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Israeli Tunnel Hit By Cyberattack, Experts Say

October 28, 2013 9:39 am | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Israel's military chief delivered a high-profile speech this month outlining the greatest threats his country might face in the future, he listed computer sabotage as a top concern, warning a sophisticated cyberattack could one day bring the nation...

Report: U.S. Monitored 60M Calls in Spain

October 28, 2013 9:36 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies...

Meaghan's Minute: Laser Power

October 25, 2013 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, measuring optical power employed aiming a laser at a coated detector, measuring the detector’s temperature change, and determining the electrical power needed to generate an equivalent amount of heat. An extremely accurate method, but difficult with high-power lasers.

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Photos of the Day: Photon-Electron Coupling

October 25, 2013 10:23 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers mixed photons from an intense laser pulse with an exotic surface electrons on a topological insulator. Their high-speed camera captured snapshots of the exotic state, from its generation to its rapid disappearance, a process lasting only a few hundred femtoseconds. They also found there were different kinds of mixed states when the polarization of the photons changed.

Persuading Light to Mix it up with Matter

October 25, 2013 10:22 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have succeeded in producing and measuring a coupling of photons and electrons on the surface of an unusual type of material called a topological insulator. This type of coupling had been predicted by theorists, but never...

Patent Shows Samsung's Rival to Google Glass

October 25, 2013 9:44 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

Chip Growth Leads Samsung to Another Record Profit

October 25, 2013 9:37 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $7.5 billion.

Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft

October 25, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Microsoft shares jumped 6 percent before the opening bell Friday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, marking a strong start for a major overhaul at the world's largest software company. Conditions in the PC industry, according to Citigroup's Walter Pritchard, might not look as bad as they previously did.

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Twitter Sets $17 to $20 Per Share Range for IPO

October 25, 2013 9:29 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull off the year's hottest IPO.

Portable Vision Screening Devices Identify Vision Problems

October 25, 2013 9:26 am | by Debbie Jacobson, American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

Portable screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented Oct. 25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

October 24, 2013 11:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey.

Dolphins Inspire New Radar System to Detect Hidden Surveillance & Explosive Devices

October 24, 2013 9:42 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Inspired by the way dolphins hunt using bubble nets, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives.

Detecting Bombs with Sound Waves

October 24, 2013 9:29 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | Videos | Comments

That capability -- never before reported in a remote bomb detection system -- was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conferenceon Oct. 23 in Stanford, CA.

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Using Sound Waves for Bomb Detection

October 24, 2013 9:22 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability – never before reported in a remote bomb detection system – was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams.

Smartphone Competition Weighs on LG Earnings

October 24, 2013 9:10 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market. The result shows the challenges faced by handset makers trying to break into the premium smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

Activist Investor Icahn Reconnects with Apple CEO

October 24, 2013 9:08 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn may be putting more pressure on Apple CEO Tim Cook to get more aggressive about boosting the iPhone maker's stock price.Icahn posted on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had sent Cook a letter in the afternoon.

T-Mobile to Offer Free Data Service for Tablets

October 24, 2013 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about 800 Instagram photos or listen to more than three hours of streaming music, the company said.

Review: Refinements Add Up In New Mac System

October 24, 2013 9:05 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks — and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — even if Apple weren't giving it away for free.

Germany Summons U.S. Envoy over Alleged NSA Spying

October 24, 2013 9:01 am | by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador Thursday following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. At the same time, a senior lawmaker expressed concern at the White House's statement that it isn't monitoring and won't monitor Merkel's communications.

Empower RF Systems: 'Size Matters'

October 23, 2013 4:06 pm | by Empower RF Systems | News | Comments

Empower is once again conducting a “live” demonstration of an ultra broadband (20 to 1000 MHz), high power (1 kW CW) amplifier platform which is housed in an industry leading 5U chassis. The fact that we are controlling this amplifier through a wireless connection and highlighting diagnostics and remote control features through an iPad is equally impressive and, we believe, also industry leading.

Nordic Semiconductor Supports Canadian University Embedded Program

October 23, 2013 3:54 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announced that it is supporting a unique embedded systems education program being run at various Canadian universities with a large donation of its class-leading nRF51422 ANT+ systems-on-chip (SoC). The program is run by a non-profit educational group called MPG (MicroProcessinG)...

Skyworks Front End Solutions Support Broadcom 5G WiFi Platforms

October 23, 2013 3:50 pm | by Skyworks Solutions | News | Comments

Skyworks Solutions announced that its industry leading wireless connectivity front-end modules (FEMs) are being leveraged by Broadcom Corporation for use in several of the company’s 5G WiFi solutions, enabling some of the fastest download speeds available in access points, routers, DSL/cable gateways, PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Cypress Announces Countdown to 1 Billionth CapSense Capacitive Touch-Sensing Controller Shipped

October 23, 2013 3:43 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced it is nearing the shipment of its 1 billionth CapSense capacitive touch-sensing controller. Cypress has launched a counter on www.cypress.com to track the approach to the milestone, which the company will commemorate by recognizing the customer receiving the 1 billionth unit. 

Supercharged 'White Space' Technology from Redline Communications Wins FCC and Industry Canada Certifications

October 23, 2013 3:38 pm | by Redline Communications | News | Comments

Redline Communications Group announced its wireless broadband system for the sub-700 MHz frequency bands – the so-called television white space –has been certified by both the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada. Built on Redline’s recently announced Universal Wireless Transport (UW) platform...

CDM Electronics Awarded Quality Management Standard AS9100 Rev. C Certification

October 23, 2013 3:31 pm | by CDM Electronics | News | Comments

CDM Electronics announced that its Turnersville, NJ facility has achieved accreditation to the AS9100 International Aerospace Quality System Standard.  The AS9100 standard incorporates the entirety of ISO 9001:2008 along with approximately 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace product safety and reliability.

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