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Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

July 14, 2014 9:17 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion from film to digital....

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

July 14, 2014 9:12 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones....

LED replacements for incandescent lamps aim to increase the lamp life by 10 times

July 11, 2014 10:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has enhanced its series of LED replacements for traditional incandescent lamps. Providing a complete drop-in replacement solution, the company’s expanded offering of LED replacement lamps and holders combine simple and fast assembly with…

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50 VA rugged pure sine wave inverter targets CCTV systems

July 11, 2014 10:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics (Ottawa, Canada) has released the CSI 50-24/24-FT, an industrial quality low voltage DC-AC sine wave inverter specifically designed for powering CCTV systems. The inverter uses...

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Current sense resistors combine low TCR down to ±2 ppm/°C with power ratings to 80 W

July 11, 2014 8:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VPG (Malvern, PA) announced that its Powertron resistor brand has introduced the first seven devices in its S Series of precision foil current sense resistors. Offering a TCR of ±2 ppm/°C — said to be the industry's lowest for high-power current shunts…

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VCO operates from 1000 MHz to 2000 MHz

July 11, 2014 4:44 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55BE-1000-2000 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 1000 MHz to 2000 MHz with a control voltage range of 1.0V~20V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity....

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Guide to designing a device incorporating MEMS-based pico projection

July 11, 2014 4:00 pm | by By Carlos Lopez, Strategic Marketing Manager for Pico Products, Texas Instruments DLP | Articles | Comments

Over the last few years, millions of products incorporating pico projection have shipped, and developers are innovating new applications for this rapidly growing display category. Ideal applications for pico projection include near eye display, interactive digital signage, head mounted display, ultra short throw (UST) TV, standalone portable projectors and embedded projection in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

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Army tests putting NERO electronic warfare jammer on UAVs

July 11, 2014 2:18 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Last month within the mountainous terrain of The Great Salt Lake Desert at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, the U.S. Army conducted flight testing of an unmanned airborne electronic attack capability known as NERO, or the Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated.

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FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

July 11, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle...

Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

July 11, 2014 1:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times....

Army-green gets greener: USARPAC Soldiers test clean energy sources during RIMPAC

July 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Soldiers setup a variety of clean-energy power-producing equipment such as wind-turbines, solar panels, a solar shade, and even used a hydrogen-powered car to generate enough power for 350 people located at a training area on Ford Island, Hawaii, taking part in the Rim of the Pacific 2014 training...

Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

July 11, 2014 1:14 pm | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years....

Hardware obsolescence

July 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out technology going obsolete before it affects product availability....

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Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

July 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system....

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Photos of the Day: The Navy’s robo-tuna

July 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s robo-tuna, designed by Boston Engineering, is a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This "biometric" autonomous vehicle moves just like a fish, flipping its tail to propel itself....

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