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Airline trade organization says electronic ban will lead to more restricted borders
The leading international airline trade organization’s top official on Tuesday denounced U.S. and British bans on some electronic devices on flights from several Muslim-majority countries, criticizing...
Activists want to know why feds are searching more devices at the border
EnlargeWilliam Hook reader comments 10 Share this story Further ReadingThere were more device searches at US border last month than all of 2015A free speech advocacy organization sued the Department of...
Electronics larger than phones banned from the cabins of some flights to the US
Electronic devices larger than cell phones are banned from inside the cabin of some flights bound for the US, according to reports Monday. The ban reportedly impacts flights conducted by airlines from...
There were more device searches at US border last month than all of 2015
EnlargePAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 6 Share this story Further ReadingWhat could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border?According to new figures released by Customs...
These electronic tattoos can be made on a household printer
For several years now, researchers have been developing 'electronic tattoos' which sit on your skin and monitor your vital signs. Making such a device can be tricky - it needs to be flexible, ultrathin,...
What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border?
EnlargeJoe Raedle/Getty Images reader comments 10 Share this story Further ReadingJudge won’t let student challenge electronics searches at US borderIn recent days, there have been numerous media reports...
Ivorian Children Join Digital Revolution
Lined up along the wall of what used to be a living room, a dozen children — some as young as 10 — are focused on their computer screen, trying to make an animated cat come alive electronically. "How will...
How would we actually vote electronically?
Temporary Australian Electoral Commission workers count votes in Sydney. Electronic voting could mean these roles are redundant and the election result is know in minutes. MALCOLM Turnbull and Bill Shorten...
Electronic bacteria sensor is potential future tool for medicine and food safety
A new type of electronic sensor that might be used to quickly detect and classify bacteria for medical diagnostics and food safety has passed a key hurdle by distinguishing between dead and living bacteria...
New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices
An ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive has been produced by a cheap and simple method devised by an international team of researchers. The film -- a mat of tangled nanofiber,...
Electronic micro labs control chemical processes from the inside
Scientists have developed tiny electronic components that can control chemical processes from the inside. These micro labs are 140 x 140 x 60 micrometres small. They can sense their environment and control...
Meet the military's new $1 billion electronic jammer
One billion dollars of electronic warfare tech will be amping up the Growler fighter jet. This week, the U.S. Navy awarded a $1 billion contract to Raytheon to build the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ)....
Electronic counterpart to ecological models revealed
Predicting the future from the present -- that's what logistic maps can do. Researchers have developed an electronic version of a logistic map that is capable of interacting with many other maps, making...
Tamagotchi 2K16? This electronic cat takes robotic animal companions to the next level - CNET
Enlarge Image Omnibot If you're in the market for a kitty but don't believe in your ability to take care of a living creature, don't worry -- Japan has you covered.Tokyo-based company Takara Tomy brings...
Are new electronic gearshifts putting drivers at risk?
Automakers are changing the way you put your car in gear, swapping out traditional gear shifters with digital replacements, especially in luxury brands.Part of what's driving this shift to electronic...
The Sony Future Lab could be as forward-thinking as the Walkman
Sony is doing something unheard of in the consumer electronic space: It’s going to show off prototypes. Can you imagine Apple or Samsung doing that? Not really, no. For several good reasons,...
US bans vaping on commercial airline flights
Mike MozartUS transportation officials announced Wednesday that vaping on commercial flights is officially banned, just as is smoking the old-fashioned way. The US Department of Transportation's decision...
Electronic system takes the guesswork out of respiratory diagnoses
Listening to a patients' breathing is certainly a key part of diagnosing their respiratory problems. However, doctors' individual observer bias certainly comes into play, plus it can be difficult to make...
Apple Pay launches in China, where Alibaba rules
BEIJING — Apple Inc. on Thursday released its smartphone-based payment system in China, where the electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba. The merchants include...
DICE Summit a chance for game creators to recharge, reflect
LAS VEGAS (AP) — For elite members of the video game industry, the D.I.C.E. Summit isn't merely a chance to schmooze at the poker table or on the golf course in Las Vegas. According to the Electronic...
Triumph upgrades Tiger Sport with revised engine and electronic safety systems
One of Triumph's best-selling models, the Tiger Sport, has received a host of updates for 2016. The 1050 cc in-line triple engine has been redesigned for more torque and lower fuel consumption, coupled...
New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices
An engineering research team has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices.Their findings could open the door to the development of flexible electronic devices with...
Star Wars just put out the Holiday Special of electronic albums
Just when you thought the Star Wars merchandise deluge was over, Disney goes and releases what can only be called the Holiday Special of electronic albums. In a partnership with Hollywood Records and American...
Use your iPhone to get a document notarized - CNET
It's probably not every day that you need to have a document notarized, but when the time comes, it usually involves some legwork. What the heck is notarizing? Where do you find someone who can do it?...
Electron's 1-D metallic surface state observed
In the one-dimensional (1-D), various exotic phenomena are predicted that are totally different from those in the 3-D world in which we live. One of the reasons of this is that particles cannot pass each...
Cashless payments: How one city has made electronic transactions pay off
Bergamo in Lombardy has recorded a 10 per cent increase over seven months in the number of electronic payments residents make. Image: Andrj15/Wikimedia Commons Italians don't love credit cards or even,...
Developing World Leapfrogs to Cashless Society
Major credit card companies are expanding their efforts in emerging economies to help move from traditional cash exchange to electronic processing of transactions. From merchants in local markets to full...
