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Photo of the Day: Towards Perfect Control of Light Waves

January 14, 2014 10:15 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Knowledge of the exact waveform of these pulses enables scientists to reproducibly generate light flashes that are a thousand times shorter – lasting only for attoseconds – and can be used to study ultrafast processes at the molecular and atomic levels...                    

Review: Niche Appeal in 2 New Android Phones

January 14, 2014 9:53 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too...                      

Fox Sports Tests Weather Gadgets for Super Bowl

January 14, 2014 9:52 am | by BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Fox Sports has a few weather-related tricks up its sleeve for next month's Super Bowl telecast, and the network plans to test them out before the Feb. 2 game that will be the first played in a cold-weather climate...                       

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Google Says It Will Buy Nest Labs for $3.2B

January 14, 2014 9:50 am | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever...                                   

Proposed Spy Phone Record Shift Draws Resistance

January 14, 2014 9:49 am | by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs...                        

Agilent's Newest GoldenGate Software Release Brings Wireless Standard-Compliant Design

January 13, 2014 3:52 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the latest release of GoldenGate, its RFIC simulation, verification and analysis software. Agilent EEsof EDA’s GoldenGate 2013.10 provides RFIC designers with easy-to-use EVM-, BER- and ACPR-type measurements and enables them to quickly analyze and diagnose problem areas in large-signal analysis.

EnOcean Strengthens Sales Activities in China and Taiwan

January 13, 2014 3:49 pm | by Enocean | News | Comments

EnOcean and Advanced Devices have started an in-depth collaboration in China and Taiwan, leveraging Advanced Devices’ application and technical sales team in the region. With this step, EnOcean seizes the initiative to convert the rapidly increasing interest in self-powered devices into a growing and diverse customer base in the region.

PowerbyProxi Announces Licensing Agreement with Texas Instruments for Wireless Power Solutions

January 13, 2014 3:37 pm | by PowerbyProxi | News | Comments

PowerbyProxi announced it has signed a technology licensing agreement with Texas Instruments (TI). TI will leverage PowerbyProxi’s resonant and closely coupled wireless power expertise and patents to add new products to its broad range of wireless power and charging solutions.

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TIA Supports Voluntary Industry Agreement to Improve Energy Efficiency of Set-top Boxes

January 13, 2014 3:36 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) applauded the voluntary industry agreement to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) withdrawal of a rulemaking to mandate efficiency standards. On December 31st, the DOE officially announced the withdrawal of a proposed rulemaking....

GreenPeak Provides Certified ZigBee PRO Home Automation v1.2 Compliant Platform

January 13, 2014 3:30 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has announced its ZigBee PRO Home Automation 1.2 (ZHA 1.2) platform and its first certification for Bosch motion sensors. ZigBee PRO Home Automation 1.2 is the proven standard for networking security and energy efficiency devices in the Smart Home and GreenPeak’s platform is now qualified for certification of customer projects.

HotSpot Episode 45: Augmented Reality Helmets Make Motorcycles Safer

January 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, another mother to tell you what to do; shrinking digital storage; capturing any color on any surface; and motorcycle helmets that creat an augmented reality...                                              

Tweaking MRI to Track Creatine May Spot Heart Problems Earlier

January 13, 2014 10:01 am | by Steve Graff, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest in a new study published online today in Nature Medicine...                  

Ultrasound Directed to the Human Brain Boosts Sensory Performance

January 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Paula Byron, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Whales, bats, and even praying mantises use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system — and now a new study has found that ultrasound can modulate brain activity to heighten sensory perception in humans...               

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The Hottest Gadgets of CES: 3D Printers to 4K TVs

January 13, 2014 9:21 am | by PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas after swamping the city with 150,000 attendees. This year, "wearable" computing was big, along with various 3D technologies, especially 3D printing...                   

Photos of the Day: Superlens

January 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Duke Pratt School of Engineering | News | Comments

On one side of the superlens, the researchers placed a small copper coil with an alternating electric current running through it, which creates a magnetic field around the coil. That field, however, drops in intensity and power transfer efficiency extremely quickly, the further away it gets...                 

'Superlens' Extends Range of Wireless Power Transfer

January 12, 2014 3:44 pm | by Duke Pratt School of Engineering | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now...                           

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 12, 2014 2:19 pm | by Kosta Schinarakis, KIT | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns...                                   

RFMD Expands Product Portfolio for the Growing Automotive Wi-Fi Market

January 10, 2014 4:40 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD expanded its broad portfolio of Wi-Fi products to include two new front end modules (FEMs) for automotive Wi-Fi applications. RFMD’s new RFFM8500Q is a compact, high linearity FEM supporting 5 GHz Wi-Fi and featuring a power amplifier (PA), low noise amplifier (LNA) and single pole double throw (SPDT) switch.

Sigma Designs to Launch New ARM-based Chipset Family with HEVC at CES

January 10, 2014 11:47 am | by Sigma Designs | News | Comments

Sigma Designs is launching its new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)- capable SMP8750 family at CES 2014  in Las Vegas, NV (January 7-10, 2014). Combining the HEVC compression standard with a high performance ARM Cortex A9 CPU with an ARM Mali 400 GPU, the SMP8756 will offer a unique combination of performance, user experience and video quality.

Anritsu Demonstrates LTE-A Category 6 Peak Data Rates of 300 Mbps

January 10, 2014 11:44 am | by Anritsu Company | News | Comments

Anritsu Company announced it has worked with Qualcomm Technologies a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, to successfully demonstrate peak throughput for a Category 6 LTE device and network simulator using 20+20 MHz Carrier Aggregation (CA). The two companies have jointly performed tests with a device based on the new Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 modem...

PowerbyProxi Announces Licensing Agreement with Texas Instruments

January 10, 2014 11:42 am | by PowerbyProxi | News | Comments

PowerbyProxi announced it has signed a technology licensing agreement with Texas Instruments (TI), the global semiconductor company that designs and manufactures analog integrated circuits and embedded processors. TI will leverage PowerbyProxi’s resonant and closely coupled wireless power...

Qualcomm Smart Gateway Platform Transforms Connected Experiences in the Home

January 10, 2014 11:32 am | by Qualcomm | News | Comments

Qualcomm announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, is driving a new class of smart gateway products with its recently announced Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ), enabling a robust Smarthome platform that supports connected devices, systems, applications and things for a richer consumer experience in the home.

Carmakers: Driverless Cars Need Legal Framework

January 10, 2014 9:48 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hydrogen- and solar-powered vehicles are on the streets. So are cars that can get you through stop-and-go traffic while you sit back and send texts from behind the wheel. Cars are even using radar, ultrasonic waves, and cameras to jump into the passing lane and get around slowpokes...              

Metal Ink Could Ease the Way Toward Flexible Electronic Books, Displays

January 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting the development of a novel metal ink made of small sheets of copper that can be used to write a functioning, flexible electric circuit on regular printer paper. Their report on the conductive ink, which could pave the way for a wide range of new...            

Fast Organic Transistor Heralds New Generation of See-Through Electronics

January 9, 2014 1:30 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and similar electronic devices...          

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