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HotSpot Episode 33: Smart Brewing App for Beer Aficionados

October 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.

Meaghan's Minute: Building a Basic Computer with Carbon Nanotubes

October 7, 2013 12:29 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, A basic computer has been built by a team of Stanford engineers using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips.

Rubbing, Tapping Paper-Like Material Creates Electrical Current

October 7, 2013 10:53 am | by Jennifer Liu, Disney Research | News | Comments

Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin sheets of plastic and other everyday materials, researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have demonstrated.


Rendering 3-D Tactile Features on Touch Surfaces

October 7, 2013 10:53 am | by Jennifer Liu, Disney Research | News | Comments

A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.

Samsung Reports Record-High Profit for 3Q

October 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Galaxy smartphones said Friday that its third-quarter operating income rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $9.4 billion. The result was slightly better than the market expectation of $9.3 billion, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.

Sloppy Silicon Valley Techies Find Their Style

October 7, 2013 10:14 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From their inception, tech companies went out of their way to be different — and that meant no more business suits. Thus brilliant innovations took place in the dumpiest of outfits as leather sandals, elastic-waist jeans and old T-shirts became ubiquitous.

Photo of the Day: Wafer Filled with CNTs

October 7, 2013 9:50 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

CNTs are long chains of carbon atoms that are extremely efficient at conducting and controlling electricity. They are so thin – thousands of CNTs could fit side by side in a human hair – that it takes very little energy to switch them off, according to Wong, co-author of the paper and the Williard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor at Stanford.

Stanford Engineers Build First Computer Based on Carbon Nanotube Technology

October 7, 2013 9:27 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips. This unprecedented feat culminates years of efforts by scientists around the world to harness this promising material.


RFS to Support Phase 2 of Transit Wireless Project to Bring DAS Network to NYC Subway System

October 4, 2013 1:30 pm | by Radio Frequency Systems | News | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has announced that its products will be used by Transit Wireless to support the architecture for Phase 2 of its extensive project to bring a distributed antenna system (DAS) to the  New York City subway system. Phase 2, which is expected to be completed in mid-2014, includes 40 new stations...

IEEE Photonics Society Raises Industry Awareness Through New Global Initiatives

October 4, 2013 1:11 pm | by IEEE Photonics Society | News | Comments

The IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) continues to grow as a result of the launch of several new programs since the start of 2013. “This year the IEEE Photonics Society is focusing on member engagement and industry relevance more than ever,” says Richard Linke, Executive Director of the society.

Spirent Industry’s First Carrier-Approved A-GNSS Record and Playback Solution for Mobile Device Testing

October 4, 2013 1:09 pm | by Spirent Communications | News | Comments

Spirent Communications has announced the availability of carrier-approved Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System (A-GNSS) Record and Playback capabilities on its Hybrid Location Technology Solution (HLTS). This new A-GNSS Record and Playback capability provides unprecedented realism and repeatability by recording GNSS signals in the field...

Spirax Sarco Launches New Educational

October 4, 2013 12:21 pm | by Spirax Sarco | News | Comments

Spirax Sarco announced the launch of: Heat Exchange Stall – the latest educational video on their YouTube Channel playlist. The Spirax Sarco YouTube Channel offers free videos on various educational topics targeting the industrial and institutional markets. This video demonstrates the particular problems associated with the removal of condensate...

Cirrus Logic Acquires Audio Signal Processing Leader Acoustic Technologies

October 4, 2013 12:09 pm | by Cirrus Logic | News | Comments

Cirrus Logic has announced that it has acquired Acoustic Technologies, Inc. The Mesa, Ariz.,-based firm is a leader in embedded firmware voice processing technology, including noise reduction, echo cancelation and voice enhancement. “Acoustic Tech's team of audio experts and their proven voice processing technologies are a welcome addition to Cirrus Logic's arsenal...”


Agilent Technologies Introduces FieldFox Pulse Measurements to Simplify Radar Field Testing

October 4, 2013 12:06 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has introduced a pulse measurement option for its FieldFox handheld analyzers that is designed to further simplify radar field testing. Radar is the most important element in any aerospace/defense communication system. However, testing radar in the field can be challenging due to the multitude of instruments engineers and technicians are required to carry.

