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Technology Underpins North American Usage Based Insurance Service

September 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Telit Technology | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions has announced that IMETRIK has selected Telit’s UE910 series module for its automotive insurance solution.  This is an offer that enables insurance companies to track and measure clients’ driving patterns in order to provide a usage-based insurance (UBI) program. 

Knowles Commits $100,000 to Support Diversity in Engineering

September 2, 2014 2:01 pm | by Knowles Corporation | News | Comments

Knowles Corporation has committed $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering to support female engineering students. Knowles, a Chicago company and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and ...

We Have Lost A Legend: Jack Wayman Dies

September 2, 2014 9:36 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

International CES founder and consumer electronics (CE) industry legend Jack Wayman died Saturday, August 30 of natural causes at the age of 92, announced Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “The consumer electronics industry has lost a legend..."

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Engineers Develop New Sensor to Detect Tiny Individual Nanoparticles

September 1, 2014 10:21 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Nanoparticles, engineered materials about a billionth of a meter in size, are around us every day. Although they are tiny, they can benefit human health, as in some innovative early cancer treatments, but they can also interfere with it through viruses, air pollution, traffic emissions, cosmetics, sunscreen and electronics...

Breakthrough in Light Sources for New Quantum Technology

September 1, 2014 12:39 am | by University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it is necessary to be able to create a stream of single photons and control their direction...

Copper Shines as Flexible Conductor

September 1, 2014 12:24 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper. Making such concepts affordable enough for general use remains a challenge...

How Wireless Technology Can Dramatically Improve Ship Safety

August 28, 2014 11:47 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012 – and the reported difficulties in evacuating over 4,000 people with the eventual loss of 32 lives – underlined the urgent need to accurately trace passengers during ...  

Materials Other Than Silicon for Next Gen Electronic Devices

August 28, 2014 11:43 pm | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | News | Comments

In the consumer electronics industry, the mantra for innovation is higher device performance/less power. Arun Thathachary, a Ph.D. student in Penn State's Electrical Engineering Department, spends his days and sometimes nights in the ... 

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Photo of the Day: Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

August 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by Who Is Hosting This? | News | Comments

We’ve all heard of tech giants Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors). They seem to be at the forefront of all cutting edge software, their names and faces on every technology news ...

A New, Tunable Device for Spintronics

August 28, 2014 11:21 pm | by Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz | News | Comments

Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of ... 

Quantum Physics Enables Revolutionary Imaging Method

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by University of Vienna | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features. For the first time, an image has been obtained without ever detecting the light that was used to illuminate the imaged object, while the light revealing the image never touches the imaged object...

Inter-Dependent Networks Stress Test

August 28, 2014 3:44 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

A new study relies on a complex systems modeling approach to analyze inter-dependent networks and improve their reliability in the event of failure Energy production systems are good examples of complex systems. Their infrastructure equipment requires ancillary sub-systems structured like a network—including water for cooling...

Classroom Contest Yields Publishable Results

August 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Students’ designs for cellular-networking protocols help define the limits of protocol performance. In the 21st century, design contests have emerged as a way to make rapid progress on tough computational problems. The million-dollar Netflix Prize, which sought to improve Netflix’s movie recommendation algorithm...

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The Factory of the Future Will be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 28, 2014 1:34 pm | by Andrew Dugenske & Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or  ...

Police Body Cams: An Invasion of Privacy or a Life-Saver?

August 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the wake of the recent Ferguson, Missouri shooting, there is a major civil liberty debate occurring, amid proposals for widespread adoption of police body cameras. In my home state of Wisconsin, and across the country, there is a growing push for the mandatory implementation of body cams...

Novel 'Butterfly' Molecule Could Build New Sensors, Photoenergy Conversion Devices

August 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Exciting new work has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly. Biwu Ma, associate professor, created the molecule in a lab about a decade ago, but has continued to discover that his creation...

Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone...

Digi-Key to Distribute Embedded UHF RFID Modules

August 27, 2014 5:02 pm | by Trimble | News | Comments

Trimble announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, to offer Trimble's ThingMagic Mercury  6e Series and Mercury  5e Series of embedded UHF RFID modules. The ThingMagic family of award winning embedded RFID modules is used worldwide to reduce development costs...

Electric Vehicles Need Magic of Graphene

August 27, 2014 2:48 pm | by IDTechEx | News | Comments

Graphene could radically improve batteries and supercapacitors. Hybrid and pure electric vehicles by land, water and air increasingly rely on lithium-ion traction batteries to escape the tyranny of pollution and poor performance from lead-acid batteries and meet the need for something better than nickel metal hydride batteries with their rare earth rationing and price increases combined with only intermediate performance...

3G/4G Technologies to Dominate Cellular M2M Communications by 2018

August 27, 2014 1:45 pm | by Berg Insight | News | Comments

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global cellular M2M market has entered a period of transition from 2G to 3G/4G technologies. The share of cellular M2M devices connected to HSPA/LTE networks is projected to more than double from less than 20 percent at the end of 201...

Everyday Cybercrime — and What You Can Do about It

August 27, 2014 1:42 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

How do you pick up a malicious online virus, the kind of malware that snoops on your data and taps your bank account? Often, it's through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that it's not only the NSA that's watching us, but ever-more-sophisticated cybercriminal...

Atomically Seamless, Thinnest-Possible Semiconductor Junctions

August 27, 2014 12:11 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

  Researchers have demonstrated that two of these single-layer semiconductor materials can be connected in an atomically seamless fashion known as a heterojunction. This result could be the basis for next-generation flexible and transparent computing, better light-emitting diodes...

Competition for Graphene

August 26, 2014 11:55 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials. An international collaboration of researchers has reported...

Symphony of Nanoplasmonic and Optical Resonators

August 26, 2014 11:48 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at the microscopic scale that amplify light and produce ultra-narrowband spectral output..."

'Robo Brain' Will Teach Robots Everything from the Internet

August 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Robo Brain – a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources – is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format...

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