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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Reaches Mars this Weekend

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night...                        

Border Patrol to Test Body Cameras

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force...                       

Alibaba Symbol of China's New Tech Giants

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy...                                       

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Review: Devices, Apps Act Like One Under iOS 8

September 18, 2014 9:21 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity.Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too...                  

Transient Energy Suppressant High Voltage HEMP Filters

September 17, 2014 2:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies offers high voltage HEMP filters that protect sensitive electronic equipment from potentially destructive energy transients due to line surges, lightning, and electronic pulses...

Meaghan's Minute: Semi-Customizable SiP

September 17, 2014 10:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, ON Semiconductor has recently introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics including glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, and electrocardiogram analyzers...

Photos of the Day: A Promising Light Source for Optoelectronic Chips

September 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators, and detectors — emitters are the toughest to build. One promising light source for optical chips is molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which has excellent optical properties when deposited as a single, atom-thick layer...

Tuned to Different Frequencies

September 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the next issue of the journal Nano Letters, researchers from MIT’s departments of Physics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will describe a new technique for building MoS2 light emitters tuned to different frequencies, an essential requirement for optoelectronic chips...             

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Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems...                     

'NBA 2K15' Drafts 3D Face Mapping for Latest Game

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

"NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game...                                    

Your Life after Death

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on dealing with dead users. Some states are also considering laws that would automatically give loved ones access to, though not control of, their dead relative's digital accounts, unless otherwise specified...            

Self-Driving Cars Now Need a Permit in CA

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around...                               

Sony Forecasts $2B Loss as Smartphones Lag

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business...                         

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Computerized Emotion Detector

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database that have been tagged with a given name...           

New Vishay Intertechnology Wireless Charging Receiving Coil

September 16, 2014 5:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging receiving coil designed for 10 W applications. Offering a durable construction and high permeability shielding, the new...                

Long-Life, High Energy

September 16, 2014 5:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran has introduced the TLM Series of military grade lithium metal oxide batteries, a family of rugged, long-life, high energy cells developed specifically for military and aerospace applications. TLM military grade batteries meet the demanding requirements of single use applications such as ordinance fuses...    

Meaghan's Minute: Ant-Sized Radios

September 16, 2014 11:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers at Stanford University and at the University of California, Berkeley, have built a radio the size of an ant. The device is so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna...        

Photo of the Day: 5 Bridge Technologies in History

September 16, 2014 11:12 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

It can be hard to imagine a world without bridges, just getting home from a friend’s house might take several days instead of five minutes, fortunately the ancient Romans stepped up to the plate. Ohio University took a look at the five major bridge...            

Print Your Own Cell Phone Microscope

September 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Susan Bauer, U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape. Pulling it from the printer, Erikson quickly pops in a tiny glass bead and checks the magnification...               

Reducing Traffic Congestion, Remotely

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week, MIT researchers received one of the best-paper awards for a new system, dubbed RoadRunner, that uses GPS-style turn-by-turn directions to route drivers around congested...                

Apple: Record 4M Orders of iPhones on 1st Day

September 16, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday...                     

Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' Near San Francisco with Remote-Controlled Robots

September 16, 2014 9:55 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks...                        

ZigBee Updated Standard for Radio Frequency-Based Remote Controls

September 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by ZigBee Alliance | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance announced the ratification of the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard. The standard is now available for product development and can be downloaded for free from the Alliance website...

CableLabs DLNA CVP-2 Reference Server using Elliptic’s tVault

September 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by Elliptic Technologies | News | Comments

Elliptic Technologies announced their joint development with CableLabs to provide a reference implementation for DLNA’s CVP-2 specifications, now under the new brand of VidiPath Certification program, using Elliptic’s tVault for DTCP-IP content protection...

Meaghan's Minute: Smart Home Radio Chip

September 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, GreenPeak Technologies has launched the new GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls that support voice control, motion sensing, and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol, which enables a single remote control to control all the home’s connected devices...  

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