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In the HotSeat: Putting the 'Long Term' in Long Term Evolution

April 18, 2014 10:59 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, LTE appears to be living up to it long term promise. With only a few murmurs of 5G in the ether, the current iteration of LTE is only the first step in a series of enhancements aimed at not only the air interface, but also at heterogeneous network topologies, advanced services, and for the first time...           

Photos of the Day: Thermal-Imaging Lens

April 18, 2014 9:40 am | by Mari N. Jensen, University of Arizona | News | Comments

These lenses and their next-generation prototypes could be used for anything involving heat...

Better Thermal-Imaging Lens from Waste Sulfur

April 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Mari N. Jensen, University of Arizona | News | Comments

Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic...

NASA's Moon-Orbiting Robot Crashes Down

April 18, 2014 9:33 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers...

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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years to Find

April 18, 2014 9:30 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December...                           

Information Storage for the Next Generation of Plastic Computers

April 17, 2014 11:02 am | by Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa | News | Comments

Inexpensive computers, cell phones, and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality...                                     

Photo of the Day: Optical Frequency Comb Sources

April 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Kosta Schinarakis, Karlsruhne Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The amount of data generated and transmitted worldwide is growing continuously. With the help of light, data can be transmitted rapidly and efficiently...                    

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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

April 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Kosta Schinarakis, Karlsruhne Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers – this has now been demonstrated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)...                  

Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

April 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves the same way an antenna does...                   

New 'Tunable' Semiconductors Will Allow Better Detectors, Solar cells

April 15, 2014 9:24 am | by Ann Claycombe, Georgia State University | News | Comments

One of the great problems in physics is the detection of electromagnetic radiation – that is, light – which lies outside the small range of wavelengths that the human eye can see. Think X-rays, for example, or radio waves...                   

Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 9:05 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems...                          

Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel

April 14, 2014 10:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel...                                   

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Radio Wrestlers Fight It Out at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge

April 14, 2014 11:11 am | by Tam Harbert, IEEE Sprectrum | News | Comments

The words engineering and sports aren’t usually used in the same sentence, and the two activities usually don’t happen in the same room. But they were, and they did, last week at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge, held at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency headquarters in Arlington, VA...

HotSpot Episode 58: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 14, 2014 10:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual power reserve using revolutionary WySips Crystal technology; Google Glass assists Parkinson's patients; MIDI gloves that allow gestured-controlled music composition; and a gamer controller that taps into players' emotions...                    

Robotic Submarine Deployed in Search for Plane

April 14, 2014 9:33 am | by MARGIE MASON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said...                       

Simplifying M2M Data Networking

April 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Bill Conley; B&B Electronics; | Articles | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators and M2M device manufacturers to navigate a labyrinth of different certification processes and requirements...               

New Research on Gigabit Wireless Communications

April 11, 2014 10:31 am | by Joanne Fryer, University of Bristol | News | Comments

The two research papers, led by Andrew Nix, Professor of Wireless Communication Systems and Dr Simon Armour, Senior Lecturer in Software Radio, from the University's Communication Systems and Networks research group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, could have significant implications for the future of mobile devices...             

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Catching the (Invisible) Wave

April 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Sonia Fernandez, UCSB Public Affairs | News | Comments

UC Santa Barbara researchers create a unique semiconductor that manipulates light in the invisible infrared/terahertz range, paving the way for new and enhanced applications...                                   

Air Force Launches Spy Satellite from Florida

April 11, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged. It's intended for national security...                

Bezos Offers Update on Groceries, Drones

April 11, 2014 9:44 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery...                

Environmental Conditions, Standards & Certification

April 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

Data from a recent Wireless Design & Development (WDD) reader survey suggests that frequency tolerance is the most important specification to consider when implementing oscillators into their designs. The survey also offers reader thoughts on design challenges, trends, and future developments...                 

Heartbleed Bug Causes Major Security Headache

April 10, 2014 10:20 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information...                       

What You Need to Know about the Heartbleed Bug

April 10, 2014 10:20 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week...                   

Review: S5 Features Useful, Less about Gimmicks

April 10, 2014 10:11 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone —among them, its relative lack of features...                                   

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on NSA

April 10, 2014 9:41 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen...                                    

NASA’s CubeSat Fleet Gives Fresh Perspective

April 9, 2014 5:09 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In an effort to revitalize current technology, NASA recently launched an ongoing program called the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). The program invites engineering students and faculty from across the nation to compete in inventing CubeSats that will ultimately fly as...                 

Advanced Warning Systems Increase Safety at Intersections, Study Shows

April 9, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian M. Mullen, Clemson University | News | Comments

Most drivers have experienced a traffic signal that turns yellow just as they approach an intersection, which makes it difficult for them to decide whether to stop or proceed through it. The wrong choice in this situation, known as the “dilemma zone,” may lead to crashes...                     

Photos of the Day: Orientation Algorithm for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:42 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The algorithm is primarily intended to aid robots navigating unfamiliar buildings, not motorists navigating unfamiliar cities, but the principle is the same. It works by identifying the dominant orientations in a given scene, which it represents as sets of axes...                

Physicist Wins $1.3M Tech Prize for Data Storage

April 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks...                     

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