Technical Headline News Archive - December 2014

Technology Headline News Archives - RF Cafe

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China Zombie Factories Kept Open for Illusion of Prosperity

World's 400 Richest Add $92B in 2014

Whether Working or Job Seeking, the Algorithm Is Watching

Wireless Week's 2014 State of the Networks Report

Raytheon Lands $½B Missile Job

Hundreds of Portuguese Buses and Taxis Also Wi-Fi Routers

Bank of England Using Facebook and Twitter to Set Interest Rates

World's Most Complex Crystal Simulated

2015 Could Be Year of the Hospital Hack

2014 a Good Year for Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting


Christmas Returns Hit New High

Brazil: On the Brink

Gmail Blocked in China

Proton Lifts off with TV Broadcasting Satellite

Large Hadron Collider Set to Begin 2nd Run

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

RCR Wireless News Top 100 Stories of 2014 (pt. 3)

Taking the Grunt Work out of Web Development

Cities Brighten by 20% During Christmas Season (all lighting year-round is way overdone and energy-wasting)


Smartphone Thumb Skills are Altering Our Brains

Fight Against Obsolescence Extended in 2015

Just Say No to Digital Hoarding

CTIA Argues Wireless Broadband Exempt from Net Neutrality Rules

Spectrum Allocations: Oil and Water

10 Deals That Shaped Analog, MEMS & Sensors in 2014

Elon Musk Has 'Exciting' Christmas Gift for 1st Tesla Roadster Owners


Technophobia May Keep Seniors from Using Apps to Manage Diabetes

GaN: Dawn of a New Era?

China, India Drive Cellular Growth

Tiny Tracking Bugs Lurk in E-Mails

Huawei Signs 5 Year Agreement with Telenor Group


Xbox Live, PlayStation Network Offline in Apparent Hack Attack

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem? (this is amazing tech)

Instant-Start Computers Possible with New Breakthrough

A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars

Graphene 'Cut and Paste' with Microwaves

Global Semiconductor Market Set for Strongest Growth in 4 Years

'Shooting the Moon' with Satellite Laser Ranging

What You Need to Know About Subprime Lending for Smartphones

How Electrons Split: New Evidence of Exotic Behaviors

Could Playing Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and Other Music Improve Kids' Brains?


Sainsbury's Christmas Advert Recreates WWI Truce (a must-see video)

Google and MS Fight Hotels' Attempts to Block Personal WiFi

Mobile Moments That Mattered Most to Developers in 2014?

Piezoelectricity in a 2-D Semiconductor


10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas

ARRL: Christmas Caroling in Antarctica via HF Set for December 24

Mobile Shoppers Prefer Sundays

Positives and Negatives for 2015 IC Industry

Mmm! Unraveling the Chemistry of Christmas Cookies

GPS III and OCX Demonstrate Key Satellite Command and Control Capabilities

Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

3D ASIP: "It's Complicated"

Mysterious Phase of Matter Competes with High-Temp Superconductivity

Diamonds Are a Power IC’s Best Friend

10 Deals That Changed the IC Industry in 2014

North Korea Struggles to Stay Online


Cyber Hack Attack Causes 'Massive Damage' at Steel Works (don't worry, though, your 'Cloud' data is safe)

'Illusion Coatings' Are Like Futuristic Camouflage

Electron Spin Could Be Key to High-Temp Superconductivity

WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances

Breakthrough in Optical Fiber Communications

Danish City Installs Bluetooth and WiFi Sensors to Track Shopper Behaviour (Storebror = Big Brother in Danish, FYI)

7 Breakthrough Technologies from 2014

Attack Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses

Imec RF IC Runs 20 Years on AAA Battery (the battery likely won't last that long)

