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Microsoft Says it Snooped on Hotmail to Track Leak

March 21, 2014 10:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft, which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets...                     

Infographic: Visualizing the Gadget Hoarding Epidemic

March 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As new technology advances faster every day, old technology has to end up somewhere. We all have an old cell phone lying in a drawer or an old VCR that we just can't give up. Now, according to a recent survey, those of us that can't give up old technology may be suffering from ...

Finding Bombs with Electric Noses

March 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re breaking world records with Legos, checking up on spoiled food without smelling it, and using lobsters to find bombs ...                                     

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Meaghan's Minute: Doping Carbon Filaments

March 20, 2014 10:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a team of Stanford engineers have developed a process to 'dope' carbon filaments with an additive to improve their electronic performance so they can tolerate...              

Photos of the Day: The Smallest Plasma Transistors

March 20, 2014 10:16 am | by Aditi Risbud, University of Utah | News | Comments

A study of the new transistors by Tabib-Azar and electrical engineering doctoral student Pradeep Pai appears online Thursday, March 20 in the journal IEEE Electron Device Letters, published by...               

Tiny Transistors for Extreme Environs

March 20, 2014 10:16 am | by Aditi Risbud, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah electrical engineers fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. Such transistors someday might enable smartphones that...                     

Report Says CA Targeted by Cyber-Gangs

March 20, 2014 9:27 am | by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

International criminal enterprises follow the money, and a report being released Thursday says they are increasingly focusing on California because of its wealth and innovation....                       

New App Provides Pocket Medical Diagnosis

March 19, 2014 7:41 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new app which turns any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device could help in the fight against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world. A recently-developed mobile phone application could make monitoring conditions...

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New Test Methodology Simplifies Envelope Tracking Design in Mobile Devices

March 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Lawrence Wilson, Product Manager Signal Generators and Power Meters, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

The mobile communications industry is moving faster than ever to deliver the connected experience of video, voice, and data to the billions of people worldwide who are eager to consume it...                           

Google Redesigns Android to Power Smartwatches

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet's most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing with a version of its Android software...

Reducing Anxiety With a Smartphone App

March 18, 2014 6:34 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety...

Video-Game Device Prevents Patient Falls

March 18, 2014 5:26 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Technology used in video games is making its way to hospital rooms, where researchers at the University of Missouri hope to learn new ways to prevent falls among hospital patients. Between 700,000 and 1 million people each year fall in U.S. hospitals. Hospitals nationwide are looking for ways to reduce that number...

SmartWatch: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this weeks episode of SmartWatch, where we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker...                  

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Rechargeable Nano-Generator

March 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Zhong Lin Wang and his colleagues at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new rechargeable nano-generator that can power smart phones, and many other portable electronic devices...                                       

HotSpot Episode 54: Floating Sphere Sonically Responds to Environment

March 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a floating sphere that responds sonically to its environment; a ground-breaking diagnostic system based on smart cards and skin patches; and catching satellites with radio-frequency sensors...                         

Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Mobile Devices

March 16, 2014 10:24 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers presented these commercial possibilities and a unique vision for green energy...

Emotion Detectors Could Make Driving Safer

March 16, 2014 9:52 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Technology now allows us to read facial expressions and identify which of the seven universal emotions a person is feeling: fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, or suspicion. This is very useful in video game development, medicine, marketing, and, perhaps less obviously, in driver safety...

Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 16, 2014 9:03 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own...

Missing Jet Creates Legion of Armchair Sleuths

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Scott Materowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

There aren't supposed to be any mysteries in the Digital Age. The answers to most questions, it seems, can be found using Google or Twitter. So, maybe that's why the world is ...            

NASA's Latest Smartphone Satellite Ready for Launch

March 14, 2014 9:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's preparing to send its fifth in a series of smartphone-controlled small spacecraft into orbit. PhoneSat 2.5 will ride into space as part of the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX-3 is scheduled to lift off ...

Zuckerberg Frustrated with Obama Over NSA

March 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs. Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that ...

Engineering Newswire: Phantom Boat Flies Above the Water

March 13, 2014 2:11 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing documentaries, talking toilet lights, and riding the flying phantom above the water ...                  

Apple iPhone Chemicals Under Fire

March 13, 2014 10:17 am | by Michael LiedtkeI, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The campaign began Wednesday with an online petition...

Government Surveillance — This is just the Beginning

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by TED Talk, Christopher Soghoian | Videos | Comments

Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says...                                    

FDA Approves Electric Headband to Prevent Migraine

March 12, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches. Agency officials said the device provides a new option for patients who cannot tolerate migraine medications. The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic band worn across the forehead...

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