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Cox Plans Gigabit Internet Speeds in 3 Cities

May 22, 2014 9:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cable company Cox Communications says it plans to boost Internet download speeds to 1 gigabit per second starting in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Nebraska, late this year. That is dozens of times faster than typical broadband plans. The move will bring its service in line with Google's fiber rollout...

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 9:02 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard...

Honeywell Introduces Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor Integrated Circuits

May 22, 2014 10:50 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell has introduced the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs that provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA)...

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Europe's Cabbies Decry Competition from Uber App

May 21, 2014 10:39 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Milan's taxis sat idle for a fifth straight day Wednesday to protest competition from the ride-hailing app Uber, a high-tech challenge that has Europe weighing its consumer benefits versus its threat to old business models. Uber, a San Francisco start-up, has been banned...

Swipe Right for Ms. Right: The Rise of Dating Apps

May 20, 2014 9:51 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So, a lady walks into a bar...Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25 and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too...

Text 911: Calling for Help without Making a Call

May 20, 2014 9:42 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sometimes a voice call to 911 just won't work, such as for deaf people in need of help or in certain domestic violence cases.Now, in a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s...

Microsoft: No Need for Laptop with its New Tablet

May 20, 2014 9:32 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft bills its new Surface tablet computer as a laptop replacement — and it means it this time. The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in the previous model. The Pro 3 is 32 percent thinner...

IBM and KPN Bring the Stadium Experience from the Field to the Second Screen for Football Fans

May 20, 2014 6:49 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and leading Dutch telecommunications provider KPN have developed a mobile app to engage fans in new ways. The app integrates real-time, virtual experiences on a mobile device allowing users to participate in activities...

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Hotseat Episode 23: Hybrid Fiber/Power Cable System

May 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this exclusive WDD HotSeat interview, Ryan Chappell, who is global business development manager, optical cabling, at TE Connectivity discusses the new hybrid Fiber/Power cable system...                         

Liberating Devices from their Power Cords

May 19, 2014 3:23 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

This intriguing prospect is one of the reasons for the current interest in building the capacity to store electrical energy directly into a wide range of products, such as a laptop whose casing serves as its battery, or an electric car powered by energy stored in its chassis...

Ultra Low-Profile Synios E4014 LEDs Increase Freedom of Design

May 19, 2014 12:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The low-profile rectangular shape of the new Synios E4014 from Osram Opto Semiconductors enables the light from this LED to be injected into light guides so that a wide range of design ideas can be realized. The mid-power light emitting diodes also have a robust plastic package and a uniform distribution of light...

FBI: BlackShades Infected Half-Million Computers

May 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a half-million computers in over 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals remotely hijack a computer and its webcam, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against nearly 100 people worldwide...

Nordic Semiconductor Announces Miniaturized Bluetooth Smart Module

May 19, 2014 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced that multi-die system-in-package (SiP) design specialist Insight SiP (Sophia–Antipolis, France), has developed a miniaturized Nordic nRF51822 System-on-Chip-based Bluetooth Smart module that requires no specialist RF engineering experience to employ...

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Sennheiser to Cooperate with Smartphone Startup Phonebloks

May 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Jeff Touzeau, Public Relations, Hummingbird Media, Inc. | News | Comments

Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced a new partnership with Phonebloks. The startup company Phonebloks, founded by the Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, has developed an idea for a modular smartphone where customers can use individual components to compile a phone specifically to suit their own needs...

Cuba Mobile Email Experiment Causes Chaos

May 16, 2014 8:30 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

On an island where most people have no Internet access, the arrival of mobile phone email service was embraced with joy. Tens of thousands of Cubans began emailing like crazy in March — for days, until the service started to fail, taking much of Cuba's...

US Senate: Firms Must Protect Against Malicious Ads

May 15, 2014 6:43 pm | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so...

Google to Release Diversity Data about Workforce

May 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is planning to release statistics documenting the diversity of its workforce for the first time amid escalating pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women. The numbers are compiled as part of a report that major U.S. employers must file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

Minnesota Enacts 1st Law on Cellphone Disabling

May 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota enacted the nation's first law Wednesday requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have a remote shut-off feature as a way to deter theft. The "kill switch" bill was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week...

Telit M2M Technology to Help Turtles and Tourism on North Carolina Coast

May 15, 2014 11:15 am | by Sara Brown, Global Marketing Project Director, Telit | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions has announced that Turtle Sense, a project designed to accurately predict when sea turtles hatch and emerge from their nests, will integrate Telit HE910 modules to communicate sensor data with the ultimate goal of protecting both the threatened and endangered sea turtles and the area’s critical tourism industry...

ACCES I/O Products Releases Ethernet Digital I/O Module

May 15, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has released a new addition to its Ethernet family of products - Model ETH-DIO-48. Designed for compact control and monitoring applications, this product features 48 or 24 industrial strength TTL digital I/O lines...

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 14, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the U.S. as the company fine-tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology. The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after...

Review: Roku Stands Out Among Streaming Sticks

May 14, 2014 4:30 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's much-talked-about $35 Chromecast streaming device is remarkable for its low cost. Its main problem, however: It works with a limited number of video services. Recently, Roku and a few small startups have come out with low-cost devices that allow you to stream video content from...

A Smart Watch Controlled by Twists, Tilts & Clicks

May 14, 2014 11:17 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A project at Carnegie Mellon University suggests a better way to control smart watches: allowing users to physically tilt, click, and twist the watch’s bezel, the area around the screen. This could make it much easier to do things like set up appointments, play music, or navigate a map on the tiny display...

Photos of the Day: Mechanical Watch Face Tilts & Twists

May 14, 2014 11:14 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A project at Carnegie Mellon University suggests a better way to control smart watches: allowing users to physically tilt, click, and twist the watch’s bezel, the area around the screen. This could make it much easier to do things like set up appointments, play music, or navigate a map on the tiny display...

European Court Ruling Redefines 'Googling' People

May 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

A European court decision will require Google to sanitize its Internet search results to protect people who can demonstrate the information unfairly tarnishes their reputation. The landmark ruling empowers the roughly 500 million people living in 28 European Union countries...

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