Regulators in the Netherlands and Canada say the popular messaging application WhatsApp is violating internationally accepted privacy norms by stockpiling phone numbers belonging to people who don't even use the service. Many communications services ask for access to their customer's address books to help connect them with friends.
The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone. It's the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.
Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exceeded analyst forecasts.
New from Electronic Component News is the very first episode of our Engineering Update newscast, brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this episode, we talk about smart TVs and unmanned cars from CES; and a pill-sized device for imaging the esophagus.
The U.N. telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files. The Geneva-based agency says videos encoded using the H.264 format — which is favored by devices such as Apple's iPad — currently account for two-fifths of web traffic.
Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit on Sunday amid growing concerns that North Korea is planning to test more rockets of its own and possibly conduct a nuclear test. Officials say the launch Sunday of the domestically produced HII-A rocket went smoothly and the satellites.
A French blog posts images of what it says are speaker components for the next round of Apple smartphones, what it calls an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. French blog Nowhereelse.fr, which has posted images of legitimate parts for unreleased iPhones in the past.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has inked two deals worth more than $2.68 billion this week as it accelerates its push to expand its wireless spectrum holdings to beef up capacity for high-speed services. The No 2. U.S. mobile provider said on Friday that it agreed to buy wireless airwaves from Verizon Wireless for $1.9 billion in cash.
Imagine waking up in a fully automated home. The light on your nightstand gradually begins to brighten, your blinds unfold to welcome the morning light, coffee brews in the kitchen and music begins to play, all without you lifting a finger. Until recently, even partially automated homes were exclusive to the domains of engineers and home owners...
The topic of passwords has made headlines in the past year — from high-profile hacks to web users repeatedly not picking the right ones — but Google has its sights set on making the login-process much more secure in the future. How secure, you may ask?
Barnes & Noble posted a decline in retail sales in the holiday season as the largest U.S. bookstore chain's efforts to take on Apple's iPad with tablet-style Nooks fell flat with shoppers. Sales from stores and the website sank 11 percent to $1.2 billion, the New York-based company said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After playing in the sand, the Curiosity rover is poised to trek across the Martian landscape in search of a rock to drill into, scientists reported Thursday. The six-wheel rover has been parked for more than a month at a sand dune where it has been busy scooping up soil, sniffing the atmosphere and measuring radiation levels on the surface.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Cellphones and driving go together like knives and juggling. But when cellphone use is banned, are drivers any safer? It depends on where you’re driving, a study by University of Illinois researchers says. The study found that, long-term, enacting a cellphone ban was associated with a relative decrease in the accident rate in urban areas.
The Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) have established a joint working group to advance the WiGig DisplayPort video standard certification. This new joint working group will address interoperability between the DisplayPort standard and WiGig’s own Display Extension Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL).
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They increasingly “harvest” the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers will present a printed thermogenerator, which in the future will be able to generate energy supply for sensors through temperature differences.
When I first turned on Google's new tablet computer, I immediately thought of it as a mere conduit to Google services. Besides giving you quick access to Gmail and YouTube, the Nexus 10 steers you to digital movies, books and other content available for sale through Google's online Play store.
by Tom Callahan, QRC Technologies Although the origins of today’s tablets reach back as far as Konrad Zuse’s first freely programmable Z1 Computer , the device world has since branched off into very distinct directions based on user needs – consumer and industrial.
Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Wednesday that it will eliminate about 1,700 jobs as it trims spending in its wireless business. The cuts will reduce Texas Instruments' staff positions by almost 5 percent. Texas Instruments expects the job cuts and other changes will save about $450 million per year by the end of 2013.
In computer science, the buzzword of the day is “ big data .” The proliferation of cheap, Internet-connected sensors — such as the GPS receivers, accelerometers and cameras in smartphones — has meant an explosion of information whose potential uses have barely begun to be explored.
BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls over a Wi-Fi network using the popular BBM messaging service. Research In Motion Ltd. announced Wednesday that it's adding the feature to BBM. Users will be able to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call. A split-screen option will let them talk and text at the same time.
NEW YORK--Nov 14, 2012-- DeviceHive , a free open-source cloud-based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication framework, was launched today by DataArt , a custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for select industries. In the ever-expanding world of the Internet of Things, ‘smart’ devices and cloud solutions, DeviceHive is designed to function as the missing link in a network of connected devices.
In many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. Scientists are investigating metamaterials for their potential to engineer invisibility cloaks — materials that refract light to hide an object in plain sight — and “super lenses,” which focus light beyond the range of optical microscopes to image objects at nanoscale detail.
On its surface, operating a military drone looks a lot like playing a video game: Operators sit at workstations, manipulating joysticks to remotely adjust a drone’s pitch and elevation, while grainy images from the vehicle’s camera project onto a computer screen. An operator can issue a command to fire if an image reveals a hostile target, but such adrenaline-charged moments are few and far between.
The year ahead will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, escalating battles over the control of online information and continuous threats to the U.S. supply chain from global sources. Those were the findings made by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in today's release of the Georgia Tech Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2013.
DARPA transfers facility for testing advanced cyber technologies to Test Resource Management Center. Realistically and quickly replicating globally interconnected networks to securely test new cyber tools and capabilities is no longer an issue for cyber researchers thanks to the DARPA-developed National Cyber Range (NCR).