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New Low-Power Heart Sensor Produced

February 9, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

At today’s International Solid State Circuit Conference, imec and Holst Centre report an analog-signal processor ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) – in short ASP - that reduces the overall power consumption of an ambulatory heart activity signal monitoring systems by more than 5 times. This is a major step towards autonomous wireless sensor systems powered, which constantly monitor the patient’s health for diagnosis or chronic illness.

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RECOM offers new miniature converter

February 9, 2010 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new miniature SMD-Converters RSx/R2x from RECOM offer 1 resp. 2 Watts power rating, are RoHS6/6 compliant and therefore absolutely lead-free. They can operate at ambient temperatures up to +100°C with convection cooling and without derating, are EN60601 and UL60950 certified and pin compatible with industry standard converters. Their unusual “Enclosed Open Frame” Design has been laid out for fully automatic manufacturing processes. Temperatures of +245°C, as are usual during vapor soldering, and are handled without problems.

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ADP names Symantec CEO to its board

February 9, 2010 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automatic Data Processing Inc., the world's biggest payroll processor, has named Symantec Corp. CEO Enrique Salem to its board.Salem, 44, will become the 12th director on its board. Symantec is a computer security company known for its Norton antivirus software.Shares of ADP, based in Roseland,...

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Spain's Telefonica may charge search engines

February 9, 2010 8:35 am | News | Comments

Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica says it is considering charging Internet search companies like Google and Yahoo for network use. Speaking Monday at a press conference in the northern city of Bilbao, President Cesar Alierta said companies like Google use a lot of network bandwidth for free, something which was lucky for them but not for Telefonica.

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Scientists find gene variant link to aging cells

February 9, 2010 8:32 am | News | Comments

Scientists have found specific genetic variants which may explain why some people age earlier than others and say their findings have important implications for understanding cancer and age-related diseases. Dutch and British researchers analyzed more than 500,000 genetic variations from human gene maps and found that people with particular variants near a gene called TERC were likely to be biologically older by 3 to 4 years.

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Internet prompts the publishing itch in over-60s

February 9, 2010 8:26 am | News | Comments

The Internet is helping older British readers rekindle a love of books and writing, and an overwhelming majority of senior citizens see the medium as a positive development, according to a survey. Some 31 percent of people over 60 are keen to go online to publish short stories and join book clubs, the survey by charity Booktrust in Britain found.

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Electronic Arts shares dive on weak outlook

February 9, 2010 8:18 am | News | Comments

A disappointing outlook from Electronic Arts Inc. sent shares of the video game publisher sharply lower Monday, a sign that significant cost-cuts and layoffs have not ended the company's slump. The company, whose games include the popular "Madden" series and "Mass Effect 2," said Monday it narrowed its net loss in the last quarter even as game sales declined. It blamed the revenue falloff on having fewer titles than it did in the 2008 holiday period. EA also cited weak sales in Europe, which accounts for about a third of its revenue.

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Zebra posts 4Q profit of $17.6 million

February 9, 2010 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies Corp. made a profit in the fourth quarter, free of the one-time expenses that left it with a loss a year ago.The company, which makes bar code and plastic card printers, also offered a first-quarter forecast above Wall Street expectations.Its shares rose 7 cents to $27.41 in...

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General Dynamics receives $253M Army contract

February 9, 2010 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. said Tuesday it received a $253 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide logistics support for the Stryker family of combat vehicles.The contract will fund spare parts, maintenance of a spare-parts warehouse, repair-parts distribution and...

Iran's resistance keeps up cat-and-mouse Web game

February 9, 2010 7:26 am | News | Comments

With their paths through the Internet increasingly blocked by government filters, Nooshin and her fellow Iranian opposition-supporters say their information on planned protests now comes in emails. They say they don't know who sends them.

Google warns Chinese knock-off to stop using logo

February 9, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

Google Inc has sent a cease and desist letter to the operators of a Chinese search website whose logo bears a close resemblance to its own. Goojje's home page is adorned with a Google-styled logo and the familiar paw print logo of China's top home-grown search engine, Baidu Inc.

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MySpace Music experiments with audio ads

February 9, 2010 7:06 am | News | Comments

Hoping to boost revenue, MySpace Music has begun experimenting with audio advertisements that users must hear if they want to listen to music for free online. The 30-second ads began appearing last week when users listen to songs on artist profiles, album pages, playlists and pop-out players. They expand on a trial that began in December.

Google reduces fee to break Nexus One contract

February 9, 2010 7:02 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. is shaving $200 off the fee that it charges customers of its new Nexus One phone to break a service contract with T-Mobile, as federal regulators continue to probe such fees and the rationale for them. Google's "equipment recovery fee" applies to customers who break their two-year T-Mobile contract after a 14-day trial period and before 120 days.

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The role of wideband transceiver technology in enabling LTE

February 9, 2010 6:37 am | by Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO, Lime Microsystems | Articles | Comments

Long term evolution (LTE) is firmly on course to be the dominant wireless communications standard in the next decade. There is overwhelming operator commitment to adopting the LTE standard and capitalising on the unquestionable benefits it will bring to their subscribers, even more so than was demonstrated for its 3G predecessors.

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Tinker's Toolbox - Design Tools Discussion

February 9, 2010 6:30 am | Podcasts | Comments

Moderated by Editorial Director Alix Paultre, participants in this conversation included Richard Levin from National Semiconductor, Richard McDonell from National Instruments, and Thierry Goossens and Bob Marshall from FCI.

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