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Power

Submission + - Keyring-Sized Phone Charger Achieves Kickstarter Funding (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Fuel, a keyring-sized battery designed to charge a phone for an extra 30 minutes talk-time, has passed its $20,000 funding goal on kickstarter. The creator, Devotec, describes the device — styled like a fuel can — as the "world's smallest cellphone charger" and says it will hold a charge for at least a month, and deliver it over micro-USB. It will cost $25 when it goes on sale, but Kickstarter funders can get one for $18, Other crowd funders can get their name down for the planned iPhone version."
United Kingdom

Submission + - Researchers Make Progress Towards Bio-Batteries (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Scientists from the University of East Anglia have made significant steps towards generating electricity from bacteria in so-called "bio-batteries. The process uses the ability of bacteria to transport electrical charge through cell membranes, and uses a synthetic version of a marine bacterium called Shewanella oneidensis. Active proteins were put into a lipid capsule which had the ability to transfer electrons with an iron electrode"
Google

Submission + - Now Google Is Making A Smart Watch Too! (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "With Samsung and (reportedly) Apple already making smart watches, Google has now joined the party. The Google Watch is apparently being made by the Android group, and could have some synergy with Google's other wearable tech — the Glass spectacles. The distinctive thing in Google's patent seems to be having two displays — one for public data and a flip-up one for more private stuff. ."
Education

Submission + - Kids Build Pill Dispenser to Win Raspberry Pi Award (channelbiz.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The first Raspberry Pi Awards have picked the best projects built by schoolchildren using the Raspberry Pi. The winners included a team of 8 to 11 year olds, who built a door-answering machine for elderly or disabled people, and a team of 12 to 16 year olds, who made an automated pill dispenser for forgetful patients. Other categories included adults, who built a wireless home power consumption system."
Network

Submission + - Five Internet Founders Share first £1 Million Engineering 'Nobel' Prize (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, worth £1 million, has been shared by five founders of the Internet and the World Wide Web. As well as Sir Tim Berners Lee and Vint Cerf, the other recpients are Cerf's colleague Bob Kahn, creator of the Mosaic browser Marc Andreeseen, and a much less well known Frenchman, Louis Pouzin, aged 82. Working at Bell Labs, Pouzin invented the datagram protocols on which Cerf and Kahn based the TCP/IP protocols. The judges originally planned the prize for a maximum of three winners, but that had to change, thanks to the collaborative nature of the Internet. All the recipients praised their colleagues and pointed out that engineering is always a team effort “Fortunately we are still alive," joked Pouzin. “It is forty years since we did the things for which we are being honoured.” Awarded in the UK, the prize is an international effort to create an engineering counterpart to the Nobels. The judgesconsidered entries from 65 countries."
Hardware

Submission + - Chip Designer ARM Changes CEO (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "ARM, whose chip designs are in virtually all phones and tablets, seems to do most things quicker than Intel, and that includes changing ,leaders. Intel is taking six months to replace Paul Otelline, who announced he would stand down last November. By contrast, ARM announced today that its boss Warren East would stand down — and had the successor, Simon Segars, already lined up."
Google

Submission + - Google Patents Hot Aisle Containment System For Data Centers (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: Google has been granted a patent for a hot aisle containment system for data centres. The technology removes heat from the servers efficiently, and should result in data centres with a lower carbon footprint. But the patent does raise the question of whether Google plans to profit from this, or share it widely. The US patent, number 8320125, is here, and was issued to Exaflop, a subsidiary Google often uses for intellectual property.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - 'Weightless' Spec Proposed For White Space Radio Standard (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The Weightless Special Interest Group has launched, proposing a technology as the standard for White Space radio. Version 0.9 of the spec will be on the Weightless site later today, and the group promises to offer it royalty-free, as a basis for machine-to-machine communications over the licence-exempt white space spectrum not used by radio and TV broadcast services. Backers include Cambrdige UK technology companies ARM and CSR, as well as Neul, the creator of the Whitespace technology."
United Kingdom

Submission + - Scottish Scientiests Create World's Smallest Smart Antenna (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "each generation of smartphones actually has more dropped calls and worse battery life than the last, because antena design has fallen behind. says Edinburgh-based Sofant Technologies. The firm has made a tunable, steerable RF antenna using micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) which it says will change all that. It's based on research from Edinburgh University and is designed to get the best our of LTE/4G."

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