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The Peaks & Valleys of Silicon

June 29, 2015 1:23 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

When the new iPhone came out, customers complained that it could be bent - but what if you could roll up your too big 6 Plus to actually fit in your pocket? That technology might be available ...

Intelligent LEDs Could Save Lives

June 29, 2015 11:50 am | by Jermaine Dallas, GE Reports | News | Comments

Imagine this scenario: A gunshot echoes down a city street at night. Passerby turn to look, but...

Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor May Take Smartphone Security to New Level

June 29, 2015 11:36 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Fingerprint sensor technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone 6 produces a two-...

Your Face on Your Espresso? Highlights from Tech Show

June 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Imagine staring deep into the foam of your favorite espresso drink and seeing a face looking...

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Softball-Sized Camera Can Be Tossed into Unseen Areas

June 26, 2015 2:38 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Unseen areas are troublesome for police and first responders: Rooms can harbor dangerous gunmen, while collapsed buildings can conceal survivors. Now Bounce Imaging, founded by an MIT alumnus ...

How Simulation Can Improve the Reliability of Consumer Electronics

June 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Bhaumik Dave,Sr. FEA Consultant, Hi-Tech FEA | Articles | Comments

Early product failures turn very much costly for manufacturers, resulting in a substantial loss in revenue, value and customer’s trust towards the brand. It is however very much common for many ...

Fishy Electronics, Reversed Wiring Among 5 Design Fails This Week

June 26, 2015 9:58 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, bicycle bolts are breaking, hoodies are snapping back, a little digger has a lot of lead, and ...

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Wafer-Scale Quantum Devices Closer to Reality

June 25, 2015 12:17 pm | by Carla Reiter, University of Chicago | News | Comments

An electronics technology that uses the "spin" - or magnetization - of atomic nuclei to store and process information promises huge gains in performance over today's electron-based ...

Teardown: LCR Meter

June 25, 2015 11:00 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

Another ebay score. Dave tears down a HP4263A LCR Meter ...

In Tech: Microsoft Office, Foursquare Mayors, Amazon Echo

June 25, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Android phone owners can now use an updated version of Microsoft's Office tools for writing, spreadsheets and slideshows. The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are designed to ...

Google Converting Coal Power Plant into Data Center

June 25, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is converting an old coal-burning power plant in Alabama into a sleek data center running on renewable energy to fuel the additional computing capacity needed to process ...

World's First Full-Color, Flexible, Skin-Like Display Developed

June 24, 2015 2:38 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

Imagine a soldier who can change the color and pattern of his camouflage uniform from woodland green to desert tan at will. Or an office worker who could do the same with his ...

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Nanowires Could Be the LEDs of the Future

June 24, 2015 2:35 pm | by University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

The latest research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that LEDs made from nanowires will use less energy and provide better light. The researchers studied nanowires using X-ray microscopy and ...

Google Startup Replacing NYC Pay Phones with Free Wi-Fi

June 24, 2015 2:24 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Google’s Sidewalk Labs is leading a group of investors that will acquire the newly formed Intersection, a company working on a free city-wide Wi-Fi project in New York City ...

Today in Engineering History: First Demonstration of Home Video Recorder

June 24, 2015 1:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

The reel-to-reel system used ordinary ¼ inch audio tape, and recorded linearly with stationary heads. The high tape speed of linear recording (120 inches per second) could only produce a ...

Review: Apple Has Best Smartwatch, But Rivals Have Strengths

June 24, 2015 9:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As much as I wish the Apple Watch could do more, I find it the best smartwatch available, given its polished design and wide range of apps. But there may be reasons to consider ...

Mirror-Like Display Harnesses Ambient Light

June 23, 2015 11:50 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Using a simple structure comprising a mirror and an absorbing layer to take advantage of the wave properties of light, researchers at Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, a subsidiary of ...

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Future of Virtual Reality: From Cardboard Boxes to Space Suits

June 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Patrick Sisson, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

Technological shifts don’t always begin with keynote speeches or media frenzies. Sometimes, they just arrive in the mail. This past spring, high school students and aspiring ...

Conference Audio for IT: What's Going on in an Echo Canceller?

June 22, 2015 4:55 pm | by Tim Root, CTO & EVP of New Business Development, Revolabs | Blogs | Comments

Working for a company that develops speakerphones, we are often asked about the technology inside our units. From the outside, a conference phone doesn’t look imposing or high tech ...

The Brainstorm: Automation

June 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by PD&D Staff | Blogs | Comments

What future automation systems should design engineers know about now in order to stay ahead of the curve? Rather than looking to the future, engineers should look to what is ...

The Black Swans of Tech: Is It the End for the Green Board?

June 22, 2015 10:08 am | by Phil Gilchrist, General Manager of Optics & CTO of Data & Devices, TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

What makes this a wonderful world is the unpredictability of the way things evolve. I was reminded of this a couple of months ago when I discovered that Glasgow ...

Winners & Losers from the E3 Video-Game Show

June 22, 2015 8:55 am | by Lou Kesten, Associated Press | News | Comments

The video-game industry's annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, which occupied the Los Angeles Convention Center this past week, was an overwhelming, exhausting experience ...

Academic Calls for Laws to Address Intrusive Potential of Face Recognition Tech

June 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Oxford University Press | News | Comments

A telecommunications law academic in Australia has recommended for laws to be enacted criminalizing the application of face recognition technology to visual images online that ...

Detaching Brakes Among 3 Design Fails This Week

June 19, 2015 11:01 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Colnago is recalling bicycles and frame kids because of a crash hazard. Due to a design fail, the front brakes can detach from ...

Latest Species to Be Tracked in National Parks: Homo Sapiens

June 19, 2015 9:04 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are putting tracking devices on an unusual species — people — as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosystems in national parks. Park visitors carrying ...

Flash Audit: 'Serious Concerns' about Personnel Computer Fix

June 19, 2015 8:53 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

For years, the Office of Personnel Management's independent watchdog tried to warn the public about the agency's cybersecurity failures. Now, the OPM inspector general is sounding ...

Fitbit Shows Off Its pipes in NYSE Debut as Shares Soar

June 19, 2015 8:50 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fitbit flexed some muscle Thursday and its shares rocketed almost 50 percent higher in the first day of trading for the fitness tracking gear maker. Fitbit's initial public offering priced at ...

Engineering Newswire 144: Star Wars Hoverbike Coming to the Military

June 18, 2015 11:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using light to safely drive battery power, developing a Hoverbike for the military, and powering engines with evaporation ...

Microsoft Shuffles Leadership Team

June 17, 2015 4:10 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is shuffling his top management team, announcing the departure of former Nokia boss Stephen Elop and three other top executives. Elop had left ...

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