Electronic Toy Organ for $45 + free shipping - CNET
Best Choice Products via eBay offers its Best Choice Products Electronic Toy Organ, model no. SKY2003, for $44.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $15. It features a...
High-tech piano startup ROLI launches third new instrument
"It's a pretty important milestone in the history and design of musical instruments," Lamb said. "We are bridging the gap between electronic and acoustic intruments for musicians in the digital age."...
Apple’s New GarageBand For iOS Is An Electronic Musician’s Dream
Well today, Apple launched a huge new update to GarageBand for iOS that has a lot more appeal to novices (like myself) and will undoubtedly be much more popular with electronic musicians thanks to...
Emerging photo tech at CES 2016
Steadicams - a purely mechanical device - have been around for decades. A few years ago the first electronic stabilizer - using tech similar to Segways - debuted at an eye-watering $15k price. Prices...
Kids' Electronic Toy Drum Set for $25 + free shipping - CNET
Best Choice Products via eBay offers this Kids' Electronic Toy Drum Set for $24.95 with free shipping. That's $5 under our mention from last month and the lowest total price we could find by $13. This...
Bosch motorcycle division gains autonomy, announces a raft of new electronic gear
Bosch has set up an independent supplier business for motorcycles in an effort to cement its position as a global market leader. Spearheading this offensive is the next generation ABS10, a new electric...
Promising new approach for controlled fabrication of carbon nanostructures
An international team of researchers including Professor Federico Rosei and members of his group at INRS has developed a new strategy for fabricating atomically controlled carbon nanostructures used in...
Electronic Brain Trainer for $9 + free shipping - CNET
5 Star Deal via eBay offers the Electronic Brain Trainer for $8.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $4. It features 10 games and records your data for up to 30 days....
Electronics are getting small, and that is causing big problems
The microprocessors on this wafer of silicon have transistors measuring in the nanometres. Credit: Shutterstock Your television, computer, smartphone or any other electronic device wouldn't work without...
Doped organic semiconductors explored
Current semiconductor technology is based on silicon, an inorganic semiconductor material in which impurity atoms are introduced or doped for use in electronic components to increase conductivity and tailor...
How nanoparticles give electrons away
Whether it is in catalytic processes in the chemical industry, environmental catalysis, new types of solar cells or new electronic components, nanoparticles are everywhere in modern production and environmental...
Scottish Government gets electronic voting system for local elections
The Scottish Government has contracted CGI to develop a vote counting system that will be used in the local elections in 2017. The elections use the single transferable vote system (STV), which is a form...
Self-healing gel to repair and connect electronic circuits
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a solution to one of the key problems holding back flexible, bendable electronics and soft robotics from mass production. Electronic circuits...
Scientists create electronic circuits in living roses
In what seems like the most unlikely of unions, a team of scientists at the Linköping University Laboratory for Organic Electronics are working to combine flowers, bushes, and trees with electronics to...
The first cyborg plants have been created in Sweden
We often talk about melding man and machine, but a team of electronic engineers at the Linköping University Laboratory for Organic Electronics in Sweden has just successfully melded plant and machine...
Scientists produce graphene 100 times cheaper than ever before
Since first being synthesized by Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2004, there has been an extensive effort to exploit the extraordinary properties of graphene. However...
Can stem cell technology be harnessed to generate biological pacemakers?
Although today's pacemakers are lifesaving electronic devices, they are limited by their artificial nature. For example, the devices require regular maintenance, must be replaced periodically, and can...
Team develops 'electronic plants'
Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have created analog and digital electronics circuits inside living plants. The group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE), under the leadership of...
Manufacturing flexibility with free-form electronic circuits
'TERASEL was inspired by the need for smart, randomly shaped electronic and sensor circuits for a number of end uses including lighting, car interiors, user interfaces and consumer electronics,' says project...
Electronic Band-Aid shapes as alternative to antibiotics
Bandages are important for stopping germs from entering a wound and making things worse, but could they play a more active role in making things better? New research has brought the idea of wound-healing...
Thermoplastically deformable electronic circuits
At this week's Meeting of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS 2015), imec and CMST (imec's associated lab at Ghent University) present a novel technology for thermoplastically...
Researchers take first steps to create biodegradable displays for electronics
Americans, on average, replace their mobile phones every 22 months, junking more than 150 million phones a year in the process. When it comes to recycling and processing all of this electronic waste, the...
New California Law Extends Privacy Rights to Electronic Data
California now requires police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on your phone or company servers. But civil-liberties advocates say the new law...
Nanoscale photodetector shows promise to improve the capacity of photonic circuits
Photonic circuits, which use light to transmit signals, are markedly faster than electronic circuits. Unfortunately, they're also bigger. It's difficult to localize visible light below its diffraction...
eSports gamers battle against each other for cash prizes, bragging rights
A Friday night gathering at Meltdown Montreal had fans cheer on the Montreal Mighty Mooses against the Quebec City Carcajous, renewing an old rivalry between the Quebec cities.Rather than featuring icons...
Download of the day: RiskyPhone
The objective of free indie game RiskyPhone is simple – make your way to the station and catch your train before it leaves. Walk into one of your fellow pedestrians (crash test dummies marching blindly...
Computex 2017: what to expect from the year’s biggest computing show
Computex 2017 is next week, and the biggest brands and most die-hard fans in computing will descend upon Taipei, Taiwan. It’s arguably the most important show of the year for the desktop, laptop and components...
Curious AI learns by exploring game worlds and making mistakes
Let’s-a go! The algorithm is motivated by a desire to explore rather than to score pointsNintendo By Matt ReynoldsI wonder what will happen if I press this button? Algorithms armed with a sense of curiosity...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark