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HSN 1Q net income rises; higher-priced items sell

May 5, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shop-at-home company HSN Inc.'s first-quarter net income rose sharply because it sold more items such as electronics and health products at full price.Quarterly net income rose to $17.7 million, or 30 cents per share, from $3 million, or 5 cents per share last year, the company said...

Is there really a cyberwar? Term might be misused

May 5, 2010 11:30 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Is there really a "cyberwar" going on? Some officials and computer security companies say yes, arguing that armies of hackers are stealing online secrets and using the Internet to attack infrastructure such as power grids.However, some security analysts said at a conference this week that...

Digital River buys fatfoogoo for $10M

May 5, 2010 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital River, which provides technology and services for companies that sell products online, said Wednesday it bought fatfoogoo for about $10 million in cash.The company fatfoogoo provides e-commerce services for online games.Digital River said by combining the two companies' technologies, it...

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Yale-Designed Amplifier Pushes the Boundary of Quantum Physics

May 5, 2010 10:21 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

If powerful new quantum computers are to reach their enormous potential, they will need amplifiers capable of transmitting signals so weak they consist of a single photon. In the May 6 edition of the journal Nature, a team of Yale scientists report creating an amplifier almost as...

Microcontroller Intelligently Switches Between Main and USB Supplies

May 5, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAXQ622, a high-performance, 16-bit RISC microcontroller with an integrated USB transceiver. Designed for low-power applications, this microcontroller operates from either an external supply (1.7V to 3.6V) or directly from USB power.

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23-year-old wins $1M playing baseball video game

May 5, 2010 9:30 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Shh, don't tell your kids. Wade McGilberry just won a million dollars playing a video game.The 23-year-old from Mobile, Ala., accomplished the feat in just an hour and a half, becoming the first to pitch a perfect game in Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.'s "Major League Baseball 2K10." He and...

Rice team talks the walk

May 5, 2010 9:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Rice University) The team of Rice seniors Jon Stanley, Ashley Hill and Laura Leim delivered the Trek Tracker, a high-tech video camera on a trolley that automates the process of videotaping a patient's gait, from the perfect angle, while the patient walks.

Portable device storage

May 5, 2010 9:16 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Articles | Comments

The new report “Batteries, Supercapacitors, Alternative Storage for Portable Devices 2009-2019” is directed towards those developing, marketing and using small electronic and electrical devices, particularly those that are self-sufficient.

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Energy Harvesting for a Greener Environment

May 5, 2010 9:07 am | by Michele Kinman, Energy Harvesting, www.energyharvesting.net | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting is the process of capturing and accumulating byproduct energy as the energy becomes available, storing the energy for a period of time and conditioning it into a form that can be used later – such as operating a microprocessor with in its limits.

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Distribution Trends in 2010

May 5, 2010 8:50 am | by Mark Larson, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Digi-Key Corporation | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry is enjoying what appears to be a generally strong recovery from the brutal business conditions with which we were confronted in 2009. It is interesting to note that although the economic meltdown traumatized almost all sectors of our industry and caused a sharp drop in sales, several basic industry trends continued unabated.

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Wireless energy transfer for UAVs

May 5, 2010 8:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Lasers have been described as the “holy grail” of weapons—who wouldn't want to be like Luke Skywalker? But while researchers have pondered everything from “pain rays” to the “Zeus” anti-IED system, the folks over at LaserMotive are pushing something else entirely—power beaming for UAVs.

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Google tunes up search results, touches up logo

May 5, 2010 8:30 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is fine-tuning the way it presents its Internet search results to make it easier for people to find information and images they want.The new tools being introduced will be accompanied by a touched-up Google logo featuring slightly brighter hues of red, blue, green and yellow with less...

RF-Mesh Surging in US

May 5, 2010 7:47 am | News | Comments

A recent study published by IMS Research, The World Market for Smart Meters – 2010, forecasts a surging RF-Mesh market in the US while PLC shipments are expected to dramatically increase in Europe and Asia.

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Earnings Preview: Activision Blizzard

May 5, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Activision Blizzard Inc., the video game publisher behind "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty," reports first-quarter results after the market closes Thursday.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Activision was able to weather the economic downturn better than most of its competitors, thanks to blockbuster...

Retainer Clip for CompactFlash Provides Reliable Retention

May 5, 2010 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new device from the 3M Electronic Solutions Division provides reliable retention of CompactFlash Type I (CF I) and Type II (CF II) removable memory cards mated with 3M CF II card headers, helping to

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