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The Big Apple's Worst Parking Spot Found with Big Data

February 27, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ben Wellington, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don't know what to do with it. He shows how a combination ...         

5 Things to Know about 'Net Neutrality'

February 27, 2015 10:02 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal...

January/February 2015 — Security for the Smart Home

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The January/February issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great...

Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Roads in 2017

February 26, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first...

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Computer Program Beats Humans at Space Invaders

February 26, 2015 10:18 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders ..."                      

Ultra-Thin Nanowires Trap Electron 'Twisters' that Disrupt Superconductors

February 25, 2015 9:42 am | by Phil Sneiderman, Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. These disruptive mini-twisters often form in the presence of magnetic fields, such as those produced by electric motors ...

New Pebble Watch has Color E-Paper Display, Revamped Interface

February 24, 2015 11:40 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Articles | Comments

Pebble has announced a new smartwatch with a color e-paper display and a new timeline interface ...                      

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Could Your Product Win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing, design engineering and consumer markets as well as science, academia and government ...

DARPA Seeks to Remove Communication Barrier Between Humans and Computers

February 23, 2015 1:42 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers. Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate. DARPA's new Communicating with Computers (CwC) program aims to develop technology to turn computers into good communicators ...

Radio Chip for the 'Internet of things'

February 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Abby Abazorius, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

This week, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Chandrakasan's group will present a new transmitter design that reduces off-state leakage 100-fold. At the same time, it provides adequate power for ...             

HotSpot Episode 102: Military Smart Gun is More Accurate

February 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a military gun that integrates smart electronics for better accuracy; an engineer’s survival kit provided by ARC Technologies; a project that enables cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction; and an interview with the original Falcon's robotics team ...             

Wireless Communication Standards for the Internet of Things

February 20, 2015 2:56 pm | by Cees Links, CEO GreenPeak Technologies | White Papers

For the sake of argument and to keep it simple, I have left out the cellular standards, although we do recognize that they do play an important role in the IoT (and the so-called M2M business). I also left out RFID, which can be quite useful for the IoT for security purposes, but is less contentious as it is more an electronic bar code replacement instead of doing real (two-way) communication as such ...                     

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Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

February 20, 2015 2:23 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? ...

Interconnect Solutions Drive Performance in Harsh Environments

February 18, 2015 2:13 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

At this year’s Autosport International Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK, TE Connectivity displayed its latest innovations from its DEUTSCH connectors and Raychem wire and cable ...              

Global M2M Association Eliminates Borders with Seamless Global Connectivity Solution

February 18, 2015 1:15 pm | News | Comments

The Global M2M Association (GMA), a cooperation of six international tier-one operators (Deutsche Telekom, Orange, TeliaSonera, Telecom Italia Mobile, Bell Canada and SoftBank) in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market will showcase its revolutionary new ...      

LTE-Advanced & Carrier Aggregation - An RF Double Whammy

February 18, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jeremy Hendy, VP Marketing, Nujira | Articles | Comments

Although RF engineers are still largely focused on maximizing the efficiency and performance of LTE front ends, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) will soon introduce a range of new challenges and complexity that need to be overcome in handsets ...           

Photos of the Day: A Super Remote that Declutters Your Coffee Table

February 18, 2015 9:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all of your home entertainment systems. The touch-screen device, released Tuesday, is designed to control TVs, cable boxes, DVRs, video game consoles and Internet streaming players ...            

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CommScope Outfits DAS Platform for European Wireless Market

February 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by CommScope | News | Comments

Like their counterparts around the globe, wireless network operators across Europe are racing to best support the data applications and throughput speeds that subscribers desire. CommScope is offering a new tool for them to achieve this feat by making its next generation distributed antenna system (DAS) ready for the European marketplace ...     

TE Connectivity Brings Consumer Antenna Capabilities to Aerospace and Defense

February 17, 2015 4:56 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) is bringing its expertise to military and aerospace markets in the form of moldable composites and selective metallization. TE is delivering antennas that are smaller and lighter, and offer higher performance and increased functionality in flight and ground applications ...         

Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

HotSpot Episode 101: Hedgehog-Inspired Body Airbag

February 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, snowboard bindings that help boarders visualize their balance; a new method of processing signals via fiber optic cable; a new car technology for making driving safe; and a full-body airbag for motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals ...           

Teen’s Wearable Sensor Designed for Alzheimer's

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Kenneth Shinozuka, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

60 percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ...

The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

New Study Explores Novel High-Power Microwave Generator

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Joan Robinson, Springer | News | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders ...                  

Britain Starts Public Trial of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain began testing driverless cars in four cities Wednesday, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology ...                                

Cortus Demonstrates Momentum for Its Low-Power IP Cores at Embedded World and Mobile World Congress

February 10, 2015 11:38 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Cortus will demonstrate momentum building for its low-power IP cores at two major industry events. Cortus will exhibit at Embedded World, in Nurnberg, Germany (February 24th to 26th) and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (March 2nd to 5th) where it will announce a number of new software partners porting to the ...          

Softbank to Add Learning Technology to Empathetic Robot

February 10, 2015 10:03 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear ...                        

TVs that Eavesdrop and Share Nearby Conversations

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations ...                                 

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