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Bumping Graphene Off Its Pedestal

August 27, 2014 1:54 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials. An international collaboration of researchers ...

Scientists Craft a Semiconductor Only Three Atoms Thick

August 27, 2014 11:33 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class...

3G/4G Tech Will Dominate Cellular M2M Communications by 2018

August 27, 2014 11:16 am | by Berg Insight | News | Comments

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global cellular M2M...

Optical Microscope Technique Confirmed as Valid Nano-Measurement Tool

August 27, 2014 10:22 am | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Recent experiments have confirmed that a technique developed several years ago at the National...

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Hackerspaces Used to Turn Ideas into Reality

August 27, 2014 10:02 am | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while ...

Godzilla Stomps Back in Ultra HD, Wires Intact

August 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. The effort with "4K" technology is carefully removing ...

A Closer Look: Reading Tablets Decent, But Needed?

August 27, 2014 9:49 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can't be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last ...

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The Downfall of Interactive Restaurant Technology

August 26, 2014 5:25 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

The Interactive Restaurant Technology system, designed by Ukrainian tech firm Kodisoft, allows restaurant patrons to use multitouch tables to peruse food and drink menus and learn detailed information about these choices ...    

Infographic: Big Guys of the Information Technology World

August 26, 2014 3:49 pm | by Dmytro Nesterov, QuartSoft | News | Comments

There are less than 20 companies in the IT industry that are as big as suns with powerful gravitation making thousands of smaller businesses rotate around them. Being a web design and development company, QuartSoft could not help honoring ...

DARPA Aims to Make Nanoscale Benefits Life-Sized

August 26, 2014 3:28 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Many common materials exhibit different and potentially useful characteristics when fabricated at extremely small scales—that is, at dimensions near the size of atoms, or a few ten-billionths of a meter. These “atomic scale” or “nanoscale” properties include ...

High-Power Amplifier Offers Low EVM & Current

August 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip has announced its latest 2.4 GHz 256-QAM RF high-power amplifier—the SST12CP21—which offers ultra-low EVM and current consumption for 256-QAM and IEEE 802.11n systems. The SST12CP21 delivers high linear output power of up to ...

HotSpot: Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 26, 2014 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the U.S. Navy has successfully completed landing and deck maneuvers with its new unmanned combat aerial vehicle; an optoelectronic camouflage system inspired by squid; how to deal with lost cell phone anxiety disorder; and remote-controlled moths, or biobots, for rescue missions ...  

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NSF Awards $10M to Create Cloud Computing Testbed

August 26, 2014 12:04 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Cloud computing has changed the way we work, the way we communicate online, even the way we relax at night with a movie. But even as "the cloud" starts to cross over into popular parlance, the full potential of the technology to directly impact ...

Engineering Live: Will Wearable Devices Be Here in Two Years?

August 26, 2014 11:41 am | by ECN Magazine | Events

In 2013, wearable devices began to take off in the consumer and medical industries, particularly with fitness and health tracking devices. The NPD group believes that the market will swell to 91 million units in 2015, but some insiders predict ...

New Laser Design Paves Way for Power-on-a-Chip Applications

August 26, 2014 11:39 am | by Rick Kubetz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at ...

Smart Bracelets Revolutionize Hotel Industry

August 26, 2014 11:21 am | by Basque Research | News | Comments

The Tecnalia applied research centre has revolutionised the hotel sector with smart bracelets - the Smart VIB (Very Important Bracelet) that enables clients access hotel rooms without the need for a card, make payments using the PayPal system, share ...

Amazon Acquires Twitch for $970M, Hopes to Become ESPN of Video Games

August 26, 2014 10:47 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport. Twitch is a ...

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Razer-Sharp TV Images with 4K Definition

August 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

The future of movie, sports and concert broadcasting lies in 4K definition, which will bring cinema quality TV viewing into people's homes. 4K Ultra HD has four times as many pixels as today's Full HD. And thanks to the new HEVC video compression ...

Blade from Power Saw Impales Worker

August 25, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw. Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was still ...      

High Efficiency Display Power & LED Driver for Smartphones

August 25, 2014 4:10 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil has announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The ISL98611 is the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip. It improves efficiency of both functions to ...

Cirrus Logic Completes Acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics

August 25, 2014 2:39 pm | by Cirrus Logic | News | Comments

Cirrus Logic has announced that it completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Cirrus Logic believes that the acquisition will strengthen its position as a market leader with a highly differentiated global customer base and end-to-end ...

EVT Road Show Chicago/Lombard - Machine Vision Seminar

August 25, 2014 2:24 pm | by FSI Technologies | Events

EyeVision is the one software for your vision application. EyeVision software: 1) offers Drag-and-Drop Programming and a graphical user interface (GUI), 2) supports all hardware platform: vision sensors, smart cameras, embedded & PC systems with ...

NSF Awards $1.2M Grant to Develop Cloud-Computing Tools

August 25, 2014 1:27 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Cloud computing is at the core of a new grant to Rice University computer scientist Christopher Jermaine, who plans to develop tools that will allow research and industry to make better use of massive data sets without having to rely on ...    

High-Tech Startup Named to Alchemist Accelerator Program

August 25, 2014 1:09 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

SensorHound Innovations, a high-tech startup based in the Purdue Research Park, has been chosen to participate in the next class of the Alchemist Accelerator's IoT track beginning Thursday (Aug. 21). The San Francisco-based Alchemist Accelerator's program is ...

Clear Quality Vision & Values Key to Culture of Quality that Drives Results

August 25, 2014 12:35 pm | by Forbes & ASQ | News | Comments

Clearly stated quality vision and values, and unequivocal leadership are key components to a successful culture of quality that can help organizations drive results, according to new research from ASQ and Forbes Insights. But only about 60% of all ...

Get Ready for the Thermal Selfie

August 25, 2014 12:18 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's ...

Infographic: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Jabil | Jabil Circuit | News | Comments

The past 25 years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next 25 years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need …       

Kenya Recycles 50M Metric Tons of Global E-Waste

August 25, 2014 9:28 am | by Corinne Chin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons ...

LG Bets on Pricey OLED Tech as Future of TVs

August 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. The South Korean company said it will ship ...  

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