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Speeding Things Along

February 9, 2010 3:59 am | by M Simon | Blogs | Comments

IBM has announced a really fast power transistor. Of course power is a relative thing. At the frequencies involved power is a relative thing. I'd say they would be doing good if they could get between 1 and 10 watts out of the device.


Energy-Storing Soccer Ball Scores Big in Off-Grid Villages

February 9, 2010 3:37 am | by Jeff Salton | News | Comments

What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...


State aid: Commission approves Swedish State guarantee for Saab

February 8, 2010 11:55 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, plans notified by Sweden to provide a guarantee that would enable Saab Automobile AB to access a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Commission found that 82.8% of the guarantee to be provided by Sweden was in...


Nuance Communications narrows 1Q loss

February 8, 2010 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. said Monday it narrowed its loss in the fiscal first quarter as revenue in the company's two largest divisions, health care and dictation, and mobile and enterprise, increased.For the three months that ended Dec. 31, Nuance said it...

Harman posts fiscal 2Q profit, revenue up 24 pct.

February 8, 2010 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harman International Industries Inc., which makes speakers, headphones and audio equipment, on Monday said it moved to a profit in its fiscal second quarter, compared with a year-ago period when it recorded steep one-time charges.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Harman earned $16.1 million,...

Colorado considers new tactic to tax online sales

February 8, 2010 2:01 pm | by COLLEEN SLEVIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado lawmakers are considering a new tactic to go after tax revenue from online sales. They want out-of-state online retailers to either start collecting the tax or send annual notices to their customers telling them to pay the tax themselves.The proposal, which was set to be debated Monday...

Parts Too Close For Comfort

February 8, 2010 1:54 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Another tale from the sometimes kind of kooky world of prototypes. I think what happened here is that the board was originally laid out for caps with a smaller voltage rating (or even a smaller capacitance value). We're seeing things...


Energy Pyramids: Useful Concepts, Not More Pyramid Schemes

February 8, 2010 12:54 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

At a December holiday party, the host handed me a newspaper clipping and asked me what I thought of the energy pyramid mentioned in the article. I hadn't read the article, so I told him I would read it and get back to him. Of course, when I found time to look into it, I didn't have the...


Cubic Corp. says profit fell in fiscal 1Q

February 8, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cubic Corp., whose electronics are used in defense systems and for collecting fares on mass transit, said Monday that sales increased slightly but costs rose faster and profit fell in the fiscal first quarter.The company said its operating income fell $2 million because of a contract dispute....

Electronic Arts posts smaller loss, outlook poor

February 8, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic Arts Inc. is showing a smaller net loss in its last quarter even though its video game sales declined.On an adjusted basis, the publisher of games like "Madden" earned a profit slightly above analysts' muted expectations. But the company's profit and revenue forecasts were below...

SRA International fiscal 2Q profit jumps

February 8, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consultant SRA International Inc. said Monday its fiscal 2010 second-quarter profit nearly doubled on organic growth, while the company signed new contracts with government agencies.The company helps pharmaceutical companies manage clinical trials and deal with government regulators.Net income...

Security chip that does encryption in PCs hacked

February 8, 2010 11:30 am | News | Comments

Deep inside millions of computers is a digital Fort Knox, a special chip with the locks to highly guarded secrets, including classified government reports and confidential business plans. Now a former U.S. Army computer-security specialist has devised a way to break those locks.


Neurocrine names CEO of Receptos to its board

February 8, 2010 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. said Monday it named the chairman and CEO of Receptos Inc. to its board.William H. Rastetter joined the Neurocrine board immediately, the company said.Rastetter is also chairman of Illumina Inc. and was executive chairman of Biogen Idec Inc. from 2003 to 2005. He had...

NetEase suspends new user registration for hit game

February 8, 2010 9:58 am | News | Comments

China's third-largest online game operator said it has suspended new user registration for World of Warcraft (WoW) in China and will reapply for a license to operate the expansion pack of Activision Blizzard's hit game. New user registrations would be halted for a week from Monday in the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday, the company said in a statement posted on its WoW China website, on Sunday.



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