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What Is the Internet of Things & What Does It Mean for Design?

October 20, 2014 8:54 am | by Diego Tamburini, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

Is the tech buzz around 3D printing giving way to a new-media darling? Sure looks like it. What is the Internet of Things (IoT) fervor all about? While the idea of connecting products such as mobile devices, TVs, and even refrigerators to the...                                 

Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup

October 17, 2014 11:10 am | by BY ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet...              

Dispelling a Misconception about Mg-Ion Batteries

October 17, 2014 11:08 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries serve us well, powering our laptops, tablets, cell phones and a host of other gadgets and devices. However, for future automotive applications, we will need rechargeable batteries with significant increases in energy density, reductions in cost and improvements in safety. Hence the big push in the battery industry to develop...            

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The Social Web of Things

October 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Research to be published in the International Journal of Web-Based Communities suggests that the familiar interfaces of online social networking sites might be adapted to allow us to interact more efficiently with our networked devices such as cars, domestic appliances and gadgets. The concept would also extend to the idea of those devices connecting...          

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

October 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers present a new circuit design that could make simple superconducting devices much cheaper to manufacture. And while the circuits' speed probably wouldn't top that of today's chips, they could solve the problem of reading out the results of calculations performed with Josephson junctions...

Argentina Launches Its First Home-built Satellite

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Debora Rey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday. The ARSAT-1 satellite is the first to be constructed with local technology in Latin America. It was built by a crew of about 500 scientists over seven years at a cost of $250 million...

Scientific Breakthrough Will Help Design the Antibiotics of the Future

October 17, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Scientists have used computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics – a breakthrough which will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future...                         

FBI Warns Against Cellphone Encryption

October 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Eric Tucker and Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive...

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Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution?

October 17, 2014 8:58 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet...

Facebook Creates 'Safety Check' Tool for Disasters

October 17, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices...

AITEX is Developing Intelligent Autonomous Clothing with Farsens Chips

October 16, 2014 4:15 pm | News | Comments

AITEX is developing technical textiles to act as antennas that harvest energy from RF fields. This energy is used by Farsens RFID chip to drive embedded sensors such as those monitoring temperature or heartbeat.

Microsemi Ships Over 1 Billion Voice Line Circuits

October 16, 2014 3:57 pm | News | Comments

Microsemi Corporation announced it has reached a major milestone by shipping over 1 billion voice line circuits. This achievement comes after more than three decades of worldwide industry leadership in providing reliable and cost competitive voice solutions.

Intel & IBM's FinFET Strategies on Competing Substrates

October 16, 2014 3:28 pm | by IBM; Intel | News | Comments

The development of increasingly sophisticated and energy-efficient CMOS technology for mobile, client and cloud computing depends on a continuing stream of advances in the process technologies with which the complex integrated circuits are built...                        

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Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Sevenfold in Five Years

October 16, 2014 2:57 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019, according to IHS Technology...        

Air Force's Secret Space Plane

October 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The purpose of the military's secret space plane, the X-37B, is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been circling Earth for nearly two years on this, the program's third mission. The plane is expected to land as soon as Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

White Paper: Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Construction

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Robert John, W.L. Gore | White Papers

Reliable performance of microwave/RF cable assemblies with longer service life and reduced equipment downtime results in lower costs for testing in laboratory, production, and field test environments. A new white paper from W. L. Gore & Associates evaluates the durability and performance...         

Elon Musk On Tesla Autopilot And Legal Liability

October 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Bloomberg News | News | Comments

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with Bloomberg's Betty Liu. He predicts that autonomous driving is in the near future, but that we aren't quite there yet.

Programming Computers in Everyday Language

October 16, 2014 9:27 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computers speak a language of their own. They can only be programmed by those, who know the code. Computer scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are presently working on a software that directly translates natural...                   

Astronauts Receive Mental Health Treatment Through Virtual Reality

October 16, 2014 9:22 am | by John Cramer, Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized solace in the form of a virtual reality-based relaxation system being developed by Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues...  

Interactive Typewriter Allows Communication through Internet Forums

October 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Alan Williams, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

An antique typewriter has been transformed for the digital generation, using sensors and circuit boards to turn it into an interactive social tool...                            

Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

October 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

On a good day, flying can be a comfortable and efficient way to travel. But all too often, weather or overcbooking can cause delays that ripple through the system, inducing missed flights, anxiety, discomfort and lots of lost time and money...              

New Miniature Device Monitors Heart Failure Patients Remotely

October 16, 2014 8:47 am | by Scott Maier | News | Comments

UCSF is the first medical center in the western United States to offer the wireless CardioMEMS HF System implant, an innovative device that monitors heart failure patients remotely.

FirstLight Fiber Completes Acquisition of G4 Communications’ Assets

October 15, 2014 1:44 pm | by FirstLight Fiber | News | Comments

FirstLight Fiber announced that it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications, including G4’s customer base and data center located at 77 Sundial in Manchester, New Hampshire...

Vertix Consulting Released Network Deployment White Paper

October 15, 2014 1:34 pm | by Vertix Consulting | News | Comments

Vertix Consulting announced the release of its new white paper entitled, “Identifying and Minimizing Network Deployment Challenges.” The paper features expert analysis and viewpoints from Vertix on network deployment challenges and mitigation...

UTEL Total Cabinet Automation System

October 15, 2014 1:25 pm | by UTEL | News | Comments

 UTEL announced its product, Robo-Cab, an innovative fully managed ADF system which will revolutionize the future operation and management of FTTC. The system can fully automate the whole cabinet...

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