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BlackBerry Launches New Smartphone for Indonesia

May 13, 2014 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed specifically for Indonesia on Tuesday in an attempt to win back market share that has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many other nations.The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition, was launched at a glitzy hotel in the capital, Jakarta...

Adapting Qi-Compliant Wireless Power Solutions to Low-Power Wearable Products

May 13, 2014 11:06 am | White Papers

A large number of low-power wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness wrist bands and headphones have been introduced to the market. This new familyof electronic products is expected to grow and expand rapidly over the next few years...

How to Increase Battery Life in VoLTE Devices to Ensure QoE

May 13, 2014 10:19 am | by Andreas Roessler, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

Companies within the wireless industry, and network operators in particular, are investing significant resources worldwide to implement Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in currently deployed 4G LTE networks. Besides the concern of achieving at least the same high-standard audio quality...

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LPRS Introduces IoT Low Power Consumption Integrated Wireless Controller

May 13, 2014 9:59 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

LPRS (UK) now offers Internet of Things (IoT) system builders a system-on-chip fully integrated wireless controller suitable for remote, battery powered sensor systems, which can offer current consumption as low as 32 µA...

The Doctor Will See You Now Via Webcam, Smartphone

May 12, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural home as a neurologist a few hundred miles (kilometers) away examines him via the camera in his laptop...

Apple CEO Dares to Be Different from Steve Jobs

May 12, 2014 10:25 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing the idea while making decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor. Apple's pending purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion...

Cost-Effective Data Acquisition with Elsys' New High Resolution PCIe Cards

May 12, 2014 12:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elsys Instruments has expanded its family of LAN-controlled transient recorders with a new, cost-effective series of high resolution PCIe data acquisition cards...

Court Sides with US in Cell-Tracking Records Case

May 12, 2014 10:31 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes...

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Police Add Texting to Crisis Negotiation Arsenal

May 12, 2014 10:18 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. But he kept cutting Wells' phone calls short...

Wearable Technology $50 Billion Investment Frenzy

May 12, 2014 10:10 am | by Peter Harrop | News | Comments

Many giant electronics manufacturers, computer services companies and conglomerates have tens of billions of dollars in the bank that is instantly available for investment to counter their saturating sales in mature markets. Samsung, General Electric and Google are examples and Apple even has $133 billion available...

Apple on Verge of Buying Beats for $3.2B

May 9, 2014 10:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report. Citing people familiar with the negotiations...

California Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Bill Advances

May 9, 2014 10:03 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

On a second attempt, California lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would require electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones as a way to deter what one senator called a crime wave of thefts. The legislation by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno requires...

Wimoto Specifies ASA SoC to Provide Bluetooth Smart Wireless Connectivity

May 8, 2014 4:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced that Canadian startup Wimoto Technologies Inc. has specified Nordic's multiple award-winning nRF51822 System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide Bluetooth® Smart wireless connectivity between iOS and Android smartphones, tablets, and computers, and Wimoto's 'Mote' environmental sensors...

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GaitTrack App Makes Cellphone a Medical Monitor

May 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago...

TNAM Introduces Wide Format, High-Bright LCDs

May 8, 2014 1:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (TNAM) has introduced four new wide format LCD modules with ultra-high luminance, long-life LED backlights, and wide operating temperature ranges...

FTC: Snapchat Deceived Customers

May 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission...

Obama Taps Tech World for Cash Amid Privacy Debate

May 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama was to attend two high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers Thursday hosted by Silicon Valley executives, drawing attention to the complicated relationship between the president and the high-tech industry in the aftermath of scandals over government snooping...

Mobile Internet Shakes Up Stodgy China Industries

May 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba, the e-commerce giant planning a blockbuster share sale in the U.S., shook up China's vast but sleepy retailing industry by popularizing online shopping. Now it and China's other Internet companies are mounting challenges in areas from banking to broadcasting...

Technology Not to Blame for Teen Woes

May 7, 2014 1:05 pm | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it's her teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart...

Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I became pregnant with my daughter, now 4, I didn't even own a smartphone. I did most of my pregnancy research with my desktop computer and those pregnancy books that nearly every first-time mom reads. Now, baby No. 2 is on the way and times have changed...

Data Breaches: A New Source of Worry for CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia.Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's third-largest retailer on Monday shows that...

Intel, PC Makers Broaden Support for Chromebooks

May 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors...

Kaspar the Friendly Robot

May 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tony Paese, Intern, WDD | Blogs | Comments

With the simple Google search, “companion robots,” I was surprised (more, perhaps, than I should have been in this day and age) to find a large variety of machines of varying degrees of humanoid appearance already being instituted into homes and schools as – and this is key – assistants, not replacements...

Why Virtual Reality Will Compete with the Real World

May 6, 2014 11:15 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Recent weeks have been good ones for people interested in virtual reality. The Facebook acquisition of Oculus has galvanized the idea that “something wonderful” will happen if we put on these strange headsets and visually enter other worlds. Of course, most people assume this means gaming...

Apple Awarded $119M, but Who's Winning the Fight?

May 6, 2014 11:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2 billion Apple demanded...

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