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Wireless Minutes: Lully-By Vibrating Pod Prevents Night Terrors

March 18, 2015 11:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Lully, a new device that works on the idea of "scheduled awakenings," has been proven to stop 90 percent of night terrors in a landmark clinical study ...

Playing Games to Come Up with Original Ideas

March 18, 2015 11:20 am | by Shimpei Takahashi, TED Talks | Videos | Comments

Shimpei Takahashi always dreamed of designing toys. But when he started work as a toy developer, he found that the pressure to use data as a starting point for design quashed his creativity. In this short, funny talk, Takahashi describes how he got his ideas flowing again, and shares a simple game anyone can play to generate new ideas ...

The Latest Way to Pay Someone from Your Phone: Facebook

March 18, 2015 11:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's Messenger app will soon let you send your friends money, the latest in a crowded field of services aimed at an increasingly wireless and cashless generation ...

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Google's Moonshots, Gender Bias at South by Southwest

March 18, 2015 11:15 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor ...

40GHz Edge Connector Enhances PCB Performance

March 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, announces design and sales support for the Rosenberger 02K243-40ME3, 2.92 mm female, clamp-on, PCB edge launch connector. Perfect for prototyping or production design where frequencies up to 40 GHz are required, this Rosenberger connector is compatible with SMA and 3.5 mm connectors. The 02K243-40ME3 body is brass with gold over nickel plating and the center contact is beryllium copper ...

New Technology May Double Radio Frequency Data Capacity

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology--full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs)--that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. Up to now, this has been thought ... 

Photos of the Day: Programming a Robot with Stickers

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Not only could the system introduce children to programming principles, but it could also serve as a research tool, to help determine which computational concepts children can grasp at what ages, and how interactive robots can best be integrated into educational curricula ...

DARPA “Brandeis” Program Aims to Ensure Online Privacy Through Technology

March 12, 2015 10:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA announced plans to research and develop tools for online privacy, one of the most vexing problems facing the connected world as devices and data proliferate beyond a capacity to be managed responsibly. Named for former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who while a student at Harvard law school co-developed the concept of a “right to privacy” ...

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China Sells Apple Watch Lookalikes

March 12, 2015 10:05 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies ...

Google Adds Ammunition to its Technological Artillery

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission ...

Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

Dialog Semiconductor’s Bluetooth Smart Development Kits

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Dialog Semiconductor | News | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announces a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Digi-Key has Dialog’s SmartBond Basic and Pro development kits in stock for immediate delivery. The kits offer engineers the fastest and easiest route to developing intelligent connected devices, particularly where small size and low power consumption are critical, such as in battery-powered wearables and other IoT applications ...

Alarming Old & Young Drivers

March 11, 2015 10:39 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An in-car alarm that sounds when sensors on the vehicle detect an imminent crash could cut crash rates from 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 for drivers over the of 60 suffering tiredness on long journeys, according to a study published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics ...

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Mid-IR Frequency Combs Enable High-Res Spectroscopy for Sensitive Gas Sensing

March 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Bart Kuyken, Ghent University | News | Comments

A frequency comb source is a light source with a spectrum containing thousands of laser lines. The development of these sources has been revolutionary for fundamental science. It has allowed the construction of a link between the optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum and the radio frequency part. As such, it has allowed researchers to determine optical frequencies with an unprecedented precision ...

MIT Spinout’s Electric-Propulsion System Improves Maneuverability of Small Satellites

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications. But they have major control issues: Once in space, they can’t accurately point cameras or change orbit, and they usually crash and burn within a few months ...

Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans

March 11, 2015 10:13 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the National Security Agency and the Justice Department on Tuesday, challenging the government's practice of collecting personal information from vast amounts of data harvested directly from the Internet's infrastructure ...

SXSW Highlights Flying Cars & Robotic Petting Zoo

March 11, 2015 10:09 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Friday ...

Secret Service Conducting Middle-of-the-Night Drone Flights

March 10, 2015 10:48 am | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington — usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone — are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has learned ...

App Lets You Create Animated Videos Starring You

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Plotagon | News | Comments

Plotagon, the creative app that allows anyone to tell stories as 3D animated videos, will be at SXSW at booth #1147 from March 13 to 19th, to unveil an exciting new feature. Users will be able to create themselves, their friends, and famous people as 3D animated characters ...       

Think Your Email's Private? Think Again

March 9, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Yen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use ...

Quantum Sensor’s Advantages Survive Entanglement Breakdown

March 9, 2015 12:04 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing — solving problems that classical computers can’t, perfectly secure communication — depends on a phenomenon called “entanglement,” in which the physical states of different quantum particles become interrelated ...

HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

Photos of the Day: Human-Robot Teams Attempt Simulated Disaster Response

March 9, 2015 10:53 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

To qualify for the DRC Finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks: engage an emergency shut-off  switch, get up from a prone position, locomote ten meters without falling, pass over a barrier, and rotate a circular valve 360 degrees ...

25 Teams Make the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

March 9, 2015 10:47 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The international robotics community has turned out in force for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, a competition of robots and their human supervisors to be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, CA, outside of Los Angeles. In the competition, human-robot teams will be tested on capabilities that could enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters ...

MH370 Report Reveals Underwater Locator Beacon Battery Had Expired

March 9, 2015 10:13 am | by EILEEN NG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first comprehensive report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 revealed Sunday that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished on March 8, 2014 ...

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