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Sheriffs Pressure Google to Disable Police-Tracking App

January 26, 2015 11:53 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked ...            

Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 11:40 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games, and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access ...               

Photo of the Day: 5 Ways Drones Could Affect American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 10:33 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union ...                                

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Wireless Minute: Smart Shoes Sends Real-Time Data to Runners Via Smartphone

January 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Athletic shoemaker, Altra, and wearable technology company, iFit, are teaming up to create a smart shoe for runners ...                                            

Wi-Fi Critical for Retail Analysis & Offloading 3G/4G Mobile Data

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Drew Sproul, Director of Marketing, Adax | Blogs | Comments

Free Wi-Fi is a potential money pit if the business providing this service isn’t utilizing the vast possibilities that Wi-Fi access offers in terms of business gain. Businesses have the opportunity to turn the cost of an expected convenience into a revenue stream, at the same time as enhancing customer experience and brand loyalty ...                 

MIT Researchers Create a Better Siri

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a pocket power plant that produces an unlimited supply of electricity anywhere; a smart portable power outlet that can be controlled by smartphones; a new tracking software for those who like to air drum; and a better Siri produced by researchers at MIT ...                   

Smart Luggage Has Location Tracking and Built-In Phone Charger

January 23, 2015 4:41 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The future of travel is here and it’s packaged up quite nicely. No, this is not about a change in airplane seating or Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft, this is something else. Something brilliant! Delsey, a French luggage manufacturer, is protoyping a connected smart bag known as Pluggage. The bag links ... 

Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                   

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Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, theHoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous virtual reality software offers, the HoloLens ... 

Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. But it's not nearly enough to keep up with the demand ...                    

Ultra-Low Capacitance TVS Device Protects USB 3.0 Interface

January 22, 2015 12:39 pm | by Semtech | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech has announced the RClamp3346P, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device to protect the USB 3.0 interface in computing and mobile devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD) events. The RClamp3346P supplements Semtech’s ...

Try Wearable Fitness Gadgets Before You Buy Them

January 22, 2015 11:40 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everybody loves wearable fitness gadgets, gear, trackers, etc., but choosing the right one for you, and your lifestyle, can be difficult. If you’re anything like me, before purchasing an item like this, you’ll surf the web for the answer to your seemingly never-actually-fully-answered question. Your google searches ... 

Photos of the Day: Microsoft HoloLens Lets You See 3D Holograms

January 22, 2015 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With virtual reality capturing imaginations during the last couple of years, it's easy to forget about augmented reality. But Microsoft has spent years cooking up its own take on AR, and it's ready to bake the technology into Windows 10. Much like how the Surface was introduced alongside Windows 8, Microsoft has its own holographic ... 

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Microsoft Shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

January 22, 2015 9:36 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images ...                          

Ringing in the New Year with $5.1 Million in Funding

January 21, 2015 2:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release. Follow-on investments came ... 

Industrial Network Connectivity Manufacturer B&B Electronics Emerges as Global Intelligent IoT/M2M Expert B+B SmartWorx

January 21, 2015 12:44 pm | by B&B Electronics | News | Comments

Thirty-four-year-old networking expert B&B Electronics today emerged as B+B SmartWorx. While continuing the tradition of developing mission-critical network connectivity technology for remote or demanding environments, B+B SmartWorx is ramping up the intelligence ...                            

Photos of the Day: DARPA Robotics Challenge

January 21, 2015 10:54 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Aside from the previously announced $2 million grand prize, DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team. DARPA expects at least twenty teams to compete in the DRC Finals ...                      

Self-Cleaning, Self-Powered Smart Keyboard Can Identify You

January 21, 2015 10:16 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Zhong Lin Wang and colleagues ... 

Obama: Paid Leave Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave—which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity.  At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce several initiatives to promote paid medical and family ... 

Innovative Smart Home System Lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company, which will ... 

STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

HotSpot Episode 97: Orrb Pods Provide a Positive Work Culture

January 20, 2015 10:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, developing a positive work culture through the use of pods; a folding portable keyboard that makes professional-grade typing as easy to carry as a pen; a wireless headset that cancels out 95 percent of background noise; and bringing back instant print cameras ...                     

Chiming in with Robotic Conversations

January 20, 2015 8:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations ...                      

Infographic: Bringing Our Schools into the 21st Century

January 20, 2015 8:03 am | by Nova Southeastern University | News | Comments

Internet, mobile devices, computers and so many more electronic devices have changed our day-to-day lives. One area that has been left relatively untouched is in our schools. There has not been a drastic change in the methods of presenting information to students in the last 10 years ...                   

Snowplow Tracking Apps Hold Cities Accountable for Cleanup

January 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app that tracks hundreds of city snowplows in close to real time ...                                 

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