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Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program ...

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Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

April 23, 2015 11:28 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use Google's services. The service, called "Project Fi," debuted Wednesday, about two ...

Hello? Facebook launches phone-calling app for Android

April 23, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hello? Anyone there? Facebook unveiled a new voice-calling app for Android phones on Wednesday, the same day that its WhatsApp messaging service introduced voice-calling for iOS devices. Phone calls, it seems, are not dead yet....

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As PayPal split looms, what's next for eBay

April 23, 2015 11:19 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

EBay plans to grow by thinking small as it prepares for life apart from PayPal. The company says it is focusing on getting more people, as well as small- to mid-size businesses, to buy and sell items on its popular online marketplace....

Ericsson profit hit by poor US performance, global sales up

April 23, 2015 11:15 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sluggish broadband demand in North America is hurting Ericsson, the world's largest networks maker, which reported Thursday a 14 percent drop in first-quarter net profit to 1.5 billion kronor ($ 173 million) despite a rise in global sales. The Stockholm-based company cautioned that no immediate ...

Caltech researchers create 'comb' that detects terahertz waves with extreme precision

April 23, 2015 11:10 am | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Light can come in many frequencies, only a small fraction of which can be seen by humans. Between the invisible low-frequency radio waves used by cell phones and the high frequencies associated with infrared light lies a fairly wide swath of the ...

Photos of the Day: Volvo unveils 'in-car office' design

April 23, 2015 10:26 am | by Volvo | News | Comments

Volvo has precisely targeted the luxury executive lifestyle with a concept for an in-car office designed for busy businesspeople who are chauffeured to work. The “Lounge Console” replaces the front passenger seat, while the back seat remains ...

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What if an integrated service provider offers free LCD TVs?

April 23, 2015 10:01 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Recently, there has been discussion in the Chinese LCD TV supply chain about offering free LCD TVs as a promotional tool. The conversations are a result of Alibaba, the big e-commerce provider in China, possibly planning to introduce a TV, the Ali-TV, as a shopping platform for its users. The ...

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Development boards feature an ARM Cortex-M3 core running up to 180MHz

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Three new NXP development boards in the LPC Xpresso family are part of an established and popular toolchain featuring the power of LPC microcontrollers based on ARMs Cortex-M cores. The boards are able to work with most existing LPC Xpresso accessories and Arduino compatible shields to enhance functional capabilities....

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DIN rail mountable power supply is only one inch wide

April 23, 2015 8:56 am | by Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect Inc. (ASI) introduces a 24 Vdc DIN rail mountable power supply that is only one inch wide. The new ASIUSP-24PFN-15D has an input range is from 90 to 264 Vac and 120 to 370 Vdc and an output of 1.6 Amp at 15 Vdc. It is ideal for sensor applications. The wide input range makes this power supply a ...

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Thermistor features industry-best current, energy, and power ratings

April 23, 2015 8:42 am | by Ametherm | Ametherm | Product Releases | Comments

Ametherm released a new UL-approved circuit protection thermistor that is the industry's first to offer a 277 V rating optimized for applications including LED lighting and ballasts, power factor correction (PFC) circuits, and inrush current control in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with ratings under 500 W....

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1200MHz MiniRF passive splitter offers 28dB of isolation

April 23, 2015 8:41 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a 5 to 1200MHz passive, 2-way splitter from MiniRF. The MRFSP5725 provides a low cost, highly reliable solution for broadband CATV designs. Characterized for use in 75 ohm circuits, the MRFSP5725 offers 28dB of isolation with typical insertion loss of only 0.5dB. Lead free and ...

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Self-driving vehicles could cost an extra $10,000

April 23, 2015 8:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Will self-driving vehicles lead to increased automotive safety? Probably. Will they have run up against entrenched cultural attitudes and a fear of change? Maybe. But will they cost more? Almost certainly. Got an extra 10 grand lying around?

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EPA’s Energy Star launches "Flip Your Fridge" initiative

April 23, 2015 8:01 am | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program is announcing its new “Flip Your Fridge” initiative today, which demonstrates the benefits Americans would see by recycling older refrigerators and replacing them with Energy Star certified models. If all of the refrigerators in the ...

NERSC, Cray move forward with next-generation scientific computing

April 22, 2015 5:45 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and Cray Inc. announced today that they have finalized a new contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer that will be the first NERSC system installed in ...

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