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Computer-Operated Car Transports PA Congressman

September 5, 2013 9:38 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The so-called driverless Cadillac SRX was designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have been working on the project since 2008. The car uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras to maneuver in traffic. Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Samsung Unveils New Smartwatch That Makes Calls

September 5, 2013 9:35 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 70 years after Dick Tracy began wearing a two-way wrist radio in the funny pages, the technology that once seemed impossibly futuristic will be widely available by Christmas. Samsung on Wednesday introduced a digital watch for the holiday season that will let users check messages with a glance at their wrists and have conversations secret agent-style.

Review: Stylish Makeover for Samsung Note Phone

September 5, 2013 9:32 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled Wednesday, has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip.

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Industry’s First Power Circuits with MIPI RFFE Maximize Battery Life

September 4, 2013 4:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced the industry’s first RF power converters to integrate the MIPI Alliance’s radio frequency front-end (RFFE) digital control interface, a specification that simplifies multi-band and multi-radio communications.

Skyworks Introduces Differential Attenuator

September 4, 2013 4:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions unveiled a new device for cellular infrastructure, VHF/UHF military, and public safety radios. The SKY12408-321LF is a 6 dB differential attenuator that is pin-for-pin compatible with its 12 dB SKY12407-321LF attenuator.

Aeroflex Introduces the 3920B Digital Radio Test Set

September 4, 2013 1:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Incorporated has announced the introduction of the new 3920B Digital Radio Test Set for Analog AM and FM, Digital P25, P25 Phase II, DMR, NXDN, dPMR, TETRA, and TEDS technologies.

Laser Spectroscopy Helping to Measure Progress in Nanotech Design

September 4, 2013 11:20 am | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel University’s College of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University’s College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could alleviate the persistent challenge of measuring key features of electron behavior while designing the ever-shrinking components that allow cell phones, laptops and tablets to get increasingly thinner and more energy efficient. 

In Nokia Acquisition, Microsoft Tries to Catch Up

September 4, 2013 10:58 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's troubled smartphone business represents a daring $7.2 billion attempt by the software giant and a once-influential cellphone maker to catch up with the mobile computing revolution that threatens to leave them in the technological dust.

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Review: 'Mega' Phone is Huge, with Limited Appeal

September 4, 2013 10:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Mega shouldn't even be called a phone, if it weren't for the fact that it makes phone calls. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Mega is more like a small Android tablet computer. It shares the tablet's advantages in showing more detail in photos and video. Text is larger and easier to read, too.

ZigBee and the Smart Home: Is Security An Issue?

September 4, 2013 10:48 am | by Cees Links, Founder and CEO, GreenPeak Technologies – www.greenpeak.com | Blogs | Comments

In one of my earlier blogs I shared that today maybe around 600 million homes have WiFi. People share their lives with their family and friends, and execute their financial transactions wirelessly over the Internet without being overly worried about security, and, despite the recent NSA disclosures, I wonder whether many people have changed their online behavior.

Qantek Now Offering Microminiature SMD Crystal

September 4, 2013 10:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Qantek has introduced their new QC16 Series Surface Mount Crystal, their smallest crystal unit yet. The QC16, measuring a micro miniature 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm, is specially designed for high density circuit applications.

Spotty Record for Chinese Exec with Canal Dream

September 3, 2013 11:52 am | by Michael Weissenstein & Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press | News | Comments

While at least some of the domestic enterprises appear to be successful, outside of China, promises to build revolutionary new telecom networks have yet to materialize. And deals with local partners have been marred by false ...   

Getting a Grip on Inventory Management Using RF

September 3, 2013 11:38 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

More and more manufacturers are offering their products cooperatively through small retailers, as well as in web shops. Researchers have developed a new RF clip with which products can be labeled. It helps avoid duplicate sales.   

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Hackers Find Weaknesses in Car Computer Systems

September 3, 2013 11:37 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even ...     

Engineering Newswire 53: New Keyboard Shocks Internet Abusers

August 29, 2013 12:43 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior.

50 Years Later, Hotline to Moscow Still Relevant

August 29, 2013 12:18 pm | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Washington-Moscow Hotline is not just a Cold War relic, but a system for top-level crisis communications that remains a useful tool for U.S. and Russian leaders at odds over their relations with Syria and Iran, a former director of the Soviet space exploration program says.

Ultracold Big Bang Experiment Successfully Simulates Evolution of Early Universe

August 29, 2013 12:15 pm | by Steve Koppes, University of Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have reproduced a pattern resembling the cosmic microwave background radiation in a laboratory simulation of the big bang, using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber at the University of Chicago. "This is the first time an experiment like this has simulated the evolution.

Space Laser to Prove Increased Broadband Possible

August 29, 2013 9:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration begins operation aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, it will attempt to show two-way laser communication beyond Earth is possible, expanding the possibility of transmitting huge amounts of data.

Vodafone in Talks to Sell Verizon Wireless Stake

August 29, 2013 8:55 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

First U.S. Surgery Transmitted Live Via Google Glass

August 29, 2013 8:45 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

A surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in the United States to consult with a distant colleague using live, point-of-view video from the operating room via Google Glass, a head-mounted computer and camera device.

1st U.S.-Made Smartphone Just as Cheap to Produce

August 29, 2013 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But IHS said the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung Electronic's flagship Galaxy S4 phone.

Princeton and USDA Researchers Produce New Egg Pasteurization Method

August 29, 2013 8:39 am | by John Greenwald, DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a novel technique and device for rapidly pasteurizing eggs in the shell without damaging the delicate egg white. The process could lead to a sharp reduction in illnesses caused by egg-borne salmonella bacteria, a widespread public health concern.

Autonomous Vehicles Are Tomorrow: Here’s What Transportation Tech is Doing Today

August 29, 2013 8:37 am | by The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials | News | Comments

Just as patients communicate their symptoms to doctors – smart technology is allowing infrastructure to tell civil engineers when something is wrong. Sensors installed on bridges, in roadways, and on maintenance vehicles, are communicating real-time performance and weather data, allowing engineers to solve problems before they occur.

Pulse Electronics' Navigation Antenna Now Includes 5 GHz Wi-Fi

August 28, 2013 5:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation has introduced its new vehicular mount antenna for 3G, 4G long term evolution (LTE), WLAN, and GPS applications. The GPSDM700/5800SSS (black) and GPSDMW700/5800SSS (white) offer the best gain on the market over multiple frequency bands.

Vishay Intertechnology Announces New SMD MLCCs in 0505 and 1111

August 28, 2013 12:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of high-power surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) in the quad 0505 and 1111 case sizes. Designed for high-frequency RF applications in telecommunications, medical, military, and industrial equipment and instrumentation.

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