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Study: distracted driving laws don't stop crashes

January 29, 2010 8:33 am | Blogs | Comments

A new study from the insurance industry finds that state laws banning wireless calling or texting while driving have not resulted in fewer vehicle crashes. The study, conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute and released Friday, examined insurance claims from crashes before and after such bans took effect in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.


“Smartgun” locks out unauthorized users

January 29, 2010 8:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

A gun owner’s worst nightmare is his own weapon being turned against him. The Armatix “Smartgun” concept presents a novel solution—fingerprint identification, combined with biometric authentication (paired with a wristwatch) makes the weapon useless in the wrong hands.


Lorex Technology books Q4 net income of US$440,000, reverses year-ago loss

January 29, 2010 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video surveillance company Lorex Technology Inc. (TSXV:LOX.H) posts fourth-quarter net income of US$440,000 or a penny a share, reversing a loss of $431,000 or two cents a share in the comparable year-ago period. Revenues increased to $11.8 million from $11.1 million.


Biomedical engineering imaging talk set for Monday

January 29, 2010 6:53 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Nilanthi Warnasooriya, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will give a talk Monday (Feb. 1) at 4:10 p.m. in Room 104 of the Jack E. Brown Engineering Building on campus. Warnasooriya’s talk,...


Bewick’s Swan Divorce

January 29, 2010 6:52 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Experts stunned by swan ‘divorce’ at Slimbridge wetland It is only the second time in more than 40 years that a “separation” has been recorded at the centre. Staff have described the new couplings as “bizarre”. It is not unheard of for the birds, which...

Than Thara Wara Nona

January 29, 2010 6:52 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I recently received an email comment about my blog writing that I think does a very good job of illustrating one of the frustrations that many design engineers face. "Please have someone teach Duane the difference between "then" and "than"....

Ceramic Bandpass Duplexer Serves Wireless Apps

January 29, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anatech Electronics introduced the AM1880-1960D268 surface-mount monoblock ceramic duplexer. It is suitable for use in base station transceivers serving wireless communication applications. The duplexer’s center frequency is 


DIN Rail Power Supplies Offer Outputs from 1.25 A to 40 ADC

January 29, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wieland’s new family of UL Listed and CSA Certified (cULus), switching power supplies provides a control voltage of 24 VDC, at an output current from 1.25 A to 40 A. The nine models include six single-phase and three three-phase devices, approved worldwide for a temperature range from -25°C to +71°C. All models feature 


Resistor Networks Are Configured in Isolated and Bussed Circuits

January 29, 2010 6:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics BI Technologies has developed two SON (aka QFN or DFN) eight-pad packaged sample kits. Designated SFN08AKIT and SFN08BKIT, the sample kits include four or seven ultra-stable thin film resistors configured in isolated and bussed circuits, respectively. Each sample kit contains 


PA & E Announces New Non-magnetic Micro-D Connectors

January 29, 2010 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers designing electronic components for use in applications where non-magnetic characteristics are required now have a new connector option following PA&E’s announcement of its new non-magnetic Micro-D connector line.


Gates makes $10 billion vaccines pledge

January 29, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said Friday. Calling upon governments and business to also contribute, they said the money will produce higher immunization rates...

Apple backs VoIP calls over 3G networks for iPhone

January 29, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is allowing iPhone owners to use Internet calling services over cellular networks. Several companies offering Voice over Internet Protocol - or VoIP - services said this week that Apple now allows their applications to work on the iPhone.


Truetouch Tablet Demo

January 29, 2010 4:14 am | Videos | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor demonstrates tablet-sized capacitive touchscreen with true multi-touch all-point capability.


Appeals court revives Pa. couple's Google lawsuit

January 29, 2010 4:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has revived part of a Pittsburgh-area couple's lawsuit against Internet search engine Google Inc.But the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling says Aaron and Christine Boring will have to prove the pictures of their home on Google's "Street View" actually hurt them to...

NEC Electronics Introduces Super-Resolution ASSP with LVDS Interface

January 29, 2010 3:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

NEC Electronics (TSE:6723) today announced its new super-resolution application-specific standard product (ASSP), the uPD9281GC. The ASSP addresses the dramatic divergence between yesterday’s image resolution and the high resolution of today’s audio-visual (AV) display systems...



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