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Flexible Technology Could Be Printed in Clothing

April 24, 2014 1:47 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

A new version of “spaser” technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A team of researchers from Monash University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) has modelled ...

U.S. Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards

April 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow...

Turning Smart Phones into Microscopes

April 24, 2014 1:16 pm | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Australian researchers have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that...

Hands May Be Best Computer Interface

April 24, 2014 12:55 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer James...

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Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles for Wrigley Field

April 24, 2014 9:11 am | News | Comments

The lack of a video board is only the most visible example of some of the differences between Wrigley and other parks. Rather than ordering food and drink on a hand-held device and having it delivered right to their seats, fans at Wrigley get ...

Olympics Show Wide Second-Screen Use

April 23, 2014 5:13 pm | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on, the network said Wednesday. NBC closely studies how ...   

Tech Tips: Add 2nd Layer of Protection

April 23, 2014 5:07 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows ...

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Google Asks Nonprofits for Ideas to Use Glass

April 22, 2014 5:13 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. On Tuesday, the tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get ...

The New Wild West

April 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an ...  

E-Cig Industry Awaits Looming Federal Regulation

April 22, 2014 9:15 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Regulators aim to answer the burning question posed by Kenneth Warner, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health: "Is this going to be the disruptive technology that finally takes us in the direction of getting rid of ...

5 Features an Amazon Phone Might Offer

April 21, 2014 5:22 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it ...   

Apple Offering Free Recycling of All Used Products

April 21, 2014 5:14 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to ...

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Icon Labs Products Immune to the Heartbleed SSL Bug

April 21, 2014 1:15 pm | by Icon Labs | News | Comments

Icon Labs, a provider of embedded networking and security technology, today announced that its Iconfidant SSL product, a leading SSL solution for embedded devices, is not affected by the Heartbleed SSL bug. Heartbleed is ...   

Engineering Update: NASA to Send Flying Saucers to Mars

April 21, 2014 12:59 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but ...

Under Some LED Bulbs Whites Aren't 'Whiter than White'

April 18, 2014 11:58 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white," but now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of ...

Confessions of a Gadget Hoarder

April 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics, life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding.The revelation forced me to take a ...  

Information Storage for the Next Generation of Plastic Computers

April 17, 2014 1:15 pm | by Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa | News | Comments

Although it is relatively cheap and easy to encode information in light for fiber optic transmission, storing information is most efficiently done using magnetism, which ensures information will survive for years without ...     

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Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5-Meter Distance

April 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also ...

Engineering Newswire 86: HeliCat Looks Like Copter, Drives Like Boat

April 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using a robot as a portable printer, cruising the water with the HeliCat, and rediscovering physics with electron beams ...              

Researcher Finds Flaw in Samsung Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. Ben Schlabs, an American who works for German firm Security Research Labs GmbH, says ...

China Factories Face New Challenge as Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after ...

State Appoints First 'Innovation Officer'

April 17, 2014 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia State University officials say the school has appointed its first chief innovation officer. In a statement, GSU officials said former vice president for innovation and new product development at NCR Corporation, Phil Ventimiglia, has been tapped to ...

Bring Your Own Device

April 16, 2014 3:49 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Elliot Soloway has made it his mission to shepherd mobile devices into the K-12 classroom environment, but it hasn't been easy ...                    

Potential Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 1:04 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass, a device that is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerized central processing unit, touchpad, display ...

Review: Windows Phone Advances with 8.1 Update

April 16, 2014 10:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has ...

Wireless Industry Makes Anti-Theft Commitment

April 15, 2014 9:21 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that ...

HotSpot: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual power reserve using revolutionary WySips Crystal technology; Google Glass assists Parkinson's patients; MIDI gloves that allow gestured-controlled music composition; and a gamer controller that taps into players' emotions ...

Zebra to Spend $3.45B on Motorola Business

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. The acquisition would broaden the bar-code company's ...  

Invention Loves Collaboration at Milan Show

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's ...

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