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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...

Hotspot: Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their...

Changing 3D Printing, Again

July 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing has its limits, and even the best printed parts often fall short when it...

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Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future

July 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that ...

BlackBerry Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

July 21, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer. Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer ...

Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 12:56 pm | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists at the University of Oregon have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy ...

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Verizon Launches Rewards Program with Tracking

July 21, 2014 9:19 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests. ...

How to Prevent Streetlight Glare in the New World of LED Lighting

July 18, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has ...

Inadequate Electronic Circuitry Poses Fire Hazard

July 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, inadequate electronic circuitry is creating fire hazards, LED bulbs are overheating and falling from their sockets, and mountain bike wheel hubs are breaking ...          

CEO Whitman Takes Chairman Post at Hewlett-Packard

July 18, 2014 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues. HP has split the roles of chairman and CEO since Mark Hurd resigned as ...

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

July 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | News | Comments

Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies — frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 years, these oscillators have relied upon quartz crystals ...

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Axed Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity

July 18, 2014 12:22 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets ...  

Longtime Apple Director Steps Down from Board

July 17, 2014 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors. Bill Campbell's departure after 17 years on Apple Inc.'s board cleared the way for the company to appoint Susan Wagner ...

Memo from Microsoft CEO Announcing Job Cuts

July 17, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft announced Thursday that it will cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its staff. CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, delivered the news to staff in a memo that Microsoft released publicly. Here's the text of that memo ...

Microsoft Cutting 14% of Workforce, Signals New Path

July 17, 2014 12:23 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system ...  

Using Google Glass to Steal Passwords

July 17, 2014 11:47 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Cyber forensics experts have developed a way to to steal passwords entered on a smartphone or tablet using Google Glass and other recording devices ...                

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Teardown: Cash Register

July 17, 2014 9:28 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, Dave tears down a cash register found in the dumpster. Does it have any useful parts to salvage?                 

Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Over Next Year

July 17, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that of...

An Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective Display for Mobile Devices?

July 16, 2014 11:31 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that ...

Sling Media Unveils 2 Devices for Out-of-Home TV

July 15, 2014 9:21 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while traveling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room. Traditionally, Sling's strength has been in so-called place shifting. Attached to the home cable box ...

Apple, IBM Team Up in Mobile Devices, Applications

July 15, 2014 5:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers. The exclusive partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about ...   

Google Appoints Ford Ex-CEO Mulally to Board

July 15, 2014 5:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board. Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an ...

Stratasys Completes Acquisition of Solid Concepts

July 15, 2014 11:11 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys announced the acquisitions of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies on April 2, 2014, and will combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with RedEye, its existing digital manufacturing service business, to establish ...

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 15, 2014 9:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found ...  

RocketSkates Travel 12 mph, Weigh 7 Lbs.

July 14, 2014 2:53 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000 ...

The Role of Smart TVs in Gaming

July 14, 2014 10:50 am | by Chad Lucien, Hillcrest Labs | Articles | Comments

TVs have long been at the center of the video game industry. From first person point-and-shoots to family-friendly tennis matches and high-speed racing games, game consoles connected to TVs have dominated the gaming scene for decades ...

Drive-Ins Use Creativity to Afford Digital Switch

July 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch.Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining ...

Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Drones

July 14, 2014 10:02 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on ...

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