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Obama Taps Tech World for Cash Amid Privacy Debate

May 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama was to attend two high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers Thursday hosted by Silicon Valley executives, drawing attention to the complicated relationship between the president and the high-tech industry in the aftermath of scandals over government snooping...

Mobile Internet Shakes Up Stodgy China Industries

May 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba, the e-commerce giant planning a blockbuster share sale in the U.S., shook up China's vast but sleepy retailing industry by popularizing online shopping. Now it and China's other Internet companies are mounting challenges in areas from banking to broadcasting...

Technology Not to Blame for Teen Woes

May 7, 2014 1:05 pm | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it's her teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart...

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Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I became pregnant with my daughter, now 4, I didn't even own a smartphone. I did most of my pregnancy research with my desktop computer and those pregnancy books that nearly every first-time mom reads. Now, baby No. 2 is on the way and times have changed...

Data Breaches: A New Source of Worry for CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia.Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's third-largest retailer on Monday shows that...

Intel, PC Makers Broaden Support for Chromebooks

May 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors...

Kaspar the Friendly Robot

May 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tony Paese, Intern, WDD | Blogs | Comments

With the simple Google search, “companion robots,” I was surprised (more, perhaps, than I should have been in this day and age) to find a large variety of machines of varying degrees of humanoid appearance already being instituted into homes and schools as – and this is key – assistants, not replacements...

Why Virtual Reality Will Compete with the Real World

May 6, 2014 11:15 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Recent weeks have been good ones for people interested in virtual reality. The Facebook acquisition of Oculus has galvanized the idea that “something wonderful” will happen if we put on these strange headsets and visually enter other worlds. Of course, most people assume this means gaming...

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Apple Awarded $119M, but Who's Winning the Fight?

May 6, 2014 11:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2 billion Apple demanded...

Photos of the Day: Miami is New Tech 'Hot Spot'

May 5, 2014 8:53 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

Miami Looks Beyond Beaches, Bikinis to Tech

May 5, 2014 8:35 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Decoding the Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple's smartphone features...

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Collaborative 'Metasurfaces' Grant to Merge Classical and Quantum Physics

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has selected the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to lead a multidisciplinary effort that will merge research in classical and quantum physics and accelerate the development of advanced optical technologies...                           

Photo of the Day: Flat Lens Using a Metasurface

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The premise of nanophotonics is that light can interact with matter in unusual ways when the material incorporates tiny metallic or dielectric features that are separated by a distance shorter than the wavelength of the light. Metamaterials are engineered materials that exploit these phenomena, producing strange effects, enabling light to bend unnaturally...              

RacoWireless, B&B Electronics Team Up to Offer Pre-Packaged Connectivity

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics and RacoWireless have announced that they have teamed up to offer a Spectre cellular router with a prepaid wireless data plan. The B&B Electronics Spectre 3G cellular router, together with RacoWireless network services, provides everything customers need to connect, develop, deploy, and use M2M applications on the secure USA T-Mobile 3G cellular data network...

Pie Digital Boosts Call Resolution & Reduces Customer Support Calls

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Pie Digital | News | Comments

Pie Digital has announced TotalTechHero, the only application suite that fully enables service providers and customer service representatives (CSRs) to successfully support connected homes. TotalTechHero reduces customer care expense by up to 40 percent, improves the customer experience, and turns support into a revenue generator...

New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a double-ridged horn antenna from PPM that has a frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz.  The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements...

Global Specialties’ Advanced Analog & Digital Electronic Design Workstation

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Global Specialties has introduced the PB-507, a powerful, versatile tool for circuit designers, engineers, technicians, students, and hobbyists. All digital controls, USB port, and a wide choice of...

IDTechEx Forecasts a Multi-Billion Dollar Future for E-Textiles

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | News | Comments

The brand new IDTechEx Research report E-Textiles: Electronic Textiles 2014-2024 has a particular focus on the narrow definition of those entirely reliant on e-fibers for electronic, electro-optic, and electrical functionality. Today, only conductive weavable fibers are widely available commercially. Include in that embroidery and other interleaving technologies using ribbon or fiber...

Advantech 1U Server Extends Carrier Grade Product Line

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has rolled out a new addition to its carrier-grade, NEBS-compliant server line in a flexible and compact 1U package with a depth of just 20”. The CGS-3000 is optimized for the needs of network equipment...

Blesh Enables Hands-free Payments with FastPay

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Blesh | News | Comments

Blesh has announced the launch of their Micro Location Services platform with iBeacons. Blesh started implementing iBeacons and delivering proximity notifications for its Member Companies by the end of 2013. So far, Blesh Member Companies...

LINX NoVA Launch Internet Exchange Services at EvoSwitch

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by IX Reach | News | Comments

EvoSwitch has announced that LINX NoVA has turned up service at its data center in Manassas, VA, and that the first LINX member networks present at that location have started the exchange of Internet traffic as part of the Acceptance Into Service (AIS) process...

Peregrine Semiconductor Introduces UltraCMOS Global 1

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor has announced UltraCMOS Global 1, the first reconfigurable RF front end (RFFE). For the first time, 4G LTE platform providers and OEMs will be able to save time and money by creating a single-SKU design for global markets. To support over 40 frequency bands...

Wearable Electronics to Drive Additional $70M in Battery Revenue

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global market for batteries used in wearable electronics will grow more than tenfold in just four short years, propelled by portable new products especially suitable for active sports and fitness lifestyles, according to a new report from IHS Technology...

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