstarter of the Week: New Watch Tells You When You'll Die

October 14, 2013 4:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are counting down the days until we die with Tikker, the death watch that wants you to think about life. Smart watches keep you connected to your email, but this death watch counts down your remaining years to the second that you will die.


New Technology Can Prevent Cellular Overload, Dropped Calls

October 14, 2013 3:30 pm | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

When a natural disaster strikes and too many people take to their mobile phones at once, cellular networks easily overload. But a University of British Columbia graduate student has developed a solution to ensure that calls don’t get dropped and texts make it to their destination.

HotSpot Episode 34: Safety that’s Not Annoying

October 14, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Nest Labs is back with their new Nest project smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; the 66th and final antenna has been delivered to the ALMA observatory; detecting Alzheimer's disease at an early stage; and a portable smartphone attachment for sophisticated field testing.

How will ZigBee Open Up the Sentroller Markets for Smart Home Device Developers?

October 14, 2013 10:27 am | by Elly Schietse, General Manager, GreenPeak Belgium | Articles | Comments

According to a recent report from Nextmarket Insights, the current home automation systems and services market is about 3.6 billion and is forecast to grow to around 15 billion by 2017. This market growth will be driven by a newly emerging homes service market where various cable MSOs,  broadband service providers, and telcos will be offering a variety of new home automation and connected home services.

Microsoft's Phone Update to Feature Driving Mode

October 14, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.

Google to Change Terms to Use Your Identity in Ads

October 14, 2013 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Your reviews of restaurants, shops, and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store could show up in ads that are displayed to your friends, connections, and the broader public when they search on Google. The company calls that feature "shared endorsements."


Dead Loved Ones' Voices Fall Victim to Technology

October 14, 2013 9:36 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology has given families a way to hear their loved ones' voices long after they've passed, providing them some solace during the grieving process. But the voices aren't saved forever. Many people have discovered the voices unwittingly erased as part of a routine service upgrade to voice mail services.

Meaghan's Minute: A New Microfluidic Approach

October 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach with applications in materials development for energy capture and storage and for optoelectronic materials.

New Gadget Frees Mobile TV From Blocky Attachment

October 11, 2013 9:13 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically. Previous mobile TV antennas could hang precariously from the charging port.

BlackBerry Founders Looking at Buying Company

October 11, 2013 9:11 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are weighing taking over the distressed smartphone company as it searches for a savior. Lazaridis said Thursday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he and Fregin are looking to potentially acquire the 92 percent of the shares they don't currently own.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

October 10, 2013 4:58 pm | by Gartner, Inc | News | Comments

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.


Review: Samsung Tablet Offers PC-Like Multitasking

October 10, 2013 8:48 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's new tablet, Galaxy Note 10.1, gives consumers quick access to the tools they can accomplish with its stylus. Pen Window is one. Another feature lets consumers add notes to a screenshot of what they see. Another lets users clip a section of a Web page and store it with a Web link.

Silicon Image’s WirelessHD Solution Featured in PowerLite Home Cinema Projectors

October 9, 2013 5:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Image recently announced that its 60 GHz WirelessHD technology is designed into Epson’s newly introduced line of PowerLite Home Cinema 3D 1080p 3LCD projectors—the PowerLite Home Cinema 5030Ube...

Cypress’s New Touchscreen Controller Delivers Noise Rejection to Superphones and Tablets

October 9, 2013 4:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor recently introduced a new controller in its TrueTouch Gen5 family that brings noise-immunity touchscreen control technology to superphones, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers...

Teseq Expands CDN Line

October 9, 2013 3:06 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has expanded its extensive line of over 60 CDNs (coupling/decoupling networks) for EMC RF conducted immunity testing, according to IEC/EN 61000-4-6, with several new models...

Nordic Semiconductor's Concurrent ANT+ and Bluetooth Low Energy Combo Chip

October 9, 2013 12:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The nRF51922 System-on-Chip will allow the development of products that natively support ANT+ and Bluetooth low energy wireless technology and mean product developers; end users will no longer be forced to choose between these two previously incompatible wireless technologies.

Oslon Black Flat LED Offers Two Chips

October 9, 2013 12:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced a new 2-chip version of the Oslon Black Flat LED. As with other LEDs from the Oslon Black Flat family, the new version features a high level of brightness and is suitable for all headlight functions.

Richardson's New Ultra-Wideband Bias-T from Wavelex

October 9, 2013 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new ultra-wideband, SMA-connectorized Bias-T from Wavelex.

Low Current LNA for ISM Band and VHF Wireless Apps

October 9, 2013 11:06 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions introduces a low noise amplifier with high linearity and excellent return loss, drawing as low as 5 mA of bias current.  Target applications include general purpose ISM band and high frequency wireless metering, sensors, microphones, military, and battery-powered solutions.

Google Unveils $279 Chrome Laptop Made by HP

October 9, 2013 8:45 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more. Hewlett-Packard makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.

Samsung to Debut Smartphone with Curved Display

October 9, 2013 8:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Galaxy Round has a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology. The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world. Samsung said the curve will make it easier to grip.

RFMW Announces RF Front End Module for ZigBee/Smart Energy Applications

October 8, 2013 3:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for Skyworks SE2432L, a high performance, fully integrated RF Front End Module designed for ZigBee/Smart Energy applications.

AVX Receives Defense Logistics Agency Approval for Accu L Thin Film Inductors

October 8, 2013 2:39 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX recently announced that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has issued drawings for high-reliability versions of its Accu-L Series thin film inductors in 0402, 0603, and 0805 case sizes.

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