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Photo of the Day: The Rx for 5G RF

July 18, 2014 11:01 am | by National Instruments | News | Comments

NI is collaborating with several top researchers focused on wireless – specifically 5G communications. Combining LabVIEW system design software with software defined radio (SDR) hardware, researchers are able to innovate faster...

Microsoft to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs over next Year

July 18, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month...

The Advantages of Planar Transformers over Wire-Wound

July 17, 2014 5:20 pm | by Standex-Meder Electronics | Articles | Comments

Planar transformers are steadily replacing the need for traditional wire-wound transformers in many industries. Electric vehicles, solar inverters, wind power, aviation, healthcare, and industrial manufacturing are just some of the areas where this technology is gaining ground...

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New element14 Design Competition

July 17, 2014 5:07 pm | by element14 | News | Comments

element14, along with partner Adafruit announced the launch of the new “Hats Off” global design challenge. Participants will re-imagine the hat into new wearable technology solutions that provide real-world functionality using the Adafruit GEMMA and an accompanying accessory pack...

TIA Supports Efforts to Open Spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band for Commercial Use

July 17, 2014 5:01 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association filed comments supporting the opening of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to commercial use that would allow for increased access to mobile broadband while maintaining appropriate protections for incumbent users...

Cardinal Components Announces the Addition of Jameco Electronics

July 17, 2014 4:56 pm | by Cardinal Components | News | Comments

Cardinal Components has entered into a distributor agreement with Jameco Electronics. Jameco has been a leading electronic components distributor for 40 years and served millions of customers ranging from businesses to educational institutions to hobbyists.  

No-Wait Data Centers

July 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue...

Hundreds of Videos Combined to Reconstruct 3D Motion without Markers

July 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti...

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Letters to the Editor: The Liability of Self-Driving Cars

July 17, 2014 9:13 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

WDD has received another letter concerning self-driving cars, and it asked some important questions about liability. Check out this most recent “Letters to the Editor”...                    

Want to Innovate? Become A "Now-Ist"

July 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by TED | News | Comments

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly...

Flashes of Light on the Superconductor

July 15, 2014 7:09 pm | by International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) | News | Comments

A study just published used a technique based on applying short flashes of light to observe and analyze the features of a superconductor at high critical temperature, a material with major prospects for technological applications...         

Bluetooth 4.1 Module Helps Engineers Add Low-Energy Connectivity

July 15, 2014 6:49 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Dave Richkas to discuss their latest products and technologies. One of the products announced from the show includes Microchip’s first ...

Novartis to Use Google Technology for Eye Care

July 15, 2014 6:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not detailed in a statement released Tuesday by Novartis...

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Apple, IBM Team up in Mobile Devices, Applications

July 15, 2014 6:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries...

A 30-Year History of the Future

July 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last prediction...

Researchers Demonstrate Novel, Tunable Nanoantennas

July 15, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team has developed a novel, tunable nanoantenna that paves the way for new kinds of plasmonic-based optomechanical systems whereby plasmonic field enhancement can actuate mechanical motion. “Recently, there has been a lot of interest in fabricating metal-based nanotextured surfaces..."

Phase-Changing Robots Move from Hard to Soft

July 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the movie "Terminator 2," the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between hard and soft states, could allow even low-cost robots to perform the same feat...

The World’s First Photonic Router

July 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers...

Getting a Charge out of Water Droplets

July 15, 2014 1:02 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity...

Samsung Suspends China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:20 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics...

Billionaire Elon Musk Giving $1M to Tesla Museum

July 14, 2014 12:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday...

Agilent Technologies Hosts Webcast on USB Test Challenges

July 14, 2014 12:27 am | by Agilent Technologies | Events

This Agilent webcast will provide an overview of  USB receiver testing and present a test setup using a Bit Error Ratio Tester to enable, fast, accurate receiver characterization. The presenter is Thorsten Goetzelmann, an Agilent BERT application specialist working on USB applications...

Understanding & Avoiding the Costly Effects of ESD

July 13, 2014 11:19 pm | by Brady Corporation | White Papers

Brady released its white paper titled “Understanding & Avoiding the Costly Effects of ESD.” The report explains how electrostatic discharge can cause costly failures to printed circuit boards and electronic components, and discusses labeling considerations to reduce this damage...

Demo Day Event for NJ’s TechLaunch Teams

July 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by TechLaunch | Events

Come for product demos, company presentations, networking, and refreshments on July 14, 2014...

'Melbourne Shuffle' Secures Data in the Cloud

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it's also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on cloud servers...

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