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BlackBerry Co-Founder Trims Stake after Huge Loss

December 26, 2013 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry co-founder Michael Lazaridis has trimmed his stake in the troubled smartphone pioneer to just below 5 percent after selling 3.5 million shares during the past two days...                                

Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

December 26, 2013 12:47 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games...                                   

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality ...

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40M Card Accounts Breached

December 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Annie D'Innocenzio & Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Target is just the latest retailer to be hit with a data breach. At TJX, for at least 17 months, one or more intruders had free rein inside TJX's computers. Without anyone noticing, one or more intruders installed code on the ...   

'Internet of Things' a Top Technology Trend in 2014

December 19, 2013 10:55 am | by Avnet | News | Comments

The Internet of Things is expected to grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, according to Gartner. Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., sees opportunity in the key technologies that make the connected ...

Gift Guide: Recipients Can Invent, Make & Build

December 19, 2013 10:39 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's fairly easy to pick a holiday present, stick a bow on it and say "enjoy" when you give it to someone. It's tougher to give a gift that keeps on giving and challenges the mind. Luckily, there are plenty of gift projects for "makers" — from ...

Bill Would Require 'Kill Switch' for Smartphones

December 19, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two state officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable. Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said Wednesday that the bill will be ...

Photos of the Day: Designing a Smart Bicycle

December 19, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel concept was inspired by a simple question: "How can we get more people to cycle?" Biderman said. The project received funding from the Italian ministry of the environment and ...            

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High-Tech Bike Totes Computer, Sensors, and Wireless Connectivity

December 19, 2013 9:24 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone. The device, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is installed as part of a rear hub of a bike wheel and is ...

Securing Device Management Systems & Communications, Not Just Content

December 18, 2013 1:27 pm | by Michael Campbell, CSP Segment Manager, Medical Technology Risk Control OneBeacon Technology Insurance | Articles | Comments

In the twenty years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act became law, medical devices have progressed towards wireless, point of care, and even electronic, implantable technologies. Coinciding with this trend are ...

Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem

December 18, 2013 1:16 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes...                             

MA High-Tech Startup Hopes to Change Biking

December 18, 2013 9:19 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone...                               

Breast Implants and Grave Robbers

December 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

From tracking devices to medical innovations, RFID is gaining popularity among those craving convenience and efficiency. No more struggling to find keys in the couch cushion; no more frantic searches for loose change to pay for tolls...              

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HotSpot Episode 43: Origami Solar Array Generates Power for Satellites

December 16, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, origami solar arrays generate power for satellites; a new way to study the universe; toys that connect parents with their children; and a smart ring that controls your smartphones...   

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 10:24 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...                

Maybe Not Sci-Fi, but Robots Readied for Big Tests

December 16, 2013 9:51 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The real world has not caught up yet with "Star Wars" and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida this week for a Defense Department competition. Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for how...

Possible China Deal Could Pep up iPhone Sales

December 16, 2013 9:50 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from...

Engineering Newswire 69: Autonomous Car Concept is Fully Bi-Directional

December 13, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redefining the autonomous car, sending Valkyrie to Mars, and finding the coldest place on Earth ...                 

Meaghan's Minute: A Drum Party In Your Pants

December 13, 2013 10:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Tyler Freeman is a drummer who has the habit of drumming and patting his pants. So to help other drummers and musicians produce real music while they’re on the go, he created Drum Pants, a wearable and fully customizable on-the-go musical instrument...       

Protest Apps Bring High-Tech Flair to Thai Rallies

December 13, 2013 9:50 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations...

Meaghan's Minute: Advancing the Internet of Everything

December 12, 2013 10:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, tech giants are coming together to form the AllSeen Alliance, which will enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services and support broadest cross-industry effort to...       

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work....

SKorea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets...             

Meaghan's Minute: Wireless Power Transfer Technology

December 11, 2013 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, wouldn’t it be great is our mobile devices charged themselves without ever being plugged in, or if we could hang our ridiculously over-sized flat screen TVs on...               

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:59 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract...             

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