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MySpace Scoops up Popular Facebook app iLike

August 20, 2009 6:12 am | News | Comments

Social networking hub MySpace said Wednesday it is acquiring iLike, a popular music application on rival Facebook, in the first move by new management to expand after a series of drastic cuts and writedowns. The $20 million agreement to purchase iLike confirmed rumors that had circulated this week. ILike, which has 55 million users, will remain headquartered in Seattle

Administration Plans to Wind Down Clunkers Program

August 20, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is developing plans to wind down the popular Cash for Clunkers program and could announce by Friday when the incentives will no longer be available. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday the department would announce within 48 hours how it intends to discontinue the program that offers car buyers rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 for trading in older vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient models.

Company Introduces World’s First Video Print Ads

August 20, 2009 5:55 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Advertisers are always thinking up new and inventive ways to deliver their message. The smart ones stay ahead of the curve. A great example is the abundance of illegal movie/ TV show torrents floating around the internet. Smart networks countered this trend by offering their programming for free on their respective websites, and inserting ads at pre-defined “commercial breaks.”


Internal Pulse Generator Simplifies EMC and Test Procedures

August 19, 2009 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 2023A Series signal generator from Aeroflex includes an internal pulse generator to purportedly simplify EMC and radar test set-up and procedures. The pulse generator option, with a minimum pulse width of 50 ns and maximum PRF of 10 MHz, works with both pulse modulators available for the 2023A Series signal generators

Power System Offers up to 1500 W

August 19, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Consisting of a 1 U / 19” rack-mount / 3-bay power shelf, the ATCA Power System from Digital Power offers 800 W to 1500 W of power. The system features 12 V/ 24 V/ 48 V outputs and an optional I2C / IPMI digital interface. Other features include: a universal AC input (85 to 264VAC) with active power factor correction

DC/DC Converters Include Synchronized Operation

August 19, 2009 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The APS100DMA series of 100 W Half Brick DC/DC Converters from Advanced Power Solutions (APS) includes Synchronized Operation to ensure all units on the same board operate at the same switching frequency. The converter operates at a fixed 230 KHz frequency, a 36 VDC to 78 VDC Input Range, -40°C to 85°C operating Temperature Range, and a typical efficiency of 84 percent.

Non-Reflective SP4T Module Provides High Isolation

August 19, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite’s HMC-C071 general purpose, broadband, non-reflective is rated for operation from DC to 20 GHz. This broadband operation combined with high isolation of >32 dB up to 20 GHz, and low insertion loss of 3.5 dB up to 20 GHz, makes

Land Warrior System Aims to Reduce Collateral Damage

August 19, 2009 7:47 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

War just ain’t what it used to be. Today’s threat comes not from rival nation-states, but from stateless entities. This has fundamentally changed the nature of warfare, as the concept of “total war” has become irrelevant. If “collateral damage” is lawful, “so long as it is not excessive in light of the overall military advantage anticipated from the attack,” then urban combat necessitates a change in tactics


Sluggish PC, ink sales hurt HP

August 19, 2009 6:58 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s 19 percent drop in quarterly profit shows that the company still relies heavily on printer ink and the troubled personal computer market, despite the aggressive transformation it's undertaking to branch out and encroach more on rival IBM Corp.'s turf


Microsoft's Bing wins share from Google, Yahoo

August 19, 2009 6:42 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine continued to make small gains on rivals Google Inc and Yahoo Inc in the U.S. Internet search market in July, according to the latest data from research firm ComScore.

NASA Discovers Life's Building Blocks in Comet

August 19, 2009 6:28 am | News | Comments

NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. "Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet," said Dr. Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Our discovery supports the theory that some of life's ingredients formed in space and were delivered to Earth long ago by meteorite and comet impacts."

German Government: 1 Million Electric Cars by 2020

August 19, 2009 6:23 am | News | Comments

Germany launched a campaign Wednesday to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020, making battery research a priority as it tries to position the country as a market leader. The program, which draws on euro500 million ($705 million) set aside in an economic stimulus package earlier this year but leaves many financing details up to the next government, drew criticism for being too vague.


New Problems Add Delay to Boeing 787 Rollout

August 19, 2009 5:51 am | by DANIEL LOVERING | News | Comments

Boeing Co. has discovered another problem with its long-delayed 787 jetliner, prompting the aircraft maker to halt production of fuselage sections at a factory in Italy. The Chicago-based company found microscopic wrinkles in the skin of the 787's fuselage and ordered Italian supplier Alenia Aeronautica to stop making sections on June 23, spokeswoman Lori Gunter said Friday. Boeing has started patching the areas.


SKorea Aborts Rocket Launch

August 19, 2009 5:05 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Foster Klug, and Susan Montoya | News | Comments

South Korea on Wednesday aborted its first domestic launch of a rocket just minutes before scheduled liftoff because of a technical problem, delaying space ambitions that have threatened to anger rival North Korea. The rocket was to have shot into space about four months after North Korea was widely criticized for firing its own rocket in defiance of United Nations sanctions. The North said it would keep a close eye on the international response to Seoul's rocket launch.


Ethernet Switches Stake Claim as Industry's Smallest for Home Applications

August 18, 2009 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LAN9303 and LAN9303M (from SMSC) are purportedly the industry’s smallest fully-integrated, 3-port 10/100 managed Ethernet switches for home networking applications. The switches include support for single/dual MII/RMII/Turbo MII (Media Independent, Reduced Media Independent and Turbo Media Independent Interfaces).


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