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Horizon Report urges schools to tackle 'wicked' digital skills challenge

October 3, 2014 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Low digital skills and competences among school pupils and the need to integrate effective use of information and communication technologies into teacher training are among the most pressing challenges faced by European school education....

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How field application engineers are changing the engineering world

October 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Field application engineers, also known as FAEs or Sales engineers are a hybrid of exactly what the title implies: Sales and Engineering. These folks are unique because they’re essentially in the position of selling a product but they can also offer....

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Researcher receives $1.2 million to create real-time seismic imaging system

October 3, 2014 8:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dr. WenZhan Song, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a real-time seismic imaging system using ambient noise....

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In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off

October 3, 2014 8:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests.Researchers found that, in general, people use social media....

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It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

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New software for Google Glass provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

October 3, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly....

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Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

October 3, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world's first solar battery. In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report....

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Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections

October 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

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Schematic and board-level CAD libraries help engineers expedite their designs

October 2, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) has collaborated with Altium, Ltd. to develop new schematic and board-level CAD libraries for ZMDI’s products. The libraries help engineers expedite their designs and are available directly from the Altium CAD software....

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UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

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FPC/FFC connector features improved operability and robustness

October 2, 2014 2:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kyocera Connector Products Corporation (San Diego, CA) announced the availability of its 6809 Series 0.5mm-pitch FPC/FFC connector which features improved operability as well as robustness by focusing on the assembly line workers’ method of operation....

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Chipscale MOSFET cuts power consumption for ultraportable applications

October 2, 2014 2:08 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA)....

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USB-serial controller includes built-in charge-pump RS232 transceiver

October 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Prolific PL2303RA, an all-in-one IC that provides a convenient, low-chip-count solution for connecting an RS232 full-duplex asynchronous serial device to any USB-capable host....

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Low-profile DC-DC power modules designed for space-constrained applications

October 2, 2014 1:44 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264(2A) a family of low-profile step down power modules capable of 100 percent duty cycle and operating with an input voltage range from 2.7V to 5.5V....

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San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

October 2, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google. "Wi-Fi in our city's parks is another step toward a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole....

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