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Views You Can Use? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment

August 9, 2013 11:45 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests that many people are, in fact, heavily influenced by the positive opinions other people express online — but are much less swayed by negative opinions posted in the same venues. Certain topics, including politics, see much more of this “herding” effect than others.

German Companies to Automatically Encrypt emails

August 9, 2013 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of Germany's biggest Internet service providers say they will encrypt customers' emails by default following reports that the U.S. National Security Agency monitors international electronic communications. Deutsche Telekom AG and United Internet AG say emails sent by their customers will be automatically encrypted starting Friday.

Review: Google Glass Could Be Peek at Tech Future

August 9, 2013 11:37 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains a hidden computer, a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye and other digital wizardry.


Pass the Salt: Common Condiment Could Enable New High-Tech Industry

August 9, 2013 11:33 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures – materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage.

Email Service Linked to Edward Snowden Shuts Down

August 9, 2013 11:33 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based email service reportedly used by National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said it was shutting down Thursday, explaining in a cryptic message that it would rather go out of business than "become complicit in crimes against the American people."

Fast Detector for a Wide Wavelength Range

August 8, 2013 11:46 am | by Dr. Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Free-electron lasers are extremely versatile research tools because their intense, super short light flashes permit a closer look at new materials and even biological molecules; thus, allowing effects to be observed that had not been known previously.

Scientists Create Tiny Bendy Power Supply for Even Smaller Portable Electronics

August 8, 2013 11:44 am | by Victoria Steven, Royal Society of Chemistry | News | Comments

Scientists have created a powerful micro-supercapacitor, just nanometres thick, that could help electronics companies develop mobile phones and cameras that are smaller, lighter and thinner than ever before. The tiny power supply measures less than half a centimetre across and is made from a flexible material, opening up the possibility for wearable electronics.

Microsoft Billionaire Donates to Gorilla Research

August 8, 2013 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $1 million to the Jane Goodall Institute to study and protect gorillas in Africa, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation says wildlife conservation projects in Africa will be a major initiative.


Review: Google Photo Tools Won't Replace Humans

August 8, 2013 11:36 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It can take months, even years, for me to share photos from a trip. The more shots I take, the more I dread going through them to delete bad shots and perform tweaks such as brightening dark shots. So I was intrigued when Google promised to automate much of this photo editing as part of enhancements to its Google Plus social network.

Group: Apps Not Effective Tool for Teaching Babies

August 8, 2013 11:35 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, whose allegations against "Baby Einstein" videos eventually led to nationwide consumer refunds, is urging federal regulators to examine the marketing practices of Fisher-Price's "Laugh & Learn" mobile apps and Open Solutions' games.

Samsung Seeks Smart Watch Trademarks in U.S., SKorea

August 8, 2013 11:33 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business. Samsung described "Samsung Galaxy Gear" as a wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle in its July 29 application with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Amnesty: Satellite Images Show Aleppo Devastation

August 8, 2013 11:31 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite images have laid bare the suffering inflicted on Syria's largest city, a London-based rights group said Wednesday, cataloguing hundreds of damaged or destroyed houses and more than 1,000 roadblocks. Amnesty International said it had worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to analyze pictures of Aleppo taken by aerospace imagery providers DigitalGlobe and Astrium.

IEEE Launches New 'MentorCentre' Program for Photonics Society Members and Others

August 7, 2013 4:02 pm | by IEEE | News | Comments

IEEE recently debuted a new mentoring program that facilitates the matching of IEEE members and establishes a mentoring partnership among members of participating societies, such as the IEEE Photonics Society. The IEEE MentorCentre program enables participating individuals to connect globally with other IEEE engineering professionals...


PEG Bandwidth Acquires Contact Network InLine

August 7, 2013 3:57 pm | by PEG Bandwidth, LLC | News | Comments

PEG Bandwidth, LLC, announced that it has closed on the acquisition of the broadband operations of Contact Network, Inc. d/b/a InLine.  InLine currently provides broadband services in Mississippi and Alabama to small and medium-sized businesses, government entities, educational institutions and large carriers.

Agilent Technologies Enhances X-Series Signal Analyzers with Improved Phase-Noise Performance, Sweep Speed

August 7, 2013 2:40 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced greater core performance in two of its X-Series signal analyzers, the midrange MXA and general-purpose EXA. The respective improvements in phase noise allow engineers to more precisely characterize the frequency stability of oscillators and synthesizers.

Cell Phones & Cancer

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

About nine months ago, after years of struggling and prolonged lecturing from my family (particularly my daughter) and doctor; and the overload of statistical information, creepy commercials, and high taxes, I was able to give up smoking. I do have to admit, I still would like to light one up at times, but the thought of lung cancer and dying a slow agonizing death is helping me keep the cigarette demons at bay.

Energy Harvesting Wireless Standard for M2M

August 6, 2013 10:34 am | by Frank Schmidt, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting wireless technology is important for realizing interconnected M2M systems more reliably, conveniently, and economically while utilizing existing communication technologies. Machine-to-Machine communication enables equipment to interact with other equipment without human intervention, creating an intelligent network that automatically manages everyday tasks in production, logistics, monitoring, or smart buildings.

Understanding Interface Properties of Graphene Paves Way for New Applications

August 6, 2013 8:58 am | by Matt Shipman, Dr. Yong Zhu, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas have revealed more about graphene’s mechanical properties and demonstrated a technique to improve the stretchability of graphene – developments that should help engineers and designers come up with new technologies that make use of the material.

Reliable Communication, Unreliable Networks

August 6, 2013 8:56 am | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Now that the Internet's basic protocols are more than 30 years old, network scientists are increasingly turning their attention to ad hoc networks — communications networks set up, on the fly, by wireless devices — where unsolved problems still abound.

IDC: Tablet Shipments Slow with No New iPad

August 6, 2013 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn't release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday. Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year.

Several Airlines See Delays from Computer Outage

August 6, 2013 8:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

everal airlines are experiencing flight delays nationwide because of a problem with a computer system they use for services such as reservations, check-ins, and online booking. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says about 50 of its flights departing Monday night were delayed by an hour or less due to the outage.

Gemalto and KORE Enable Global Connectivity and M2M Applications with Cloud-based Service Platform

August 5, 2013 5:26 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto joined forces to offer global M2M application enablement services with the Cinterion solution. The cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform transforms real-time data from equipment and device sensors into actionable intelligence that improves operational efficiency and optimizes costs for better business outcomes.

Averna and National Instruments Team up to Offer a Cost-Effective Solution for Recording and Playback of RF Signals

August 5, 2013 5:19 pm | by Averna | News | Comments

Averna has announced the availability of RF Studio for National Instruments Software Defined Radio Platform (USRPTM), converting the USRP into a portable and cost-effective RF system for the recording and playback of real-world GNSS signals.

Agilent Technologies Releases Application Note on Techniques for Precise Power Measurements with FieldFox Microwave Handheld Analyzers

August 5, 2013 4:57 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent released  the application note,“Techniques for Precise Power Measurements in the Field Using FieldFox handheld analyzers.” The application note discusses techniques for measuring average and peak power and references the associated equipment options for field testing.

Rogers Selects Tangoe’s Managed Mobility Service Offering to Support its Enterprise Customers’ Mobile Strategies

August 5, 2013 4:47 pm | by Tangoe | News | Comments

Tangoe, a leading global provider of Communications Lifecycle Management software and related services, has announced that Rogers Communications, Canada’s leading wireless carrier, has agreed to add Tangoe’s Managed Mobility Service offering to its Managed Mobility Service Portfolio of solutions.

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