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Self-Lacing Shoe Setbacks Taken in Stride

April 20, 2015 2:21 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

When Frederick Labbe was a mechanical engineering student in 2001, he came up with the idea of using weight as a source of energy to lace shoes. Five years later he developed ...

Acoustically Driven Controls for Smartphones Developed

April 20, 2015 1:44 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as...

Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

April 20, 2015 1:41 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the...

Incorrect Blade Installations Among 5 Design Fails This Week

April 17, 2015 1:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, toy trucks violate federal standards, multiple electric blower vacuums...

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Thumbnail Wearable Could Operate Digital Devices

April 17, 2015 1:16 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when ...

Mini UAV Torpedoes Among 5 Patents This Week

April 17, 2015 1:05 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent, assigned to Boeing, describes a miniature, lightweight torpedo that can be carried and launched by an unmanned aerial vehicle. According to the patent, the torpedo features ...

Apple Antitrust Cooperation Has 'Declined'

April 17, 2015 10:23 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Apple Inc.'s cooperation with efforts to improve its compliance with antitrust laws after a federal judge concluded it colluded with electronic book publishers to raise prices five years ago took on an "adversarial tone" recently, a court-appointed ...

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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites in Search Shake-Up

April 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula ...

Verizon Slices Up Bundle, Lets Customers Choose

April 17, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon is giving its customers more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV. Large cable bundles laden with dozens of channels and big price tags have pushed more ...

OLCF Selects Application Readiness Projects to Prepare for Summit Supercomputer

April 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has selected the next set of partnership projects into its Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program. The program brings together ...

EU Alleges Google's Abuses Hurt Consumers, Innovation

April 16, 2015 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something ...

Apple Invests in China Solar Project, U.S. Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a ...

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SXSW Is No Longer Just for Hipsters

April 16, 2015 9:24 am | by Louise Rainone, Director of Strategy and Business Development, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

Now that I’ve been back from SXSW for a couple of weeks, I can finally reflect back on my trip with a clear head. For those of you that have spent any time at SXSW you will remember how incredibly challenging it is to get a clear ...

Video Camera Powers Itself

April 15, 2015 2:18 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered - it can produce an image each second, indefinitely ...

TechBits: Analyzing Medical Data, Breaking Smartphones

April 15, 2015 10:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Your smartphone could be a valuable tool for medical research — and for treating a variety of ailments. IBM wants to use the power of its Watson computing system — which famously won TV's "Jeopardy" a few years ...

Connected Products: It's the End of the Fridge as You Know It

April 15, 2015 9:43 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk | Blogs | Comments

Remember the “old” days? When the thermostat on the wall was just an overlooked fixture with a miniscule, red-needle temperature gauge? When you had to twist the washing machine’s dial, loudly cranking it to the ...

Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 14, 2015 3:14 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

How would you feel about being issued a workplace wearable? There will be 75 million wearable devices deployed in work settings by 2020, said a report from research firm Tractica ...

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Solution-Grown Nanowires Make the Best Lasers

April 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed [Monday, April 13] in Nature ...

Probabilistic Programming Simplifies Coding

April 13, 2015 1:44 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as mobile apps that convert speech to text — are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns. To make machine-learning ...

HP Shows Off Professional Graphics Displays

April 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard introduced four new workstation products at the National Association of Broadcasters convention on April 13, including a series of narrow-bezel displays and the second generation of their Turbo Drive SSD ...

Many Choices, Indecision with Apple Watch

April 13, 2015 11:18 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Of the 13 Apple Watch models I tried over two sessions, the one I liked most cost $15,000. Oops — where's my raise? Both sessions at the Apple store began with indecision: What size do I want ....

Apple Watch Options: 54 Combinations of Case, Band, Size

April 13, 2015 10:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Watch comes with a choice of watch case, band and size — there are 54 possible configurations in all. Most models come in two sizes, 38 millimeters and 42 millimeters, as measured by the height of the watch face ...

Graphene Promising for Future Spintronic Devices

April 10, 2015 1:54 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known. This has ...

Apple Watch Release: Shoppers Get Personal

April 10, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In London's Covent Garden, a tourist hotspot, a buzz is growing in the Apple flagship store as dozens of fans come to check out the new Apple Watch. Some crouch over glass counters to play with sample watches, while others who had ...

DOE Awards $200M for Next-Gen Supercomputer

April 9, 2015 1:44 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr announced two new High Performance Computing awards that continue to advance ...

Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 9, 2015 1:40 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Power management chips are like second-born kids. They do a lot of hard work, but don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Like microchips inside computers and laptops, power management chips are pieces of semiconductor as ...

Engineering Newswire 135: TRON Lightcycle Breaks Out of the System

April 9, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

Joel Spira, Founder of Light Dimmer Switch Empire, Dies

April 9, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Joel Spira, who brought the light dimmer switch to households across the nation and transformed his Lutron Electronics Company into a leading manufacturer of lighting controls ...

Samsung Hopes to Reverse Dimming Fortunes with Galaxy S6

April 9, 2015 9:43 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones "Project Zero," it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese ...

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