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Green walls, effective acoustic insulation

January 6, 2015 9:01 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

Zaloa Azkorra, an agricultural engineer of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, is conducting research at the University School of Mining and Public Works Engineering into the benefits provided by green walls. The researcher has concluded that walls comprising plants...

TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

January 6, 2015 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels. raditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about...

Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'The Interview' hack

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals."

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At CES gadget show: Dish gives cord-cutters live sports

January 6, 2015 8:48 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday...

At The Gadget Show: Curved phones, smarter homes, fuel cells

January 6, 2015 8:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.Elsewhere, would-be novelists got a...

Crowd science provides major boost for research

January 5, 2015 10:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with such tasks as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, counting sea stars and examining cancer cell images. Also known as “citizen science,” these...

Predicting how drivers will react

January 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur.

N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

January 5, 2015 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

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Las Vegas airport preps for tech-savvy travelers

January 5, 2015 8:56 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the gadgets of the future are only just arriving in Las Vegas for the annual International CES show, officials at the city's main airport are updating a decades-old terminal to cater to legions of tech-savvy travelers. By Friday at McCarran International Airport, a couple...

Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES

January 5, 2015 8:54 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet...

CES 2015 will be the Internet of Things’ coming-out party

January 5, 2015 8:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

CES — now in its 48th year! — has always been the premier showcase for new and emerging technologies. While several heavyweights, including Microsoft, have bowed out (and Apple never had a presence), the show is bigger than ever with 150,000 attendees....

How to build your own laser blaster

January 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Qfusion Labs | News | Comments

Stop the Grinch from reaching Santa! We love to build fun things and for this Christmas season, we spent a couple of hours creating this holiday-themed Laser Blaster game. How the gameplay works: Squeeze the trigger on the gun to start the game. The Grinch...  

Home is where the Smart is: CES 2015

January 2, 2015 11:14 am | by Sander Arts, VP of Corporate Marketing, Atmel Corp. | News | Comments

It’s that time of the year again. The exciting rush right after the holidays as we await the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. As we look back at the last few years, the smart home category has always been prominent, particularly in 2013 and 2014. 

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11 Technologies that could shape the future

January 2, 2015 10:41 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When GE opened its first research center in 1900, it employed three people and fit inside a barn behind the chief engineer’s house in Schenectady, N.Y. It burned down a year later. The lab then relocated to “safer premises” and become a dynamo...  

2014: The year in ideas from TED Talks

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by TED Talks | News | Comments

What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch TED's 8-minute highlight reel of the Year in Ideas. Explore a fun, interactive playlist of the TED Talks of the year at http://yearinideas.ted.com/2014. Including: Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space 

Samsung TVs to use company's own Tizen software

January 2, 2015 10:01 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its Internet-connected televisions will this year use its internally developed operating system known as Tizen, in the company's latest attempt to boost its software power. The company said Friday that the first Tizen-equipped smart TVs will be unveiled next week at a trade show in Las Vegas...

iPhone user returns to BlackBerry

January 2, 2015 9:46 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The BlackBerry's blinking red light used to haunt me. Just when I thought I could relax, enjoy a nice dinner or go for a run, my BlackBerry would start blinking again, signaling a new message. I was an addict. Typing with one hand, hiding the BlackBerry under the dinner table...

Subminiature fuses feature highly compact surface-mountable packages

December 29, 2014 2:51 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced two new series of its popular NANO2 Subminiature Fuse, each of which provides surge tolerance and circuit protection against overload conditions for downstream components. Both feature highly compact ...

Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with ...

The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 9:58 am | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation. Worldwide market revenue for MEMS ...

Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

Bluetooth transmitters can be configured in 9 different languages

December 22, 2014 3:49 pm | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

The UWBT Series of Bluetooth transmitters from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) combine the accuracy of an industrial sensor/transmitter with the convenience of smartphones and tablets. It measures different sensor inputs such as thermocouple, RTD, relative humidity ...

ABB Robotics to exhibit at International CES for the first time

December 22, 2014 1:55 pm | by ABB Robotics | News | Comments

ABB will be displaying a relevant sample of its highly innovative robotic technology at the 2015 International CES show, January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Participating at CES for the first time, the ABB exhibit features two sizes of its RoboScreen system, and an ...

LED lamps act as perfect alternative to halogen 50W to 120W lamps

December 18, 2014 4:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced that it has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to offer a full range of halogen replacement lamps from 50W to 120W halogen equivalent. The newly launched 12.5W line features a lower wattage addition to its ...

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