District 204 expands technology in classrooms

New wireless technology lets Santa Cruz company set the lights just right





Students can work on shared documents at school and then access those documents at home, or do research using the devices. Maps Aurora, IL, USA "There has been a shift over the last few years of getting more technology in the hands of students," Gorbatkin said. The program is voluntary and schools have laptops available for students who do not bring devices from home. But the district does not have a device for each student. An unscientific survey of 1,565 parents, students and teachers earlier this year showed 88 percent of teachers believe student engagement increased as a result of the program and 74 percent of students saying it enhanced their learning. But parents have concerns: 64 percent were uncertain about the security of devices taken, leading 22 percent to not allow devices taken from home. "We've got to build their (parents') comfort level," Superintendent Kathy Birkett said. Also this year, the district is spending about $2.5 million on technology, much of it to buy more laptops for students. The goal is to increase the ratio of laptops to students from one for every 10 students in 2013 to one for every five students this school year. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/backtoschool/ct-tl-naperville-aurora-d204-technology-bts-20130808,0,2421977.story





Smart Diapers And Talking Dogs: Where Wearable Technology Is Leading Us





It transmits the information directly to a physician via a smartphone app. The diaper has a small patch on the front, containing chemical agents that have different reactions depending on which proteins are present in urine. If the levels are abnormal, the color on the patches changes. At the end of each diaper use, a parent uses his or her smartphone to take a picture of the QR code-like patch, which is analyzed by the accompanying app to determine whether the baby has a UTI, if the kidneys are healthy, if the baby is hydrated, and, even detect type 1 diabetes, thereby providing valuable information about a babys health. The FIDO project through the Georgia Institute of Technology is developing wearable technology that aims to improve communication between working or assistance dogs and their handlers. The dogs communicate with their handler or owner by biting or tugging on sensors fitted into their collar or vests. The sensors activate either audio commands that handlers can hear in their earpiece or visual commands that appear on a head-mounted display. Finnish start-up Uniqil announced a new technology last week that enables customers to buy products by using face recognition. All the customers have to do is present their face to a camera in a store that uses their device, and the transaction is processed. The idea of objects we use benefiting us has the ability to take the power of technology beyond the individual to the larger community. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/gyro/2013/08/05/smart-diapers-and-talking-dogs-where-wearable-technology-is-leading-us/









The technology, which has received positive reviews in the trade industry, uses regular LED light bulbs and a companion switch that uses two AAA batteries and can be installed anywhere in a home to talk with the software on a smartphone. It uses long-range Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 transmitters rather than wi-fi technology. "The energy saving aspect of this device is fantastic. You can monitor how much energy your house consumes for lighting." Wireless Cables Inc. has been providing wireless technology products to business for a decade. In July, Kienhoefer turned to crowdfunding, an online fundraising effort, to support development of the new product. For $39 investors can get a SmartDimmer Starter Kit that includes a light switch module for the wall that is paired with iPhone software. An android-compatible version is on the way. "We thought it would be the best way to get into higher production," Kienhoefer said, noting that, if successful, the effort posted on Indiegogo ( http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aircable-smartdimmer-tm ) will provide immediate funds as well as a legion of committed customers. The fundraising effort, slated to end Aug. 18, however, has only raised $1,604 to date as of Monday, a small portion of its $39,000 goal. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.mercurynews.com/central-coast/ci_23801123/new-wireless-technology-lets-santa-cruz-company-set





NI Technology Research Previews Earnings for Fusion-IO, EZchip Semiconductor, Avnet, United Microelectronics, and Towerstream





This service would be of great importance to smaller developers that don't have the resources to compete with already-established players. Tim Cook Goes to China Last week, Apple ( AAPL ) CEO Tim Cook met with China Mobile ( CHL ) Chairman Xi Guohua. China Mobile is the largest carrier in the country and the only one not selling Apple devices. One of the reasons for this could be that Apple has always taken the cream of the market and the Chinese government (also a major shareholder in China Mobile) may have feared for local players. But the more important reason that is likely to have kept it away from Apple is the cost of subsidizing Apple's expensive device that has made life extremely difficult for other Chinese carriers. But the situation is a bit different today. First, because Apple just did very badly in China and needs to do something to boost China sales. Second, it has a cheaper phone in the works that could be easier to subsidize. Third, China Mobile has a huge capex budget that is likely to get used to upgrade the network to 4G/LTE. And finally, the Chinese government could be announcing wireless number portability soon, which would make it easier for dissatisfied China Mobile customers to move to competing networks. Both companies have a lot to gain from a partnership, which is what is going to happen now. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.nasdaq.com/article/technology-stock-roundup-facebook-fb-on-a-roll-analyst-blog-cm264735





Technology Stock Roundup: Facebook (FB) on a Roll - Analyst Blog





This is a must read for tech investors and analysts. -- Arrow: McWilliams advised readers to buy Avnet and its rival Arrow when the stocks were bottoming in the fall of 2012. What is McWilliams' view of Avnet heading into its upcoming earnings report? Does McWilliams prefer Avnet over rival Arrow? What valuation penalty does Wall Street tend to apply to these two mega-distributors and why is that likely to continue? -- UMC: McWilliams suggested that investors buy UMC at the end of 2012 when the stock was trading for $1.99, and projected it would return 20% to 30%. UMC hit that target range early in July. Going forward, is there reason to believe there is more upside to come? McWilliams predicted Chartered Semiconductor would be bought out three months before its agreement to be acquired by ATIC was announced. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130805-905640.html