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Blades of Grass Inspire Advance in Organic Solar Cells

October 1, 2014 10:09 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major ...   

App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding

October 1, 2014 9:57 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it....

HotSpot: Don’t Microwave Your iPhone

October 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices:...

Get Off Your Computer

October 1, 2014 9:18 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

For myself and many other Americans, computer screens have become as essential to existence as...

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A Fully Wireless Motion-Capture System

September 30, 2014 5:06 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for ...   

Microsoft Skips Windows 9 to Emphasize Advances

September 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services. The current version ...

Taking Thin Films to the Extreme

September 30, 2014 12:15 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface - work that holds promise for making ...

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Fuel Cell-Powered Mobile Lights Ready for Commercial Use

September 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for ...

Mimicking Brain Cells to Boost Memory Power

September 30, 2014 10:07 am | by RMIT University | News | Comments

MIT University researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain. The researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the ...  

Look What’s Coming to Dinner

September 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD Magazine | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend; it was a chance to catch up and treat our daughters. Before we sat down, the girls noticed the kiosk at our table and instantly started playing games. They assured us that nothing popped up on ... 

Tech-Friendly Cities Struggle with New Biz Rules

September 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent ...   

Microsoft to Offer Early Look at Next Windows

September 29, 2014 3:56 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system. Although the new software won't be formally released until ...

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From Diamonds to Supercomputers

September 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

By exchanging specific atoms inside the mineral structure, quantum bits, required to process complex operations faster, could be stabilized. Gustavo López Velázquez, researcher at the University of Guadalajara (UDG), proposes to construct a ...

Campaign to Win Approval for Engineering Facility Upgrade

September 29, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Buildings at URI's College of Engineering date to the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the dean says they lack modern laboratories and interactive classrooms. The Providence Journal reports that the URI President says companies need more ...

Lenovo Looks to Expand After IBM Acquisition

September 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion ...

BlackBerry Posts $207M Quarterly Loss

September 29, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry posted a smaller loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call with analysts that BlackBerry is "definitely in ...

3 Design Fails of the Week

September 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, ignition modules are failing to ground, gas valves are leaking, and Bad Boy Buggies’ brakes ... break ...                    

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New Tech May Lead to Prolonged Power in Smartphones

September 26, 2014 11:36 am | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few ...  

September 2014: King Kong Lives

September 26, 2014 10:59 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue: King Kong Lives:  Part marionette, animatronic, and puppet, the newest version of the famous ape is made up of 1.1 tons of steel, aluminum, lycra, and latex, and stands six meters tall ... 

Intel Invests Up to $1.5B in China Mobile Venture

September 26, 2014 7:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent state in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are ...

New Discovery Could Pave the Way for Spin-Based Electronics

September 25, 2014 4:43 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Electricity and magnetism rule our digital world. Semiconductors process electrical information, while magnetic materials enable long-term data storage. A University of Pittsburgh research team has discovered a way to fuse these two ...

Apple's Response to iPhone Glitches is Key

September 25, 2014 3:38 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls ...  

Anderson Power Products Offers SB Environmental Boot

September 25, 2014 3:28 pm | by PD&D Staff | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products has announced a new addition to the SB Environmental Boot Series, with the release of their SB 50 Environmental Boot. Suitable for a wide range applications both indoors and out, the SB Environmental ...

New iPhones Run into Software, Bending Complaints

September 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's new iPhones have run into some glitches as users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending ...     

What’s Next in 3D Printing

September 25, 2014 9:36 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything ...

Blue LED Breakthrough for Efficient Electronics

September 25, 2014 9:07 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, researchers at the University of Michigan have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor ...

Media Multitasking Changes Brain Structure

September 24, 2014 5:17 pm | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new University of Sussex research. A study published on Sept. 24 in PLOS ONE reveals that people ...   

'Skin-Like' Device Monitors Cardiovascular & Skin Health

September 24, 2014 4:47 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it's simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study ...

Can You Out-Race a Computer?

September 24, 2014 3:52 pm | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Human beings have a remarkable ability to make inferences based on their surroundings. Is this area safe? Where might I find a parking spot? Am I more likely to get to a gas station by taking a left or a right at this stoplight? Such decisions ...

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