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NYC Transit App Competition Asks Public to Vote

August 28, 2013 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency that runs New York City's subways and buses is inviting the public to try out and weigh in on dozens of new apps designed to ease getting around. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and AT&T released 49 new apps on Tuesday. They were developed in a competition to create new mobile tools that draw on real-time MTA data.

Exploring Google Glass through Eyes of Early Users

August 28, 2013 9:47 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

To get a sense of the advantages and drawbacks of the device, The Associated Press spoke to three Glass owners who have been using the device since late spring: Sarah Hill, a former TV broadcaster and current military veterans advocate; David Levy, a hiking enthusiast and small business owner; and Deborah Lee, a stay-at-home mom.

China to Launch Unmanned Lunar Lander by Year-End

August 28, 2013 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China says it will launch its first unmanned lunar lander by the end of this year. The Chang'e 3 lander will carry a radio-controlled rover to transmit images and dig into the moon's surface to test samples. The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said Wednesday the lander had officially entered the launch stage.

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Control Scheme Dynamically Maintains Unstable Quantum System

August 28, 2013 9:40 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A simple pendulum has two equilibrium points: hanging in the "down" position and perfectly inverted in the "up" position. While the "down" position is a stable equilibrium, the inverted position is definitely not stable. Any infinitesimal deviation from perfectly inverted is enough to cause the pendulum to eventually swing down.

Georgia Tech Team Supports Open Architecture Software Standards for Military Avionics

August 28, 2013 9:35 am | by Lance Wallace, Georgia Tech University | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are helping the U.S. military make key changes in how aircraft electronic systems, called avionics, are produced. The effort focuses on modifying the design of avionics software, especially the ways in which it interfaces with an aircraft's hardware and other software.

Researcher Controls Colleague’s Motions in 1st Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

August 28, 2013 9:33 am | by Doree Armstrong and Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco’s finger to move on a keyboard.

Radisys and Telum Announce Successful Integration of an eNodeB in Russia with Compact Evolved Packet Core

August 27, 2013 5:17 pm | by Radisys | News | Comments

Radisys has announced successful integration of Radisys’ Compact Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Telum’s compact LTE base station (eNodeB). Aerospace and Defense (A&D) and public safety contractors are turning to LTE to leverage the benefits of higher bandwidth, carrier-grade quality and proven, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology.

ProTek Devices’ New TVS Array Provides Circuit Protection in Computing Applications

August 27, 2013 5:12 pm | by ProTek Devices | News | Comments

ProTek Devices has introduced a very low capacitance transient voltage suppressor (TVS) array designed to protect computing applications from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical fast transients (EFT). Such applications include wireless communications devices, Ethernet 10/100/1000 base T, FireWire, and USB interfaces.

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Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone Driving 55% Increase in Mobile Phone Display Revenues in 2013

August 27, 2013 5:05 pm | by The NPD Group, Inc. | News | Comments

Increased demand for higher resolution, larger touch-enabled smartphones is leading to strong revenue growth in the mobile phone display market in 2013. According to the Quarterly Mobile Phone Display Shipment and Forecast Report by NPD DisplaySearch, overall mobile phone display revenues are expected to reach $33.3 billion.

Beckhoff Automation Adds Two Engineers to US Systems Engineering Group

August 27, 2013 4:52 pm | by Beckhoff Automation | News | Comments

In order to best serve rapidly increasing requests for on-site engineering support, Beckhoff Automation LLC has added two experienced engineers to the company’s Systems Engineering Group. This team, now staffed with six engineers, is tasked with assisting machine builders and manufacturers with the planning, design and implementation...

Pasternack Enterprises Appoints New Distributor for Russia Vilcom Holding Signed as New Pasternack Distributor

August 27, 2013 4:28 pm | by Pasternack Enterprises | News | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has welcomed Vilcom Holding as the exclusive distributor for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Vilcom Holding joins a growing list of international distributors who are partnering with Pasternack to expand the company’s vast RF product offering and customer service worldwide.

Digi-Key Corporation and Sanken Electric Announce Global Distribution Agreement

August 27, 2013 4:24 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced a global distribution agreement with Sanken Electric. Sanken’s long history began in 1937, when the Toho Industrial Research Laboratory was established and commenced research and trial manufacture of selenium rectifiers.

