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Season's new phones are all about selfie image

September 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by FRANK JORDANS and ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there. Pop stars such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber ...

Twitter tests shopping service

September 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter is testing a way to let users go shopping or make charitable contributions between tweets. A small percentage of users will receive tweets from Twitter test partners Monday featuring a "buy" button that lets them make purchases or donate money....

16-Bit, 2.5Gsps DAC delivers 74dB spurious-free dynamic range

September 8, 2014 12:57 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC2000, a 16-bit 2.5Gsps digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with exceptional spectral purity of 74dBc SFDR at 200MHz output, and better than 68dBc SFDR....

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DIN-rail power supplies feature output current adjustment

September 8, 2014 12:35 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

The new 40 W DRA-40 and 60 W DRA-60 DIN-rail power supply series from Sunpower (Aldermaston, UK) with output current adjustment are the latest in response to a growing market trend: Designers are building entire systems ....

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ECN Time Warp: May 1999

September 8, 2014 12:18 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 May 1999. That month, a major change in the way we communicate was born with the announcement of Bluetooth 1.0....

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Engineering Update: Behind the Scenes

September 8, 2014 11:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. First up is the creative brainstorming process....

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LCD panel supply and demand: Will 2015 be tighter?

September 8, 2014 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Panel makers benefitted from the panel shortage in Q2’14, which enabled panel prices and shipments to increase at the same time. We recently summarized the reasons for the shortage. We expecting the tightness in TV, notebook PC, and monitor panels....

Bluetooth wireless MCU designed for industrial and lighting applications

September 8, 2014 11:05 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced the SimpleLink Bluetooth low-energy CC2540T, a highly-reliable, low-power wireless microcontroller (MCU) that offers an extended temperature range of -40°C to 125°C and USB connectivity for industrial applications....

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What‘s the biggest challenge for designers as handheld devices become smaller?

September 8, 2014 10:41 am | Articles | Comments

As handheld devices become smaller, designers will continue to face the challenge of adding additional capabilities to these devices while staying within very tight power budgets.  In consumer products such as smart phones and tablets ...

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PCB assembly kit includes 5 pre-selected profiles digitally displayed

September 8, 2014 9:45 am | Beta Layout Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Beta LAYOUT LTD (Vacaville, CA) has developed a cost-effective PCB Assembly kit enabling the PCB designer, Universities, labs & home hobbyists to hand assemble SMD components utilizing a home appliance, the toaster oven. For less than $406, any small space ...

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Disruptive technology: How the Army Research Laboratory will change the future

September 8, 2014 9:21 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Scientists are unlocking the mysteries of power, energy and lethality in the search for new materials and technologies. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory conducts fundamental research, which endeavors to provide revolutionary capabilities....

Safety relay series features a total of 6 contacts

September 8, 2014 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Electronic Components Incorporated (Elkhart, IN) introduces the Elesta Relays forcibly guided contact PCB safety relay SIP512 series, with a total of 6 contacts. Two of these (1NC + 1NO) are designed as control contacts for a maximum load of AC1 250V 6A....

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Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

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Does anybody really care?

September 5, 2014 5:47 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

The upside of a visible identity is that people who can see you might possibly care and understand. The downside is that people can find you. Today, I'm sort of treading the line between the two. I'm testing out some Twitter ads at the moment....

Photos of the Day: The world's fastest electric motorcycle

September 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by KillaCycle Racing | News | Comments

Land speed record holder Eva Håkansson and her home-built electric streamliner sidecar motorcycle “KillaJoule” set several historical records at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials last week. With a top speed of 241.901 mph (389.219 km/h) and a two-way average of 240.726 mph ...

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