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Constant Phone Calls Allowed on European Flights

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights...                          

Tech-Friendly Cities Struggle with New Biz Rules

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries...              

5 Questions, Answers on 'Net Neutrality'

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster...                    

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Lenovo Looks to Expand after IBM Acquisition

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday...                   

Government Takes on the Internet

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?...                

OKW’s SYNERGY Enclosures

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

OKW’s SYNERGY is a range of plastic and extruded aluminum enclosures for desktop and wall mounted electronics. There are four shapes: round, oval, square, and rectangular in 36 individual sizes. Battery compartments for AA cells and PCB mounting pillars...        

Apple's Response to iPhone Glitches Is Key

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by quickly...

New iPhones Run Into Software, Bending Complaints

September 25, 2014 9:56 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's new iPhones have run into some glitches as users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending...                            

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Live Long and Phosphor: Blue LED Breakthrough for Efficient Electronics

September 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Kate McAlpine, University of Michigan | News | Comments

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, researchers at the University of Michigan have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10...                 

Big New iPhone Brings Apple More Profit

September 24, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version. Apple said it sold more than 10 million of ...

Robotic Fabric Could Bring 'Active Clothing,' Wearable Robots

September 24, 2014 1:22 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers are developing a robotic fabric that moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors, an approach that could bring "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots. Such an elastic technology could make possible robots ... 

Time Warner Cable Announces Enhancements to Ethernet Services Portfolio

September 24, 2014 11:31 am | by Time Warner Cable Business Class | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class today announced significant enhancements to its Ethernet Services portfolio, to target mid-market and enterprise customers with business locations spread across the US. These enhancements come on the heels of other major product updates this year...

Elimination of RF Interference in LTE/4G Mobile Networks

September 24, 2014 10:33 am | by WDD Stuff | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing the R&S PR100, P3 Communications locates and mitigates RF interference that negatively impact 4G/LTE network performance...

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Island to Get 1st German Drone Delivery Service

September 24, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island. The company said the quad-rotor "DHL Paketkopter 2.0" will begin daily flights Friday, bringing a maximum load of 1.2 kilograms...

Big Data Is Better Data

September 24, 2014 10:05 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning — and human knowledge ...       

Smart Meters Could Cause Conflict for Housemates

September 23, 2014 10:26 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise — as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house can be a tricky business. And now research has revealed that new technology...

Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

September 23, 2014 9:45 am | by ECN Magazine | Videos | Comments

Panelists for this discussion include Satya Dixit, Senior Director with Rohm Semiconductor; Narbeh Derhacobian, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Adesto Technologies; Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions with Logic PD; Robert...

Messaging App Seeks to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other...

New RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

September 22, 2014 5:11 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today’s robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that are hidden in clutter. A complementary way robots can “sense” what is around them...

Start-Up Expert Becomes New CEO of EnOcean

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | by EnOcean | News | Comments

EnOcean today announced the appointment of Dr. Wald Siskens as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this position, he will further develop EnOcean’s business in line with the company’s long-term growth strategy for the core markets of building automation and smart home...

Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

September 22, 2014 10:45 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones – and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone – mobile phones have become second-nature for most people. What's coming next, say University of Washington researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens...

Photos of the Day: Online Resource Fosters Innovation and Learning

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials...

Soft Robotics ‘Toolkit’ Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 22, 2014 10:28 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials...

Rolling-Spider Mini Drone

September 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot brought to you by Components Corp., a new beam control turret being developed for DARPA to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons; smart cars have the potential of hacking; developing better-tasting wine with sensor technology; and an ultra-compact drone that is controlled by a smart phone...  

Oculus Unveils New Prototype VR Headset

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The hew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features a higher resolution and refresh rate, integrated headphones and 360-degree head tracking...

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