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Samsung's Profit Falls as Smartphones Get Cheaper

April 8, 2014 8:26 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics for a second straight quarter...                                 

Iowa State Materials Scientist Developing Materials and Electronics that Dissolve When Triggered

April 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain...

TIA Applauds the ITU for Defining the Development Sector Agenda

April 7, 2014 1:37 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has applauded the work of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Telecommunications Development Conference 2014, to define the agenda for the ITU Development Sector for the next four-year period. The ongoing two-week conference will focus on a broad range of policy issues relevant to the adoption and application of information and communication technologies (ICTs)...

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IEEE Photonics Society & National Photonics Initiative Volunteers Urge Congressional Support for Photonics

April 7, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

Volunteers from industry and research labs across the USA visited Congressional offices on March 26, 2014 to urge support for key issues related to photonics technologies and R&D, on behalf of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI). Supported by NPI founders and sponsors, the 36 volunteers from photonics were among a total of nearly 200 volunteers participating in this year's Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group...

Sensor Platforms & ARM Introduce Open Source Software

April 7, 2014 12:27 pm | by Sensor Platforms & ARM | News | Comments

Sensor Platforms and ARM have announced the introduction of the world’s first open source software for sensor hub applications. The software, called Open Sensor Platform (OSP), will simplify the integration of sensors across multiple applications, and provide a flexible framework for more sophisticated interpretation and analysis of sensor data...

Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers

April 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by Joe Seltzer, Washington University | News | Comments

At St. Paul's Cathedral in London, a section of the dome called the Whispering Gallery makes a whisper audible from the other side of the dome as a result of the way sound waves travel around the curved surface. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have used the same phenomenon to build an optical device that may lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and cooler...

Review: Ups and Downs with Google Glass Apps

April 7, 2014 11:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup...                                      

Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 7, 2014 11:08 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday...                             

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Photos of the Day: Giant Tetris Game Displayed on Skyscrapper

April 7, 2014 11:00 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building's glass facade normally display colorful patterns. On Saturday night, images of supersized shapes "fell" on two sides of the mirrored tower as competitors used joysticks to maneuver them, creating a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology...

Tetris in the Sky: Gamers Play on Philly Building

April 7, 2014 10:59 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper...                                    

Possible Signals from Lost Jet's Black Boxes Heard

April 7, 2014 10:36 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Underwater sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said Monday, dubbing it "a most promising lead" in the monthlong hunt for the vanished plane...                   

Promoting Collaboration to Advance Wireless Spectrum for Economic Growth

April 4, 2014 3:10 pm | by Tom Power, U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications | News | Comments

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a framework for making 65 megahertz of spectrum available for wireless broadband and other innovative commercial uses. This action represents a significant milestone as we move the Administration’s ambitious spectrum agenda forward...              

Photos of the Day: Electronic Patches for Health Monitoring

April 4, 2014 10:42 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | News | Comments

The patches stick to the skin like a temporary tattoo and incorporate a unique microfluidic construction with wires folded like origami to allow the patch to bend and flex without being constrained by the rigid electronics components...                      

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Stick-On Electronic Patches for Health Monitoring

April 4, 2014 10:42 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring...                

To Bridge LEDs' Green Gap, Scientists Think Small

April 4, 2014 10:19 am | by Margie Wylie, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the "green gap," a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown...                    

NASA-European Spacecraft Detects Ocean Beneath Ice of Saturn Moon

April 4, 2014 10:12 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. Their findings were announced Thursday...               

FireChat Ignites New Way to Communicate on Phones

April 4, 2014 10:08 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection...                     

'Cuban Twitter' Heads to Hearings in Congress

April 4, 2014 10:05 am | by ALBERTO ARCE, Associated Press DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was "dumb, dumb, dumb"...            

Ships Hunt for Black Boxes from Missing Jetliner

April 4, 2014 10:05 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two ships with sophisticated equipment for searching underwater zeroed in Friday on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in a desperate hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet's black boxes, whose batteries will soon run out...                      

Putting the 'Long Term’ in Long Term Evolution

April 3, 2014 4:27 pm | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director | News | Comments

Consumer, Mobile and IT Electronics at IHS, will explore what lies beyond today’s LTE and what we as ecosystem participants can do to put the “Long Term” in Long Term Evolution...                              

Unmanned Aircraft Successfully to Measure Changes in Polar Ice Sheets

April 3, 2014 3:07 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Scientists studying the behavior of the world's ice sheets--and the future implications of ice sheet behavior for global sea-level rise--may soon have a new airborne tool that will allow radar measurements that previously would have been prohibitively expensive or difficult to carry out with manned aircraft...                

Senaptic Turns IoT into Real-world Revenue Streams

April 3, 2014 2:51 pm | by Senaptic | News | Comments

Senaptic is a new company focussing on ultra-scalable private network solutions for smart cities and utilities. It has an innovative business model providing end-to-end solutions that are already turning the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) into significant revenue streams in global markets...

Tiny Power Generator Runs on Spit

April 3, 2014 2:27 pm | by Justine E. Mink, Penn State | News | Comments

Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers. Bruce E. Logan, Evan Pugh Professor and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State, credited the idea to fellow researcher Justine E. Mink...

Advantech Announces Partnership with Linear Technology

April 3, 2014 1:29 pm | by Advantech | News | Comments

Global Intelligent Systems leader Advantech has announced that it is partnering with Linear Technology’s Dust Networks product group to develop Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions based on Dust’s SmartMesh IP embedded wireless sensor networks (WSN)...

Eurotech Everyware Software Framework (ESF) Overlay to Intel Internet of Things (IoT) Software Stack

April 3, 2014 1:16 pm | by Allison Yrungaray & Giuliana Vidoni, Eurotech | News | Comments

Eurotech has announced it has completed validation of the Everyware Software Framework (ESF) for the Intel Gateway Solutions for Internet of Things (IoT). Eurotech’s ESF creates a Java-based IoT software stack for enterprises choosing that development environment...

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