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Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV Is a Flying Donkey

February 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving 270 miles per hour at Kennedy, in a car, engineering face melting metal, and saving lives in a flying donkey ...              

Photos of the Day: AllSee Enables 'Internet of Things'

February 28, 2014 10:27 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your "This American Life" podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies...

Battery-Free Technology Brings Gesture Recognition to All Devices

February 28, 2014 10:20 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your "This American Life" podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies...

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Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X Shows Promise

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

By design, Nokia's new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia's Windows-based Lumia...

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-end Power

February 28, 2014 10:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos...  

Dramatic Shifts for Test Equipment

February 27, 2014 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, next generation mobile devices are becoming more powerful and more complex...                          

Noting Tech Needs, Mining Companies Seek Graphite

February 27, 2014 10:32 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say the promise of expanded uses for "pencil lead" in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades...                 

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-End Power

February 27, 2014 10:21 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as...              

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A Cavity That You Want

February 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Associated with unhappy visits to the dentist, “cavity” means something else in the branch of physics known as optics. Put simply, an optical cavity is an arrangement of mirrors that allows beams of light to circulate in closed paths. These cavities help us build things like lasers and optical fibers used for communications...

The Beginning of the End of Full-Body Scanners?

February 26, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Standing in a full-body scanner at an airport isn't fun, and the process adds time and stress to a journey. It also raises privacy concerns. Researchers now report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters a more precise and direct method for using that "terahertz" technology to detect explosives from greater distances...

Software Maps Ambiguous Names in Texts to the Right Person

February 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

If a name is ambiguous and given without context, even humans struggle. When reading the last name "Merkel", people do not know if it refers to the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel or the famous soccer coach Max Merkel. It is a drawback for web search, too...

Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 1:57 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones...

Meaghan's Minute: LTE Broadband Internet Access

February 26, 2014 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Coming straight from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Altair Semiconductor and WNC have launched a new router designed to offer high-speed internet connectivity over 3.5GHz LTE bands in markets where wired Internet connections such as cable or DSL are not feasible or economical...

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'Nordic is All Around You' Demonstrations

February 25, 2014 5:19 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA confirms details of exhibits, demonstrations, and partner companies that it will be hosting on its booth (Hall 6 Stand 6H20) at Mobile World Congress (MWC). MWC is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry and is organized by the GSM Association...

Sierra Wireless and Tech Mahindra Provide Global Turnkey M2M

February 25, 2014 5:08 pm | by Sierra Wireless | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless and Tech Mahindra have announced they have signed a formal teaming agreement to work collaboratively to develop and deploy end-to-end M2M solutions for customers worldwide. The collaboration leverages Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud offerings and Tech Mahindra’s system...

TI Delivers Highest Efficiency Dual-mode Qi, PMA Wireless Power Receiver

February 25, 2014 5:03 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Improving the mobile charging experience, Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s smallest, most efficient wireless power receiver to support both the Wireless Power Consortium 1.1 Qi and Power Matters Alliance specifications. The new bq51221 inductor-less, 5-watt receiver’s high efficiency and programmable output reduces power loss...

7Layers Selects R&S to Enhance Conformance and Carrier Acceptance

February 25, 2014 4:54 pm | by 7Layers | News | Comments

7Layers has selected the R&S TS8980FTA and R&S CMW500 wireless test platforms for conformance and carrier acceptance testing of 3GPP Release 8 & 9 devices. With these capabilities, 7Layers can support emerging technologies...

Cloudpath Brings Automated Device Enablement to Healthcare Industry

February 25, 2014 4:43 pm | by Cloudpath Networks | News | Comments

Cloudpath Networks has introduced its XpressConnect Enrollment System 3.0 for healthcare organizations looking to bring scalability, sustainability and security to their Wi-Fi networks. XpressConnect ES provides self-service, automated onboarding...

Certified Wireless Network Professionals Announce First CWNE

February 25, 2014 4:34 pm | by Certified Wireless Network Professional | News | Comments

Certified Wireless Network Professional has announced its first Certified Wireless Network Expert in China, Kevin Zhu, has obtained the most advanced skills available in the current enterprise Wi-Fi market. Zhu is the 134rd person worldwide to hold this prestigious title...

TI and NSN Collaborate on Indoor Small Cell Base Stations

February 25, 2014 4:27 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) have announced their collaboration on NSN's next generation of indoor small cell base stations. Based on NSN's Flexi Zone suite of products, the new indoor small cell base stations are expected to support a record 400 active indoor users...

Meeting the 'Yottabyte Era' of Data Consumption

February 25, 2014 4:21 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Mobile World Congress-- As the mandate for capacity continues to skyrocket, networks carrying yottabits of traffic will become a reality in the not too distant future. To achieve this kind of capacity operators have begun deploying small cell wireless base stations to offer the best solution for backhaul connectivity...

Want Your Computer to Go Faster? Just Add Light

February 25, 2014 4:04 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Every second, your com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient. “It would save pre­cious nanosec­onds,” explained North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor of physics Swastik Kar...

Meaghan's Minute: Millions More Connected Devices Are Coming

February 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany, Sierra Wireless introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of M2M applications from the device to the cloud...

Novel Optical Fibers Transmit High-quality Images

February 25, 2014 12:34 pm | by University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee | News | Comments

After having recently discovered a new way to propagate multiple beams of light through a single strand of optical fiber, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) now have found that their novel fiber architecture can transmit images with a quality that is comparable or better than the current commercial endoscopy imaging fibers...

Sensor-based Irrigation Systems Show Potential to Increase Greenhouse Profitability

February 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Wireless sensor-based irrigation systems can offer significant benefits to greenhouse operators. Advances in sensor technology and increased understanding of plant physiology have made it possible for greenhouse growers to use water content sensors to accurately determine irrigation timing and application rates in soilless substrates.

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