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The Digital Set Top Box Market: Global Demand Remains High

December 10, 2009 8:05 pm | by In-Stat Research | News | Comments

Worldwide digital set top box unit shipments are on track to reach 191 million in 2009, a total that highlights the importance of the set top box in today's consumer electronics industry.

Surgery on beating heart thanks to robotic helping hand

December 10, 2009 8:05 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(SAGE Publications UK) If you've been waiting for the day to arrive when computers actually start performing surgery, that moment might soon be upon us. A French team has developed a computerized 3-D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart, according to a...

Alanna Schepartz To Deliver First Chemical Biology Lecture

December 10, 2009 7:58 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Alanna Schepartz, the Milton Harris '29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, has been chosen to present the inaugural Chemical Biology Lectureship by the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Man agrees to plead guilty in ESPN reporter case

December 10, 2009 6:00 pm | by GREG RISLING - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois insurance executive agreed to plead guilty to interstate stalking after secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, according to court documents filed Thursday and first obtained by The Associated Press.Michael Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., will plead guilty in U.S....

Alaska official says oil future stable

December 10, 2009 4:00 pm | by RACHEL D'ORO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Prices for Alaska's main money source — oil — have stabilized following a volatile year, and a state official on Thursday predicted a smaller drop in revenues than expected."What a difference a year makes," said Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin, who released the 110-page revenue forecast.Galvin...

For Judges on Facebook, Friendship Has Limits

December 10, 2009 3:57 pm | by New York Times | News | Comments

A Florida ethics panel rules that to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, judges and lawyers can’t “friend” one another.


November US video game retail sales slide

December 10, 2009 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A market researcher says Americans spent 8 percent less on video games in November than in the same month last year.Retail sales of video game systems, software and accessories totaled $2.7 billion during the month, the NPD Group said Thursday.Hardware sales fell 13 percent to $1.05...

Today is the DAY!!!

December 10, 2009 2:56 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

After the long anticipated wait, I am glad to announce the new site is ready and will be up this afternoon along with A NEW VIDEO!!!it's still going to be Once on the new page, you will see a new subscription button to subscribe to the videos as they come each week....


Cassini unveils history of Saturn's moon Iapetus

December 10, 2009 2:54 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Images taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, orbiting Saturn since 2004, offer the most compelling evidence to date of why and how the moon Iapetus got its yin-yang appearance.

Spring-Loaded Connectors Available as Discrete Contacts

December 10, 2009 2:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max has developed several SMT Spring-Loaded Connectors (SLCs). All are offered as discrete contacts and many are available in tape and reel packaging. The part family 0910-0 and 0910-1 through -4 are specifically designed for production tape and reel assembly. Part 0967 is a 


Wedge Base LED Lights Enable Design Versatility

December 10, 2009 2:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

JKL Components’ LE-0903 Series of flat top wedge-base LED lights features a low 20 mm profile for use in switches. It is available in neutral white with either 12 V or 24 V AC/DC voltage, allowing for design versatility. The LE-0903 is said to improve existing applications using traditional lamps by providing 


Single-Chip Wireless MCUs Address IEEE 802.15.4

December 10, 2009 2:32 pm | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel announced a family of AVR wireless microcontroller (MCU) devices targeting wireless applications such as ZigBee and IPv6/6LoWPAN. The ATmega128RFA1 is IEEE 802.15.4 compliant and combines Atmel’s picoPower AVR MCU and a 2.4 GHz RF transceiver. The company’s picoPower technology offers


Waveform Digitizer Uses PCIe Bus to Enable Biomedical Imaging Apps

December 10, 2009 2:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AlazarTech announced the release of ATS9350, a 12-bit, 500 MS/s, dual channel waveform digitizer based on the eight-lane PCI Express bus. The RoHS compliant instrument features a dual-port on-board acquisition memory buffer, which enables very fast, sustained data throughput to computer memory. 


Infrared Thermometer Touts Circle-Dot Laser Sighting, Wireless USB

December 10, 2009 2:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering’s handheld OS-DT8855W infrared thermometer features a laser circle/dot sight. The patented laser sighting system defines the target for point and shoot measurement of temperatures from -50 to 1370°C (-58 to 2498°F) and reads surface temperature in less than


Microsoft may speed up to $150M in Yahoo payments

December 10, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. may accelerate up to $150 million in reimbursements due Yahoo Inc. if their proposed Internet search partnership is approved by regulators.The new timetable disclosed Thursday was among the minor changes that Microsoft and Yahoo made to an agreement reached in July. The...


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