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Smoke on the water — and in the microphone?

September 24, 2009 6:43 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

What do you get if you combine a smoke machine, some tubing, a laser pointer, a fan and a piece of toilet paper? Answer: a microphone unlike any other. Inventor David Schwartz says the device, still a prototype, could be a big leap for microphones because it picks up sound almost out of thin air. It doesn't need a

Feds weigh cell phone ban for bus, truck drivers

September 24, 2009 6:32 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Safety investigators told federal regulators three years ago that it was dangerous for bus drivers to talk on cell phones while driving and recommended a ban. The National Transportation Safety Board put that recommendation on its list of most important safety measures. Industry and safety groups had no objections.

It's not lunacy: probes find Water in Moon Dirt

September 24, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

The moon isn't the dry dull place it seems. Traces of water lurk in the dirt unseen. Three different space probes found the chemical signature of water all over the moon's surface, surprising the scientists who at first doubted the unexpected measurement until it was confirmed independently and repeatedly.

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Microsoft Launches embeddedSPARK 2010 Challenge

September 24, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

During an industry address yesterday at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston, Microsoft Corp. launched the , a new competition designed to foster creativity and innovation among the embedded hobbyist and academic communities globally. Based on the successful Sparks will Fly competition, the embeddedSPARK 2010 Challenge encourages contestants to demonstrate innovative thinking within the theme of “Fun and Games.”

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Life mag goes online through Google scan project

September 24, 2009 6:08 am | News | Comments

Decades of Life magazine have been scanned and posted online, giving the public the first comprehensive electronic access to the iconic publication's archives. Life already has made images available through the Life.com Web site and a partnership with Google Inc. The latest effort, also with Google, makes stories available as well, all searchable and viewable for free in their original magazine layout.

Can Mobile Banking Reach its Potential?

September 24, 2009 5:14 am | by Alex Kwiatkowski | News | Comments

The use of mobile technology has been heralded as a potential revolution in the retail banking sector, enabling bank customers to manage their financial affairs regardless of their location. Is mobile banking an over-hyped gimmick, or is it in fact a credible 21st century banking channel?

Low Noise Sensors Provide Measurements in Micro-G Range

September 23, 2009 1:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Models SA-107LN, SA-207LN, and SA-307LN servo accelerometers from Columbia Research Labs are high sensitivity, ultra low noise sensors designed for use in seismic, and low level, low frequency motion studies. The SA-107LN is a single axis unit, and the SA-207LN, and SA-307LN are two and three axis units. On all units,

Ceramic Duplexer Serves 1900 MHz Wireless Base Stations

September 23, 2009 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Anatech Electronics today introduced the Model AM1880-1960D268, a surface-mount monoblock ceramic duplexer that is designed for use in base station transceivers serving wireless communication applications operating in the 1850 to 1960 MHz band. The transmit-to-receive response includes

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Slotless Brushless Motors Offer Peak Torque to 6,400 oz-in.

September 23, 2009 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Koford Engineering has introduced a line of 5.07" (129 mm) slotless brushless high performance motors with peak torque up to 6,400 oz-in and continuous stall torque of 567 oz-in with heat sink. Slotless design results in negligible torque ripple when used with sine drives. A linear speed torque relationship without saturation improves

Industry's Smallest VGA Port Protector Integrates Multiple Functions

September 23, 2009 12:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating level shifting, buffering, and ESD protection, the MAX4895E, from Maxim, is purportedly the industry's smallest VGA port protector IC. HSYNC/VSYNC level-shifting buffers ensure full compatibility with VESA VSIS specifications. All video outputs are characterized for ±15kV (Human Body Model)

Oil hovers above $71 amid weak demand, US dollar

September 23, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

Oil prices hovered above $71 a barrel Wednesday as signs of weak crude demand were offset by the effects of a slumping U.S. dollar. By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was down 44 cents at $71.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added $1.83 a barrel to settle at $71.76 on Tuesday.

Microsoft developing new tablet PC: report

September 23, 2009 5:38 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp is developing a small tablet-style PC to rival a similar product that may be launched by Apple Inc, technology blog Gizmodo reported on Tuesday. The booklet-shaped device,

South Korea approves sale of Apple's iPhone

September 23, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

South Korea's telecommunications regulator said Wednesday that Apple Inc. can sell its hit iPhone in the country - potentially shaking up a cell phone market controlled by domestic manufacturers. The development comes a month after Apple cleared the way to enter China's massive cell phone market as well.

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New deal sought in dispute over Google book plan

September 23, 2009 5:26 am | News | Comments

A $125 million settlement of a lawsuit that would give Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books will be renegotiated in light of the U.S. Department of Justice's contention that the deal probably violates antitrust law, lawyers involved in the case said Tuesday.

Obama wants worldwide end of fossil fuel subsidies

September 23, 2009 4:47 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is calling on the world to end massive government subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming. The president, who is set to host the G-20 economic summit opening Thursday in Pittsburgh, will propose a gradual elimination, with the time frame to be determined, according to White House officials.

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