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Microsoft's Office Apps for iPad Ushers in New Era

March 28, 2014 10:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise...              

Technology Hindered, Helped Search for Flight 370

March 28, 2014 10:27 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The limitations of tracking and communications devices allowed the plane to vanish from sight for nearly three weeks. But satellites' advanced capabilities have provided hope that the mystery won't go unsolved...                   

New Malaysia Plane Search Area Turns Up Objects

March 28, 2014 9:49 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast Friday, following a new analysis of radar data, and a plane quickly found objects that a ship set out to investigate...                             

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Scientists Track 3D Nanoscale Changes in Rechargeable Battery Material

March 27, 2014 5:49 pm | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have made the first 3D observations of how the structure of a lithium-ion battery anode evolves at the nanoscale in a real battery cell as it discharges and recharges....                    

High Accuracy 6-Bit DSA from Peregrine Semiconductor

March 27, 2014 5:27 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for the PE4312, 6-bit digital step attenuator from Peregrine Semiconductor. The PE4312 is designed for use in wireless infrastructure...

Democratizing Data Visualization

March 27, 2014 5:18 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called “Exhibit.” Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data...                           

Microchip's Low-Power Projected-Capacitive Touch Controllers

March 27, 2014 5:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced a new family of projected-capacitive touch controllers — the MTCH6102 with low-power performance. These turnkey projected-capacitive...

NetHero App Enables Remote Management of Home Internet & Connected Devices

March 27, 2014 4:37 pm | News | Comments

Consumers now have access to a free home network and device management app, NetHero, on iOS and Android devices, and Mac and Windows PCs. Created by the developer of cloud-based software for network and device management, Pie Digital, NetHero is the first free app to let consumers manage and optimize their home network and device...

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Nex-Tech Wireless Selects TrueCall RAN Geoanalytics Platform for New LTE Network

March 27, 2014 3:56 pm | by Newfield Wireless & Nex-Tech Wireless | News | Comments

Newfield Wireless has announced Nex-Tech Wireless has deployed its TrueCall platform to support the operator’s LTE network. Nex-Tech is the 10th deployment of Newfield Wireless’ TrueCall LTE covering a combined total of more than 100 million subscribers...

Econais Presents the Ease of Connecting Devices to the Internet of Things

March 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Brent Ward, Econais | News | Comments

At the upcoming EELive! Conference, Econais has announced it will be demonstrating how easy it is for device developers to wirelessly connect their Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the internet. Think WiSmart. At EELive! Booth Number 634, Econais will be demonstrating how almost any kind of device, no matter how simple or complex...

Future Electronics & Crocus Technology Sign Global Distribution Agreement

March 27, 2014 3:16 pm | by Martin H. Gordon, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Future Electronics has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Crocus Technology. “Considering the ever increasing demand for non-volatile memories and products capable of enhancing the performance and security of chips for smart cards, mobile phones, and data servers...

PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM to Launch “Connected Services” for the Car of the Future

March 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by PSA Peugeot Citroën & IBM | News | Comments

PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced plans to use IBM Big Data and Analytics and IBM MobileFirst solutions to launch a new era of connected vehicles that deliver customized services. The rapid adoption of mobile devices is redefining customer expectations in all areas of life, including transportation. The need to be constantly connected is transforming...

RFMD Awarded Contract to Produce Millimeter Wave GaN Integrated Circuits

March 27, 2014 2:40 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD has announced it has signed a $9.7 million agreement with the Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to transfer and produce a 0.14 micron GaN MMIC technology. The technology will be scaled to 6-inch diameter wafers using RFMD's 6-inch GaN-on-Silicon Carbide (SiC) manufacturing line...

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Sunrise Micro Devices Offering Radio Design in IP Form

March 27, 2014 2:27 pm | by Sunrise Micro Devices | News | Comments

Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD) has announced that it is now a wireless intellectual property (IP) company delivering complete radio solutions to help accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Standards-based wireless technologies offer interoperability and enable low-power wireless sensor nodes to connect to the Internet. Enabling a range of semiconductor companies...

PDI Expands TCXO Precision Oscillator Line

March 27, 2014 12:06 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices has announced a major expansion of its Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator product line (TCXO).  These new products target applications where available circuit board...

Experts Say NSA Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable

March 27, 2014 11:14 am | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks." That promise is especially dubious, experts say, in instances where Americans are communicating with U.S. citizens living abroad and other people overseas...

Samsung 'Puzzled' As Smartphone Launch Upstaged

March 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, says it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11...

Visionary or Looney? Zuckerberg on Spending Spree

March 27, 2014 10:51 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg "is nuts" for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion...

Smartphone App Helps Alcoholics Stay Sober

March 27, 2014 10:40 am | by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics...

Jet Search Cut Short; New Satellite Spots Objects

March 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Rob Griffith & Scott McDonald, Associated Press | News | Comments

Planes and ships searching for debris suspected of being from the missing Malaysian jetliner failed to find any Thursday before bad weather cut their hunt short, as Thailand said one of its satellites had spotted hundreds of objects in the area...

Parts for New Mini-Shuttle Being Built at Michoud

March 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is working in New Orleans on parts for the Dream Chaser, a mini-shuttle designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. That's among a number of space-related projects underway at the ... 

Photos of the Day: NASA's Next Gen Space Suit Design

March 27, 2014 9:19 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design ...

Top Three Reed Switch No-No's

March 26, 2014 5:09 pm | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Blogs | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch...                        

Highly Rugged, Multiple-Output

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Luso Electronics Distribution has announced the VITA 62 compliant VPX power supplies, designed for high-performance computing applications in harsh environments and demanding electrical conditions of military/aerospace applications...             

Meaghan's Minute: Smart Home Detect Disorders

March 26, 2014 11:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, the Tecnalia center for applied research has designed a system of sensors which when fitted in a home, allows a person's habits and activities to be monitored...                

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