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Did NSA Plant Spyware in Computers Around World?

February 18, 2015 10:02 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks , and other surveillance targets around the world ...           

Filter Mitigates BAS Interference for Major Telecom Company

February 18, 2015 9:53 am | by Jaymie Murray, API Technologies | News | Comments

Over the years, API Technologies has built a solid reputation among wireless service providers by solving even the most challenging interference issues. API's range of filter designs for the telecomindustry offer a host of customizable topologies and models that can be modified and adapted to meet the ... 

Making Multicore Chips Faster and Smarter

February 18, 2015 9:45 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Computer chips’ clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel ...

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MIPI Alliance Updates its Widely Adopted CSI Specification

February 18, 2015 9:34 am | News | Comments

MIPI Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, today introduced MIPI® CSI-2℠ v1.3, a comprehensive update to its Camera Serial Interface (CSI℠) specification. The new specification enables manufacturers to use the ... 

Photos of the Day: A Super Remote that Declutters Your Coffee Table

February 18, 2015 9:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all of your home entertainment systems. The touch-screen device, released Tuesday, is designed to control TVs, cable boxes, DVRs, video game consoles and Internet streaming players ...            

LG Display May Be Apple Watch’s Sole Supplier

February 18, 2015 9:17 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

LG Display will likely be the sole vendor for the p-OLED displays used by Apple Watch, J.P. Morgan said in a study conducted by Asia Pacific Equity Research, the results of which were published on Feb. 13 ...            

CommScope Outfits DAS Platform for European Wireless Market

February 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by CommScope | News | Comments

Like their counterparts around the globe, wireless network operators across Europe are racing to best support the data applications and throughput speeds that subscribers desire. CommScope is offering a new tool for them to achieve this feat by making its next generation distributed antenna system (DAS) ready for the European marketplace ...     

Ethertronics Invents New Active Steering IC, with Embedded Processor, for MIMO Applications

February 17, 2015 4:58 pm | by Ethertronics | News | Comments

Ethertronics has unveiled EtherChip EC482, the first of the EtherChip line of RF devices to enable Ethertronics’ game-changing Active Steering technology for Wi-Fi and other 5 GHz applications ...                   

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TE Connectivity Brings Consumer Antenna Capabilities to Aerospace and Defense

February 17, 2015 4:56 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) is bringing its expertise to military and aerospace markets in the form of moldable composites and selective metallization. TE is delivering antennas that are smaller and lighter, and offer higher performance and increased functionality in flight and ground applications ...         

TI Makes Wi-Fi Development Easier with Internet-On-a-Chip Wi-Fi Modules

February 17, 2015 4:46 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the availability of its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 modules for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new SimpleLink family was introduced earlier this year as a low-power platform to simplify the ability to connect IoT solutions ...        

Novel Crumpling Method Takes Flat Graphene from 2D to 3D

February 17, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Illinois college of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a unique single-step process to achieve three-dimensional (3D) texturing of graphene and graphite. Using a commercially available thermally activated shape-memory polymer substrate, this 3D texturing, or "crumpling," allows ... 

Velocitel Acquires Assets of FDH

February 17, 2015 1:49 pm | by Velocitel, Inc. | News | Comments

Velocitel, Inc. (“Velocitel”), a wireless network services company, has acquired the assets of FDH, a multidisciplinary engineering, investigation and construction company ...                   

Cybersecurity Panelists Call for Long-Term, Global Approach to Securing Free and Open Network

February 17, 2015 11:13 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

On the eve of President Obama’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, a senior White House official visited Stanford Engineering to ask researchers and educators to help solve the conundrum of having free and open networks ...       

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5 Smart Careers for Future Engineers

February 17, 2015 10:58 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech applications to high school students. For younger readers ... 

Smart Gaming Blocks & Consumer Drones

February 17, 2015 10:53 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2011, alumni David Merrill SM ’04, PhD ’09 and Jeevan Kalanithi SM ’07 had turned a Media Lab project into a popular gaming platform, Sifteo Cubes: plastic blocks, about an inch and a half on each side, equipped with color touch displays. Sensors detect the blocks’ movements ...     

Strategy Is Key Differentiator as More Efficient GaN, SiC Power Electronics Enter Market

February 17, 2015 10:39 am | by Lux Research | News | Comments

Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap ... 

Taking Technology From the Lab to the Patient

February 17, 2015 10:18 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After finishing his PhD in molecular genetics in the late 1990s, Daniel Anderson found himself conflicted about what to do next: He enjoyed science, but wanted to find a way to have a direct impact on human health. He considered several paths, including pursing an ... 

Improved Fire Detection With Ultra-Sensitive, Ultraviolet Light Sensor

February 17, 2015 10:14 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute manipulated zinc oxide, producing nanowires from this readily available material to create a ultra-violet light detector which is 10,000 times more sensitive to UV light than a traditional zinc ... 

Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

Mobile Apps Take Students Into the Laboratory

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

Mobile apps have proved to be valuable educational tools, but laboratory instructors thus far have been limited to using mobile devices only for virtual laboratories with simulated experiments. Now, researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have developed ... 

Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

DNA ‘Cage’ Could Improve Nanopore Technology

February 13, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kevin Stacey, Brown School of Engineering | News | Comments

Scientists at Brown University have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand in research trials. Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores ... 

Photos of the Day: Wink-Control Glasses

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

The contacts work by incorporating a very thin reflective telescope inside a 1.55 mm thick lens. Small mirrors within bounce light around, expanding the perceived size of objects and magnifying the view, so it's like looking through low magnification binoculars ...

Photo of the Day: Tesla Battery Will Power Your Home, And Maybe the Electric Grid Too

February 13, 2015 10:55 am | News | Comments

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk. On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already ... 

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