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Maybe Not Sci-Fi, but Robots Readied for Big Tests

December 16, 2013 9:51 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The real world has not caught up yet with "Star Wars" and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida this week for a Defense Department competition. Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for how...

Possible China Deal Could Pep up iPhone Sales

December 16, 2013 9:50 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from...

Avago Technologies Buying LSI for $6.6B

December 16, 2013 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The chipmaker Avago Technologies Ltd. is buying LSI Corp. for $6.6 billion to help strengthen its position in the enterprise storage market and broaden its offerings. Shares of both companies surged in Monday premarket trading...               

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Programming Smart Molecules

December 13, 2013 10:04 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applies Sciences | News | Comments

Computer scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have joined forces to put powerful probabilistic reasoning algorithms in the hands of...     

NASA Suspects Bad Valve for Space Station Trouble

December 13, 2013 9:59 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station dimmed the lights, turned off unnecessary equipment and put off science work Thursday as NASA scrambled to figure out what's wrong with a key cooling unit. One of two identical cooling loops shut down Wednesday when the line got too cold because of a...

Debate on Plane Phone Calls Moves On, Gets Bigger

December 13, 2013 9:58 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Just because it's safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn't mean that passengers should call just to say hello. That argument played out across Washington Thursday as one government agency moved a step closer to removing its prohibition of in-flight calls while another considered a new ban of its own...

Protest Apps Bring High-Tech Flair to Thai Rallies

December 13, 2013 9:50 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations...

Israeli Start-Up Seeks to End Roaming Charges

December 13, 2013 9:49 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli startup is trying to combat a common fear for international travelers: getting socked with hundreds or thousands of dollars in unexpected roaming charges for using cellphones away from home. Cell Buddy aims to turn any smartphone into a local one...              

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Low-Power Tunneling Transistor for High-Performance Devices at Low Voltage

December 12, 2013 3:36 pm | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

A new type of transistor that could make possible fast and low-power computing devices for energy-constrained applications such as smart sensor networks, implantable medical electronics and ultra-mobile computing is feasible, according to Penn State...           

TÜV Rheinland's Zigbee Test Tool Shortlisted as Innovation of the Year

December 12, 2013 2:54 pm | by TÜV Rheinland | News | Comments

TÜV Rheinland’s ZigBee test harness tool has been shortlisted as Innovation of the Year in the European Smart Metering Awards 2014, which recognize excellence in smart metering and acknowledge those who play a defining role in moving the industry forward. A panel of utilities and smart metering experts assesses and reviews all award entries...

SGS Selects Spirent to Enhance Operator Conformance Testing Capabilities

December 12, 2013 2:51 pm | by Spirent Communications | News | Comments

Spirent Communications announced today that leading test lab SGS has selected  its 8100 Mobile Device Test System to expand VoLTE/IMS and TDD-LTE testing capabilities to support major carriers who are planning to launch IMS/VoLTE services. Serving as one of the top accredited laboratories for wireless testing and certification...

Richardson RFPD Announces SiC Tech Hub

December 12, 2013 2:47 pm | by Richardson RFPD | News | Comments

Richardson RFPD announced the launch of its SiC Tech Hub, a micro-website featuring the latest news and new product releases related to Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology. SiC offers significant advantages in high power, high voltage applications where power density, higher performance and reliability are of the utmost importance.

X-COM Systems Application Note Describes Wideband Signal Capture and Analysis

December 12, 2013 2:42 pm | by X-COM Systems | News | Comments

X-COM Systems has released a new application note entitled “Using the IQC5000A and Spectro-X Software for Signal Capture and analysis: A Satcom Example”. Satellite communications providers charge for the use of their transponders based on how much bandwidth customers use and for how long...

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Telit 3G and Positioning Technologies to Integrate Australia’s Top Performing Cab Fare Payment Platform

December 12, 2013 2:39 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Sydney announced that Telit’s HE910 Series 3G cellular and Jupiter SL869 satellite positioning receiver modules are to integrate Cabcharge’s Fareway Plus, an innovative and powerful payment and application platform developed to meet the stringent requirements...

Next Milestone: EnOcean Alliance grows to 350 members with industry leader LIXIL

December 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance continues its growth path and welcomes LIXIL Corporation as its 350th member. The Japanese giant in the living and housing solutions area is one of several industry leaders who have joined the organization in the past few months, including Helvar, Hubbell, NEC, VIMAR and Toshiba.

Bluetooth Smart Technology Sets the Stage for 67 Percent Growth in Wearables in 2014

December 12, 2013 2:31 pm | by Bluetooth SIG | News | Comments

Wearable technology, the trend encapsulating everything from fitness trackers to Bluetooth Smart enabled running shoes, is seeing phenomenal growth and high consumer demand. Everyday items such as watches, bracelets, gloves and even hats, are being updated with Bluetooth wireless technology.

Photos of the Day: Learning to Fly Drones

December 12, 2013 10:12 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two student pilots are seated shoulder to shoulder before a bank of video monitors, maneuvering an unmanned aircraft by keyboard and mouse as the drone descends toward a virtual runway in a suburban landscape...              

Aviation Schools Prepare for Boom in Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 10:11 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aaron Gabrielson and Andrew Regenhard, aviation students at the University of North Dakota and self-proclaimed video-game junkies, could just as well be sitting on a couch playing Xbox. But instead of tapping their fingers on a controller, they're learning to fly the plane and use...   

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work....

SKorea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets...             

NASA Audit Finds Google Execs Saved on Jet Fuel

December 12, 2013 9:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report...             

Next Generation Wireless: Riding On the Back of Millimeter Waves

December 12, 2013 9:21 am | by Rec-USA | News | Comments

Of all the wavelengths in the spectrum used for wireless data transmission, perhaps the least well known is the millimeter wave band. However, it is precisely this band (and the continuous bandwidth it provides) that enables wireless data transmission at speeds and bandwidth that compare to the...

Chelton Receives 2013 Award for Achievements in Ocean Remote Sensing

December 11, 2013 4:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented the 2013 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing to Dudley B. Chelton, distinguished professor of Earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University...            

Magnemount Antenna System Solves Problem after Southern CA Water Distric Bans Welding & Epoxy on Tanks

December 11, 2013 4:23 pm | by Metal & Cable Corp., Inc. | News | Comments

The Otay Water District in southern California has thirty nine water tanks to service its 200,000 customers. Thirteen of those tanks have wireless communication antennas attached. Due to environmental and safety issues and concerns about damage to its tanks from welding and epoxy...

Tool Upgrade Would Have Prevented Train Crash

December 11, 2013 12:20 pm | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a technology upgrade they've been recommending for years would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York. The National Transportation Safety Board said a tool called ...                      

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