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Suitcase-sized capability keeps coalition network running during retrograde

April 2, 2014 9:16 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan and take most of their communications infrastructure with them, a new capability the size of a suitcase will enable Soldiers to connect to the coalition network from anywhere on the planet.

Stratasys buying Solid Concepts, Harvest Tech

April 2, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys is buying additive manufacturing services providers Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies. Solid Concepts Inc. is the biggest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a partner to RedEye, Stratasys' existing digital manufacturing service business. The...

Why can’t automakers seem to learn?

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this day remains one of the biggest industrial blunders in recent history....

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How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

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How cool is waste heat?

April 2, 2014 7:17 am | by European Institute of Innovation and Technology | News | Comments

What if you could use waste or ecologically produced heat to power highly efficient cooling systems? In September 2013 one of the first KIC InnoEnergy innovation projects, Storage, launched SolabCool, a new business venture that brings to the market exactly that....

Pay with your fingerprint

April 2, 2014 2:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone that can use a fingerprint to authorize payments in stores and online. Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple’s iTunes store....

Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...

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Development kit streamlines application-specific design process using mini low power MCUs

April 2, 2014 2:04 am | Rohm Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

LAPIS Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a ROHM Group Company, (Santa Clara, CA) introduced its LaPi Development Kit for its latest series of Mini Low Power Microcontroller products. The LAPIS Semiconductor LaPi Development Kit helps accelerate the

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EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...

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8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

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OkCupid not OK with Mozilla Firefox, urges boycott over LGBT stance

April 1, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Maybe you checked your OkCupid account in the last day or so, but you didn't see your regularly scheduled display of hotties, visitors and quickmatches. Instead you saw the stern warning pictured above, making you wonder if your OkCupid had...

Insulation resistance tester rated at 15 kV

April 1, 2014 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, Pa) now offers a versatile insulation resistance tester (IRT) rated at 15 kV. The MIT1525 measures motors and generators above 34,500 V and equipment rated above 35 kV. Ideal for applications that use cables, transformers, motors/generators, circuit breakers, and bushings....

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Three-wire, true zero-speed sensor IC incorporates dual Hall-effect elements

April 1, 2014 4:24 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new optimized Hall-effect sensing IC that provides a user-friendly solution for digital ring-magnet sensing or when coupled with a magnet, ferromagnetic target sensing, in three-wire applications....

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UN court blocks Japan's whale research program but creatures still far from safe

April 1, 2014 4:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Environmental activists like the Sea Shepherds applauded Monday's decision by the International Court of Justice to block Japan's whaling program in the Antarctic under the guise of scientific study. The court concluded what observers have known for years: The number...

China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

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