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Ear Candles: Risk of Serious Injuries

February 20, 2010 12:20 pm | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Consumers warned not to use ear candles because they can cause serious injuries, even when used according to the manufacturer’s directions.


Robot Playing Table Tennis

February 20, 2010 8:20 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

This video shows the robot has a ways to go to become a decent ping pong opponent. But progress is being made. How soon before I can have fun competing with some robot basketball players? TOPIO can play table tennis with human beings. It has a head, two hands and six legs. It can [...]

Google finishes $125M buy of On2 Technologies

February 19, 2010 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. said Friday that it finished its $124.6 million purchase of On2 Technologies Inc. after shareholders of On2 voted to approve the deal.Google said that as per its agreement with the maker of video compression technology, outstanding On2 common shares will be converted to the right to...


iPad Energizes $4 Billion Tablet PC Semiconductor Opportunity by 2014

February 19, 2010 1:21 pm | by In-Stat | News | Comments

The debut of the iPad promises significant opportunities well beyond just Apple.

Dolan Media to get National Default Exchange stake

February 19, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dolan Media Co. said Friday that it is acquiring a 1.7 percent stake in National Default Exchange, bringing its total stake in the mortgage default processing service company to 93.8 percent.Dolan is acquiring the stake from National Default Exchange's Indianapolis-based law firm client,...

US Broadband Speeds Rose 28% in 2009

February 19, 2010 12:20 pm | by In-Stat | News | Comments

The US residential broadband speeds continue to increase, albeit at a slower rate than in 2008.

SMD white LEDs feature two binning versions

February 19, 2010 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released power surface-mount white LEDs in two binning versions. For a wider range of pin compatibility with similar devices, the VLMW321xx LEDs feature three anodes and one cathode, while the VLMW322xx LEDs offer three cathodes and one anode. The devices feature a


Industrial Displays Offer 7-inch Diagonal Screen, LED Backlighting

February 19, 2010 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is unveiling a series totalling five industrial standard 7-inch TFT LCDs in the first half of 2010. The spectrum ranges from the robust screens of the more mechanically resilient Strong2 class with extended temperature range from -30°C to 80°C to a "light" type LQ070Y3DG3A variant, with an operating temperature of -20°C to 50°C which is designed to


Computer jargon baffles users, hinders security

February 19, 2010 11:39 am | News | Comments

Computer jargon, a "tick box" culture and unimaginative advertising are discouraging Internet users from learning how to protect themselves online. Faced with such gobbledegook, many of the world's nearly 2 billion Internet users conclude that security is for "experts" and fail to take responsibility for the security of their own patch of cyberspace...

ITC to investigate Apple complaint vs Nokia

February 19, 2010 11:34 am | News | Comments

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday it has agreed to investigate Apple Inc's patent infringement complaint against Nokia Oyj, as the legal battle between the two technology heavyweights continues to play out.

The Internet will make you smarter, say experts

February 19, 2010 11:29 am | News | Comments

An online survey of 895 Web users and experts found more than three-quarters believe the Internet will make people smarter in the next 10 years, according to results released on Friday. Most of the respondents also said the Internet would improve reading and writing by 2020, according to the study...

Pa. school: Webcams used only on missing laptops

February 19, 2010 11:22 am | News | Comments

A suburban Philadelphia school district accused of spying on students at home via school-issued computers told parents it only activated the webcams to find missing laptops. The schools' technology and security departments would activate the webcam when any of the 2,300 student laptops were reported lost or stolen, Lower Merion School District Superintendent Christopher McGinley said.

A Simple Solution for Powering LED Streetlights

February 19, 2010 11:04 am | by Brian King, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

As LEDs continue to penetrate the market and replace last generation light sources, new engineering challenges arise. These challenges come in the form of thermal, optical and electrical issues. For the electrical engineer, maximizing efficiency is usually at the top of the list. However, selecting the proper LED driver topology sometimes can be dictated by the application.


High-Brightness SMT Tricolor LEDs Are Water Resistant

February 19, 2010 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced it has developed compact high-brightness water-resistant tricolor surface mount light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for use in indoor and outdoor full color signs and displays. The company’s ASMT-YTBO plastic leaded chip carrier (PLCC)-6 Blackbody and ASMT-QTCO industry standard PLCC-4 LEDs have been


HD Color Camera Features Backside Illumination, 1280 x 1024 Resolution

February 19, 2010 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Teli America launched the model CSDS60CM3 high-definition (HD) color camera for the industrial vision marketplace. Able to achieve exceptional picture quality with smearless imaging, the model CSDS60CM3 can also successfully



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