Semi Industry Has Best Year Since 2010

Universality of Charge Order in Cuprate Superconductors

Reshoring Is Happening, But So Is Outsourcing


Holiday Movies to Geek out About

These Jeans Will Keep Hackers out of Your Pants

The Machine That Can Crack Almost Any Phone

SEMI Book-to-Bill Goes Positive

Aircraft Laser Weapon Defenses

New Chip Points the Way Beyond Silicon (Ge redux)

1st Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in CA

McDonald's Introduces Bluetooth Beacon Offers

Intel Betting on Commodity Chips for Cloud Computing


Winter Solstice Occurs Today at 23:03 UTC (6:03 pm EST)

Uber Launches Tesla Model S Service in Los Angeles

Army Installs First Sense-and-Avoid Radar for Drones

NASA E-mails Wrench to Space Station

Limiting Internet Congestion a Key Factor in Net Neutrality Debate


Global Military Radar Market to Grow 2.9% YoY to $8.44B in 2019

Updating Activity Within Europe’s Ecodesign Directive

Army Set to Launch Aerostat for East Coast Missile Defense

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool Released

Electronic Memories of Radio Shack (methinks Mr. Spiegel and I think alike)

By 2018 > 50% of Users Will Use Tablet or Smartphone First for All Online Activities

Apple 'Failing to Protect Chinese Factory Workers'

Mobile Broadband Facing Spectrum Crunch

Industrial IoT Framework Near

Which Companies Making Biggest Waves in IoT?

Google Aiming to Go Straight into Car with Next Android

Microsoft Deluged with Support in Its E-mail Privacy Battle Against U.S. Government (MS's never known such love before)

Teenager Pleads Guilty to Massive Spamhaus DDoS Attack


Blackberry Classic Goes 'Back to Company's Roots'

Investment in Equipment Grows As U.S. Manufacturing Booms

Modern Alchemy: Turning Hydrogen into 'Graphene?'

Barclaycard Tests Contactless Payment Gloves (I hereby claim the Michael Jackson NFC glove design)

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Conducts 1st ARISS School Contact

'Bullet-Looking Missile Thing' Turns Heads Along Highway South of Boulder

Vote for the 'Engineer of the Year'

The Myth Called "Ground"

Successful Tech Requires Old-Fashioned Skill: Organizing People

LTE TDD - What Comes Next?

American Airlines to Add Inflight Internet Access to Nearly 250 Regional Jets

Tunable Photon-Pair Spectrum Using RT Quantum Optics Silicon Chip


Future Batteries: Lithium-Sulfur with Graphene Wrapper

U.S. Preps to Increase Number of High Tech Work Visas in 2015 Due to Claimed Shortage (oh, how I despise these elected cretins)

Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

Reshoring Will Continue as U.S. Manufacturing Booms in 2015 (let us hope so)

Fraud-Proof Credit Cards Possible with Quantum Physics (ha - quantum hackers will eventually crack them)

Researchers Superconduct at 140°

Tablet Ownership Growing Faster Than Any Other Connected Device

'Fibonacci Quasiparticle' Could Form Basis of Future Quantum Computers

GaN Power Transistors on Standard PCB

Want to Keep Your Sensitive Data away from NSA? Use Google

Apple Found Not Guilty in iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Tech Rivals Join Microsoft in Fight over U.S. Data Demand

Robots Grow Smarter As American Workers Struggle to Keep Up (30M illiterate Illegals will solve the problem)


Claim: AM/FM Makes More Money Before Lunch Than Pandora Has Ever Made

'Waze' Smartphone App Causes Traffic Jam in CA Neighborhoods

Navy Could Get Next-Gen Global Comms System a Bit Sooner

10 STEM Christmas Gifts for Kids

10 Tech Gadgets to Stuff in Your Own Stocking This Christmas

Lead Islands in Sea of Graphene Magnetize the Material of Future

"Amateur Radio Parity Act" Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

How Electrons Split: New Evidence of Exotic Behaviors

Nanoshaping Method Points to Future Manufacturing Technology

Lawyers Say Sony Can't Keep Media from Reporting Hacked Details (ha, Hollweird types can't stand the scrutiny they give everyone else)

