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HotSpot Episode 47: Having Sex with Glass

January 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a solution for gamer rage; a control system that makes robots more intelligent; spicing things up with Google Glass; and a Wi-Fi product that allows users to control any device from their smartphone...                   

Samsung, Google Sign Patent Agreement

January 27, 2014 9:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants...                                

U.S. to NY court: Reject Apple's Monitor Challenge

January 27, 2014 8:59 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court Friday to let a monitor continue reviewing Apple's antitrust policies over the company's objections...                            

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Engineering Newswire 74: Human-Piloted Anti-Robot Walks

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re expanding the Internet of Things with the Wunder Bar, getting mustache rides from robots, and piloting robots to fight the Kaiju, in the future ...                        

Near Error-Free Wireless Detection Made Possible

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge...                          

Photo of the Day: When to Outsource Your Electronic Design

January 24, 2014 9:37 am | by Nuvation | News | Comments

More than half of electronic product companies in North America outsource design, and the number is growing. The decision to outsource depends on a variety of factors, such as the availability of in-house resources, the complexity...                                

Notable Macs over the Years, from 1984 to the Pro

January 24, 2014 9:31 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

From the start, Apple's Macintosh shattered conventional notions of what a computer should be...                                    

Apple's Mac Still Influences, 30 Years after Debut

January 24, 2014 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Computers at the time typically required people to type in commands. Once the Mac came out 30 years ago Friday, people could instead navigate with a graphical user interface. Available options were organized into menus. People clicked icons to run programs and...                       

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How to Build an Information Time Machine

January 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Frederic Kaplan, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers...                      

Nighttime Smartphone Use Zaps Workers’ Energy

January 23, 2014 9:02 am | by Andy Henion, Russell Johnson, Michigan State University | News | Comments

Using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day, indicates new research co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar...                                            

Icahn Raises Apple Stake, Now Owns $3B in Stock

January 23, 2014 8:30 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far below their peak price...                           

Verizon Reports 1,000-1,999 Security Data Orders

January 23, 2014 8:27 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Verizon Communications says it received between 1,000 and 1,999 government requests for customer information related to national security last year...                               

App Watch: Will You Be My Between? App for Lovers

January 23, 2014 8:25 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people...                             

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Lenovo Buys Part of IBM Server Business for $2.3B

January 23, 2014 8:24 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets, and smartphones...                                            

Ohio Man Questioned over Google Glass in Theater

January 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device....                               

Central Semiconductor Expands Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics

January 22, 2014 9:26 am | by Central Semiconductor, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Central Semiconductor has announced that it has expanded its Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics, one of the top worldwide broadline distributors of electronic components, headquartered in Montreal Canada, into EMEA...                 

Virginia Tech Researcher Develops Energy-Dense Sugar Battery

January 21, 2014 9:00 am | by Zeke Barlow, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable...                       

Slumping Intel to Cut More than 5,000 Jobs in 2014

January 21, 2014 8:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips...                                  

Strengthening the Electrotechnical Sector by Participating in IEC Standardization

January 20, 2014 3:32 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Blogs | Comments

Nearly every aspect of modern life is connected to the electrotechnical industry. From telecommunications, multimedia, medical equipment, and energy production and distribution, to e-mobility, fiber optics, nanotechnology, and consumer ...

Researchers Develop Tools to Make Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient

January 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Mobile devices are now so ubiquitous that they outnumber the human race, but most remain expensive to operate, consume gobs of scarce energy resources and compete for sparse spectral access on the airwaves...                             

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

High Court Takes Cases on Cellphone Searches

January 20, 2014 9:36 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they have arrested. The court will hear two cases in which criminal defendants were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms at least in part on the strength of evidence obtained by...             

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series

January 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

ArlThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading universities, more than a dozen industry trade...            

Europe Launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots'

January 17, 2014 10:08 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications...           

Google Contact Lens Could Be Option for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:04 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors...                  

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