Surveying Earth's Interior with Atomic Clocks Have you ever thought to use a clock to identify mineral deposits or concealed water resources within the Earth? An international team headed by astrophysicists Philippe Jetzer and Ruxandra Bondarescu from the University of Zurich is convinced that ultraprecise portable atomic clocks will make this a reality in the next decade.
RIM to Unveil New BlackBerry Phones on Jan. 30 Research In Motion said Monday that it will hold an official launch event for its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan. 30. The new phones are seen as critical to RIM's survival. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said Monday details on the much-delayed smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.
Microsoft Says Windows Head Sinofsky Leaving Microsoft said that Steven Sinofsky, the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations, is leaving the company. Sinofsky's departure comes just weeks after the Redmond, Washington state, software company launched Windows 8, which represented a major overhaul of its ubiquitous computer operating system.
Verizon to Pay $8.5B Dividend to Its Owners It's the second dividend payment from Verizon Wireless this year. In January, Verizon Wireless ended a policy of using its cash to pay down debt, which freed up money to pay a $10 billion dividend to both owners. Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, owns 45 percent of the very profitable Verizon Wireless, the largest cellphone carrier in the U.
Qualcomm Life Launches Its Wireless Health Solution in Europe Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies (QTI), has announced the availability of its wireless healthcare services offering in Europe. Qualcomm Life's 2netT Platform and Hub are designed to enable medical device manufacturers and service providers to wirelessly connect their medical devices via a secure, cloud-based solution so that biometric information is easily accessible by device users, their healthcare providers and caregivers.
Slim Electrode Cozies Up to Single Neuron A thin, flexible electrode developed at the University of Michigan is 10 times smaller than the nearest competition and could make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last. This kind of technology could eventually be used to send signals to prosthetic limbs, overcoming inflammation larger electrodes cause that damages both the brain and the electrodes.
Taiwan's HTC Settles Patent Disputes with Apple TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — HTC and Apple have settled their outstanding patent disputes. In a joint statement Sunday, the two companies said they also signed a 10-year license agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one another.
Toyota Tests Cars That Communicate with Each Other Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums. The cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information from sensors and transmitters installed on the streets to minimize the risk of accidents in situations such as missing a red traffic light, cars advancing from blind spots and pedestrians crossing the street.
Beam Me to My Meeting Forget about crackly lines or blurry webcams. Video conferencing has just got a whole lot better. By combining robotics, video and a host of other sensor and display technologies, European scientists can now virtually 'beam' you to locations on the other side of the globe.
Picometrix, an Advanced Photonix company, has secured a $5.9 million commitment for calendar year 2013 for its industry leading 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s or G) and 40G high-speed optical receivers from a leading telecommunications network equipment customer. The annual commitment is estimated at more than $5.
The world’s first wearable wireless 3D body motion tracking system based on consumer-grade MEMS combo sensors will be on display at Electronica 2012 in Munich, Germany. Xsens built the demonstrator by combining patented sensor-fusion algorithms and wireless protocols with the iNEMO-M1 from STMicroelectronics (ST).
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian activists lost a court battle Thursday to halt Australian miner Lynas Corp. from firing up a rare earths plant that has sparked health and safety concerns. After months of delay, Lynas in September obtained the Malaysian government's approval to start processing rare earths, which are minerals crucial for manufacturing high-tech products.
ANAHEIM, CA. (November 9, 2012) – The Blackberry vs. iPhone battle has been ongoing since Apple's 2007 phone debut, with no end in sight. That is until today. According to a study being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), there is a clear winner when it comes to your health.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is the only foreign university team (on Track B) competing for the prestigious U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge. BGU's team "Robil" is developing software to control the GFE Platform being developed by Boston Dynamics, Inc.
AT&T to Expand Wireless, Wired Broadband Reach Many homes in AT&T's local-phone service areas will see the company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service under a new $14 billion investment plan the company revealed Wednesday. But in more outlying areas, the company will start shifting customers from regular phone lines to wireless service.
Untitled Document F ixed-Mobile Divergence is Here to Stay Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC), described as a trend towards seamless connectivity between fixed and wireless telecommunications networks, has come to an end. Yes, rest assured that some major players will continue to hammer the FMC message.
I bet the iPad Mini is going to be on a lot of wish lists this holiday season. I also bet that for a lot of people, it's not going to be the best choice. It's beautiful and light, but Apple made a big compromise in the design, one that means that buyers should look closely at the competition before deciding.
OTTAWA (CP) -- Research In Motion turned to core supporters Wednesday in Ottawa, hoping to upsell its new BlackBerry 10 operating system as the company's shares fell after a biting report from a securities analyst. The company (TSX:RIM) invited federal politicians and their staff to a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-released devices, an event that RIM's Canadian managing director acknowledged was a bit like preaching to the converted.
Untitled Document Medical Devices Powered by the Ear Itself Deep in the inner ear of mammals is a natural battery — a chamber filled with ions that produces an electrical potential to drive neural signals. In today’s issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology , a team of researchers from MIT, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) demonstrate for the first time that this battery could power implantable electronic devices without impairing hearing.
Untitled Document Judge Rejects Injunction Against Dish DVR A California judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against Dish Network's ad-skipping digital video recorder in a dispute that has pit broadcasters against a main distributor of their programming.
Untitled Document Experts Raise Concerns Over Superhuman Workplace Performance-boosting drugs, powered prostheses and wearable computers are coming to an office near you — but experts warned in a new report Wednesday that too little thought has been given to the implications of a superhuman workplace.
The head of Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group says he will invite dozens of American engineers to his factories in China to learn about manufacturing. News reports here say Terry Gou told a business meeting on Wednesday that he did not believe President Barack Obama could succeed in moving production lines back to the U.
Untitled Document Pressure Switch Inside the Head An increase in cerebral pressure may cause dementia and could destroy the brain. Companies have been seeking to find monitoring sensors that can be implanted into the brain, and read from outside the body. A tiny sensor may provide the help needed.
We've heard plenty of rumors about Microsoft's plans for Skype . Finally the company is laying its cards on the table. After working diligently to bridge the gap between Messenger and its VoIP purchase, its aging IM platform will indeed be retired and users migrated to the more video-focused property.
Instagram recently set a record for most-photographed event with Hurricane Sandy, but Tuesday’s election might be on pace to top that: Already, a search for “#vote” brings up more than 515,000 photos, and it’s not even noon eastern time. But if you’re thinking about adding a photo of your ballot to Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook ), you might want to think again.