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Smart Devices That Track Hand-Washing in Hospitals

February 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

General Sensing — co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM ’06 and Philip Liang SM ’06 — is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines ...                                     

AT&T, Verizon Spend Billions In Airwave Auction

February 2, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more ...                              

The Biggest Shake-Up to the Telecommunications Industry

February 2, 2015 8:43 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather ...          

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The Quest for Efficiency in Thermoelectric Nanowires

February 2, 2015 7:35 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Efficiency is big in the tiny world of thermoelectric nanowires. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems or lead to more ...                     

New Light-Converting Materials Point to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs ...                 

Photos of the Day: Crystal Perovskites for New LED Applications

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals ...                       

Wireless Minute: Bluewire Bluetooth Headset Can Record Your Calls

January 30, 2015 9:28 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Bluewire Bluetooth 4.0 headset designed to record up to 1,000 hours’ worth of calls. The device can record both sides of a user’s conversation, is wireless charging-enabled, and includes a built-in flashlight and “find my phone” feature. The headset ... 

Transphorm and Fujitsu Semiconductor Announce Mass Production of GaN Power Devices

January 29, 2015 2:56 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Transphorm, Transphorm Japan, and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited have announced that Fujitsu Semiconductor group’s CMOS-compatible, 150 mm wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan, has started mass production of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power devices for switching applications ...                           

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Inventor of Now-Ubiquitous Laser Dies at 99

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charles H. Townes, inventor of the laser and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died at 99 years old ...                                                 

Google Awards Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon ...                                           

Sierra Wireless Launches Next-Generation AirLink Gateways

January 28, 2015 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Wireless has announced the next generation of Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways. The AirLink GX450 4G mobile gateway and the AirLink ES450 4G enterprise gateway offer support for a broader array of LTE frequency bands ...                      

Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 12:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker.  On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and several other smart home apps and hardware ...                   

Photo of the Day: A View from the Edge of Space

January 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | News | Comments

Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large appeal for using this platform to perform novel science and to train new scientists ...                             

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CommScope to Buy TE Connectivity's Telecom for $3B

January 28, 2015 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CommScope is buying TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach ...                            

What's Next for Apple after Record iPhone Sales?

January 28, 2015 10:06 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday ...                               

Wireless Minute: Augmented Reality Goggles for Skiing

January 28, 2015 10:02 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new Israel-based startup called RideOn has developed augmented reality (AR) goggles for skiing and snowboarding ...                                      

More Wireless Means Better Wires – the Case for NBASE-T

January 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Larry O’Connell, Vitesse Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Enterprise LANs, service providers and other network operators are experiencing a sharp rise in the demand for wireless connectivity driven by the growing use of mobile devices. The wireless half of the solution is to deploy high-capacity Wi-Fi access points, which support the new IEEE 802.11ac Wave-2 standard ...                

CommScope Offers Free DAS Training to Women

January 27, 2015 10:30 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Women play an important role in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, offering major contributions that have developed some of the most amazing technology available today. However, it is no secret that women can be under-represented when it comes to STEM careers ...           

Basketball Drills, Passing Fads, and How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise ...                                   

U.S Navy Seeks Permits to Expand Sonar-Emitting Buoys

January 27, 2015 9:56 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water ...                          

Wireless Minute: Navy’s Sonar-Emitting Buoys May Harm Whales

January 27, 2015 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on the Wireless Minute, the U.S. Navy wants to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast making animal activists sad, angry, and loud ...                                              

Brain-Wave Headset Crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 2:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity ...                                        

Brain-to-Brain Communication Has Arrived

January 26, 2015 1:51 pm | by Miguel Nicolelis, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain ...                      

Photo of the Day: A Neurostimulator that Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 1:44 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye ...                                 

New Micro-Ring Promises Secure Communications & Faster Computers

January 26, 2015 1:28 pm | by Jack Hanley, The Optical Society | News | Comments

Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies ...                        

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