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This app could save your teen driver’s life

September 25, 2012 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

We’ve all seen it. You’re driving down the road and see someone driving erratically only to find that person is messing with the radio, yelling at their reprobate children, shaving, eating, or applying makeup. Distracted driving has taken on an entirely new meaning with the advent of texting.

Toyota drops plan for widespread sales of electric car

September 24, 2012 8:53 am | by DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press | News | Comments

  Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands. Toyota, which had already taken a more conservative view of the market for battery-powered  

Swiss railway weighs challenge to Apple over trademark clock

September 21, 2012 2:11 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Swiss railway operator SBB and a Swiss watchmaker are considering challenging Apple over the striking similarity between the country's trademark station clocks and the clock on a new operating system for the iPad."We now have to agree on the legal framework between SBB and Apple,

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Virtual boundaries: How environmental cues affect motivation and task-oriented behavior

September 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Much of our daily lives are spent completing tasks that involve a degree of waiting, such as remaining on hold while scheduling a doctor's appointment or standing in line at an ATM. Faced with a wait, some people postpone, avoid, or abandon their task. Others endure the wait but feel dissatisfied and frustrated by the experience.

Researchers examine how characteristics of automated voice systems affect users' experience

September 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The personality and gender of the automated voices you hear when calling your credit card company or receiving directions from your GPS navigational system may have an unconscious effect on your perception of the technology. Human factors/ergonomics researchers have studied

Intelligent systems add brainpower to everyday electronics

September 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Fernando Mujica, Director of System Architectures Lab of the Systems and Applications R&D Center, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) | Articles | Comments

What is an intelligent system? It’s any system that can input information, analyze it, and intelligently make decisions or take actions as a result. Intelligent systems have been emerging for decades, but they are on the brink of an intelligence explosion that will revolutionize the way we interact with machines, making our world smarter, safer and more fun.

Optical waveguide connects semiconductor chips

September 21, 2012 8:53 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of KIT researchers directed by Professor Christian Koos has succeeded in developing a novel optical connection between semiconductor chips. "Photonic wire bonding" reaches data transmission rates in the range of several terabits per second and is suited perfectly for production on the industrial scale.

Computers get a better way to detect threats

September 21, 2012 8:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction.The technique has been dubbed "space travel"

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TECNALIA develops smart furniture

September 21, 2012 8:50 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

TECNALIA has taken another step in the manufacture of furniture of the future. Along with GRUMAL, companies, NUEVA LINEA, ELSON ELECTRONICA and EKOLEDS,, and framed in the WoodTouch project, it has developed a new concept of touch interaction with furniture and wood surfaces,

Once usability becomes secure

September 21, 2012 8:49 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Risk increases with comfort: "Single Sign-On" permits users to access all their protected Web resources, replacing repeated sign-ins with passwords. However, attackers also know about the advantages such a single point of attack offers to them. Andreas Mayer, who is writing his PhD thesis

3-D display screen on mobile devices could be on the horizon

September 21, 2012 8:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Imagine a mobile device that visually displays a street map and whose screen physically mutates to show the hilly terrain and buildings. A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have developed a new type of screen display that not only moves but also physically tilts.

Complaints, jibes greet new Apple Maps app as users compare it to disappearing Google Maps

September 21, 2012 8:45 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a touch of geek whimsy, Google Maps warns anyone who seeks walking directions to Mordor -the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings"- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either

Emergence of thinking networks

September 20, 2012 4:53 pm | by Mike Fahrion, director of product management, B&B Electronics | Articles | Comments

When examining Flame, the most sophisticated malware that has appeared to date, investigators discovered an interesting feature: Flame can steal and transmit data from computers that have no Internet connections. Flame does it by using unsuspecting humans for bi-directional data transport.

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Computers get a better way to detect threats

September 20, 2012 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction. The technique has been dubbed "space travel" because it sends computer data to a world outside its home, and bridges the gap between computer hardware and software systems.

Software helps developers with driver assistance systems

September 20, 2012 2:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SPACE Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) now work with PreScan, a software program from TASS for high-quality sensor and environment simulation. This tool combination enables developers to optimize the efficiency of intelligent assistance systems at an early stage with highly precise sensor simulation and flexible, reproducible traffic simulation.

Two-gigabyte, LPDDR3 memory module transfers data at 1600 Mbps per pin

September 20, 2012 1:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the a two gigabyte (GB), low power double-data-rate 3 (LPDDR3) memory, using 30 nanometer (nm) class technology, for next-generation mobile devices. The new LPDDR3, in which a 2GB LPDDR3 density is available in one package, uses four LPDDR3 chips stacked together.

Industrial-grade, high power Class 1 Bluetooth module touts broad transmission range

September 20, 2012 1:46 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Americas introduced a new industrial grade, high-power Class 1 Bluetooth module - the SN2100 With the Class 1 power output, the module is asserted to achieve a broader transmission range than typical Bluetooth solutions

New airport system facilitates smoother take-offs and landings

September 20, 2012 9:13 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

For airline passengers who dread bumpy rides to mountainous destinations, help may be on the way. A new turbulence avoidance system has for the first time been approved for use at a U.S. airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings across the United States and overseas.

Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security

September 20, 2012 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

No question about it… they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they're one of the fastest and most maneuverable

Final tests under way on Wyoming supercomputer to be used in weather research projects

September 20, 2012 9:07 am | by MEAD GRUVER Associated Press | News | Comments

Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences. Research is expected to begin this fall on the new computer,

Panetta talks cyber issues with Chinese, but experts see no decline in attacks out of China

September 20, 2012 9:05 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,

Engineering Newswire 4: The government builds a drug sub

September 19, 2012 4:22 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, the North American Team Eagle tries to set a new land speed record in 2013, lasers are used to make computer chips faster by using tiny germanium lasers to process information in the form of light, computers are being taught to read human emotions via facial expressions...

Electronic locks: Intelligent access enhances datacenter security

September 19, 2012 1:22 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Articles | Comments

The information stored within datacenters has become the foundation on which many organizations today conduct daily business and operations, and in many cases, is considered to be their most valuable asset. From the facility down to the cabinet level, security is a key concern of datacenter engineers.

The sensor that could save (plant) lives

September 17, 2012 9:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

 Technology can be a bit of a smoke and mirrors field. Sometimes, the technology is useless, sometimes it’s stupid and sometimes, the price point exceeds the usefulness. For example, Koubachi’s Wi-Fi plant sensor, falls into the category of useful (ish) but way too expensive to justify buying.

'Memristors' based on transparent electronics offer technology of the future

September 17, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The transparent electronics that were pioneered at Oregon State University may find one of their newest applications as a next-generation replacement for some uses of non-volatile flash memory, a multi-billion dollar technology nearing its limit of small size and information storage capacity.

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