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Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

Smart home radio chip uses RF instead of infrared

September 11, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherlands) launched the new GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls, that supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol.  Next generation remotes use RF instead....

A system that facilitates malware identification in smartphones

September 9, 2014 11:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Malware is a type of malicious program whose general aim is to profit economically by carrying out actions without the user's consent, such as stealing personal information or committing economic fraud. We can find it "in any type of device ranging from....

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Researchers advance artificial intelligence for player goal prediction in gaming

September 9, 2014 11:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed artificial intelligence (AI) software that is significantly better than any previous technology at predicting what goal a player is trying to achieve in a video game. The advance holds promise for helping game....

UCLA biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

September 9, 2014 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life scientists activated a gene called AMPK that is a key energy....

Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

Kent State researchers to develop mobile app for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

September 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A $952,000 National Science Foundation grant to researchers at Kent State University will result in a mobile device application to help visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park learn more about the park's history and ecology and become "citizen scientists" by sharing their findings with others....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

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Industry’s first haptic + Bluetooth kit enables easy tactile feedback

September 3, 2014 3:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast and convenient way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects....

3-axis RF meter suitable for both field and lab use

September 3, 2014 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific (Yorba Linda, CA) releases the second product in the new E-Series of Electromagnetic Meters, the E200 3-Axis RF Field Strength Meter. This meter is designed for measuring and monitoring radio-frequency electromagnetic field strengths....

Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

September 2, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up....

VCO operates at 1680 MHz

August 28, 2014 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55CC-1680-1680 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1680 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has desirable linearity....

Preventing emergencies with home automation

August 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The engineers in the Forget Me Not Challenge are hard at work on their designs as we approach the one-month mark, and Embedit Electronics and Cypress Semiconductor recently provided them with the new RPiSoC development platform to help bring their imagined creations to life. One theme that has been consistent throughout the competition is the idea that home automation technology can prevent a household emergency.

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RFID multiple switch monitor tag is battery free

August 28, 2014 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The X32 from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery free RFID switch monitor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the status of up to 32 switches to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag.

NASA's TRMM Satellite sees powerful towering storms in Cristobal

August 28, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's TRMM satellite identified areas of heavy rainfall occurring in Hurricane Cristobal as it continued strengthening on approach to Bermuda. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew above Hurricane Cristobal on August 26 at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) gathering rainfall data....

NASA begins hurricane mission with Global Hawk flight to Cristobal

August 28, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft landed at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on Aug. 27 after surveying Hurricane Cristobal for the first science flight of NASA's latest hurricane airborne mission. NASA's airborne Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission returns to NASA Wallops for the third year to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change....

New smartphone app can detect newborn jaundice in minutes

August 27, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Newborn jaundice: It's one of the last things a parent wants to deal with, but it's unfortunately a common condition in babies less than a week old. Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn't adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin. But that discoloration is sometimes hard to see, and severe jaundice left untreated can harm a baby....

Multi-band PIM analyzers include s-parameter capability

August 27, 2014 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

AWT Global has launched a new product line of passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzers for manufacturing, R&D and QA: PEM42A Series. These new PIM analyzers can handle up to four frequency bands in the range of 385 MHz to 2600 MHz.

Wireless charging and NFC reference design is automotive ready

August 27, 2014 10:12 am | Melexis, Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Combining the automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with Freescale Semiconductor’s wireless charging technology enables a ready to use reference design solution that is positioned to free drivers from the dreaded low battery warning.

ZigBee in the sky

August 26, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of engineers from Singapore has successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee wireless sensor network (WSN) for satellite communications. With the weight of payloads being a major constraint in satellite design, constructing a lightweight, low power-consuming ...

15-W GaN on SiC pulsed power transistor delivers 63 percent drain efficiency

August 26, 2014 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new GaN on SiC HEMT pulsed power transistor for civilian and military radar pulsed applications. The MAGX-000035-015000 and MAGX-000035-01500S are gold-metalized GaN on Silicon Carbide RF power transistors optimized for ...

Tilted acoustic tweezers separate cells gently

August 26, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Precise, gentle and efficient cell separation from a device the size of a cell phone may be possible thanks to tilt-angle standing surface acoustic waves, according to a team of engineers. "For biological testing we often need to do cell separation before analysis," said Tony Jun Huang, professor of engineering science and mechanics....

To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership

August 26, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology....

US has seen widespread adoption of robot-assisted cancer surgery to remove the prostate

August 26, 2014 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study reveals that the US has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than traditional surgeries....

Traffic lights are insanely easy to hack into

August 25, 2014 8:40 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat at a traffic light that takes forever to change, and wish you could just change it yourself? Certain disreputable parties might have the ability to do that. Researchers say, “anyone with a radio hooked up to a laptop can ...

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