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Exclusive: Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 4:03 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of Things. Searches on Shodan can find a stunning amount...

Meaghan's Minute: Adoption of Wireless Power

December 9, 2013 2:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Keynote speaker, Ryan Sanderson, who is the Associate Director of Power Supply and Storage Components at HIS, gave his perspective on the adoption of wireless power internationally at the Wireless Power Summit in Austin, TX...                       

HotSpot Episode 42: NASA's Sunjamming Solar Sail

December 9, 2013 11:44 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, helping an aging population with chronic healthcare problems; the final step before solar sails are launched into space; a rehabilitation device for stroke vicitms; and a jacket that tell you where to go...

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Photos of the Day: Mini Microscopes

December 9, 2013 11:14 am | by Dr. Johan Lundin, University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, FIMM, University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have now shown that novel techniques for high-resolution imaging and image transfer over data networks may be utilized to solve these diagnostic problems...

Stripped Mobile Phone Camera Turned into a Mini-Microscope for Low-Cost Diagnostics

December 9, 2013 11:13 am | by Dr. Johan Lundin, University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Microscopy, being relatively easy to perform at low cost, is the universal diagnostic method for detection of most globally important parasitic infections. Methods developed in well-equipped laboratories are, however, difficult to maintain at the basic levels of the health care system due to lack of adequately trained...

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'Tinker Toy' Materials to Appear in Science

December 9, 2013 10:56 am | by Mike Janes, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound implications for the future of electronics, sensors, energy conversion and...

Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 10:32 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the U.S. government access personal data, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance...                     

EU Warns Nokia Not to Become 'Patent Troll'

December 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp. this year but retained its patent portfolio...                 

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Court Case Could Mean 'Death' of Software Patents

December 9, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or...

VPG's Through-Hole Z-Foil Resistors for Audio Applications

December 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of ultra-high-precision, through-hole Z-Foil resistors designed to provide low noise and low inductance/capacitance for high-end audio applications requiring distortion-free properties.

IAR Embedded Workbench Extracts Full Potential

December 6, 2013 2:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

As the only tools provider covering the entire range of Renesas 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontroller families, IAR Systems announces full development tools support for the RXv2 core, a new, high-performance 32-bit RX CPU core for embedded devices in the consumer, industrial, and office equipment fields...

Small Satellite Phones Home

December 6, 2013 9:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

PhoneSat 2.4, NASA's next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are "go" for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately ...

Woman Fights Ticket for Driving With Google Glass

December 5, 2013 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The technology will not be made widely available to the public until 2014, but ...

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Amazon's Delivery Drones: An Idea That May Not Fly

December 3, 2013 9:44 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle. The Amazon CEO is working on a way to use the small aircraft to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less. While flight technology makes it feasible, U.S. law and society's attitude toward drones ...

Photos of the Day: Drone Delivery

December 2, 2013 3:24 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos' proposed flying machines wouldn't need humans sitting in a distant trailer to control them. Amazon's drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings...

Amazon.com Sees Delivery Drones as Future

December 2, 2013 3:23 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But the company says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create...

HotSpot Episode 41: Smartphone-Controlled Smartplane

December 2, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smartphone-controlled smartplane; a nano camera that can operate at the speed of light; Microsoft and Sony have delivered their newest generation of high-powered video games; and a custom Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip that enables wireless programming...

Photos of the Day: Magnetic Tongue Piercing Controls Wheelchair

December 2, 2013 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers reported Wednesday that 11 people paralyzed from the neck down rapidly learned to use the tongue device to pilot their wheelchairs through an obstacle course full of twists and turns, and to operate a computer, too...                

Tongue Piercing Lets the Paralyzed Drive Wheelchairs

December 2, 2013 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick...      

Small Company Helps Twitter Make Money

December 2, 2013 9:16 am | by P. SOLOMON BANDA, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money...                       

China Launches First Moon Rover, the 'Jade Rabbit'

December 2, 2013 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth...            

Indian Craft Leaves Earth's Orbit on Way to Mars

December 2, 2013 9:13 am | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet...                                 

Glitches Keep Private Firm from Launching Rocket

December 2, 2013 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new communications satellite that has both public and government applications is still sitting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL...                                                  

China Claims Victory in Scrubbing Internet Clean

December 2, 2013 9:04 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity, and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party...                              

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 2, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging, and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and...

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