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New Technique Makes LEDs Brighter, More Resilient

March 19, 2014 7:48 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new processing technique that makes LEDs brighter and more resilient by coating the semiconductor material gallium nitride with a layer of phosphorus-derived acid. “By coating polar GaN with a self-assembling layer of phosphonic groups, we were able to increase luminescence..."

New App Provides Pocket Medical Diagnosis

March 19, 2014 7:41 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new app which turns any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device could help in the fight against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world. A recently-developed mobile phone application could make monitoring conditions...

Highly Sensitive NFC Z-Axis Low-Profile Antenna

March 19, 2014 7:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

In an effort to meet the growing demands for NFC antennas, PREMO has developed a new Z axis SMD ferrite antenna suitable for signals reception/transmission at 13,56MHz...

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Malaysia, FBI Analyze Missing Pilot's Simulator

March 19, 2014 5:58 pm | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger Wednesday — wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty...

IBM's Watson to Help in Brain Cancer Research

March 19, 2014 5:48 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer. The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center to help develop treatments for glioblastoma...

New Test Methodology Simplifies Envelope Tracking Design in Mobile Devices

March 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Lawrence Wilson, Product Manager Signal Generators and Power Meters, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

The mobile communications industry is moving faster than ever to deliver the connected experience of video, voice, and data to the billions of people worldwide who are eager to consume it...                           

Europe's Telecom Tie-Ups Signal Big Shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:29 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications...

Malaysia: Files Were Deleted from Flight Simulator

March 19, 2014 11:22 am | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia's defense minister said Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that the pilot...

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Meaghan's Minute: Tiny Electrical Switches

March 19, 2014 9:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, GE Labs has developed tiny electrical switches thinner than a human hair that can transmit kilowatts of power...                       

Modular Pressure Transducer Provides Low-cost Flexibility

March 18, 2014 8:19 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties now offers the M5200, a low-cost, durable pressure transducer with exceptional modularity that provides an accuracy of ±0.25% F.S. BFSL in harsh environments...

WPC 1.1 and PMA 1.1 Dual-mode Wireless Power Receiver

March 18, 2014 8:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated Device Technology has announced the industry’s first dual-mode wireless power receiver compatible with both the Wireless Power Consortium’s 1.1 Qi standard, as well as the Power Matter’s Alliance 1.1 standard...

Sierra Wireless Introduces Legato

March 18, 2014 7:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Wireless has introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of machine-to-machine applications from the device to the cloud.

Durable, Low Pressure Overmolded Backshell Cable Assemblies

March 18, 2014 7:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies now offers durable, low pressure overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. This simplified backshell design is readily available and more cost-effective than its metal counterpart...

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Google Redesigns Android to Power Smartwatches

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet's most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing with a version of its Android software...

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...

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...                                       

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...

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