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Why I’m not buying the Apple Watch (my beef with redundant functionality)

September 12, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Apple Watch is redundant functionality, kitschy, overpriced, and everyone will buy it. Seriously, I could marshal a wealth of facts and present a detailed analysis (and I will) of the watch’s functionality, but a broad swath of consumers ...

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Wearable Tech & IoT Workshop

September 12, 2014 4:34 pm | Events

Gizworld, in association with Founders Space, invites you to a 2-day Wearable Tech and IoT hardware workshop taking place in San Francisco on October 2-3, 2014 to meet Pebble, and experts in MVP/prototyping, fundraising, IP/Patents ...

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This V2V technology could change driving forever

September 12, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The average American has a 25.4 minute commute to work. That doesn’t seem too bad until you consider that the average commuter spends 38 hours a year sitting in traffic. That’s a lot of bumper-to-bumper time. Recently, I had someone ask me what my hobbies were and I said, “Sitting in traffic and putting gas in my car.”

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What year did the "modern era" begin?

September 12, 2014 3:37 pm | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What year do we give for the start of our modern society? Do we go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution or some later date? Before I answer that question, I first want to define the differences between past societies and our own....

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ECN Time Warp: December 2002

September 12, 2014 3:33 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to December 2002. That month, a federal judge ordered Microsoft ...

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Researchers create world's largest DNA origami

September 12, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics....

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​NTU spin-off achieves breakthrough with innovative multifunction membranes

September 12, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A young startup at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed a first-of-its-kind multifunction water filtration membrane. With its expected cost savings and superior performance, the new invention has the potential to render current....

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NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search

September 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases these gases can be produced non-biologically....

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Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

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Compact servo drive features up to 1000 W of motor power

September 12, 2014 1:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SXD 15 is the first in a new series of economical advanced digital servo drives from Allied Motion (Amherst, NY). This compact, modular unit can drive a DC brush, DC brushless or AC brushless motor requiring up to 1 kW of power....

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Spectrum analyzers provide coverage up to 7.5 GHz

September 12, 2014 11:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the Rigol DSA800 Spectrum Analyzers Series that extends coverage up to 7.5 GHz. The DSA832 and DSA875 expand this spectrum analyzer family to 3.2 and 7.5 GHz, respectively....

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High-performance GPS front-end modules target smartphones

September 12, 2014 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) announced two EPCOS front-end modules for satellite navigation systems that enable the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna.

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Fast-acting chip fuse CCF1F rated to 15 amps

September 12, 2014 10:56 am | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. (Bradford, PA) introduces its new fast-acting chip fuse, CCF1F, with a rated current of up to 15 amps. Due to the original chip fuse technology, this fast-acting chip fuse provides over-current protection....

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Isola announces compliance with European Space Agency base-material standard

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's ...

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Cutting the cloud computing carbon cost

September 12, 2014 10:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cloud computing involves displacing data storage and processing from the user's computer on to remote servers. It can provide users with more storage space and computing power that they can then access from anywhere in the world rather than....

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New family of materials for energy-efficient information storage and processing

September 12, 2014 10:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Switching the polarity of a magnet using an electric field (magnetoelectric memory [MEM] effect), can be a working principle of the next-generation technology for information processing and storage. Multiferroic materials are promising candidates....

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