1:5 Americans to Purchase a Wearable Device in 2015

Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past


India to Sell 3G Spectrum in February

FCC Seeks Input on 600 MHz Incentive Auction Procedures

Assessing Scientific Research by 'Citation Wake' Detects Nobel Laureates' Papers

Murata Completes Acquisition of Peregrine Semiconductor

WTO Fails on High-Tech Tariff Deal

Terahertz Radiation from Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

What Radio Managers Can Learn from TV

Earth's Most Abundant Mineral Finally Has a Name


RadioShack Cost Cutting Likely Not Enough to Prevent Debt Restructuring (aka bankruptcy)

Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award

Google Moves Engineers out of Russia (communism only good when you're part of ruling class)

Airbus Shares Plummet on News of Superjumbo Cancellation

GOP Flicks the Bird to Mid-term Voters (Merry Christmas to Illegals)


Canada Police 'Can Search Phones' After Arrest

How to Find a Killer Patent Attorney

Tech Firms Claim $45.4B Investment Loss Tied to Title II

Scientists Measure Speedy Electrons in Silicon

NI President Given IEEE Fellow Award

Women in Tech: Change the Conversation

O, Holy Nerd: Kickstarting the Christmas Decorating

Terahertz Radiation from Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

Stacking 2-D Materials May Lower Cost of Semiconductor Devices

Google News to Shut Down in Spain (doesn't want to pay for news)

270,000 Tons of Plastic Floating in World's Oceans

Circuit Paradoxes – Or Are They?


Laser Weapon Kills Boats and UAVs in Gulf Tests

Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow As Prices Drop and Markets Mature

Online Deals for Holiday Shopping: Buyer Beware

New 'High-Entropy' Alloy Light as Aluminum, Strong as Titanium Alloys

Boy Scouts 2014 Jamboree on the Air Report Shows Drop in Participation

Communication App Works Without a Cellular Network

Basics of the IEEE Standardization Process

Facebook Launches Keyword Searching on Past Posts

MIT Unveils NFC Sensors That Detect Hazardous Chemicals

Physicists Explain Puzzling Particle Collisions

DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence

Inside Verizon's Device Lab - How Devices Get Tested

Graphene and Semiconductor Research atNew Manchester Institute


Lamborghini's 88 Tauri: A $6,000 Phone for People with Money to Burn (I accept donations)

Top 10 Tech Gifts for Christmas

U.S. Consumers Warm to Wearable Tech, Europeans Cooler

Mobile Growth Surpasses Desktop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

AMSAT Board Approves Technology Development Seed Funding

Ransomware: When Hackers Lock Your Files: To Pay Or Not to Pay?

Funding Cuts Delay Navy's Next Generation Jammer (need money for Illegals)

Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet

Internet Freedom Weakens Around the World

Telcos Can Leverage Customer Relationships to Make Money from IoT

iPhone 6 Plus Captures 41% of U.S. Phablet Sales

Orion's Test Flight Triumph Fuels Mars Hopes


Navy's Nano-Satellites Could Boost Tactical Communications

Crackdown on Counterfeits as Grey Market Threat Spreads

Ofcom: UK Broadband Services Still Patchy

Antenna Designer WA3FET Says Ham Radio Led to His Electrical Engineering Career

Standardized Tests vs. Creativity

Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly (that's a lot of wireless watts)

Einstein to Curie: Ignore the Haters

U.S. House Approves $584.2B Defense Bill for 2015

Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?

