New manufacturing methods needed for 'soft' machines, robots
Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics.
Dissolvable silicon circuits and sensors
Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois ...
Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from a wireless provider, so long as the service contract has expired.
Energy-efficient technologies developed with people in mind
When engineers design environmentally-friendly cars, such as all-electric or hybrid vehicles, they often focus primarily on their technological features. Ricardo Daziano believes they also should consider ...
European parliament adopts 'net neutrality' law (Update)
The European Parliament voted Thursday to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks—a step cheered by consumer groups and startups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry.
New smaller USB Type-C connector to replace Type-A and Type-B
Scientific evidence shows need to regulate antimicrobial ingredients in consumer products
Does the widespread and still proliferating use of antimicrobial household products cause more harm than good to consumers and the environment? Evidence compiled in a new feature article published in the journal Environmental Sc ...
Toshiba unveils disease-detecting breathalyser
Japan's Toshiba on Tuesday unveiled a breathalyser which it says can detect a wide range of diseases just 30 seconds after users blow into the machine.
Stores can see where you go by tracking your phone (Update)
Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?
US coalition calls for expansion of Wi-Fi airwaves
A newly formed coalition of US technology firms and advocacy groups called Thursday for the expansion of Wi-Fi, saying airwaves are getting congested for a key pathway to the Internet.
Researchers take magnetic waves for a spin
Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and ...
Apple to refund $32.5 mn for kids' app purchases
Apple has agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to US customers for children's purchases from its online App Store without parental consent, US regulators said Wednesday.
Google buys 'smart' thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 bn
Google on Monday announced that it is buying smart thermostat start-up Nest in a deal valued at $3.2 billion.
Few 'wearables' balance fashion and function
Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages.