An international team of scientists is rewriting a page from the quantum physics rulebook using a University of Florida laboratory once dubbed the coldest spot in the universe. Much of what we know about quantum mechanics is theoretical and tested via computer modeling because quantum systems, like electrons whizzing around the nucleus of an atom, are difficult to pin down for observation.
Taiwan’s Foxconn, the company that manufactures parts for Apple’s iPhone, has been forced to shut down its Taiyuan plant after a massive brawl among workers, 40 of which have been injured. Reuters reports the incident has started as a personal dispute in one of the plant’s dormitories, escalating into a full-on brawl involving 2,000 people.
A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say. A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light .
Today’s kids are growing up with technology that no other generation has ever experienced and are essentially serving as guinea pigs for a whole new generation of play. With kids exploring the blurred lines between physical and virtual play, toymakers are rushing to create more and more ‘appcessories’ for kids to interact with their toys – and their gadgets.
There will be a next Facebook. We’re not predicting its eminent demise, but history has proven that even the most dominant players eventually fall. Just ask the British or Mongol Empires, which at one time ruled 20% and 25%, respectively, of the world’s population. Our present day social media juggernaut, Facebook, is getting close to these numbers with 15% of the world’s population on its platform.
Kickstarter is cracking down on how gadget creators look for funding on the site by enforcing new rules that address the common risks and challenges that come with their projects. The crowd-funding site posted a message to its blog on Friday that prohibits product renderings and simulations, and requires creators to showcase products in their current stage of development.
Far more people waited in line for the iPhone 5 launch Friday than waited for the release of the iPhone 4S last year, at least according to a new research note from top Apple analyst Gene Munster. Munster’s firm Piper Jaffray counted the number of people waiting in line for the iPhone at several Apple stores, including the flagship 5th Avenue store in New York, and found that the average line was 83% longer this year than for the iPhone 4S launch.
According to a report released by LocalResponse , a New York company that helps companies target customers based on social media sentiment and check-ins, Walmart captures nearly 40% of mobile check-ins via Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Yelp among the top ten U.
Before today, Carbonite had a few mobile apps, but the backup process was something of a one-way street: you could access content on your handset, but you couldn't back up the contents of your phone. That changes today with Carbonite Mobile, a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to upload photos and other files to Carbonite.
In case you don't already know, iOS 6 makes a big change in your iPhone , iPad and iPod Touch 's mapping features. It removes the Google Maps app that long you've long used and replaces it with Apple's home-baked mapping service. At first, you may not notice the change since the app's icon, and much of the interface looks almost the same.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, the North American Team Eagle tries to set a new land speed record in 2013, lasers are used to make computer chips faster by using tiny germanium lasers to process information in the form of light, computers are being taught to read human emotions via facial expressions, nano-velcro that can clasp heavy metal molecules, a former racing helmet designer turns his talents towards football safety, and the department of homeland security builds a narco sub (PLUTO) to help track down cartel smugglers.
CUI Inc , a subsidiary of CUI Global, Inc. , has entered into a license agreement with Ericsson, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators, for their 32-bit processor-based FRIDA II 3E digital Advanced Bus Converter (ABC) family, including the newly released BMR456 quarter brick and BMR457 eighth brick series.
Ramtron International Corporation revealed that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Institute of Embedded Systems (ZHAW InES) recently presented a paper summarizing research conducted with Ramtron F-RAM designed into a battery-free wireless sensor node. The research, presented this summer at the European ZigBee® Developers Conference in Munich, Germany, demonstrated that the use of F-RAM nonvolatile memory in energy harvesting applications can reduce energy consumption of the wireless sensor node by over 40 percent while reducing the total wireless sensor system cost, as compared to systems built with standard nonvolatile memory components.
As I neared the gate, I simply pulled out my just-updated iPhone and a bar code appeared that was scanned in, taking the place of a physical ticket. Major League Baseball is among the first entities to try out Passbook, the iOS 6 feature that allows tickets, gift cards and boarding passes to be stored in a single spot on the iPhone.
Nestle's "We Will Find You" promotion in the UK involves hiding GPS chips in chocolate wrappers so that the company can track the winners down. "We will look for you, we will find you and we will give you a cheque for £10,000." That's not the official motto of Nestlé's latest prize campaign in the UK, but it reminds us of nothing so much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Taken .
In addition to unveiling all those laptops , HP just announced a boatload of peripherals. Of the bunch, the most compelling might be the NFC-enabled Touch to Pair Mouse, which, as the name suggests, can be paired with another device simply through tapping. (Good thing lots of computers currently have NFC, right?) If, by chance, you don't have NFC on your laptop -- and you probably don't -- the mouse will function just fine as a regular old Bluetooth device.
Forget your wallet at home? That’s no longer an earth-shattering problem — you can pay via Google Wallet , LevelUp or PayPal , or you can have a friend spot you and transfer them money through Venmo. The free, friend-to-friend mobile payment platform launched in 2009, and is now available on iPhone , Android , BlackBerry and web , with integration via Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.
Piezoelectric micro motor and miniaturized drive circuit enable tiny motion systems that operate directly from 3V battery power New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its reduced-voltage miniature piezoelectric motor and drive system, capable of operating directly from battery voltage as low as 2.
That’s about to change. JetBlue is expected to announce a new high speed, in-flight Wi-Fi option later this week at the World Low Cost Airline Conference, according to a company email obtained by The Verge . The best part? It will be free of charge. (Free for the meantime, while they activate the service on 30 planes.
Is there anything a smartphone app can’t do? Researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s hospital have figured out how to let people measure their own lung health by breathing in the direction of the standard microphone on a smartphone, without any specialized attachments.
The LifeProof nüüd for iPad is made for being in the pool, fresh water and ocean, so it doesn’t matter what kind of water sports you’re into. The new waterproof case from LifeProof makes your iPad virtually invincible and aptly prepared for submersion in 6.6 feet of water. The buff case provides protection for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad from water, shock, dust, grime and snow.
Apple’s iOS 6 is right around the corner, which means we’ll soon get to take the new Passbook service for a spin. Partners for the new application have been signing up steadily, and ticketing startup Eventbrite is the latest to jump on board. Eventbrite, which earlier this year hit $1 billion in ticket sales , announced on Tuesday that it is planning support for all event tickets for iOS 6.
Rakuten is following in the footsteps of Amazon, chief-rival to its Kobo e-reader, after it partnered with Internet provider eAccess to introduce a data-only LTE mobile service that will go live in Japan from October 1. Amazon leapt into the space in May when it unveiled plans for data-only SIM cards in partnership with local MVNO Japan Communications.
Take note, because there's a new standard in realm of wireless video streaming and it's known as Miracast. Since the initial announcement , some very respectable manufacturers have chosen to support the specification , which includes Broadcom, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. Now the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the first round of products to be certified for Miracast, and as an extremely welcome bit of news, all Intel WiDi devices are supported by the latest standard.