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    Korean Researchers Use Vitamin C to Boost Lithium–sulfur Battery Performance by 20%

    By Murray Slovick | May 29, 2015

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    A group of researchers led by Professor Lee Jae-young at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea report they have succeeded in improving the energy capacity of lithium–sulfur batteries with vitamin C treated dual-layered graphene–sulfur. Ascorbic acid, commonly called vitamin C, is a very cheap, environmentally friendly substance and is a natural antioxidant in living organisms.

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      Formula 1 Sponsorship Leads to Connected Car Collaboration between Qualcomm and Mercedes Benz

      By Murray Slovick | May 29, 2015

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      Qualcomm Technologies is a sponsor of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. Last Week at the Grand Prix of Monaco, the company announced a new technology collaboration with Daimler AG, parent group of Mercedes Benz. The first phase of the collaboration will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance such as 3G/4G connectivity, wireless charging technology for in-vehicle use, and implementation of the Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology.

      Internet of Things, Data Security

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        Why you should be paranoid about Bluetooth LE

        By Richard Wallace | May 28, 2015

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        Bluetooth’s Low Energy mobile application specification is rife with cyber security flaws, a development that comes to light as the ubiquitous wireless data standard has begun to permeate all levels of the Internet of Things.

        Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is at the center of the latest ‘Context’ security alert, a warning that BLE signals transmitted by “many mobile phones, wearable devices and iBeacons, including the iPhone and leading fitness monitors, could be easily recorded and monitored.”

        The encryption flaw is said to leave users vulnerable to cyberattack and the possibility of digital eavesdropping and the collection of unencrypted confidential information about personal health and other data.

        3D printing

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          3D printing puts industrial pedal to the metal

          May 28, 2015

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          The industrialization of 3D metal printing is getting a huge boost thanks to major new investments in next-generation laser and related  technologies developed to print solid metal parts. Leading the charge are GE, international research organizations, and a diverse group of global industries.

          An early adopter of 3D printing technology, GE recently disclosed creation of the world’s first, working, 3D printed jet engine.

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            These five companies will shape the future of automated driving

            May 27, 2015

            Semiconductor-based technologies are enabling a mad dash by automakers to make their vehicles safer. On-board advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that prevent accidents either by alerting the driver, or by taking control of the vehicle, are getting more effective as component suppliers develop better sensors, faster in-car networks, more reliable wireless communications with the outside world and heftier power handling capabilities

            The lure of a huge market in technology-for-enabling-ADAS is attracting semiconductor vendors new to the automotive industry and has sparked a frenzy of consolidations among the established suppliers.

            Robotics & AI

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              In tech we trust? Not so fast

              By Girish Mhatre | May 22, 2015

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              In a spectacular demonstration of the state of the art of machine intelligence, a computer was able to pull off a statistical tie against top rated poker players. Claudico, an artificial intelligence program created by a Carnegie Mellon team took on four experts at heads-up, no-limit Texas Hold’em in a two-week competition that ended last week.

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                So what do YOU think of Apple Watch?

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                Nearly a month after the release of Apple Watch new updates are on the way, including security enhancements, improved connectivity,new health and fitness features, additional Wi-Fi capabilities, and for media junkies, Apple TV integration.

                Is Apple Watch for you, or are you not one of those heat seekers: always the first person to buy the day’s hottest tech offerings?

                The Smarter Grid

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                  Netherlands paves solar bike path to the smarter grid

                  By Richard Wallace | May 15, 2015

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                  Connected to smart meters, these solar panels can optimize output to power street lamps, electric vehicles, or feed the grid.

                  Nearly 20 million people have viewed the YouTube video below, “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!”, an over-the-top, Indigogo funding campaign pitch for a new approach to road building that uses hybrid technology panels that integrate LED lights, solar panels, and glass paving materials.