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Identifying 'stance taking' cues to enable sophisticated voice recognition

October 28, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the future, computers may be capable of talking to us during meetings just like a remote teleconference participant. But to help move this science-fiction-sounding goal a step closer to reality, it's first necessary to teach computers to recognize ...

Space weather that disrupts cell phones and creates Earthly havoc

October 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Each second, the sun hurls millions of tons of hot, charged plasma gas into space. This volatile "solar wind" buffets the magnetosphere, the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth, and can whip up geomagnetic storms that disrupt cell phone service....

Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power

October 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle....

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Digital power system manager monitors board energy consumption

October 28, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2975, a 4-channel PMBus digital power system manager featuring current, power, and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters. Monitoring circuit ...

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Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400 ...

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Solution-on-a-Chip processors designed for payment processing applications

October 28, 2014 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kili Technology Corporation (San Carlos, CA) announced the industry’s most highly integrated line of secure Solution-on-a-Chip (SoC) processors for payment processing applications. Offering more functionality than any other controllers ...

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A farewell to Forget Me Not

October 28, 2014 1:06 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few months, element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge has brought home automation into the forefront, asking its Community of engineers to design and construct IoT devices that allow homeowners to remotely control and manage everyday tasks....

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Pin-shaped lithium ion battery includes diameter of 3.5mm

October 28, 2014 10:52 am | Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Corporation (Rolling Meadows, IL) announces that it has developed a pin-shaped lithium Ion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering small devices....

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Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 28, 2014 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

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Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 28, 2014 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years. Having used a number of high-end Android phones, I know what first to market means....

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When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more

October 27, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings ...

Physicists closer to understanding matter, antimatter in universe

October 27, 2014 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have made important discoveries regarding Bs meson particles—something that may explain why the Universe contains more matter than antimatter. Distinguished Professor Sheldon Stone and his colleagues ...

Watching the hidden life of materials

October 27, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the "smart material" vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal....

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Obama taking action to push manufacturing

October 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers....

High frequency connectors feature a 360° raised grounding ring

October 27, 2014 4:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. (Tempe, AZ) has announced the introduction of a new line of 1.0mm (W) DC to 110 GHz connectors. Products in this high-frequency connector series include field-replaceable two and four-hole flange mount and thread-in connectors....

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