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IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

December 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California on a project that aims to combine the power of thousands of small computers, to each attack ... 

Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They incredible feats of technology that are finding new applications in a variety of markets – and they’re really fun to play with. However, a recent reader comment on “Drone Sightings up Dramatically” caught my attention ...          

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Filming Injustice in the World’s Most Dangerous Places

December 2, 2014 3:56 pm | by Oren Yakobovich, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness ...                

TE Connectivity Opens Wearables Lab

December 2, 2014 3:20 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced the official opening of its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process ...

Steve Jobs Key Witness in Apple iPod Lawsuit

December 2, 2014 11:21 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. A key witness will be none other than the company's legendary late founder Steve Job ...                        

FBI Investigates Sony Computer Hack

December 2, 2014 11:11 am | by BY BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week ...                            

Get Better at Sports with Smart Gear

December 2, 2014 11:08 am | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter ...                                       

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Cardinal Components’ Anti-Counterfeit Timing Products

December 1, 2014 3:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Components has introduced a new product line of anti-counterfeit timing products and solutions for the electronics industry. Lutracore fingerprinting is a new method of safeguarding electronic components from counterfeiting using chemically ...                 

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

December 1, 2014 3:03 pm | by Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap | Blogs | Comments

Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015 ...            

Wireless Week Live: How Multicast is Set to Revolutionize Delivery of Mobile Video

December 1, 2014 2:33 pm | by Wireless Week | Events

The way video is delivered to mobile devices everywhere is about to get turned on its head. Thanks to a feature of LTE-Advanced called Multicast (eMBMS), watching video over a carrier network will be more efficient by leveraging Multicast's point to multi-point approach ...            

Amazon's Robotic Army Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees ...                   

Photos of the Day: Cheetah Robot Has Real-World Applications

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven ...                

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MIT's Cheetah Bot Controlled by Video Game Technology

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites, and ballistic missiles ...                            

Girl Scouts Go Digital to Sell Cookies

December 1, 2014 11:02 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.For the first time in nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites ...                

Making Nuclear Weapons Uncrackable

December 1, 2014 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a wireless button for anything; making nuclear weapons uncrackable; an eye-tracking upgrade for the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset; and a Internet-connected golf putter that helps your game ...                                   

Review: 4 Shopping Apps that Will Save You Money

November 26, 2014 11:26 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps ...                                  

Photos of the Day: Mycestro Finger-Mounted "3D Mouse"

November 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Adario Strange, Mashable | News | Comments

When the finger-mounted "3D mouse" called Mycestro blew through its Kickstarter funding goal last year, it seemed like the device might be a hit. The makers of the device were only looking for $100,000, but ended up raising over $350,000 by the time the campaign was over. But now, nearly a year ...

Smallest, Highest CV Polymer Tantalum Capacitors in the Industry

November 26, 2014 10:09 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended its F38 Series with the addition of the smallest, highest CV polymer tantalum capacitors available in the industry. Packaged in a miniature 0603 (1608 metric) M case with an ultra low 0.9mm maximum profile ...

Rugged Mini PCI Express Isolated Serial Communication Cards

November 26, 2014 9:54 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., has announced the release of a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure just 30 x 51 mm and feature a selection of 4 or 2 ports of isolated ...

Chipset Supports Transmission of 4K Video Over Single Link at 12Gbps

November 26, 2014 9:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM's award-winning 12G-SDI Chipset supports transmission of 4k60p video utilizing a single 12Gbps link over 80 meters of L-4.5CHD coaxial cable. In collaboration with Canare Electric Co, Ltd., the combined solution allows ...

CSR SiRFusion Makes Accurate Indoor Location a Reality

November 26, 2014 9:09 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Technology innovator CSR plc announced the launch of its SiRFusion™ Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android application developers. The solution enables indoor positioning for Android developers looking to create next-generation ... 

Top 5 Turkey Day Trinkets

November 26, 2014 7:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means stores are prepping their shelves with Black Friday specials. Preparing for the big meal isn’t always an easy task, especially if are cooking for a large group, so here are five turkey day trinkets to help make the process easier ...        

Stanford Scientists to Map Origins of Mental Illness and Develop Noninvasive Treatment

November 25, 2014 3:49 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

Over the years imaging technologies have revealed a lot about what's happening in our brains, including which parts are active in people with conditions like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. But here's the secret Amit Etkin wants the world to know about those tantalizing images: they show the result of a brain ... 

Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Enabled by Inorganic-based Laser Lift-off

November 25, 2014 3:32 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from inherent material properties and processing limitations in scalability have ... 

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