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Thinnest-Possible LEDs to be Stronger, More Energy Efficient

March 10, 2014 3:51 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Most modern electronics, from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors, use tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement of electrons. As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy efficient...

2D Material Shows Promise for Optoelectronics

March 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of MIT researchers has used a novel material that's just a few atoms thick to create devices that can harness or emit light. This proof-of-concept could lead to ultrathin, lightweight, and flexible photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and other optoelectronic devices, they say...

Blind Can 'Hear' Colors and Shapes

March 10, 2014 11:28 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

What if you could "hear" colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. At the Center for Human Perception and Cognition, the blind and visually impaired are being offered tools...

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Snowden, Assange Top Bill at Texas Tech Gathering

March 10, 2014 11:17 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Surveillance. Online privacy. Robots. Food processing. Wearable computers. To get a sense of what's on the minds of the tech industry's thinkers, leaders and tinkerers, it's a good idea to head to Austin, Texas, rather than Silicon Valley this time of the year...

Stanford Engineers Create a Software Tool to Reduce the Cost of Cloud Computing

March 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

We hear a lot about the future of computing in the cloud but not much about the efficiency of data centers, those facilities where clusters of server computers work together to host applications ranging from social networks to big data analytics...                      

Silicon Valley Women Star in Video Series Urging Young Women to Study Computing

March 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Tom Abate and Priya Ganesan, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Many people talk about encouraging young women to study computer science. Now some female undergraduates at Stanford hope to do just that by starting an online video library that features motivational interviews with Silicon Valley women in computing...                   

Photos of the Day: World's Thinnest, Most Flexible Solar Cells

March 10, 2014 9:57 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers...

Atomically Thin Solar Cells

March 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers...

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A Timeline of GPS Technology

March 7, 2014 4:28 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Blogs | Comments

As we tool around the countryside under the direction of that helpful box on the dashboard, it's easy to believe that GPS is the latest and greatest invention to hit the pike. It may come as a surprise to learn that the idea actually got off to its rocky start back in 1959...

Why GPS Tracking Systems Need to be User-Friendly

March 7, 2014 4:23 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Blogs | Comments

Thanks to major advances in GPS technology over the last several years, it's easier and more affordable than ever for small fleets to invest in GPS tracking systems. Still, all tracking systems are not created equal. Without doing a little homework prior to making such a purchase...

Wireless Energy Harvesting to Power the Internet of Things

March 7, 2014 3:59 pm | by Marlee Rosen, Principal Analyst, Rosen Associates | Articles | Comments

Internet technology will move from being something that is kind of independent of us to something that is literally woven into our daily existence. From your shoes to your shirt, stove to your toilet, the future may be found in connecting every part of our lives...

Software Analyzes Apps for Malicious Behavior

March 7, 2014 3:39 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Last year at the end of July the Russian software company "Doctor Web" detected several malicious apps in the app store "Google Play." Downloaded on a smartphone, the malware installed — without the permission of the user — additional programs which sent expensive text messages to premium services...

Squeezing Light into Metals

March 7, 2014 3:16 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive inkjet printer, electrical engineers produced microscopic structures that use light in metals to carry information. This new technique, which controls electrical conductivity within such microstructures, could be used to rapidly fabricate superfast components in electronic devices, make wireless technology faster or print magnetic materials...

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Colored Diamonds are a Superconductor’s Best Friend

March 7, 2014 3:04 pm | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue. Researchers have now shown that these diamond sensors can measure the tiny magnetic fields in high-temperature superconductors...

CTS Adds New Sales Representative

March 7, 2014 2:08 pm | by CTS Corporation | News | Comments

CTS Corporation, through its subsidiary, CTS Electronic Components, a leading provider of electronic components used in communications, medical, defense and aerospace, industrial and computer applications, announces Chinook Technical Sales will be representing and promoting...

Man Said to Create Bitcoin Denies It

March 7, 2014 9:36 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be...                       

5 Things to Know about Google's Mystery Barge

March 7, 2014 9:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Google barge built with recycled shipping containers proved its seaworthiness Thursday as it cruised from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. But many other details about the odd-looking vessel remain a mystery...                        

Up-Converted Radio

March 7, 2014 9:18 am | by Phillip F. Schewe, Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

Ever worry about losing your mobile-phone reception? The problem is a weak microwave signal. The same problem hampers cosmologists looking at the early universe, a glimpse embodied in the cosmic microwave background...                        

Solving Discrepancies between 3G and 4G

March 6, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anjan Ghosal, President and CEO, Diametriq | Articles | Comments

Today, most of the world still communicates wirelessly over 3G and 2G networks. That’s expected to change as more cellular traffic moves to 4G (for fourth generation) LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks. Meanwhile, the majority of cellular subscribers use pre-paid, rather than...                 

TE Connectivity’s New Hybrid Fiber/Power Cable System

March 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by TE Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced a new solution to speed and simplify the installation, powering, and communication with small cells and other network access devices. The powered fiber cable system from TE eliminates the complexity of small cell installation...

Delta Electronics Releases New MHF/U.FL Series Data Sheet

March 6, 2014 1:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new MHF/U.FL series data sheet from Delta Electronics Manufacturing Corp details the company's latest ultra-miniature coaxial interconnect system that operates from: DC-6 GHz. This connector interface was developed for applications in small form factor wireless mobile electronic devices...

Collecting Digital User Data without Invading Privacy

March 6, 2014 12:31 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

The statistical evaluation of digital user data is of vital importance for analyzing trends. But it can also undermine the privacy. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have now developed a novel cryptographic method that makes it possible to collect data and protect the privacy of the user at the same time...

Increased Power Efficiency for Future Computer Processors

March 6, 2014 11:23 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Have you ever wondered why your laptop or smartphone feels warm when you're using it? That heat is a byproduct of the microprocessors in your device using electric current to power computer processing functions — and it is actually wasted energy. Now, a team led by researchers has made major improvements...

Silicon Valley Boom Eludes Many, Drives Income Gap

March 6, 2014 9:36 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley's tech boom can't even make ends meet anymore...

Dubai Focuses on Technology in 'Smart City' Bid

March 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of chasing the biggest and the best, the fast-growing Mideast city of Dubai is turning to technology to help the little things in life run more smoothly. Government officials presented a wide range of projects that are aimed at turning Dubai into what they're calling a "smart city" ahead of its hosting of the 2020 World Expo...

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