Team uses carbon nanotubes for polarized-light detection
Using carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes, researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across ...
Intel mobile chip strategy could prove costly
Just when Intel Corp. finally is making real progress in the desperate push to get its chips into smartphones and tablets, the tech titan finds itself in a Catch-22.
Gartner, IDC: 2Q PC shipments fell 11 percent
Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell 11 percent in the April-June period, according to data from research firms Gartner and IDC, as people continued to migrate to tablets and other mobile devices.
New phenomenon could lead to novel types of lasers and sensors
There are several ways to "trap" a beam of light—usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method ...
An unlikely competitor for diamond as the best thermal conductor
An unlikely material, cubic boron arsenide, could deliver an extraordinarily high thermal conductivity – on par with the industry standard set by costly diamond – researchers report in the current issue of the journal ...
Former YSL CEO Paul Deneve joins Apple
Former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve has joined Apple to work on special projects, the US tech giant said Wednesday, amid speculation he could be involved in developing a rumoured smartwatch.
Training intelligent systems to think on their own
(Phys.org) —The computing devices and software programs that enable the technology on which the modern world relies, says Hector Muñoz-Avila, can be likened to adolescents.
Wearable computers a smart fashion trend
The notion of being fashionably smart is getting a makeover as Internet-linked computers get woven into formerly brainless attire such as glasses, bracelets and shoes.
Quantum engines must break down
Our present understanding of thermodynamics is fundamentally incorrect if applied to small systems and needs to be modified, according to new research from University College London (UCL) and the University of Gdańsk. The ...
Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era
In a rural classroom in the Thai highlands, hill tribe children energetically slide their fingertips over tablet computer screens practicing everything from English to mathematics and music.
Researchers prove quantum algorithm works by solving linear equations on a quantum computer
Yahoo buys smartphone photo app maker GhostBird
Yahoo on Wednesday announced it has bought a startup that makes picture-taking applications for iPhones to enhance its Flickr photo service.
A new simulator could help the elderly or disabled users engage more effectively with electronic devices, including websites, smartphones and digital television.
Wearable computing goes to the dogs
The wearable computing craze went to the dogs on Wednesday with startup Whistle introducing a smart pendant that tracks physical activity levels and sleep patterns in canines.