Teseq Calibration Services at EMC UK Exhibition for First Time

October 3, 2013 4:56 pm | by Teseq | News | Comments

This year Teseq have increased their presence at the EMC UK Exhibition and will be promoting their local calibration and repair services alongside their market leading range of EMC test instrumentation and amplifiers.     

Auditor Reviewing No-Bid Radio Tower Deals

October 2, 2013 9:53 am | by The Charleston Gazette | News | Comments

West Virginia's legislative auditor is investigating a state official's decision to award 20 no-bid emergency contracts for microwave radio tower repairs because the reasons he's given so far apparently don't hold up. Auditor Aaron Allred has asked the Department of Health and Human Resources to turn over every emergency contract that emergency communications director Joe Gonzalez has approved since 2007 for review.

Solar Power's Future Brawl

October 2, 2013 9:44 am | by Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy | News | Comments

A trio of researchers at North Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota have turned to computer modeling to help decide which of two competing materials should get its day in the sun as the nanoscale energy-harvesting technology of future solar panels -- quantum dots or nanowires.

Breakthrough in Photonics Could Allow for Faster Electronics

October 2, 2013 9:30 am | by CU, MIT | News | Comments

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Micron Technology could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore's Law—to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones.

Silicon Vision Partners with Mindtree for Bluetooth Low Energy Intellectual Property Solution

October 1, 2013 5:23 pm | by Silicon Vision Technologies | News | Comments

Silicon Vision Technologies Ltd and Mindtree Ltd. have partnered to bring to market  a state-of-the-art, integrated RF-baseband-stack intellectual property (IP) solution for Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart) technology. The integrated solution has already been proven with a lead customer in Asia...

Cardinal Components Adds Sensible Micro Corp as Authorized Distributor

October 1, 2013 5:19 pm | by Cardinal Components | News | Comments

Cardinal Components has entered into a distributor agreement with Sensible Micro Corporation, a broad-line stocking distributor and professional sourcing partner. According to James Magos, COO of Cardinal, Sensible Micro has become one of the leading independent distributors in the U.S. Sensible Micro has earned national recognition in Inc Magazine...

New Full Range Instrumentation Catalog from Rotork Fairchild

October 1, 2013 5:12 pm | by Rotork Fairchild | News | Comments

Rotork Fairchild, a member of the Rotork Instruments Division, has published an updated catalog for its full range of precision industrial control products. Fairchild offers an unrivalled choice of electro-pneumatic transducers, pressure regulators, pneumatic relays, volume boosters and accessories for process machine tool, robotic and OEM applications in all environments including hazardous areas.

LTE to be Deployed Worldwide by 2018

October 1, 2013 5:08 pm | by Analysys Mason | News | Comments

LTE is out of the experimental stage and is being deployed worldwide. Operators in all markets are in the process of implementing LTE, but the emergence of the APAC and LATAM regions is set to challenge European and North American operators’ early lead. These trends are analysed in Analysys Mason’s forthcoming report on the outlook for LTE worldwide.

The Hummingbird Update: What Does it Mean for the Future of Online Marketing?

October 1, 2013 5:03 pm | by WebiMax | News | Comments

In a move that has been talked about for the last few weeks among those in the tech industry, Google, the world’s leading search engine that turns 15 today, unveiled an update to their search algorithm. The move, which is being called the Hummingbird update, was made to help the search engine provide better answers to more complex requests.

IAR Systems Fortifies its Offering with Global Launchof the IAR Academy

October 1, 2013 5:00 pm | by IAR Systems | News | Comments

Today, IAR Systems has announced that its technical education program IAR Academy, previously launched in Germany and Sweden, is now extended to the UK, France, United States, Brazil, and Japan. The increasing growth of system complexity and the market demand for high performance applications make developers want to gain competitive skills advantages in embedded development and maximize their tools investment.

Tiny Sensor Used in Smart Phones Could Create Urban Seismic Network

October 1, 2013 10:51 am | by Seismological Society of America | News | Comments

A tiny chip used in smart phones to adjust the orientation of the screen could serve to create a real-time urban seismic network, easily increasing the amount of strong motion data collected during a large earthquake, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

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