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Sony Forecasts $2B Loss as Smartphones Lag

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business...                         

Computerized Emotion Detector

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database that have been tagged with a given name...           

The Future Face of Molecular Electronics

September 17, 2014 9:22 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take on the roles currently played by comparatively-bulky wires, resistors and transistors...

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Print Your Own Cell Phone Microscope

September 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Susan Bauer, U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape. Pulling it from the printer, Erikson quickly pops in a tiny glass bead and checks the magnification...               

Why Lithium Ion Batteries Go Bad

September 16, 2014 10:27 am | by DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as...                           

Reducing Traffic Congestion, Remotely

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week, MIT researchers received one of the best-paper awards for a new system, dubbed RoadRunner, that uses GPS-style turn-by-turn directions to route drivers around congested...                

Apple: Record 4M Orders of iPhones on 1st Day

September 16, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday...                     

Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' Near San Francisco with Remote-Controlled Robots

September 16, 2014 9:55 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks...                        

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Keysight Technologies Test License with Broadcom

September 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced it has entered into a manufacturing test license agreement with Broadcom Corporation. The MTL agreement allows Keysight to provide calibration and verification test solutions...

Isola Compliance with European Space Agency Base-material Standard

September 15, 2014 3:42 pm | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) specification for a cleaner class of base materials. Isola worked in collaboration with the ESA and its suppliers in order to reach this milestone...

GaN Systems to Show New Gallium Nitride High Power Transistors

September 15, 2014 3:02 pm | by GaN Systems | News | Comments

GaN Systems is showcasing its range of gallium nitride power transistors based on its proprietary Island Technology, which produces highly efficient, smaller transistors at lower cost than traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs...

Advances in Range of High Purity Materials for Semiconductor Applications

September 15, 2014 1:39 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | News | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials announced advances in their range of materials grown using chemical vapor deposition processes. Morgan’s CVD Silicon Carbide and Pyrolytic Boron Nitride materials are ideal for use in semiconductor applications...

ZigBee Updated Standard for Radio Frequency-Based Remote Controls

September 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by ZigBee Alliance | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance announced the ratification of the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard. The standard is now available for product development and can be downloaded for free from the Alliance website...

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CableLabs DLNA CVP-2 Reference Server using Elliptic’s tVault

September 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by Elliptic Technologies | News | Comments

Elliptic Technologies announced their joint development with CableLabs to provide a reference implementation for DLNA’s CVP-2 specifications, now under the new brand of VidiPath Certification program, using Elliptic’s tVault for DTCP-IP content protection...

GCI Operates Fastest Wireless Data Network in Juneau

September 15, 2014 11:47 am | by GCI | News | Comments

 A recent independent test of GCI’s wireless data network service in Juneau shows the company is outperforming competitors in several key areas, including 4G LTE download speeds...

Three's a Charm: NIST Detectors Reveal Entangled Photon Triplets

September 15, 2014 10:24 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient single-photon detectors developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology...

European Space Agency Picks Site for Comet Landing

September 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Talk about a moving target. Scientists at the European Space Agency on Monday announced the spot where they will attempt the first landing on a comet hurtling through space at 55,000 kph (34,000 mph)...

China Creates its First No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

September 15, 2014 9:55 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going...

TIA Submits Letter to CA Public Utilities Commission Cautioning Against Title II Reclassification

September 15, 2014 9:14 am | by Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has submitted for the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) record the letter from 33 leading technology companies sent on September 9 to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker...                                 

The Sound of an Atom Has Been Captured

September 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers are first to show the use of sound to communicate with an artificial atom. They can thereby demonstrate phenomena from quantum physics with sound taking on the role of light. The results will be published in the journal Science. The interaction between atoms and light is well known and has been studied...

Replacing Silicon Electronics with Nanomaterials

September 12, 2014 4:38 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

As silicon electronics approach their physical limits for density and speed, researchers are seeking materials to revolutionize the industry and continue the vast improvements in performance seen throughout the past four decades ...  

A Multiuser, Multiantenna Transmission Scheme for UHF

September 12, 2014 10:43 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. Researchers from Rice's Wireless Network Group will unveil a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF...

Photos of the Day: Wireless Experts Tap Unused TV Spectrum

September 12, 2014 10:42 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. Researchers from Rice's Wireless Network Group will unveil a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF...

Engineer Aims to Connect the World With Ant-Sized Radios

September 11, 2014 5:05 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A Stanford University engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna — no batteries required ... 

First 500 GHz Photon Switch Built

September 11, 2014 4:58 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics - with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels. Researchers at the University of ...  

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