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Delivery by Drone

August 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions. In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve...

Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 21, 2014 3:01 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us...

Our Connection to Content

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: The neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, MIT Media Lab spinout Innerscope Research has been using ...

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B&N and Samsung Introduce Co-Branded Tablet

August 20, 2014 11:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new co-branded tablet called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook that will replace B&N's own Nook tablets. The 7-inch Wi-Fi tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4...

Researchers Find Security Flaws in Backscatter X-Ray Scanners

August 20, 2014 10:21 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A team of researchers have discovered several security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In laboratory tests, the team was able to successfully conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner...

HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One...

Photo of the Day: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jabil | News | Comments

The past twenty-five years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next twenty-five years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need web browsers?...    

StopInfo for OneBusAway App Makes Buses More Usable for Blind Riders

August 19, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

It’s a daily routine for many transit riders in the Seattle area: Pull out your smartphone, check the OneBusAway app, then decide whether you need to sprint to the bus stop or can afford that last sip of coffee. The application uses real-time data to track...

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Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway...

A Closer Look: Do More with Companion Devices

August 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets. Amazon does it, too. It's understandable. The devices need to communicate with each other...

Arches, Canyonlands, National Parks Ban Drones

August 19, 2014 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility...

Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

August 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that ...  

BlackBerry Forms Business Unit to Hold Patent Portfolio

August 18, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has created a new business unit that will combine some of its most innovative technology and patent portfolio as the company focuses away from handheld devices. The unit, to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, will be ...

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GE Healthcare Introduces the Next Gen Pocket-Sized Ultrasound

August 18, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Healthcare introduces the Vscan with Dual Probe with the first of its kind 2-in-1 probe to give healthcare providers more uses for pocket ultrasound. This powerful pocket-sized ultrasound tool houses two transducers in a single ... 

HotSpot Episode 76: EMC Top 10

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, at this year’s EMC2014 event in Raleigh, NC Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show...         

Oscium's 2.4 GHz Spectrum Analyzer With SSID's and RSSI

August 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Oscium has introduced WiPry-Pro and WiPry-Pro Combo, which enables an iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone to become a 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer with the ability to view SSID’s and RSSI...                 

Americans Are Willing to Pay More for the Digital Grid

August 15, 2014 10:49 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

As power outages go, the iguana affair was a mundane one. On July 27, a hapless lizard shorted a piece of electrical equipment in the middle of the Florida Keys and knocked out power for 11,000 local residents. It was an act of nature no ...

Hitchhiking Robot Travels Across Canada

August 15, 2014 10:35 am | by Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press | News | Comments

Going my way? A talking robot that's been hitchhiking rides from strangers to travel from Canada's east to west coast is nearing the end of its journey. HitchBOT, a robot created by a team of Ontario-based communications researchers studying the relationship between people and technology...

Microchip Extends Spotify Connect Support in New JukeBlox Platform Release

August 15, 2014 10:24 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced a new release of Spotify Connect in the standard Microchip JukeBlox Platform. This release extends support to more than 8 million audio products based on Microchip’s network audio processors and includes a number of key improvements on the initial release...

Engineering Newswire 103: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built on a Growler

August 14, 2014 12:57 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3d printing on the Stratasys Uprint, and taking a spin in the marine’s new self-driving jeep ...                  

Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes...

Advantech’s UTC-620 All-in-One Touch Panel PC

August 13, 2014 9:32 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has announced that the UTC-620 All-in-One Touch Panel PC was chosen as a winner of Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. With its 21.5” full HD display...

Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App and Card Reader

August 13, 2014 5:53 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer...

Photos of the Day: 'Street View' Goes Undersea

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government scientists are learning to use specialized fisheye lenses underwater in the Florida Keys this week in hopes of applying "street view" mapping to research and management plans in marine sanctuaries nationwide ...  

Google Maps Underwater Wonders

August 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders...

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