As you may have noticed, I’m not a fan of QR Codes, particularly by government entities, but mostly in any situation.
The urbanization of the world continues to evolve – not only in emerging nations, but in the industrialized world like Europe as well. Already more than half of all the earth's inhabitants live in cities; by 2030, it will be 60 percent. As densely populated sites of human cohabitation, cities are ecological and social tinder boxes. Experts believe that the need for urban space will double by 2050. Megacities also generate megaproblems: With an insatiable appetite, they consume energy, raw materials and space – in addition to producing pollutants, wastewater streams and mountains of rubbish. The transportation system is overloaded, resulting in overcrowding, lack of parking and traffic jams.
Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.
The constant hunger to break new records has turned boat building into a high-tech business. The racing yachts that compete at international regattas today are sporting machines designed to reach top speeds. The process of optimizing the boats has been ongoing for decades.
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported the theft of some 400,000 user names and passwords to access websites including its own, saying that hackers had taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems.
NBC is launching two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.
Prepare yourselves, board game junkies, the robots are taking over. If you’re one of those people who is naturally gifted at board games—not your humble editor—it’s time to stand up and take notice. Advances in artificial intelligence are allowing designers the ability and tools to create robots your tiny human brain can’t possibly compete with.
Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its first-ever draft guidelines* to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from a remote location.
With nearly 20 museums, galleries and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. can be a daunting experience, but new maps on an app may make it less confusing and easier for visitors to maneuver.
Is Twitter a technology platform, a media company -- or both?
On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious.
Viacom is ramping up its war with DirecTV over how much it is paid for shows including "The Daily Show" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Unfortunately, its latest tactic is causing some collateral damage.
Apple's withdrawal from an environmental ratings registry has prompted at least one city - San Francisco - to stop buying its computers.
Yahoo Inc. says it's investigating reports of a security breach that has purportedly exposed nearly half a million users' email addresses and passwords.
Phihong USA has designed a small, lightweight, and energy-efficient adapter for mobile devices that require battery charging, such as Ultrabook and Netbook computers. Designated the PSA40W-190, the 40W adapter features a 19V output at 2.1A, a peak current output of 2.3A, and is compliant with all major worldwide energy efficiency standards.
In his thesis, Gul Amin, who recently received his doctorate at the Physical Electronics and Nanotechnology group, Campus Norrköping, shows how it is possible to grow white LEDs directly on paper and also to print them on wallpaper for example - this method has a patent pending.
Remote presence robots are used in intensive care units (ICUs) to help critical care physicians supplement on-site patient visits and maintain more frequent patient interactions
Most people have been there, trapped on an awkward date that is going nowhere. But relief could be on the way with a new app that provides an incoming rescue call.
iWatt, Inc. debuted its newest PrimAccurate controller platform. According to the company, the new iW1699 and iW1760 digital pulse width modulation (PWM) controllers allow power adapter designers to meet stringent emerging global energy regulations for AC/DC power adapters, which require them to
PITTSBURGH—Drivers can struggle to see when driving at night in a rainstorm or snowstorm, but a smart headlight system invented by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute can improve visibility by constantly redirecting light to shine between particles of precipitation.
Mobile phone carriers received more than 1.3 million requests last year from U.S. law enforcement agencies for their customers' phone records and the requests are on the rise, according to data gathered as part of a congressional inquiry into cell phone surveillance.
MEN Micro Inc. now offers the G201, a 3U CompactPCI Serial peripheral board that incorporates four front-end USB 3.0 host interfaces, used to connect fast USB 3.0 devices or to extend the 2.0 USB interfaces of the CPU board.
TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda ZWS-B series printed circuit board type AC-DC power supplies – 30 percent smaller, lighter weight, and more efficient range of power supplies than the earlier generation ZWS series.
Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals' patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company's designs for the iPad because they were "not as cool".
Nuvoton Technology Corp. introduced the ISD2360, the company’s first ChipCorder device with three-channel mixing playback and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) parallel processing. Desirable for automotive, medical-alert, instrumentation and point-of-purchase applications, the IC enables