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Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches

January 8, 2015 8:54 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night. With Apple Inc. preparing to release a watch line that includes an...

Sony case statements could cause bind, depending on evidence

January 8, 2015 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's extraordinary decision to point fingers at North Korea over the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. could lead to a courtroom spectacle in the event charges are ultimately filed against someone without ties to the isolated country, such as a disgruntled employee or an unrelated hacker.

Samsung forecasts first annual profit drop in 3 years

January 8, 2015 8:50 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its annual profit fell for the first time in three years as its smartphone growth lost steam. The company's 2014 operating profit is expected to be about 24.9 trillion won ($22.6 billion), down 32 percent from 2013, based on preliminary...

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Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet

January 8, 2015 8:47 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once-revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring. Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets...

Medical grade power adapters specifically designed for laptops

January 7, 2015 5:53 pm | by Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower introduces its highly efficient 135W/19V TMP135-19-HP AC/DC medical grade power adapters, which are specifically designed to charge HP laptops. Other lower wattage models, such as 65W and 90W, are also available. The power adapters come with a...

Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

Hybrid power connecters available for 2 to 24 power circuits

January 7, 2015 2:29 pm | Fci | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has announced the launch of its Minitek Pwr Hybrid 3.0 and Minitek Pwr Hybrid 4.2 connectors. Augmenting the Minitek Pwr family, the new Hybrid series has an improved and flexible modular design over traditional power connectors. Both the 3.0 and 4.2 configurations are...

Fuel cells offer next-generation energy source

January 7, 2015 2:23 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | News | Comments

The Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has succeeded in proposing a new method to enhance fuel cell efficiency with the simultaneous removal of toxic heavy metal ions. The direct methanol fuel cell (DFMC) has been a promising energy...

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Powering ships with alternative energy sources

January 7, 2015 2:18 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With Vindskip, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software developed by Fraunhofer researchers will...

You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks

January 7, 2015 2:14 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Seriously. OK, let me be very clear here. You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But wait. Everyone else—don't leave yet! It's coming to your location, too. Eventually. Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they...

Why wave energy is cheaper than wind power

January 7, 2015 2:09 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

A new analysis suggests that large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power...

This is a jaw-dropping view of Andromeda

January 7, 2015 11:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is the definition of breathtaking. Earlier this week, NASA released the sharpest large composite image ever taken of Andromeda. Though this galaxy is technically our neighbor, it's also over 2 million light-years away, which makes this picture even more incredible...

CES 2015: Ethernet will supplant legacy industrial IoT technologies

January 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Conceived over four decades ago as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology, Ethernet has come a long way from its humble origins. Ethernet is now the dominant standard network protocol to deliver wired and wireless high-bandwidth ...

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CES 2015: A doorway to the future of the smart home and Internet of Things

January 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change – this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and dedicating the Sands Expo facility ...

CES 2015: Is the Internet of Things too low-concept for consumers?

January 7, 2015 10:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things will connect the world as never before, and the tech is burning up the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. But I’m forced to ponder whether the Internet of Things is too low-concept for the average Joe....

Ensuring security for networks of the future

January 7, 2015 8:57 am | by Franhofer | News | Comments

Company networks are inflexible – they are made up of many components that require a good deal of effort to be connected together. That’s why networks of the future will be controlled by a central unit. However, this makes them a target for hackers. At CeBIT, Fraunhofer...

Astronomers to Earth: You've got some newly found near-twins

January 7, 2015 8:55 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system, tantalizing possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size as Earth...

This 3D-printed dress will fight off strangers

January 6, 2015 5:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Germaphobes rejoice! There is, at long last, a clothing option designed especially with you in mind. Well, at least if you're okay with wearing a terrifying contraption. Objectively speaking, the look of this dress alone should have people keeping their distance from you, but since...

The evolution of wireless networks

January 6, 2015 4:09 pm | by NJIT | Blogs | Comments

Over the years wireless signals have advanced from theoretical observations to a readily applied science that plays a major role in many aspects of modern life. Wireless communication became possible thanks to the discovery of radio waves in 1880, which led to the first...

NASA’s Kepler marks 1,000th exoplanet discovery

January 6, 2015 1:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently...

14 best engineering shows on Netflix

January 6, 2015 12:39 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

So you didn’t plan to be spending the weekend inside. Or maybe you did, but post-Holiday television is even more terrible than you had initially anticipated. No worries! Netflix to the rescue! For cabin-feverish engineers and engineering students out there, here’s a quick...

AT&T not worried about network impact from connected cars

January 6, 2015 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market. That’s a lot of new radios...

Integrated controls and awareness define smart lighting

January 6, 2015 9:45 am | by Tom Griffiths, Marketing Manager, Sensor Driven Lighting for ams’ Emerging Sensing Strategies group | Blogs | Comments

With the label “smart” being applied to everything from phones to houses to snack foods, it’s fair to expect that everyone’s definition of smart lighting may not be quite the same. For more than a century, the architectural paradigm for controllable lighting has been ...

Hubble captures the Pillars of Creation twenty years on

January 6, 2015 9:29 am | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured many breathtaking images of the Universe, but one snapshot stands out from the rest: the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. In 1995 Hubble's iconic image revealed never-before-seen details in the giant columns and now the telescope is kickstarting...

Enclosures available in aluminum or plastic

January 6, 2015 9:11 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added new Round and Oval models to its elegant new range of SYNERGY electronic enclosures – its first to be manufactured from both plastic and aluminum. The new models mean the SYNERGY range now offers 36 enclosures in four types – Round, Oval, Square and...

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