On Friday we heard reports coming from New York advocacy group China Labor Watch that Foxconn workers in China were on strike . Reported reasons were varied, from Apple asking people to work on holidays to alleged enforcement of tighter quality control. Now, the company is denying all strike-related reports.
For those who tire of dragging a heavy piece of luggage through the airport, a new hands-free suitcase will do all the work for you. Hop is a suitcase that follows close behind the user, as he or she moves out of range. It’s named after bellhops, people who are hired — often by hotels — to carry guests’ luggage, according to Hop’s official website .
The USB is often described as ubiquitous, and with good reason. An acronym for Universal Serial Bus, the USB’s purpose is to connect peripherals to a computer. From techie to casual computist, seeing a product with the familiar USB connector leaves a person with a warm, fuzzy feeling. There may be faster connectors, but USB is convenient, reliable, durable, relatively inexpensive and more than adequate for most tasks in terms of data transfer, making it the most popular way to connect.
Apple has ordered more than 10 million units of a smaller version of the iPad for the fourth quarter — about double the amount Amazon has ordered for the Kindle Fire — according to a report. The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed Chinese suppliers for the report about the 7.85-inch tablets.
Organic catalysts are a breakthrough in the quest for inexpensive and efficient materials for environmentally friendly production of energy in fuel cells. A new study by physicists at Umeå University in Sweden, published in ACS Nano , provides better knowledge about key processes in producing these catalysts.
Dallas, TX — BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today issued a warning to users of two-way radios about the wide-ranging consequences of failing to comply with the narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). BearCom pointed to the latest statistics showing that more than one third of FCC licensees — 36.
In modern telecommunications, light carries digital information over kilometers within seconds. Adapted optical materials con-trol the light signals. In the AFM journal, researchers from Ber-lin, Louvain, and from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology present a method to produce photonic crystals.
from the University of Oklahoma Move over money, a new currency is helping make the world go round. As increasing volumes of data become accessible, transferable and, therefore, actionable, information is the treasure companies want to amass. To protect this wealth, organizations use cryptography, or coded messages, to secure information from "technology robbers.
Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet's sand. But only after NASA's rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred. The rover's scoop will dig into the sand Saturday. But only after NASA's rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred.
To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you'd need to be either an optimist…or a futurist in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) .
If there's one advantage a print magazine still has over an online publication, it's the ability to offer all manner of crazy freebies glued to its pages. Maybelline samples , CDROMs packing the latest version of WinZip , or -- in tomorrow's edition of Entertainment Weekly -- something that actually looks pretty enticing.
Sierra Wireless introduced the next-generation AirVantage™ M2M Cloud , a faster, more cost-effective way to build, deploy, and manage large M2M applications. The AirVantage M2M Cloud provides secure two-way communication between connected devices and the enterprise, enabling innovation in products, services, and revenue streams.
When a big tech company like Google moves into the neighborhood, it’s often a death warrant for a small tech company. But not for RareWire , a Kansas City, Mo. developer of apps for mobile devices. When the search giant came to town a year ago, it was to build out the fiber-optic backbone for a massive Internet infrastructure–a.
Move over money, a new currency is helping make the world go round. As increasing volumes of data become accessible, transferable and, therefore, actionable, information is the treasure companies want to amass. To protect this wealth, organizations use cryptography, or coded messages, to secure information from "technology robbers.
When people put their minds to it, anything is possible. Even a new hand. Last year, a South African named Richard Van As lost four fingers in a woodworking accident. But that was just the start of his troubles. Surgery set him back $20,000--all the money he had--and that didn’t include actually replacing the fingers with prosthetics.
Get ready to rethink the way you brew coffee — and the cost of it. The Blossom One Limited machine makes a fresh, hot cup of coffee, but it’s not your average coffeemaker. A team of engineers who worked previously at Apple and at NASA designed the $11,000 coffeemaker that brews coffee at just the right temperature.
Design trends are influenced by both form and function, but also bow to limitations of existing technology. When we look back at flat-screen TVs compared to LCDs, then further to the bulky cathode ray tube ( remember these ?), it’s obvious we’ve come a long way. Within a few years, according to industry reps, we’ll say the same about store displays, vehicle lighting and kitchen countertops.
Target is gearing up for the holiday season with a mobile-based program designed to foil the practice of “showrooming.” Starting Oct. 14, customers who visit the stores will see a showcase of the top 20 toys of the season each of which will sport a QR code that lets consumers buy them online and have them shipped.
If you’re looking for someone to blame for Apple ditching Google Maps on the iPhone, try Steve Jobs. The former Apple CEO and co-founder was the one who initiated the effort to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with Apple’s own mapping application, according to a new report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek .
Hewlett-Packard ‘s stock plummeted to its lowest level in nine years after the company cut its guidance and told investors that its turnaround will take longer than expected. During HP’s annual Securities Analyst meeting on Wednesday, CEO Meg Whitman told investors that fiscal year 2013 will be a “fix and rebuild year” for HP, and the company won’t really recover and begin to grow again until 2014.
You can do basically anything online. From booking a flight to securely transmitting medical records to your doctor, from buying groceries to managing your bank account, the web supports all sorts of complex transactions. But one common task has firmly resisted the lure of online convenience: voting.
Electrochem Solutions, Inc. (Electrochem), a subsidiary of Greatbatch, Inc. announced the completed integration of Micro Power Electronics, Inc.(Micro Power), following Electrochem’s acquisition of the company in December 2011. The Micro Power brand has retired and the unified organization will move forward as Electrochem Solutions, Inc.
A technique that uses acoustic waves to sort cells on a chip may create miniature medical analytic devices that could make Star Trek's tricorder seem a bit bulky in comparison, according to a team of researchers. The device uses two beams of acoustic -- or sound -- waves to act as acoustic tweezers and sort a continuous flow of cells on a dime-sized chip, said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.
A team of scientists, led by Joachim Reichert, Johannes Barth, and Alexander Holleitner (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Clusters of Excellence MAP and NIM), and Itai Carmeli (Tel Aviv University) developed a method to measure photocurrents of a single functionalized photosynthetic protein system.
A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Minnesota has invented a unique microscale optical device that could greatly increase the speed of downloading information online and reduce the cost of Internet transmission. The device uses the force generated by light to flop a mechanical switch of light on and off at a very high speed.