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iPad Causes Rash

July 14, 2014 12:13 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones...

Projecting a Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 5:39 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional reality, may soon be rendered obsolete with the introduction of...

Google Picks 5 Charities to Create Ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers...

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Kids Studying Abroad Are Now Never out of Touch

July 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp...

GaN, 5G & IoT Big at IMS2014

July 9, 2014 11:32 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that the dust has finally settled, I am able to gather my thoughts on this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014). I was impressed with everything that I saw...                            

Collisions with Robots – without Risk of Injury

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans at all. When does contact cause an injury, though? Researchers are exploring this for the first time in a study. Everybody has experienced this: You aren’t careful for just one moment and suddenly...

Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes...

Photos of the Day: Seeing Eye Ring Aids the Blind

July 8, 2014 8:54 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living...

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MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 8:45 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader...

The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics

July 7, 2014 7:03 pm | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.The digital age has resulted in a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies since the days the personal computer fit atop a desk...

Some US-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn on Phones

July 7, 2014 6:49 pm | by Will Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats...

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

July 7, 2014 11:03 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed. The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself...

Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 7, 2014 11:02 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is...

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HotSpot 70: Shark Detecting Buoy

July 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new LED Bulb that can be controlled from anywhere; a wireless tool to help you hold hands at a distance; a remote tower for air traffic services; and a clever buoy that detects sharks before they attack...                          

Israeli's Chemical Scanner Could Change Shopping

July 6, 2014 10:13 pm | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications...

BlackBerry Sells Its German-Based R&D Assets

July 6, 2014 9:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards. The companies said Thursday that the deal will shift about 200 BlackBerry employees...

Review: Evolutionary Advances in New Smartwatches

July 6, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either. Samsung's Gear Live and LG's G Watch are good products and will appeal to those who like to be among the first to own new gadgets...

Toward a New Way to Keep Electronics from Overheating

July 2, 2014 3:32 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Computer technology has transformed the way we live, but as consumers expect ever more from their devices at faster speeds, personal computers as well as larger electronic systems can overheat. This can cause them to slow down, or worse, completely shut down...

Researchers Develop ‘Encore’ to Monitor Web Access

July 2, 2014 3:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool to monitor the accessibility of Web pages around the world that can be installed by adding a single line of code to a web page. The tool, Encore, runs when a user visits a website where the code is installed and then discreetly collects data from potentially censored sites...

Cypress’ Asynchronous SRAMs with On-Chip Error-Correcting Code

July 2, 2014 1:43 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced the sampling of a 16 Mb Fast Asynchronous SRAM with Error-Correcting Code (ECC). The on-chip ECC feature enables the new SRAMs to provide the highest levels of data reliability...

US Board: NSA's Internet Monitoring Is Legal

July 2, 2014 12:12 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States are constitutional and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found...

Review: Android Wear Is about Simplifying Future

July 2, 2014 10:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some things that Android Wear can't...

Audit Shows Problems at Samsung Suppliers in China

July 2, 2014 10:13 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours. Samsung Electronics Co. released the findings covering 100 of the company's Chinese suppliers...  

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

12 of the Highest Paid Engineers on the Planet

July 1, 2014 12:55 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

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