Agilent Technologies and University of Michigan Collaborate on Worldwide Solar-Car Competition

August 27, 2013 4:21 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies and the University of Michigan have announced Agilent’s support of the university’s solar-car team. Agilent will provide a 200-MHz capacitive touch-screen oscilloscope as well as a handheld oscilloscope and a triple-output power supply to support the team’s solar-car engineering program, from design through competition.

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Telefónica and Connode Set to Provide UK Smart Meter Communications Service

August 27, 2013 4:18 pm | by Connode | News | Comments

Telefónica has been selected by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Control as the preferred communications service provider for two out of three lots in the UK’s smart meter tender, subject to contracts being agreed. Telefonica’s proposed communications solution is based on its existing cellular network in the UK...

JDSU: Location Insight Services Worth $11 Billion to Operators by 2016

August 27, 2013 4:12 pm | by JDSU | News | Comments

Research released by JDSU and compiled by STL Partners, a UK-based research firm specializing in business model innovation in telecommunications, media, and technology markets, highlights an $11 billion opportunity for mobile operators by 2016. The opportunity comes from the monetization of a range of solutions it calls “Location Insight Services.”

Pulsars Make a GPS for the Cosmos

August 27, 2013 11:27 am | by CSIRO Australia | News | Comments

Usually the astronomers are interested in measuring, very precisely, when the pulsar pulses arrive in the solar system. Slight deviations from the expected arrival times can give clues about the behaviour of a pulsar itself, or whether it is orbiting another star, for instance.

Facebook: Governments Demanded Data on 38K Users

August 27, 2013 10:31 am | by MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.

Rehab Rex: Non-Invasive Technology Helps Patients 'Walk'

August 27, 2013 10:28 am | by Shawn Lindsey, University of Houston | News | Comments

The Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) have awarded grants to a robotics research project by the University of Houston (UH) and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI). The Cullen Foundation has directed $495,000 in philanthropic support to the research project and the TIRR Foundation has given $200,000 to purchase Rehab Rex.

Moving Objects with Your Mind

August 27, 2013 10:23 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Brain imaging equipment has been around since the 1930s, but we have made very little progress in understanding the human brain, explains Tan Le, Founder and CEO of Emotiv Insight. With almost a decade of experience in the field, she hopes to change this.

Mind-Reading Headset Monitors Brainwaves

August 27, 2013 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Kickstarter, we are monitoring our brainwaves and moving objects with just our thoughts with the Emotiv Insight, a 5-channel, wireless headset from Tan Le, founder and CEO. Brain imaging equipment has been around since the 1930s, but we have made very little progress in understanding the human brain, explains Tan Le.

U.S. Businessman Held in Chinese Blogging Crackdown

August 26, 2013 9:18 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police have detained a Chinese-American venture capitalist on suspicion of visiting a prostitute in Beijing as authorities crack down on bloggers who have posted sensitive material on China's already heavily restricted Internet. Charles Xue, who has over 12 million followers on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, was detained on Friday evening in a Beijing neighborhood along with a woman.

Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months

August 26, 2013 9:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who helped Bill Gates transform the company from a tiny startup into the world's most valuable business, announced plans Friday to retire sometime in the next year — a move that presents another challenge to the tech giant as it struggles to move beyond the era of the personal computer.

Researchers Offer Explanation for Strange Magnetic Behavior at Semiconductor Interfaces

August 26, 2013 9:09 am | by Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University | News | Comments

Alone, neither lanthanum aluminate nor strontium titanate exhibit any particularly notable properties. But when they are layered together, they become not only conductive, but also magnetic. In the current online edition of Nature Physics, researchers at The Ohio State University report the first-ever theoretical explanation to be offered for this phenomenon since it was discovered in 2004.

Slovenian Railways Uses IBM Cloud to Build Smarter Railroad System

August 23, 2013 4:00 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM [NYSE: IBM] has announced that Slovenian Railways has adopted IBM’s cloud solution to improve business operations and customer service for the Central European railway. Adopting a new cloud-based centralized IT system will give the company a more holistic view across all of its freight, passenger and logistics operations so it can more effectively maintain and manage the railway traffic across its network.

UCLA Researchers Invent Portable Device for Common Kidney Tests

August 23, 2013 9:29 am | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A lightweight and field-portable device invented at UCLA that conducts kidney tests and transmits data through a smartphone attachment may significantly reduce the need for frequent office visits by people with diabetes and others with chronic kidney ailments.

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