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Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 23, 2014 11:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

Connecting to the Internet of Things with Bluetooth Smart

October 23, 2014 8:45 am | by Ferdie Brillantes, Wireless Module Field Applications Engineer at Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The latest low energy wireless communication protocols in the Bluetooth 4.0 specification are...

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly...

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and...

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Hackers and deathmobiles in the age of IoT

October 21, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, MNET | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses....

Narrow band transmitter offers frequencies between 425MHz and 470MHz

October 21, 2014 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Radiometrix Ltd (England) has launched a new range of highly flexible, frequency programmable, RF power adjustable radios. The new NTX2B Transmitter offers industry-leading true Narrow Band FM performance and is available on user/factory programmable ...

"Big Brother" in the palm of your hand?

October 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The new wave of implantables would combine tech like radio-frequency identification (RFID) with the convenience of ubiquitous computing. Contactless payment systems like ExxonMobile’s Speedpass or the voluminous contactless credit cards ...

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In-dash receivers include enhanced smartphone integration

October 20, 2014 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

JVC Mobile (Long Beach, CA) announced it is shipping four in-dash receivers from its anticipated 20 new-for-2015 products. The immediate availability of two multimedia centers and a pair of CD receivers gives retailers and consumers the latest technology....

Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet

October 16, 2014 5:19 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you...

This is what the dumbest umbrella design looks like

October 15, 2014 8:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Umbrellas are one of those things you probably wouldn’t think would ever pop up on a technology/engineering website, but this one is so dumb, it must be written about. Umbrellas are a fairly simply, cost-effective ($10 at any NYC bodega) method....

Coil offers high efficiency for Qi wireless charging pads

October 10, 2014 9:56 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging transmitter coil for Qi wireless charging pads. Offering a durable construction and high permeability shielding ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's autonomous "swarming" boats

October 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Office of Naval Research has announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle to not only protect Navy ships, but also autonomously “swarm” hostile vessels. According to demonstrations, as many as 13 Navy boats ...

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GPS front-end modules intended for smartphones

October 6, 2014 9:00 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces two EPCOS front-end modules for satellite navigation systems that enable the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna. The new EPCOS R159 and D5107 ...

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off

October 3, 2014 8:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests.Researchers found that, in general, people use social media....

It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

New software for Google Glass provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

October 3, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly....

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A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

September 30, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect....

Photos of the Day: A drone's-eye view of the world

September 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Dronestagram | Blogs | Comments

We're very familiar with the idea of the military using drones, but drones can also be used to capture the beauty of a place. Dronestagram is a social network that collects images and video all captured by multirotors and all sent in by regular people. It's definitely an interesting view of the world. 

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on August 18, 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier....

Intel invests up to $1.5B in China mobile venture

September 26, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent state in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned company funded by Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Apple stock falls amid new iPhone glitches

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares. ...

iPhone 6 advances display technology; Panel shipments to exceed 100 million in 2014

September 25, 2014 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Since the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9th, Apple’s new smartphone has captured attention around the world. Not only loyal Apple fans, who can be expected to wait on lines to purchase any new Apple product, but other consumers are willing to pay to switch from other...

Bluetooth modules transmit audio data up to 650 ft.

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | Radicom Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Radicom Research (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its RB540 family Bluetooth modules that support Bluetooth BLE V3.0 and Classic standards.  The RB540 series features a Class 1 Bluetooth data with simultaneous audio module for ...

Micro coaxial cable assemblies carry EMI hardened DC power

September 24, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a broad range of highly-custom, micro coaxial cable assemblies intended to deliver signal and power. Leveraging its in-house and proprietary coaxial cable extrusion and termination capabilities …

Next-generation WiFi modules support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the IoT

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Connect One (Kfar Saba, Israel) has launched its next-generation (G2) WiFi modules to support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The G2 modules offer desirable system performance for IoT connectivity with ...

Normally open coaxial switch provides 10 outputs

September 23, 2014 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne Coax Switches (Cumbernauld, UK) introduced its new Series CCT-38 Coax Switch. The CCT-38 is a broadband multi-throw, electromechanical coaxial switch designed to switch a microwave signal from …

This is what an iPhone 6 Plus in liquid nitrogen looks like

September 23, 2014 9:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is that it doesn’t actually look as bad as you might think. For all of the advantages of an iPhone, one drawback is they generally have to be handled fairly daintily. Apparently, that’s not how RatedRR thinks it should be. He’s made....

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