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Comcast aims to reshape entertainment with NBC

December 3, 2009 5:00 am | by DEBORAH YAO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. announced Thursday it plans to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal for $13.75 billion, giving the nation's largest cable TV operator control of the Peacock network, an array of cable channels and a major movie studio.Although the deal could mean that movies could reach cable...

High-Tech, Armored Off-Roader Key to Afghan Surge

December 3, 2009 4:06 am | News | Comments

The new troops headed to Afghanistan are important, sure. But unless those troops can get around the country without getting blown up, this latest surge is going nowhere fast. Which is why the Pentagon is in the middle of a crash program to build and ship to Afghanistan a new generation of bomb-resistant off-road vehicle, equipped with everything from composite armor to “electronic keels”.

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Motorola invests in touch-screen software maker

December 3, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Communications product and service company Motorola Inc. said Thursday its venture capital arm has invested in Sensitive Object, a six-year old company that makes software for converting surfaces into touch-screens.Motorola did not say how much it is investing in the startup, a spinoff of the...

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MCU Families Extend Portfolio via High-Performance Connectivity

December 3, 2009 3:56 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, is building on the success of its   80 MHz 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with three new families that provide up to 128 Kbytes of RAM and extensive connectivity options, including 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, two CAN2.0b controllers, USB Host, Device and OTG, and 6 UART, 5 I2C and 4 SPI ports. 

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HIS HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

December 3, 2009 3:22 am | Videos | Comments

The HIS HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 Video Card has a core speed on this product is 725MHz and the 2GB of GDDR5 256 bit memory is 4GHz DDR. It comes with 3200 stream processing units for vertex, pixel and geometry data, 160 texture units and 64 raster operators.

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Grooving Down the Helix

December 3, 2009 2:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team of scientists has made a major step in understanding how molecules locate the genetic information in DNA that is necessary to carry out important biological processes.

Comcast to buy controlling stake in NBC Universal

December 3, 2009 2:00 am | by DEBORAH YAO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. announced Thursday it plans to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal for $13.75 billion, giving the nation's largest cable TV operator control of the Peacock network, an array of cable channels and a major movie studio.Although the deal could mean that movies could reach cable...

SmartRectifier IC Enhances Protection and Efficiency in AC-DC Supplies

December 2, 2009 9:51 pm | by International Rectifier | News | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the IR11672A SmartRectifier IC with advanced Minimum On Time protection circuitry for energy-efficient AC-DC power converters for laptops, LCD and PDP televisions, game consoles, and server and telecom Switch Mode Power Supplies.

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Movieclips.com launches with studio deals

December 2, 2009 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movieclips.com, an online movie clip-sharing service, launched in beta test mode on Wednesday touting the cooperation of five major Hollywood studios amid an industrywide slowdown in DVD sales.The founders and private backers aim to make movie clips searchable and sharable and earn referral...

MySpace Music launches in Britain

December 2, 2009 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a year after launching in the U.S., MySpace Music is crossing the pond and arriving in Britain.The major recording companies' joint venture with News Corp. unit MySpace rolls out Thursday in the social networking site's largest overseas market and its third country outside the...

Synopsys fiscal 4Q profit drops, shares fall

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

Synopsys Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit sank as revenue declined and operating expenses rose. The maker of chip testing and development software also gave first-quarter and fiscal 2010 guidance that was lower than analysts expected.Synopsys shares fell $1.87, or 8.3...

Microsoft says some Windows PCs get 'Black Screen'

December 2, 2009 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. says it's not to blame for a problem that is causing a "limited" number of Windows computers to boot up to a blank black screen.The problem is cropping up on computers running the new Windows 7 software as well as Windows XP and Vista.Microsoft says its customer service...

Hewlett Packard opens Rio Rancho center

December 2, 2009 11:01 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. opened a customer service and technical support center here Wednesday, making good on a commitment to provide 1,300 jobs that pay at least $40,000, in exchange for more than $20 million in incentives.Gov. Bill Richardson and Mark Hurd, HP president and chief executive...

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Circuit Protection Considerations for USB 3.0

December 2, 2009 10:44 am | by Kedar Bhatawadekar, Technical Marketing and Product Application Engineer, Tyco Electronics’ Raychem Circuit Protection Products, www.tycoelectronics.com | Articles | Comments

The new USB 3.0 – or “SuperSpeed USB” – protocol was developed to provide higher transfer rates, increased maximum bus power and device current draw, and new power management features, as well as new cables and connectors that are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

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Nokia willing to pay more for Nortel assets

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

Nokia Siemens has asked a U.S. bankruptcy court to reject Ciena Corp. as the winning bidder for Nortel Networks' optical networking and carrier Ethernet businesses.Nokia Siemens and its partner One Equity Partners said Tuesday they would be willing to pay US$810 million in cash for the...

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