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Nokia Targets Emerging Markets with Android Phones

February 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by Anick Jesdanun & Joseph Wilson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to take over Nokia's handset business. Nokia will ditch many of the Google services that come with Android...

LG to Offer its First Smartwatch this Year

February 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile communications division...

Meaghan's Minute: World Lacks RF Design Expertise, Limits DAS

February 24, 2014 1:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

With more than 30 billion square meters of global commercial real estate, only two percent is currently covered with a dedicated indoor wireless network. It's a big issue. 80 percent of mobile connections are made inside of buildings and users expect faster, reliable service...

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Sony Showcases Phone with Ultra-HD Video Recording

February 24, 2014 12:56 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Noise cancellation works with an in-ear headset sold separately...

Many New Phones Coming, but Samsung Hogs Limelight

February 24, 2014 12:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior. Yet most of the attention will be on Samsung...

Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung unveiled two new computerized wristwatches on Sunday, this time including health sensors and related fitness features to give people a reason to buy one. Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace...

HotSpot Episode 51: Cancer Glasses Make Cells Glow Blue

February 24, 2014 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: the Aura, electronic musical instrument; the CuffLinc from Cuff creates a protective circle; high-tech glasses that may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear; and vehicle to vehicle communication from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute...

US Officials at Odds Over Cellphone Use on Planes

February 21, 2014 5:03 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like the U.S. government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most American travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen. Passengers — particularly those who fly often — oppose allowing calls in flight, polls show...

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5.7 Million Small Business and Home Alarm Systems Will be Connected to European Cellular Networks in 2018

February 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by Berg Insight | News | Comments

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications in EU27+2 is forecasted to grow from 4.8 million in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.3 percent to reach 18.7 million in 2018...

Smart SPHERES Are about to Get a Whole Lot Smarter

February 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Smart devices – such as tablets and phones – increasingly are an essential part of everyday life on Earth. The same can be said for life off-planet aboard the International Space Station. From astronaut tweets to Google+ Hangouts, our reliance on these mobile and social technologies...

Photos of the Day: NASA's Smart SPHERE Satellites

February 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Smart devices – such as tablets and phones – increasingly are an essential part of everyday life on Earth. The same can be said for life off-planet aboard the International Space Station. From astronaut tweets to Google+ Hangouts, our reliance on these mobile and social technologies...

Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register? U.S. retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores...

Engineering Newswire 78: Airbus Bionic Plane Fuselage Mimics Bone

February 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're putting holograms in electronic devices, seeing if animals actually do it better, and creating a bionic fuselage that mimics bone structure ...                     

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The Brainstorm: GaN Amplifiers

February 21, 2014 9:09 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

What are the benefits of using GaN HEMTs in place of silicon LDMOS for Doherty amplifiers...                                                                                 

Maximizing the Output Power from Thermoelectric Harvesters

February 20, 2014 4:45 pm | by Yogesh Ramadass, Electrical Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Thermoelectric harvesters are a preferred medium to harvest electrical energy from ambient heat energy. Applications for these harvesters can be found in industrial and residential settings, along with the emerging wearable sensors market. While it is well-known that operating the...

CTI Group Release ‘Advanced’ Solution for Carrier Based Mobile Recording

February 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by CTI Group | News | Comments

CTI Group (Holdings) Inc. announced the release of SmartInteraction Suite, which now provides telecom service providers operating hosted call recording via SmartInteraction Suite with important enhancements to the products recording and storage capabilities...

Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities

February 20, 2014 9:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers...                                 

Sub-GHz Wireless Design Choices for Smart Metering

February 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by Vivek Mohan, Senior Product Manager, Wireless Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The worldwide focus on energy conservation in the last decade has led to tremendous growth in smart meter deployments, which help manage energy distribution and consumption more efficiently than traditional utility meters...                       

Satellite Reaches California for Next Sea Launch

February 19, 2014 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A communications satellite built for France-based Eutelsat has arrived in California to be prepared for liftoff from Sea Launch AG's oceangoing rocket pad. The companies said Wednesday that the Eutelsat 3B spacecraft built by Airbus Defense and Space was flown from Toulouse to Long Beach Airport...

Engineering Newswire 77: BAE Unveils Britain’s Super-Drone

February 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re teaching UAVs to fly on their own, visualizing tumors during surgery, and unveiling Britain’s new super-drone ...                                  

Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities

February 19, 2014 3:06 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers. The ambitious expansion announced Wednesday targets Arizona, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Cost, Compliance, and EMC Layout Shape EMI Future

February 19, 2014 2:54 pm | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is everywhere. According to Electronics.ca Publications, the global market for EMI materials and technologies is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2016, for a compound annual growth rate (CGR) of 2.8 percent. Wireless communication, broadcast radio, television, and medical devices are...  

New Study Reveals Communications Potential of Graphene

February 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Providing secure wireless connections and improving the efficiency of communication devices could be another application for graphene, as demonstrated by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and the Cambridge Graphene Centre. Often touted as a wonder material...

Exclusive: Providing Prosthetics With a Sense of Touch

February 19, 2014 9:27 am | by Meaghan Ziemab, Editor | Articles | Comments

Losing the ability to move is a traumatic experience, mentally and physically, but recent advances in medical technologies have helped tetraplegics regain a part of their lives they once thought to be lost forever. Losing the ability to move results in the loss of touch, a sense necessary to perform the most basic tasks – from...

All a Board to 2014

February 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

2013 was a very exciting year. After I joined the Wireless Design & Development (WDD) team, we launched three new video products, and created a fresh look for our daily newsletter and print issue. But we aren’t finished yet as WDD has great things in store for...

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