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Google Unveils $279 Chrome Laptop Made by HP

October 9, 2013 8:45 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more. Hewlett-Packard makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.

Samsung to Debut Smartphone with Curved Display

October 9, 2013 8:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Galaxy Round has a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology. The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world. Samsung said the curve will make it easier to grip.

3 Win Nobel Chemistry Prize for Cyber Experiments

October 9, 2013 8:41 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press MALIN RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three U.S.-based scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing powerful computer models that others can use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs. Research in the 1970s by Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel has helped scientists develop programs that unveil chemical processes.

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Amy Webb: How I Hacked Online Dating

October 8, 2013 5:29 pm | by Amy Webb | Videos | Comments

  Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating. The dates she liked didn't write her back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse). So, as any fan of data would do, she started making a spreadsheet. Hear the story of how she went on to hack her online dating life -- with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.  

Dog's Mood Offers Insight into Owner's Health

October 8, 2013 5:18 pm | by Newcastle University | News | Comments

Experts at Newcastle University, UK, are using movement sensors to track normal dog behavior while the animals are both home alone and out-and-about. Providing a unique insight into the secret life of man's best friend, the sensors show not only when the dog is on the move, but also how much he is barking, sitting, digging, and other key canine behaviors.

Innovative Wideband Ring Voltage-Controlled Oscillator (VCO) by UNIST Undergraduate

October 8, 2013 4:59 pm | by IEEE | News | Comments

A new wideband ring voltage-controlled oscillator (VOC) was proposed by UNIST undergraduate student, Seyeon Yoo with the the research work published in IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. Wideband VCO is a key component of an IR-UWB system (Impulse radio-Ultra-wideband) which has drawn attention as a practical technology for a Doppler radar system that can detect human vital signs such as heart beats and respiration.

CW Solutions Utilizes Legislation to Help Wireless Providers Expedite Small Cell Site Deployment

October 8, 2013 3:03 pm | by Robert Weible, CW Solutions | News | Comments

In today’s rapidly evolving telecommunications industry, increased demand is being put on our wireless infrastructure. The volume of mobile users listening to music, browsing pictures, and watching videos is outpacing capacity, and wireless telecommunications providers have been focused on the deployment of small cells to ease congestion.

RFMD(R) Begins High-Volume Production of Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers

October 8, 2013 2:58 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD announced that it has commenced high-volume production of multiple new power amplifiers (PAs) and power management integrated circuits (ICs) that incorporate RFMD's envelope tracking (ET) technology. RFMD's unique ET technology significantly enhances power efficiency in new LTE platforms.

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xG Technology Deploys xMax Cognitive Radio Beta Network

October 8, 2013 2:48 pm | by xG Technology | News | Comments

xG Technology, Inc. announced that it has deployed xMax equipment for a beta network to be operated in cooperation with NEFCOM, the local Internet and telecom service provider. xG will use the beta network to validate various features and capabilities of the xMax system, including range, throughput, mobile hand-off, software updates and other key features.

Agilent Technologies Announces New Capability on Wideband Digital Receiver/Digitizer

October 8, 2013 2:45 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced three new options and extended functionality for its M9703A AXIe eight-channel wideband digital receiver/digitizer. These new offerings address the growing need for better, faster measurements in the communications and aerospace/defense industries.

Agilent Technologies’ Advanced Design System Selected by Kamstrup to Develop Smart Metering System

October 8, 2013 2:41 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that Kamstrup A/S, a provider of metering solutions for electricity, heat, water and natural gas, has selected Agilent’s Advanced Design System. Kamstrup will use ADS to develop RF circuits for the company’s future smart-metering systems.

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to Explore the “Power of Global Communications” at 56th Annual Event

October 8, 2013 2:39 pm | by IEE GLOBECOM | News | Comments

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 will hold its 56th annual event from December 9 – 13, 2013 at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers in Atlanta, Georgia. Themed the “Power of Global Communications,” the five-day conference will host thousands of industry experts and more than 1,500 presentations in a global venue located just minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport...

Video of the Day: Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 8, 2013 10:03 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.

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Meaghan's Minute: Paper Generators

October 8, 2013 9:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices,Disney Research has presented a new energy harvesting technology that generates electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy.

New Technique Minimizes the Effort and Cost of Microsatellite-Based Research

October 8, 2013 9:43 am | by APPS | News | Comments

Microsatellites are molecular markers with numerous applications in biological research. In studies of both plants and animals, they can be used to investigate speciation, gene flow among populations, mating systems, and parentage, as well as many other questions.

Carnegie Mellon Motion Tracking Technology Precise & Inexpensive with Minimal Lag

October 8, 2013 9:31 am | by Carnegie Mellon University, Disney Research Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that, as well as being precise and affordable, could eliminate much of the annoying lag occurring in existing video game systems that use motion tracking.

Nest Labs Tries to Smarten Up Smoke Detectors

October 8, 2013 9:25 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smoke detectors frequently produce more headaches than useful warnings. The devices have an irritating habit of shrieking when there's no cause for alarm, and always seem to wait until the middle of the night to chirp when their batteries run low.

Blackberry Shares Up On Report of Buyout Interest

October 8, 2013 8:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 4 percent Monday on a report that the company is in sale talks with a handful of companies. Reuters reported Friday that the struggling smartphone maker was holding discussions with Cisco, Google and SAP about a possible sale of all or part of itself.

Telecoms Firm Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 10,000 Jobs

October 8, 2013 8:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA said Tuesday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, the latest cost-cutting drive from the loss-making company. The job cuts are part of a restructuring plan to make the French-American company more competitive.

HotSpot Episode 33: Smart Brewing App for Beer Aficionados

October 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.

Meaghan's Minute: Building a Basic Computer with Carbon Nanotubes

October 7, 2013 12:29 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, A basic computer has been built by a team of Stanford engineers using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips.

Rubbing, Tapping Paper-Like Material Creates Electrical Current

October 7, 2013 10:53 am | by Jennifer Liu, Disney Research | News | Comments

Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin sheets of plastic and other everyday materials, researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have demonstrated.

Rendering 3-D Tactile Features on Touch Surfaces

October 7, 2013 10:53 am | by Jennifer Liu, Disney Research | News | Comments

A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.

Samsung Reports Record-High Profit for 3Q

October 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Galaxy smartphones said Friday that its third-quarter operating income rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $9.4 billion. The result was slightly better than the market expectation of $9.3 billion, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.

Sloppy Silicon Valley Techies Find Their Style

October 7, 2013 10:14 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From their inception, tech companies went out of their way to be different — and that meant no more business suits. Thus brilliant innovations took place in the dumpiest of outfits as leather sandals, elastic-waist jeans and old T-shirts became ubiquitous.

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