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Obama urges support for net neutrality

November 10, 2014 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Obama Monday made his strongest statement yet in support of strict net neutrality rules, urging the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as Title II providers. In a video statement broadcast online, Obama said that current Internet policies...

America Trails Europe in Connectivity for the Greater Good

November 10, 2014 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

While American cities might be well connected, they're behind some European cities in putting that connectivity to use for the greater good. Ericsson today rolled out its annual Networked Society City Index, which links investment in Internet and Communications Technology...

HotSpot: Electronica Top 10 Picks Best Wireless & RF Devices

November 10, 2014 10:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

With more than 73,000 attendees at the last show and 2,600 different international exhibitors, it's a tough job to pick the best wireless and RF devices, but here is the list of the top 10 standout products. Our Top 10 show preview features everything from ...

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Kit Allows Engineers to Easily Connect Creations to the Cloud

November 10, 2014 10:25 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Digi International announced the launch of the XBee® ZigBee Cloud Kit, a new all-in-one kit that allows anyone with an interest in M2M and the Internet of Things to quickly build a wireless hardware prototype, connect it to the Internet, and control ...

The Insatiable Demand for Analog Spectrum Technology

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

The Future of Vehicle Autonomy

November 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

It is not a secret that the electronic content of the vehicle is still growing significantly and that more than 80 percent of all innovations in the car are based on electronics. To handle this complexity, more and more testing has to happen in the lab, and where possible, testing needs to shift to ...

On the Road to Graphene-based Electronic Devices

November 10, 2014 9:34 am | by European Physical Journal B. | News | Comments

Physicists have, for the first time, explored in detail the time evolution of the conductivity, as well as other quantum-level electron transport characteristics, of a graphene device subjected to periodic ultra-short pulses. To date, the majority of graphene studies have considered the dependency of transport properties on the characteristics of the external pulses, such as field strength, period or frequency.

AT&T to Purchase Mexican Wireless Company Iusacell

November 10, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is buying Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $1.8 billion and plans to grow in Mexico. The Dallas company said Friday that Iusacell has 8.6 million subscribers under the Iusacell and Unefón brand names. AT&T had ...  

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Stanford Students Turn Open-Source Smartphone Operating Systems into Control of Mechatronic Devices

November 7, 2014 9:53 am | by Bjorn Carey | News | Comments

Caitlin Clancy gave her quadcopter one final inspection and backed away slowly. She had spent the past week designing and building the copter, mostly from scratch, and now, the moment of truth. She pulled up the flight controls on her Android phone ...

ORNL Thermomagnetic Processing Method Provides Path to New Materials

November 7, 2014 9:28 am | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers. Polymers are used in cars, planes and hundreds of consumer ... 

Secure NFC/RFID Tag Authenticator with Energy Harvesting

November 6, 2014 1:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The MAX66242 secure authenticator from Maxim, is an advanced tag that combines a wireless NFC/RFID interface with an I²C interface. Designers can now collect vital system ...                             

The Wearable Technology Movement

November 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

The wearable health market is at a turning point. An IHS report estimates more than 250 million related devices will ship over the next five years alone. For engineering firms and technology companies, the time is now to not only participate in this ...         

TI Brings 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo Modules to Industrial & IoT Applications

November 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has announced the WiLink 8 combo connectivity modules, which support Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The new highly-integrated module family offers high throughput...                   

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Infrared Technology for Touchscreens

November 6, 2014 11:26 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive ...

Photo of the Day: Cockroach Cyborg to Help Emergency Personnel

November 6, 2014 11:16 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

The biobots are equipped with electronic backpacks that control the cockroach’s movements ...                                                           

Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds

November 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster ...                     

New 3D Display Technology Promises Greater Energy Efficiency

November 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Lyndsay Meyer, The Optical Society | News | Comments

The ultra-thin LCD screen described in a paper in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters is capable of holding three-dimensional images without a power source ...                                         

Cybersecurity Firm IDs New Apple-Targeting Malware

November 6, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China ...                            

Laird Accelerates Time to Market for Embedding Wireless Connectivity

November 5, 2014 1:28 pm | by Laird Technologies, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Laird has announced that it has signed a distribution partnership with Future Electronics. Through its dedicated wireless business unit, Future Connectivity Solutions, Future will promote and sell Laird Embedded Wireless Solution’s extensive line of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Proprietary ...            

Fairview Microwave Launches Brand New RF and Microwave eCommerce Website

November 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Fairview Microwave | News | Comments

Fairview Microwave has launched its all new RF/Microwave eCommerce website featuring a powerful specification-based navigation, enhanced site search capabilities and a newly designed user interface ...                                 

Semtech Launches IoT Revolution Ecosystem with Key Partners at Electronica

November 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Semtech Corporation | News | Comments

Semtech Corporation is partnering with IBM Research, Microchip, and their distribution partners, to demonstrate the most powerful and advanced technology for Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) ...                           

RSA306 Portable Spectrum Analyzer

November 4, 2014 11:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced a new class of spectrum analyzers based on a USB architecture...

Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

Actions Semiconductor’s Quad-Core Processor for Mainstream Android Tablets

November 4, 2014 10:34 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Actions Semiconductor has introduced a new quad-core system-on-a-chip (SoC) to provide primary processing, connectivity, enhanced battery life, and other capabilities in computer tablets and set top boxes (STB). The new processor is most ideal for mid-tier, high volume ...                      

Photos of the Day: Yellowstone Park Considers Bumping Up Bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology. Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through ... 

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