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IBM Accelerates Mobile Innovation for Businesses with New MobileFirst Services

April 8, 2014 11:07 am | by Fabienne Dawson & Doug Fraim, IBM | News | Comments

To help organizations accelerate and drive more business value from their mobile initiatives, IBM [NYSE: IBM] has announced the expansion of its IBM MobileFirst portfolio with new and enhanced services focused on mobile strategy and security, application development and device procurement, and management...

Rebar Technique Strengthens Case for Graphene

April 8, 2014 11:04 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University...                                        

Photos of the Day: Hybrid Nanotube-Graphene Material

April 8, 2014 11:00 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

The technique should make large, flexible, conductive and transparent sheets of graphene much easier to manipulate, which should be of interest to electronics manufacturers...                     

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Aussie Innovation Leaves NASA in Its Wake

April 8, 2014 10:44 am | by Institute for Telecommunications Research | News | Comments

The University of South Australia’s Institute for Telecommunications Research has won Technology of the Year 2013 for its Global Sensor Network (GSN) and is now looking to commercialize the technology. The GSN won out over tough competition, specifically a communications system designed by NASA to be carried aboard the International Space Station...

Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure

April 8, 2014 10:21 am | by Jason Maderer, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Passwords, gestures, and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They’ve developed a new security system that continuously monitors how a user taps and swipes a mobile device...

Nokia Gets Chinese Approval for Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft, removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal...                

EU Court Nixes Government Bulk Data Collection

April 8, 2014 8:44 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Tuesday scrapped key legislation allowing the indiscriminate collection of Internet and phone communication data for law-enforcement purposes...                                 

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

April 8, 2014 8:38 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Helen Keller National center, along with the Boston-based Perkins School for the Blind, is working with state agencies and others around the country to distribute items like refreshable Braille displays, amplified telephones, and computer programs that allow...                      

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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)...

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...

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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...                             

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...                      

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...                     

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