Discarded Laptop Batteries Keep the Lights On (nice, but sad)

Stephen Hawking Gets a Voice Upgrade

Ex-Apple Executive Jailed and Fined for Selling Secrets

Video Game Pioneer Ralph Baer Dies Aged 92


Sci-Fi Writers Schooled in Science

India the Fastest Growing Smartphone Market in Asia/Pacific in Q3 2014

Researchers Demo Cyber Defenses for Drones

Research Shows Left-Handed People Make Less Money (hmmm... I'm a southpaw, so I should receive disability checks)

Marines to Switch G/ATOR Radar Software to Linux

MIT Spinoff Funded $143M to Create Sentient Computers

Saudi-Born Navy Engineer Tried to Steal Blueprint for New Carrier Class (the country that gave us the 9/11 terrorists)


NASA Announces CubeQuest Challenge

Raspberry Pi Rival Unveiled by Chipmaker Imagination

Superconductivity Without Cooling

Global Semiconductor Sales Increase in October

Hold on: Jobs Report Not So Great After All (nearly always revised down)


It's Official: America's Economy Is Now #2 (no worries - 30M Illegals will soon put us back into 1st place)

British Government Proposes a 'Google Tax'

Mobile Satellite Network Gives Army Swift Artillery Support

Researchers Develop World's 1st Solar Battery

Electron Pairs on Demand

China Carriers Create Tower Company

Majority of Internet Users Believe Affordable Access Should Be a Basic Human Right (as long as someone else pays for it)

Apple 'Deleted' Rivals' Music from iPods

Graphene Centre Picks up Momentum

Electric Eels Deliver Taser-Lke Shocks

Nanotubes May Restore Sight to Blind Retinas

Justice Department Plans New Cybercrime Team


DOD Approves New Mobile Security Credentials

Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Launched into Deep Space

FCD Grad Part of Robot Project with $20M Prize (local story)

Bluetooth 4.2 Spec Unvieled

No More Word Puzzles: Google Can Tell You're Human with One Click

Make High-Guality Double-Sided PCBs – At Home

Smartphones to Commoditize Like PCs

64M LTE Cat 9-10 Smartphones to Ship in 2019 w/Speeds to 450Mbps

Stretchable Inks for Wearable Electronics

'Stop Mega Comcast' Group Aims to Kill the TW Merger

Stephen Hawking Warns AI Could End Mankind (the oblivions amongst us will end it first)

Waking New Horizons Craft on Pluto's Doorstep


Alpha Media Signs Deal with Drone Company for News Coverage

Time Cloak Hides Messages in Laser Light

Material Cools Buildings by Sending Heat into Space (interesting)

German Government May Say 'Nein' to After Work Emails

'Counterfeit' Domains Seized by Europol

1/3 of USA Adult Smartphone Users Use Phones for Video Calling (probably 900 numbers)

Bad-Bulb Finder Fixes Christmas Lights

Study Shows Way to Design 'Digital' Metamaterials

Space Engineer Designs Wireless Sticker Activated Padlock

Biologists Grow Living Circuits

Indian Tablet Market Reports Strongest YTD Growth

Google "Translates" Pictures into Words Using Vector Space Mathematics (amazing)


Largest Number Factored on a Quantum Device Now 56,153

Moore's Law Competitor Wins $150k Elevator Pitch Prize

Clues to Ancient Greek Riddle Found in Antikythera Mechanism

20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century

Sound Loud Enough to Bend Light on Computer Chip

QST Centennial Photo Contest Begins

New Electrolyte for Construction of Magnesium-Sulfur Batteries

Craigslist Back up and Running After DNS Hijack

High Value Contactless Payments Arrive in UK

Chip Market for Wireless Sensor Networks on 23% CAGR

Star Witness in Apple Lawsuit Is Steve Jobs

Emergency Repairs for Cracked Phones


Northrop Grumman Aims Lasers at Enemy Missiles

90% of World Will Have Mobile Phone by 2020

Market for Low-End Smartphones Is Looking Up

Smartphone Surveillance App Maker Fined $500,000

Why You Really Don't Want the Aisle Seat

Gyroscope Accuracy Beats MEMS

There Is No More American Dream

Sony Makes Experimental E-Paper Wristwatch