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HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. Microsoft takes pride in the new devices' redesigned kickstand. Previous models felt wobbly, while the new ones have a steady leg to stand on.

EU Lawmakers to Beef Up Data Protection Laws

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying. The draft regulation was beefed up after Edward Snowden's leaks about allegedly widespread U.S. online snooping.


Bacteria Found in Breast Milk Sold on Internet

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.The warning comes from researchers who bought and tested 101 breast milk samples sold by women on one popular site.

70.3M Records, 30 Days: NSA Report Draws Paris Ire

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation.

Philips Winning Market Share in Lighting

October 21, 2013 8:46 am | by TOBY STERLING, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

While presenting third quarter earnings on a conference call Monday, Frans van Houten did not give a specific figure on the company's global market share. But the report showed LED lighting sales grew by 33 percent from a year ago in the three months through September. They accounted for 30 percent of the $2.85 billion in lighting sales Philips had in the quarter.

RFMD Unveils First 1.2 GHz Power Doubler Amplifier Supporting New DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Specification

October 18, 2013 5:30 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD unveiled its first power doubler amplifier in a multi-chip module to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1. RFMD's new Gallium Nitride- (GaN-) based RFCM3316 allows cable operators and MSOs to easily upgrade existing CATV infrastructure...

Taoglas Launches First Cellular Road Marker Antenna the RG.01

October 18, 2013 5:27 pm | by Taoglas | News | Comments

Taoglas USA launched the RG.01, the first quad band road marker cellular antenna. This road marker antenna solution is used in botts' dots, the non-reflective raised pavement marker found on many U.S. roads. This robust antenna covers frequencies from 800MHz to 960MHz and 1700MHz to 1990Mhz, for 2G and 3G CDMA, GSM and GPRS. 


Agilent Technologies’ PNA Network Analyzer Metrology Option Sets New Standard in Precision S-Parameter Measurements

October 18, 2013 5:24 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced a metrology option for its PNA family of network analyzers that offers national metrology institutes and calibration laboratories around the world the ultimate in S-parameter measurement accuracy. Stability and measurement accuracy are key characteristics metrology laboratories look for in a network analyzer.  

HUAWEI Selects Cypress’s TrueTouch Solutions for Touchscreens

October 18, 2013 5:20 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced that HUAWEI has selected its TrueTouch controllers to drive the touchscreens in four HUAWEI smartphones. Two of the models leverage a TrueTouch Gen4 controller to deliver accurate navigation of the touchscreen even with thick gloves on, preventing users from having to remove their gloves in cold-weather climates.

Quintron DICES VoIP Now Providing Active Mission Support at White Sands Missile Range

October 18, 2013 5:16 pm | by Quintron Systems | News | Comments

Quintron Systems announced that the installation of DICES VoIP command and control voice system equipment at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has progressed past a major milestone this summer. The initial increment of user stations at the Base Command Center control rooms is now being used full-time for Range mission support.

RFaxis to Showcase its Pure CMOS 802.11ac RF Front-end IC Products

October 18, 2013 5:12 pm | by RFaxis | News | Comments

RFaxis announced that it will be demonstrating and showcasing its pure CMOS 802.11ac RF Front-end IC (RFeICTM) technology at the Broadband World Forum 2013 in Amsterdam next week. “RFaxis has become the new incumbent RF solution provider in the rapidly growing broadband wireless entertainment space...

Teardown of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone Finds Cypress CapSense Controller Implements Touch-Sensing Buttons

October 18, 2013 5:09 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced a teardown by semiconductor-analysis firm Chipworks has found a Cypress CapSense controller drives the “menu” and “back” buttons in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Chipworks Galaxy Note 3 teardown mentions the phone’s buttons support usage with gloved-fingers...


SABIC’s Material Technologies Enable Next Generation Performance and Design

October 18, 2013 5:06 pm | by SABIC | News | Comments

SABIC is delivering a range of highly advanced polymer and engineering thermoplastic solutions that allow manufacturers in the consumer electronics and lifestyle industries to create sleeker, more stylish products that meet environmental, high-performance and aesthetic requirements. A range of relevant applications that demonstrate this will be showcased at K 2013...

IP Infusion Launches Next Generation ZebOS-XP Network Platform

October 18, 2013 4:41 pm | by IP Infusion | News | Comments

IP Infusion announced the ZebOS-XP, a next generation network platform designed to help build today’s and tomorrow’s terabit scale networks and network devices. The ZebOS-XP (ZebOS Extended Performance) software architecture delivers superior scaling and performance to support current and future multiprocessor hardware platforms, helping ensure future scalability.

Get LED lighting Connected to Internet of Things with new ZigBee Light Link

October 18, 2013 4:27 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the availability of a ZigBee Light Link development kit that simplifies the development and control of wirelessly connected LED lighting products. The new kit includes a remote control and supports smartphone and tablet connectivity through gateways...

RFMW Opens Sales Office in Russia

October 18, 2013 4:22 pm | by RFMW | News | Comments

RFMW announced the opening of direct sales offices in Russia. With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the new sales organization will support customers in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. RFMW is a specialized distributor that uniquely provides customers and suppliers with focused distribution...

Skywire Plug-in Modem is Small, Smart, and Cellular

October 18, 2013 4:14 pm | by NimbeLink | News | Comments

Today, in response to market demand, a growing number of machine-to-machine (M2M) devices require cellular connectivity. That connectivity can take several forms. Engineers can develop chip-down chipset solutions, which can cost millions, require extensive testing and certification, and take up to a year to complete.

HotSeat Episode 10: Single-Mode LTE Modules

October 18, 2013 2:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

For this HotSeat interview, Craig Miller, vice president of marketing for Sequans Communications sits down with WDD to discuss single-mode LTE modules for tablet and mobile computers. He provides the unique features of Sequans modules versus other modules on the market.

Photo of the Day: Robojelly

October 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Jellyfish have long been known as having a simple muscular makeup and being inefficient swimmers that rely on the current flow of water to navigate. Yet, the ability to conserve energy even while moving may help explain why jellyfish are bloom and inundate ecosystems, or even man-made systems, such as ports and dockyards.

Jellyfish Energy Consumption to Improve Navy Robotics

October 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy. The study highlights jellyfish as one of the most energetically efficient natural propulsors on the planet.

Why Privacy Matters

October 18, 2013 9:52 am | by TED Talk, Alessandro Acquisti | Videos | Comments

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research.

Review: Windows 8.1 Improves, but Far from Perfect

October 18, 2013 9:40 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Windows is still far from perfect. It continues to come across as a work in progress. But Windows 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening. People who already have Windows 8 will find digital life more pleasant with the update. Microsoft's tile and touch approach will take time to get used to, even with Windows 8.1.

Ahead of the Bell: Google

October 18, 2013 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors had been worried that a deepening decline in Google's average ad prices would cut into its bottom line. But while the company's ad prices are still sagging as marketers pay less for commercial pitches on mobile devices, the number of revenue-generating clicks on those ads is rising at a much faster pace.

Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg Cockroaches Map Collapsed Buildings

October 18, 2013 9:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”

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