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CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique

January 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention....

From quirky to revolutionary, the CES show has them all

January 9, 2015 2:31 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, BRANDON BAILEY and KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sure, the International CES show was chock full of connected cars, smart home sensors, music gear and computer gadgets, as you'd expect. There were even drones buzzing the 160,000-plus people that tromped across the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space along the Las Vegas Strip. But if you didn't get to see some of these goodies, well, you just haven't lived.

iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety

January 9, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Cell phone use has become a common part of life as mobile devices have become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Even so, very little research exists on the impact of cell phone usage and specifically what happens when people are separated from their phones.

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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

January 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

January 9, 2015 9:16 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars. People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail.

Coming to a car near you: auto technology at CES

January 9, 2015 9:13 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

AP sources: US did not 'hack back' against North Korea

January 9, 2015 9:12 am | by TED BRIDIS and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government was not responsible for sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month, just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc...

Sony Pictures CEO had 'no playbook' for mega-hack on studio

January 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Tami Abdollah, AP | News | Comments

The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was...

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Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

Startup brings more efficient tools to Tanzania

January 8, 2015 3:26 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Back in 2009, alumna Jodie Wu ’09 launched Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) in Tanzania to bring small-scale farmers an innovative product she designed in MIT’s D-Lab: a bike-mounted maize sheller. Easily attached to a bike and powered by pedaling, the low-cost, cast-iron...

IoT: Ensuring security is in place

January 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | Comments

As we start 2015, the forecasts and market projections for IoT are already increasing by multiple billions of devices it appears, almost on a daily basis. The industry is ramping up, and with an already initial foundation of a few billion smartphones, tablets, and ...

IoT: Adapt to change!

January 8, 2015 1:38 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | Comments

In early 2015, the adoption of IoT appears to one of the most predicted events of consumer electronics; the sheer numbers of articles predicting the IoT explosion are in themselves reaching record numbers. The predictions show that not only will ...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

If you talk to your thermostat, will it listen?

January 6, 2015 9:06 am | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats and home appliances, a completely ...

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