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Reducing Anxiety With a Smartphone App

March 18, 2014 6:34 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety...

Hotseat Episode17: Personal Satellite Hotspot

March 18, 2014 4:22 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For this HotSeat interview, Josh Miner, the Director of Product Management, Land Mobile, for Iridium Communications, will be discussing the IridiumGO, a new personal satellite hotspot that enables unprecedented satellite communications access for consumers...           

Why Do Airplane Transponders Have an 'Off Switch?'

March 18, 2014 10:20 am | by Joan Lowy & Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder? It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication...

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Meaghan's Minute: CMicrotek's Micro-Current Probe & Micro-Power Analyzer

March 18, 2014 8:50 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, CMicrotek is developing a family of instruments for very low current/power measurements to meet the demands of today’s low-power electronic products...                                    

Phone Record Surveillance Yields Vast Amounts of Information

March 17, 2014 5:04 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Two computer science graduate students have found that the NSA's mass collection of phone records can yield much more information about people's private lives than the U.S. government claims. The National Security Agency's mass surveillance of telephone metadata could yield detailed information...

Stanford Lab Yields New Privacy-Based Social Network

March 17, 2014 4:39 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

  Amid much fanfare, word came last week that Facebook was acquiring messaging application WhatsApp for $19 billion. In the days that followed, competitors saw a flood of traffic. Industry watchers heralded the move as a bellwether of the deep public distrust of the largest...

SmartWatch: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this weeks episode of SmartWatch, where we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker...                  

Rechargeable Nano-Generator

March 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Zhong Lin Wang and his colleagues at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new rechargeable nano-generator that can power smart phones, and many other portable electronic devices...                                       

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HotSpot Episode 54: Floating Sphere Sonically Responds to Environment

March 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a floating sphere that responds sonically to its environment; a ground-breaking diagnostic system based on smart cards and skin patches; and catching satellites with radio-frequency sensors...                         

Searchers Relying on Satellite Data to Find Plane

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Finding a missing Malaysia Airlines plane may hinge on whether searchers can narrow down where they need to look using satellite data that is inexact and has never been used for that purpose before, search and rescue experts say ...                   

U.S. Lags as Commercial Drones Take off Around Globe

March 16, 2014 9:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals baseball players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first...

3 Pieces of Evidence Point to Jet's Takeover

March 16, 2014 9:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There are three pieces of evidence that aviation safety experts say make it clear the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was taken over by someone who was knowledgeable about how the plane worked. One clue is that the plane's transponder was shut off about an hour into the flight...

U.S. Goes High-Tech to Help Oversee Afghan Aid Work

March 16, 2014 9:08 pm | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press | News | Comments

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency wants to step up use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects in Afghanistan that aid workers no longer will be able to observe firsthand as American troops leave the country...

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Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 16, 2014 9:03 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own...

NASA's Latest Smartphone Satellite Ready for Launch

March 14, 2014 9:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's preparing to send its fifth in a series of smartphone-controlled small spacecraft into orbit. PhoneSat 2.5 will ride into space as part of the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX-3 is scheduled to lift off ...

Zuckerberg Frustrated with Obama Over NSA

March 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs. Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that ...

R&S CMW-ATE Test Platform 97

March 13, 2014 5:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The IMS and VoLTE test platform 97 from Rohde & Schwarz is the first certification platform to fulfill the test platform approval criteria of the Global Certification Forum...

Engineering Newswire: Phantom Boat Flies Above the Water

March 13, 2014 2:11 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing documentaries, talking toilet lights, and riding the flying phantom above the water ...                  

Apple iPhone Chemicals Under Fire

March 13, 2014 10:17 am | by Michael LiedtkeI, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The campaign began Wednesday with an online petition...

Quantum Physics Secures New Cryptography Scheme

March 12, 2014 3:51 pm | by Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore | News | Comments

The way we secure digital transactions could soon change. An international team has demonstrated a form of quantum cryptography that can protect people doing business with others they may not know or trust – a situation encountered often on the internet and in everyday life, for example at a bank's ATM...

Government Surveillance — This is just the Beginning

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by TED Talk, Christopher Soghoian | Videos | Comments

Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says...                                    

New Balluff White Paper – What Makes RFID Systems Industrial Strength?

March 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Balluff | White Papers

In Balluff's new White Paper, Balluff experts explain the three fundamental qualities that determine if RFID systems will perform reliably in demanding production environments. It answers three main questions...                       

HotSeat Episode 16: Incoming Call Management

March 12, 2014 10:10 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the HotSeat, Michael Unetich, President of Chicago-based TIP Solutions, discusses the new downloadable app...                                               

Inventor of Web Calls for Digital Bill of Rights

March 12, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful...

Metallurgical Challenges in Microelectronic 3D IC Packaging Technology

March 11, 2014 7:31 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Mobile hand-held consumer electronic products have a rapid growing market today, witnessed by the popularity of Apple products. Most people make their first contact to internet, not by a PC, rather by a smart phone. The phone is no longer a phone, but it provides various functions...

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