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Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

Actions Semiconductor’s Quad-Core Processor for Mainstream Android Tablets

November 4, 2014 10:34 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Actions Semiconductor has introduced a new quad-core system-on-a-chip (SoC) to provide primary processing, connectivity, enhanced battery life, and other capabilities in computer tablets and set top boxes (STB). The new processor is most ideal for mid-tier, high volume ...                      

Photos of the Day: Yellowstone Park Considers Bumping Up Bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology. Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through ... 

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Yellowstone National Park Considers Bumping Up Bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through neighboring Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. That would dramatically improve connectivity in certain areas for mobile devices. Details on the Yellowstone fiber optic project ... 

Graphene Sensors Provide Unprecedented Insights Into Brain Structure and Function

November 3, 2014 11:06 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama’s brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulation of neuronal signaling is a mainstay technique for studying brain function, while emerging optical techniques—which use photons instead of electrons—are opening new opportunities ... 

Eye-Controlled Car Cockpit Keeps Drivers' Hands on the Wheel

November 3, 2014 10:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, touching digital worlds with an exoskeleton for hands; using drones to understand malaria; a fitbit that diagnoses car problems; and an eye-controlled car cockpit that keeps drivers' hands on teh wheel ...                              

Human-to-Machine Technology Enables Faster, More Accurate Language Translations

November 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Tom Abate | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Stanford have created a language translation system that allows bilingual humans to translate text faster and more accurately than is currently possible. This hybrid approach, which blends human and machine intelligence, is aimed at the $34-billion-a-year worldwide market for professional translation services ... 

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

October 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption ...                                   

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DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:13 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records have recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or ...                          

Infographic: 6 Engineering Inventions that Connect Us All

October 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Ohio University: Russ College of Engineering and Technology | News | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world ...                 

New PoE+ Ethernet Switch from MEN Micro Increases Power Throughput

October 31, 2014 9:06 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has released the G304, a 3U CompactPCI Serial unmanaged Ethernet switch. The rugged switch uses Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) and a direct Ethernet to CPU connection via the P1 connector for reliable communications in several harsh and mobile ...              

Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

October 30, 2014 10:46 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay ...                                  

The Vague, Undefined Promise of 5G

October 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor, Wirless Week | Blogs | Comments

The term 5G is as yet completely meaningless aside from the fact that the moniker is the obvious successor to the current status quo of 4G. But it's also grossly obtuse because we don't even know ...       

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Photos of the Day: MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

October 29, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

A team of students at MIT is busy working on a prototype device that could eliminate much of that demand, and they’re doing it by asking one compelling question: Why not just heat and cool our bodies instead? The Wristify prototype is a personal climate-controlling wearable ... 

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

October 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Kyle Vanhemert | News | Comments

Keeping indoor spaces at comfortable temperatures requires a huge amount of electricity–especially in sweltering climates like India and Brazil–and in the U.S. alone it accounts for a full 16.5 percent of energy use. All of that adds up to a big problem. At a point when humans need to take a sober look at our energy use ... 

Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line

October 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast. Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system ... 

Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

October 28, 2014 4:49 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

What information is beaming from your mobile phone over various computer networks this very second without you being aware of it?Experts say your contact lists, email messages, surfed webpages, browsing histories, usage patterns, online purchase records and even password protected accounts may all...

Keysight Sponsors B4G MIMO Lab in Taiwan

October 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced sponsorship of the B4G MIMO Lab, part of National Taiwan University’s (NTU) High-Speed Radio Frequency and mmWave Center. Keysight also announced that is has joined the B4G/5G Technology Forum ...                           

Beating Battery Drain with Power-Conserving Chip

October 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern. Now a technology developed by MIT spinout Eta Devices ...

Apple CEO Says Apple Pay a Success

October 28, 2014 10:49 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system ...                            

Cloud & Data Center Spending will Jump Nearly 50 Percent Through 2017

October 27, 2014 1:22 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high tech communications networks, released an in-depth report showing that cloud computing will be one of the fastest-growing segments in telecommunications through at least 2017...              

Meaghan's Minute: Smart Phone to Smart Home

October 27, 2014 10:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, everyone is talking about the Smart Home. However, the real excitement will be the smart and intelligent home where the house is smart enough to learn how we want to live and then manage the environment to make our lives much more comfortable, safe and...       

California Startup Testing Police Gunfire Tracking Technology

October 24, 2014 10:45 am | by Haven Daley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired ... 

Cloud Business Lifts Microsoft's Quarterly Results

October 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent ... 

White Paper: After the Smart Phone the Smart Home

October 23, 2014 6:45 pm | by Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies | White Papers

GreenPeak Technologies has created a new white that discusses and explores the importance of the smart phone and other web connected devices to the rapid emergence of the Smart Home. The new white paper also includes a discussion of Family Lifestyle systems...

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