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Review: New Kiddie Fitness Band More Toy Than Tech

May 29, 2014 12:39 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technology is all the rage these days for adults. Now, the concept is spreading to kids. LeapFrog, the maker of kids' tablets and other educational products, recently unveiled the LeapBand, a device worn around the wrist. It's really more of a toy...

Samsung Envisions Wearables Using Common System

May 29, 2014 12:32 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Health sensors and devices can get better if rival companies work together, Samsung executives said Wednesday.The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies...

Technology Marketers Should Take Consumer Life-Cycle into Account

May 28, 2014 1:40 pm | by University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management | News | Comments

Toronto – If you want grandpa to start using the bank machine instead of standing in line for the teller, the best way to do it is to tell him to "Act now!" with a limited time offer for a banking card, shows new research. A new study from the University of Toronto's...

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Crow or Raven? New Birdsnap App Can Help!

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Computer Science Professor Peter Belhumeur, have taken bird-watching to a new level. Using computer vision and machine learning techniques, they have developed Birdsnap, a new iPhone app that is an electronic field guide...

Sight for Sore Eyes: Augmented Reality without the Discomfort

May 28, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Augmented reality is increasingly becoming… well … a reality. Smartphone apps can point out restaurants as you scan the street with your phone camera or even identify constellations when you point your phone at the night sky. And goggle-like devices...

Public-Private Survey Finds Cybercrime on the Rise

May 28, 2014 12:44 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday. The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers...

LG Emphasizes Simplicity in New G3 Smartphone

May 27, 2014 8:39 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG's new smartphone provides sharper pictures than other leading phones, while sporting a customizable keyboard that promises to make typing easier. The G3 phone's high-resolution display has 538 pixels per inch. Most other phones are in the 300-pixel range, with a handful reaching the 400s...

Google Glass Adaptation Opens the Universe to Deaf Students

May 27, 2014 2:08 pm | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can’t see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can’t see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That’s why a group at Brigham Young University launched the “Signglasses” project...

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HotSpot Episode 64: Broadband Wireless Connection…to the Moon

May 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and NASA have demonstrated a data communication technology that can provide space dwellers with the connectivity we all enjoy here on Earth, enabling large data transfers and even high-definition video streaming...

Futuristic Furniture Moves Around, Autonomously Changes Shape

May 27, 2014 10:08 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

EPFL scientists from the Biorobotics Laboratory have developed small robotic modules that can change their shape to create reconfigurable furniture. "Eventually, all you'll need to do is program the layout of a bedroom or a conference room, then let the modules do the work..."

Photos of the Day: Robots Transform into Furniture

May 27, 2014 10:04 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

EPFL scientists from the Biorobotics Laboratory have developed small robotic modules that can change their shape to create reconfigurable furniture. "Eventually, all you'll need to do is program the layout of a bedroom or a conference room, then let the modules do the work..."

Visa, MasterCard Renew Push for Chip Cards

May 27, 2014 9:36 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week's revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay's computer systems. Card processing companies argue that a move away...

Europe's Move to Rein in Google Would Stall in U.S.

May 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza and Toby Sterling, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Europe's moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name — may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy. But across the Atlantic, the idea that users should be able to edit Google search results...

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Workers in Tech Case Likely to Get Average of $4K

May 26, 2014 10:48 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers. The estimate is based upon an analysis of court documents in the case...

How Augmented Reality Will Change Sports ... And Build Empathy

May 23, 2014 12:31 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports...

Connected Cars – Changing the Way We Travel

May 23, 2014 10:16 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. A recent U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announcement exemplifies this, outlining how vehicle-to-vehicle...    

Elsys' New High Resolution PCIe Cards

May 23, 2014 12:16 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elsys Instruments has expanded its family of LAN controlled transient recorders with a new, cost-effective series of high resolution PCIe data acquisition cards. The new TPCE-LE PCIe data acquisition waveform digitizing products deliver uncompromising, prime...

Ultra-Low-Power 2.4-GHz Wireless USB NX Transceiver

May 23, 2014 12:02 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced its fourth-generation 2.4-GHz Wireless USB radio-on-a-chip. The solution enables three years of battery life for wireless mice, keyboards, trackpads, remote controls and other Human Interface Devices...

SmartWatch, Episode 11: AT&T-DirecTV Deal by the Numbers

May 22, 2014 10:20 pm | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we’re breaking down AT&T’s mammoth $48.5 billion acquisition bid for DirecTV. Our editor Andrew Berg is catching some rays in Orlando at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, so Wireless Design & Development Editor Meaghan Ziemba was kind enough to fill in...

Engineering Newswire 91: Iron Man Suit Designed for U.S. Special Forces

May 22, 2014 10:06 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing hyperspectral sensors, creating little lenses for security cameras, and making a real Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces ...           

Cox Plans Gigabit Internet Speeds in 3 Cities

May 22, 2014 9:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cable company Cox Communications says it plans to boost Internet download speeds to 1 gigabit per second starting in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Nebraska, late this year. That is dozens of times faster than typical broadband plans. The move will bring its service in line with Google's fiber rollout...

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 9:02 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard...

Honeywell Introduces Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor Integrated Circuits

May 22, 2014 10:50 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell has introduced the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs that provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA)...

Europe's Cabbies Decry Competition from Uber App

May 21, 2014 10:39 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Milan's taxis sat idle for a fifth straight day Wednesday to protest competition from the ride-hailing app Uber, a high-tech challenge that has Europe weighing its consumer benefits versus its threat to old business models. Uber, a San Francisco start-up, has been banned...

Swipe Right for Ms. Right: The Rise of Dating Apps

May 20, 2014 9:51 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So, a lady walks into a bar...Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25 and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too...

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