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The next frontier in crowdsourcing: Your smartphone

March 12, 2014 2:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that the swipe-to-unlock action can be replaced with useful data collection or micro-tasks.Rather than swiping the screen or entering a passcode to unlock the smartphone in my hand, I have to tell it how energetic the people around me are feeling by tapping one of four icons....

This steering wheel accessory lets you surf the web (and kill pedestrians) while driving

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We all like to text our friends, write memos, watch movies, and change diapers while behind the wheel, but how do we do so ergonomically? The AutoExec Wheelmate Work Tray allows you to be productive, keep your eyes off the road, and do so efficiently.

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The powerful promise of a puzzling new microscopic combustion engine

March 12, 2014 12:11 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Engineers have built a powerful microscopic engine that relies on the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen. One problem: nobody knows how it works.Engines have played a crucial part in the industrialization of the world. It’s hard to think of an innovation that has had more impact.

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Multicore processors integrate OpenFlow-compatible software for SDN applications

March 12, 2014 10:54 am | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) introduced new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors. The software comes with

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SDN-based gateway router enables network connections on demand

March 12, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spark Integration Technologies, Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced the release of version 4 of its Distrix Gateway Router. Based on open software-defined network (SDN) technology, Distrix 4 adds an array of features that extend the software's ability to dynamically create

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Real-time processing drives head-up display advances in cars

March 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s automobile driver receives an overwhelming amount of information pertaining to the safe operation of their car like no time before. Whether it’s a GPS system mapping out precise directions from point a to point b with countless detours along the way, rendering the old paper map to history...

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Photos of the Day: Outlandish products and gadgets

March 12, 2014 9:25 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

What’s better than waking up to the smell of bacon? The correct answer is “absolutely nothing.” And if you put a strip of frozen bacon inside this device before you hit the sack, all your dreams (the bacon-themed ones) will come true. The clock is made with a mini-oven....

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This personal drone shocks intruders with 80,000 volts

March 12, 2014 8:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who needs a gun when you have CUPID? And by Cupid, I don’t mean that fat cherub that comes out around February 14th to shoot people with arrows — though the shooting part isn’t that far off. This CUPID, which stands for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, is actually a personal security safety UAV.

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Designing touchscreens with true glove functionality

March 12, 2014 8:43 am | by Chitiz Mathema, Product Marketing Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Cypress | Articles | Comments

Most capacitive touchscreens simply do not work with gloves. Glove material is generally non-conductive and the material dielectric properties are closer to that of air. One method for getting gloves to work with capacitive touchscreens is to increase the sensitivity of the touchscreen.

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Fresenius to create 665 jobs at new Knox plant

March 12, 2014 4:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years. Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release that the German company plans to spend up to $140 million on the project to build the plant in...

At tech fest: 3D printers, bitcoin and 'Titanfall'

March 11, 2014 7:08 pm | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3-D printed candy and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the geek set is slowly filing out to make room for hordes of musicians descending on the city. Known as the...

Levels of key brain chemicals predict children’s reading ability

March 11, 2014 5:16 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

March 11, 2014 5:13 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Duke engineers build world’s first 3-D acoustic cloaking device By Ken Kingery Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s...

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Tech Companies Shine Some Light on National Security Requests

March 11, 2014 5:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.Newly released reports from Web and telecom service providers such as Facebook reveal for the first time that tens of thousands of Americans have had...

Cable assemblies support 64 fibers and accommodate up to 25 Gbps per channel

March 11, 2014 4:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has announced its plans to release MXC fiber cable assemblies later this year. This new product line will support 64 fibers and accommodate up to 25 Gbps per channel, allowing for aggregate data transfers of 1.6 Tbps.

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