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Apple Gears Up for Holidays with New Macs, iPads

October 23, 2013 9:54 am | by AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup in hopes of reclaiming lost ground in the tablet market and slashing the prices of its Mac computers to intensify the pressure on the beleaguered makers of PCs running Microsoft's Windows. Tuesday's unveiling of Apple's latest products primes the company for a holiday shopping season onslaught aimed at a list of rivals that includes Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Researchers Propose Social Network Modeling to Fight Hospital Infections

October 23, 2013 9:41 am | by Sean Barnes | News | Comments

Two researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have teamed up with a researcher at American University to develop a framework to help prevent costly and deadly infections acquired by hospitalized patients.

Researchers Advance Scheme to Design Seamless Integrated Circuits Etched on Graphene

October 23, 2013 9:30 am | by UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Researchers in electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara have introduced and modeled an integrated circuit design scheme in which transistors and interconnects are monolithically patterned seamlessly on a sheet of graphene, a 2-dimensional plane of carbon atoms. The demonstration offers possibilities for ultra energy-efficient, flexible, and transparent electronics.


New Device Stores Electricity on Silicon Chips

October 23, 2013 9:22 am | by David F Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

Telebyte Opens World’s First Independent G.vector Test Laboratory

October 22, 2013 5:17 pm | by Telebyte | News | Comments

Yesterday Telebyte, a US-based global xDSL test equipment solution provider, announced the opening of its G.vector Test Laboratory. The pioneering test lab, co-located at and operated by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), will utilize Telebyte’s groundbreaking suite of VDSL2 Vectoring test equipment and UNH-IOL expertise to provide testing per the Broadband Forum’s WT-249/TR-249 standard and beyond.

Scientists Untangle Nanotubes to Release Their Potential in Electronics Industry

October 22, 2013 10:56 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated how to produce electronic inks for the development of new applications using the 'wonder material', carbon nanotubes.                                                                  

New Report Focuses on Interface of Digital Humanitarian Groups and Government

October 22, 2013 10:32 am | by Wilson Center | News | Comments

A new report from the Wilson Center's Commons Lab, "Connecting Grassroots and Government for Disaster Response," examines a growing problem confronting government agencies: how to quickly make sense of data from the emerging technologies that are now overloading disaster responders, including social media, satellite imagery, and community-curated maps.

Atomically Thin Device Promises New Class of Electronics

October 22, 2013 10:26 am | by McCormick | News | Comments

As electronics approach the atomic scale, researchers are increasingly successful at developing atomically thin, virtually two-dimensional materials that could usher in the next generation of computing. Integrating these materials to create necessary circuits, however, has remained a challenge.


SAP Co-CEO: Cloud Computing Growing Strongly

October 22, 2013 9:59 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Business software maker SAP's strong growth in cloud computing remains on track despite headwinds from a stronger euro, the co-CEO said Monday.                                                                                                              

EU Lawmakers OK Beefing Up Data Protection Laws

October 22, 2013 9:55 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A European Parliament committee on Monday approved sweeping new data protection rules that would strengthen online privacy and outlaw the kind of data transfers that the United States used for its secret spying program.                                                                

Big Plans for Small Spacecraft

October 22, 2013 9:54 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano’s MIT office. The 100-lb. propulsion system — about as big as a car’s tire and built almost entirely of stainless steel — sits in a large glass showcase. The engine is the type of bulky hardware that powers many of today’s spacecraft to the moon, planets and far-off asteroids like Ceres and Vesta.

Builders of Obama's Health Website Saw Red Flags

October 22, 2013 9:50 am | by Jack Gillum, Julie Pace (Associated Press) | News | Comments

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

France is Latest U.S. Ally Angered by NSA Snooping

October 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Deb Riechmann, Kimberly Dozier (Associated Press) | News | Comments

The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about the surveillance net that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying.


Apple Unveils Latest iPads

October 22, 2013 9:28 am | by Apple | News | Comments

Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads.                                                                                                      

Ritron’s Quick Talk RQT Wireless Monitoring and Alerting System

October 21, 2013 4:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ritron’s Quick Talk RQT is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage that automatically alerts radio-equipped personnel when process conditions, such as temperature, change. This proven technology accepts inputs from up to 4 switches or sensors to monitor conditions.

Talley FTTA+Power System Combines Power and Fiber in One Solution

October 21, 2013 3:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Talley now offers a fiber-plus-power system that bundles all signal and power cabling elements required for installing a functional FTTA system into a single enclosure. Developed in cooperation with FiberSource and CONEC, the Fiber+Power-to-the-Antenna system saves significant installation time and money.

Salmonella Sensing System

October 21, 2013 10:19 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while 3,000 die.

Photo of the Day: Detecting Food Contamination

October 21, 2013 10:19 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

What sets this biosensing system apart from traditional detection methods is a design that involves using a magnetoelastic biosensor -- a low-cost, wireless acoustic wave sensor platform -- combined with a surface-scanning coil detector. The biosensors are coated with a bacteria-specific recognition layer containing particles of "phage," a virus that naturally recognizes bacteria.

Meaghan's Minute: Home Intelligence

October 21, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we have smart phones, smart TVs, smart appliances, smart cars, so why not make our homes more intelligent? The Neurio home intelligence technology does just that by using a Wi-Fi sensor and a cloud service with some smart pattern detection algorithms.

AT&T in $4.85B Deal to Lease, Sell Wireless Towers

October 21, 2013 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is leasing or selling the rights to 9,700 wireless towers for $4.85 billion as it generates cash to buy back stock, fund an acquisition and upgrade its cellular telephone system. The Dallas company said Sunday that it will lease about 9,100 towers and sell another 600 to Crown Castle International Corp.

HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. Microsoft takes pride in the new devices' redesigned kickstand. Previous models felt wobbly, while the new ones have a steady leg to stand on.

EU Lawmakers to Beef Up Data Protection Laws

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying. The draft regulation was beefed up after Edward Snowden's leaks about allegedly widespread U.S. online snooping.

Bacteria Found in Breast Milk Sold on Internet

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.The warning comes from researchers who bought and tested 101 breast milk samples sold by women on one popular site.

70.3M Records, 30 Days: NSA Report Draws Paris Ire

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation.

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