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S & P upgrades VeriFone corporate credit rating

March 11, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said Thursday it raised its corporate credit rating for VeriFone Holdings Inc. to "BB-" from "B+." Both are non-investment, or "junk," grades.S&P said the upgrade reflects an improved financial performance from the San Jose, Calif., maker of electronic payment...

Virgin Media to trial broadband over telegraph poles

March 11, 2010 8:43 am | News | Comments

British cable operator Virgin Media is testing a new technology to deliver ultrafast broadband over telegraph poles which could allow it to extend its reach to another 1 million homes. Virgin, which is looking to cement its advantage in delivering faster broadband over slower copper-based rivals, said it was launching a trial in a Berkshire village to deliver 50 Mb broadband along with its television service.

Pioneering Mass. robot lost at sea off Chile coast

March 11, 2010 8:41 am | News | Comments

A pioneering deep-sea robot made by Massachusetts researchers has been lost off the coast of Chile. Researchers abruptly lost contact with the $1.1 million robot Friday after it reached the Pacific Ocean floor, nearly 2 miles down.


Panasonic's first 3-D TV set in $2,900 package

March 11, 2010 8:38 am | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. on Wednesday revealed the price for its first 3-D TV set, confirming that $3,000 is about what it takes to be among the first to watch 3-D movies in the home. The Japanese company put its first 3-D sets on sale at an event in New York on Wednesday.


Motorola to add Microsoft's Bing to smart phones

March 11, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Inc. said Thursday that it will add Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search and map functions to its smart phones that use Google Inc.'s Android operating software.Motorola said it start by rolling out the services on smart phones in China this quarter.The company will include a Bing bookmark on...

Brainstorm: Photovoltaics

March 11, 2010 8:20 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How can we make solar panels more efficient?


Oral Bisphosphonates: Ongoing Safety Review of Atypical Subtrochanteric Femur Fractures

March 11, 2010 7:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

FDA review of available data have not shown a clear connection between bisphosphonate use and a risk of atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures.


Beckman Coulter UniCel DxC Synchron Clinical System – Ion Selective Electrode Flow Cell: Class I Recall

March 11, 2010 5:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Incorrect sodium results may be caused by build-up of protein, bacteria, and sample tube additives in the ion selective electrode flow cell.


Brainstorm: Batteries

March 11, 2010 4:34 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What is the next breakthrough in battery technology?


Pink Floyd Wins Downloads Suit

March 11, 2010 4:24 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Britain's High Court has ordered record company EMI to stop selling downloads of Pink Floyd tracks individually rather than as part of the band's original albums.

Murata Develops Thinnest in the World! Micro-Pump MZP Series for Mobile Equipment Fuel Cells

March 11, 2010 4:21 am | by Murata Manufacturing | News | Comments

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed a small-sized fluid conveyance device “Micro-pump MZP Series”. We integrated our piezoelectric element technology, mechanical design technology and fluid simulation technologies to achieve an ultra-thin type product.

Design Tips Save MCU Power

March 11, 2010 4:11 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Microcontrollers offer engineers a variety of power-saving techniques. But using them effectively requires careful attention to tradeoffs in software and hardware at the start of a project. "Engineers must partition their application so they have a rough idea how long their microcontroller will stay in a sleep mode or in an active mode," said Mike Salas...


Get Rolling with Efficient Motor-Control Designs

March 11, 2010 3:58 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

To find out more about the state of motor-control design in embedded systems, I recently talked with three engineers at Texas Instruments who work with motor-related hardware and software. "Motor control looks simple to start but it covers many disciplines so it's almost impossible to have one designer do everything," noted Miroslav Oljaca...


A Physiological Sensing Interface

March 11, 2010 3:53 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demo from this year's TechFest of a Physiological Sensing Interface.


What Do You Think of the Redesigned EERE Home Page?

March 11, 2010 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Andrea pointed you to the redesigned EERE home page. While this blog usually focuses on resources from and other sites that are specifically for consumers, we know that many readers are interested in broader energy efficiency and renewable energy information....



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