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German Prosecutor: Still Eeighing NSA Probe

December 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's chief federal prosecutor says he hasn't decided whether to open an investigation into alleged surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency but is suggesting that he's skeptical...                    

Group Wants Fisher Price iPad Seat Recall

December 11, 2013 9:56 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps? Fisher-Price is selling an infant seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby...                    

Optimizing Carbon Nanotube Arrays for use in Hot Spots

December 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

When engineers design devices, they must often join together two materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged...             


Photos of the Day: Titan Arm Adds Extra Muscle

December 10, 2013 10:10 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In technical terms, the apparatus is an untethered, upper-body exoskeleton; to the layman, it's essentially a battery-powered arm brace attached to a backpack. Either way, Titan Arm's cost-efficient design has won...              

PA Students' Robotic Arm Can Make You Stronger

December 10, 2013 10:09 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional...                      

Kickstarter of the Week: Mini Satellite Is Propelled by Water

December 9, 2013 4:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are propelling a tiny solar-powered satellite into space using only water for fuel. The spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon. The engine produces thrust through ...                      

Propelled by Water, Powered by Sun

December 9, 2013 4:13 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A solar-powered spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon using only water for fuel, thanks to a new technology being developed at the University of Michigan’s Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. The ...

Exclusive: Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 4:03 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of Things. Searches on Shodan can find a stunning amount...


Made in IBM Labs: Ensuring the Security of Cloud Apps Accessed by Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM inventors have patented a technique that enables businesses to improve cloud security and support secure transactions by preventing mobile devices from accessing software code that has been maliciously or inadvertently modified after it was encrypted.

Cypress TrueTouch Solutions Add Support for Fujifilm Metal Mesh Sensors

December 9, 2013 12:56 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controllers support usage of metal mesh sensors from Fujifilm. Metal mesh sensors deliver better scanning performance than traditional indium tin oxide (ITO) sensors, and they are easier to manufacture, cutting cost and design time.

Microchip Expands Arduino Compatible chipKIT Ecosystem

December 9, 2013 12:53 pm | by Microchip Technology | News | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its Arduino compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes the need for users to purchase additional hardware or shields...

Agilent’s Award-Winning, Ultrafast Express Test Now Compatible with All G200 Stages and DCM II, XP Heads

December 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced that its high-speed Express Test option, a recent recipient of the prestigious R&D 100 Award, is compatible with all Nano Indenter G200 stages and DCM II and XP heads. Innovative Express Test technology enables the world’s fastest nanoindentation for mechanical-properties mapping.

Agilent Technologies Introduces Next-Generation Atomic Force Microscope

December 9, 2013 12:43 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the availability of its 7500 atomic force microscope (AFM), a highly advanced instrument that establishes new performance, functionality and ease-of-use benchmarks for nanoscale measurement, characterization and manipulation.


IEEE ComSoc to Present Annual Career and Service Awards at IEEE GLOBECOM 2013

December 9, 2013 12:41 pm | by IEEE Communications Society | News | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society will announce this year’s Career and Service Awards at IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to be held  December 9 – 13, 2013 at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Themed the Power of Global Communications, the five-day global event is expected to host thousands of industry professionals...

Elliptic Technologies Announces Hardware Enforced End-to-End Content Protection for Microsoft PlayReady

December 9, 2013 12:37 pm | by Elliptic Technologies | News | Comments

Elliptic Technologies announced the availability of tVault DRM for Microsoft PlayReady to secure premium content on connected devices. Along with this launch, Elliptic has fully integrated the tVault DRM solution on the NVIDIA Tegra 4i mobile processor.

Photos of the Day: Mini Microscopes

December 9, 2013 11:14 am | by Dr. Johan Lundin, University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, FIMM, University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have now shown that novel techniques for high-resolution imaging and image transfer over data networks may be utilized to solve these diagnostic problems...

Stripped Mobile Phone Camera Turned into a Mini-Microscope for Low-Cost Diagnostics

December 9, 2013 11:13 am | by Dr. Johan Lundin, University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Microscopy, being relatively easy to perform at low cost, is the universal diagnostic method for detection of most globally important parasitic infections. Methods developed in well-equipped laboratories are, however, difficult to maintain at the basic levels of the health care system due to lack of adequately trained...

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'Tinker Toy' Materials to Appear in Science

December 9, 2013 10:56 am | by Mike Janes, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound implications for the future of electronics, sensors, energy conversion and...

Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 10:32 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the U.S. government access personal data, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance...                     

EU Warns Nokia Not to Become 'Patent Troll'

December 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp. this year but retained its patent portfolio...                 

Court Case Could Mean 'Death' of Software Patents

December 9, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or...

MTS Selects JDSU to Launch Canada’s First 3G-LTE Geolocation Solution

December 6, 2013 2:52 pm | by JDSU | News | Comments

JDSU announced that MTS, Manitoba's leading full-service telecommunications provider, has selected its ariesoGEOTM platform to provide subscriber centric network design, planning and optimisation across its HSPA and LTE networks. MTS is wholly-owned by Manitoba Telecom Services...

Tageos Named a Red Herring Top 100 Global

December 6, 2013 2:50 pm | by Tageos | News | Comments

RFID label maker Tageos announced that is was named a Red Herring Top 100 Global. Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies...

Prysmian Enters Cooperation Agreement with Rosseti

December 6, 2013 2:47 pm | by Prysmian Group | News | Comments

On the occasion of the Italy-Russia Business Forum, Trieste, Prysmian Group signed a technical cooperation agreement with JSC “Rosseti”, Russia's largest power grid company, to develop power transmission and distribution technology in Russia. The agreement, signed by Valerio Battista, Prysmian Group CEO...

IAR and Renesas Announce Safety-compliant Development Tools for RX

December 6, 2013 2:37 pm | by IAR Systems | News | Comments

IAR Systems and Renesas Electronics Europe have teamed up to offer a development toolchain for Renesas’ 32-bit RX microcontroller platform that facilitates compliance with the international umbrella standard for functional safety IEC 61508.

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