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DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:19 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records today recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz ...

Raising Cryptography's Standards

October 31, 2014 9:53 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In...

Fireproofing Lithium-Ion Batteries

October 31, 2014 9:07 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Michigan Engineers have developed an impressive new way to make the world’s most popular...

Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking

October 30, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee...

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Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

October 30, 2014 1:11 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption. With information technology consuming a steadily growing fraction of ... 

Lenovo Wraps Up Purchase of Motorola Phone Unit

October 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand. The $2.9 billion purchase adds to a flurry of ...  

Samsung Vows Changes after Mobile Profit Plunges

October 30, 2014 9:25 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which ...

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Saving Computing Capacity with a New Algorithm

October 30, 2014 9:14 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

The control of modern infrastructure such as intelligent power grids needs lots of computing capacity. Scientists of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg have ...   

Still Air: Apple iPad Air 2 Largely Holds the Line on Features and Costs, Study Reveals

October 29, 2014 5:10 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

With a design and feature set only incrementally different from the original iPad Air, the new iPad Air 2 carries a nearly identical hardware cost as its predecessor, according to the Teardown Analysis Service at IHS. The 16-gigabyte (GB) ...

Two 3D Design Competitions

October 29, 2014 3:49 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and CGTrader has teamed up with the 3D printing experts from i.materialise to present a holiday-themed challenge. Design a gift that you would love to give to a friend or relative that could be printed in ...

Mouser Launches New Security Applications Site

October 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics has unveiled their new Security Applications Site on Mouser.com offering design resources for engineers looking to develop cutting-edge security systems. As the world continues down the fast path of internet connectivity ...

How Do We Make the Breast Pump 'Not Suck'?

October 29, 2014 9:16 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While new mothers are heavily encouraged to breastfeed, the obstacles they face in order to do so after returning to work are many. Breast pumps, as they exist now, do not aid in further encouragement; rather, they greatly ...   

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Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line

October 28, 2014 3:43 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast. Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new ...  

AI Is Summoning Demons

October 28, 2014 1:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at ...   

Sharp Images on Curved Screens

October 28, 2014 10:16 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Projecting images on curved screens poses a dilemma. The sharper the image, the darker it is. A novel optical approach brings brightness and sharpness together for the first time on screens of any curvature – and additionally allows about ...

Economical Process for Micro Energy Harvesting

October 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for example, to monitor the status of the engines on airplanes, or for medical implants. They gather the energy they ...

Small Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs

October 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently ...

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New Tech Doubles Smartphone Battery Life

October 28, 2014 9:17 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern ...  

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Apple Pay a Success

October 28, 2014 1:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. "We're already No. 1. We're more than ...

Cutting Power Could Dramatically Boost Laser Output

October 27, 2014 11:30 am | by Steven Schultz, Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend ...

DNA-Based Computer Circuits of the Future

October 27, 2014 11:08 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

In a paper published today in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The central technological revolution of ...

Out-of-Patience Investors Sell Off Amazon

October 27, 2014 9:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the ...  

Hackers & Deathmobiles in the Age of IoT

October 27, 2014 9:52 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the ...

Analog Devices AD9135/6 2.8Gsps DACs Available from Mouser

October 24, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now shipping the AD9135 and AD9136 digital to analog converters (DACs) from Analog Devices. The AD9135 is an 11-bit DAC, while the AD9136 is a 16-bit DAC. These devices boast a high dynamic ...         

POP & Avdel Join Forces

October 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by STANLEY Engineered Fastening | News | Comments

STANLEY Engineered Fastening, a Stanley Black & Decker company, has announced that it is joining two of the most famous brands in blind fastening, POP and Avdel, into a single entity. The new brand, which will be known as POP Avdel from this ...

Solair is Forging a New Partnership with SECO

October 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Solair | News | Comments

Solair has forged a new partnership with SECO, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of embedded electronics. Together they will focus on developing embedded solutions that integrate hardware and software to be used in IoT ...

Printing a Winner

October 24, 2014 11:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

With lots of quality submissions, we sifted through piles of STLs to find the winner of an Afinia H480 3D printer. After printing numerous models on our Uprint from Stratasys, we finally determined a winner ...     

Amazon's Loss Makes Holidays a Question Mark

October 24, 2014 11:20 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast. Investors are increasingly irked by ...

Mouser Now Ships the Intel Edison Computer

October 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now shipping the Intel Edison, a small yet powerful Intel computer about the size of a postage stamp. The Edison is designed to lower the barriers to entry for the next generation of consumer products by providing a ...

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