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Growing Backlash to Government Surveillance

October 14, 2013 9:48 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the Internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops.

Microsoft's Phone Update to Feature Driving Mode

October 14, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.

Google to Change Terms to Use Your Identity in Ads

October 14, 2013 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Your reviews of restaurants, shops, and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store could show up in ads that are displayed to your friends, connections, and the broader public when they search on Google. The company calls that feature "shared endorsements."

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Dead Loved Ones' Voices Fall Victim to Technology

October 14, 2013 9:36 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology has given families a way to hear their loved ones' voices long after they've passed, providing them some solace during the grieving process. But the voices aren't saved forever. Many people have discovered the voices unwittingly erased as part of a routine service upgrade to voice mail services.

B&B Electronics Launches Next Generation 802.11 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Platform for Industrial Wireless M2M

October 11, 2013 5:23 pm | by B&B Electronics | News | Comments

B&B Electronics launched its next generation AirborneM2M 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi platform to provide secure, dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi connectivity to rugged and mission-critical M2M networks. With dual-band support and robust, enterprise-class security options, AirborneM2M is designed to enable integrators, VARs and OEMs to reduce the risk of obsolescence...

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to Explore the 'Power of Global Communications'

October 11, 2013 4:47 pm | by MDT Staff | 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...

Sequans Announces New Single-mode LTE Module

October 11, 2013 4:08 pm | by Sequans Communications | News | Comments

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced availability of the VZ20M and VZ21M modules, the newest members of its EZLinkLTE family of single-mode LTE modules. The VZ20M, recently certified by Verizon Wireless, is a complete M.2 connectivity solution for the design of tablets, notebooks, and laptop computers,

Meaghan's Minute: A New Microfluidic Approach

October 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach with applications in materials development for energy capture and storage and for optoelectronic materials.

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Photo of the Day: The OTT Opportunity for Operators

October 11, 2013 9:39 am | by Silverstreet | News | Comments

With over-the-top (OTT) messaging overtaking SMS in 2012, mobile operators need to assess their role in this new communications landscape, and gear up to take advantage of this new dynamic. The latest SMS and app messaging stats speak for themselves. OTT messaging is here to stay and mobile operators have ample opportunity to stay ahead of the curve.

Internet of Things Gets Major Distance Boost From IBM and Semtech

October 11, 2013 9:33 am | by IBM, Semtech Corporation | News | Comments

IBM and Semtech Corporation have announced a significant advancement in wireless technology, combining IBM software and Semtech hardware to create a system capable of transmitting data up to a distance of 9 miles, depending on the environment, with significantly improved ease-of-use.

Websites Using Device Fingerprinting to Secretly Track Users

October 11, 2013 9:22 am | by Kuleuven | News | Comments

A new study by KU Leuven-iMinds researchers has uncovered that 145 of the Internet’s 10,000 top websites track users without their knowledge or consent. The websites use hidden scripts to extract a device fingerprint from users’ browsers. Device fingerprinting circumvents legal restrictions imposed on the use of cookies and ignores the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Google: EU Privacy Spat Will 'Play Itself Out'

October 11, 2013 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said Thursday that he respects but disagrees with complaints about his company's privacy policies made by data protection authorities in six European countries. Schmidt said the Internet search and ad giant has "very broadly communicated" its policies to authorities in the countries where the complaints have been made.

New Gadget Frees Mobile TV From Blocky Attachment

October 11, 2013 9:13 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically. Previous mobile TV antennas could hang precariously from the charging port.

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BlackBerry Founders Looking at Buying Company

October 11, 2013 9:11 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are weighing taking over the distressed smartphone company as it searches for a savior. Lazaridis said Thursday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he and Fregin are looking to potentially acquire the 92 percent of the shares they don't currently own.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

October 10, 2013 4:58 pm | by Gartner, Inc | News | Comments

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

Norsat Secures $6.3M Order from Harris for ATOM Series 100W Ku-band Solid State Power Amplifiers

October 10, 2013 4:32 pm | by Norsat International Inc. | News | Comments

Norsat International Inc. has announced a $6.3M order from Harris Corporation for its compact and efficient ATOM series Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat expects to deliver the majority of the products over three quarters commencing Q4 2013.

Carbon's New Champion

October 10, 2013 9:35 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when anyone can make it in bulk. If they do, they'll find carbyne nanorods or nanoropes have a host of remarkable and useful properties, as described in a new paper by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group. The paper appears this week in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano.

Meaghan's Minute: Driverless Car Mercedes Benz

October 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Daimler unveiled its autonomous Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International Car Show. The vehicle, driving with little autonomy, recently performed well on a 62-mile test drive through Germany.

Northwestern Researchers Develop Compact, High-Power Terahertz Source at Room Temperature

October 10, 2013 9:08 am | by Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Terahertz radiation — radiation in the wavelength range of 30 to 300 microns — is gaining attention due to its applications in security screening, medical and industrial imaging, agricultural inspection, astronomical research, and other areas. Traditional methods of generating terahertz radiation, however, usually involve large and expensive instruments.

Sennheiser to Power World's First Large Scale Opera for Wireless Headphones

October 10, 2013 9:00 am | by Sennheiser | News | Comments

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its world-class professional and consumer technology will play an integral part of Invisible Cities: the world's first large scale opera for wireless headphones. The landmark production, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project, and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19th at Los Angeles' iconic Union Station.

Review: Samsung Tablet Offers PC-Like Multitasking

October 10, 2013 8:48 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's new tablet, Galaxy Note 10.1, gives consumers quick access to the tools they can accomplish with its stylus. Pen Window is one. Another feature lets consumers add notes to a screenshot of what they see. Another lets users clip a section of a Web page and store it with a Web link.

Passengers Stuck on Roller Coaster Due to Computer Glitch

October 10, 2013 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A dozen people were stuck for more than two hours on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida. A glitch caused the computers to go into safety mode, stopping the ride in a vertical position, more than 150 feet from the ground. Park officials are still investigating what exactly caused the glitch to stop the ride.

Solving the Internet Capacity Crunch

October 9, 2013 4:44 pm | by University of Bristol, NICT | News | Comments

With optical fiber networks gradually approaching their theoretical capacity limits, new types of fibers such as multicore fibers have been at the focus of worldwide research to overcome critical capacity barriers, which threaten the evolution of the Internet.

New Semiconductors Will Drive Future Power Electronics in Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

October 9, 2013 12:02 pm | by GaN Systems | News | Comments

GaN Systems is presenting a paper on new wide-bandgap semiconductors and their role in transforming automotive power electronics at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Conference & Expo in Michigan  17 - 19  September. Manufacturers are currently designing vehicles to be launched onto the market in 2018.

Juno Slingshots Past Earth on its Way to Jupiter

October 9, 2013 9:31 am | by Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio | News | Comments

If you've ever whirled a ball attached to a string around your head and then let it go, you know the great speed that can be achieved through a slingshot maneuver. Similarly, NASA's Juno spacecraft will be passing within some 350 miles of Earth's surface at 3:21p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 9, before it slingshots off into space on a historic exploration of Jupiter.

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