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.
The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones, and suggested that it would apply the concept of "cookies" — tracking files that follow Internet users across the Web — to the physical world.
BlackBerry shares surged Tuesday on a report that its largest shareholder is looking to take the company private and on speculation about how much the company could fetch. The struggling smartphone maker said Monday it will consider selling itself. The long-awaited debut of its new phones this year has failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.
Icahn, an outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signaled he has Apple in his sights in two short messages posted Tuesday on his Twitter account. Until now, he had been deploying Twitter as a weapon in his attack on Dell's proposed sale to a group led by its CEO, Michael Dell.
Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about government invasion of privacy while investigating terrorism, and some ordinary citizens are finding ways to push back. They are signing online petitions and threatening lawsuits. Some are pressing their providers to be upfront when data is shared with the government, which federal law allows as long as the person isn't being investigated under an active court order.
New York is trying to corral the "Wild West" atmosphere of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and may create new regulations to keep the growing technology from being used in crimes. Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky's inquiry is confirmed in a memo provided to The Associated Press on Monday.
Thai police asked the operator of the popular "Line" instant messaging app for access to records of online chats, raising concerns about intrusive surveillance despite promising only suspected criminals would be targeted. Technology Crime Suppression division chief Pisit Paoin said Tuesday that police want to review the data of users they suspect are involved in crimes.
This week on Kickstarter of the Week, we are unlocking doors and sharing information with the NFC Ring, a near field communication device designed by software engineer, John McLear. This wearable technology is based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology which makes communication with devices such as digital door locks possible.
Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet?
In this week’s WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, I’m covering some of the most exclusive and innovative products that I saw at the 2013 IEEE EMC Symposium in Denver, CO, including Empower RF's new amplifier platform, CIMA Nanotech's SANTE EMI Shielding Film, Rhode & Schwartz's EMC Pocket Guide, and Agilent Technologies' product showcases.
Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents, it cleared the South Korean company on four other patents in dispute.
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests that many people are, in fact, heavily influenced by the positive opinions other people express online — but are much less swayed by negative opinions posted in the same venues. Certain topics, including politics, see much more of this “herding” effect than others.
Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains a hidden computer, a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye and other digital wizardry.
Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures – materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage.