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Teardown: Retro Computer

July 30, 2014 2:53 pm | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, Dave looks inside the most popular microcomputer of the 1970's, the Radio Shack / Tandy TRS-80 Model I, and the TRS-80 Model 102. As a bonus, he does some EMI testing for fun, and ...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:25 pm | by Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept...

Amazon to Invest $2 Billion to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that...

Why This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 30, 2014 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control...

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Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 4:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of ...  

Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines on the online retailer's website. Amazon's 3-D product store will offer more than 200 print on-demand products that ...

China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law by failing to publish all documentation related to...

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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 3:55 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has ...  

ORD Solutions Exceeds 400% of Crowdfunding Goal

July 28, 2014 2:34 pm | by ORD Solutions | News | Comments

RoVa3D: The first 5 material/color liquid cooled 3D printer was launched on June 23, 2014, and within two days the Kickstarter campaign made its initial goal of $25,000 CAD. Now, ORD Solutions is working toward stretch goals. So far, the ...

Printed Electronics USA 2014

July 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by IDTechEx | Events

This event will focus on the commercialization of the technology, covering broadly organic, inorganic, thin film and flexible nanotechnologies. To that end, we have some of the world's largest user companies presenting on their ...

Silence is a Virtue

July 28, 2014 10:32 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

If it's one thing I hate, it's all that noise, noise, noise, noise (particularly on airplanes; I'm usually fine with Christmas cheer and unseasonable references). To cure that buzz that ails you, Stow, OH-based Audio-Technica U.S. has designed ...

Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on Drone Use

July 28, 2014 10:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the ...

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Fish for Growth Overseas

July 28, 2014 10:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or ...

Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Smartphone

July 28, 2014 7:24 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS. The South Korean company ...

How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

Engineering Update: Marines Begin Testing Robotic Mule

July 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and ...   

China to Declare Qualcomm a Monopoly

July 24, 2014 11:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government newspaper says Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm, one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly. The results of an investigation into Qualcomm will be released soon. It cited...   

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Displays from the Big Screen: Motion Sensor Systems from Hollywood

July 24, 2014 5:36 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something ...  

Thread Paves the Way for IEEE 802.15.4 & IPv6

July 24, 2014 5:32 pm | by Cees Links, CEO & Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Google/Nest, together with Samsung, ARM, Yale Security and others, announced a new standard “Thread.” Sort of. Thread is not really a new standard, but more of an education and certification program that combines a set of ...  

Nokia Sees Brighter Future without Handset Unit

July 24, 2014 1:54 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division ...

Engineering Newswire 100: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 24, 2014 11:36 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...               

Better Red for LED: New Tech Could Vastly Improve Smartphone Displays

July 24, 2014 11:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

There’s no shortage of red-hot ideas leaving GE labs in upstate New York, but nothing comes close to materials scientist’s Anant Setlur’s discovery. Working with a team of researchers at GE Lighting and in Europe, Setlur found and patented ...

Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Moving into Q4

July 24, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search ...  

Social Security's $300M IT Project Doesn't Work

July 24, 2014 3:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an ...

Linking Television & the Internet

July 23, 2014 11:41 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

In the “LinkedTV“ project, researchers are seamlessly connecting TV offerings with the Internet. Audiences will benefit from an informative and personalized viewing experience. The panel discussion is getting heated – but what exactly is in ...

Ultra High Definition TVs Boost LG Display

July 23, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs. The South Korean display panel ...   

Review: Amazon Fire Offers New Ways to Use Phones

July 23, 2014 9:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work ...

The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms vs. Judgment

July 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the ...

Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors to Patients in Rural Areas

July 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, Ga., to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school and ...

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