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'Digi-novel' combines book, movie and website

September 2, 2009 6:14 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Is it a book? Is it a movie? Is it a website? Actually it's all three. Anthony Zuiker, creator of the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" U.S. television series, is releasing what he calls a "digi-novel" combining all three media -- and giving a jolt to traditional book publishing.


Digitizer Targets Defense Applications

September 2, 2009 6:03 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

With more than 2 GHz analog bandwidth, the SVM3500 quad-channel 12-bit digitizer from Agilent is intended for applications in radar, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Synthetic Instrumentation (SI). The VME/VXS module allows channel interleaving to provide sampling up to 2 GS/s. Other features include: total harmonic distortion (THD) of 80 dBc at 500 MS/

Are Cell Towers Bad for Bees?

September 2, 2009 6:00 am | Blogs | Comments

As in the case of the house sparrows, mobile towers are posing a serious threat to honey bees, hitting apiculture, which is a source of additional income to rural folk across Kerala, says a study.


Connectors Feature Contact Pitches up to 2.54 mm

September 2, 2009 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two series of board-to-board and board-to-FPC connectors from Hirose Electric features contact pitches ranging from 0.4 mm to 2.54 mm. The DF series features mated height from 0.9 mm to 8.0 mm and contact positions from 9 to 100. The FX series includes mated heights from 2 mm to 16 mm

Development Tools Enable Designs Using a Single Microcontroller

September 1, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With the Graphics Display Designer software tool and the Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board With 3.2” Display Kit (both from Microchip), designers can integrate graphics display functions into embedded applications using a single microcontroller. The software tool has 16-bit color depth; configurable display size; and object re-sizing

Incandescent Bulbs Hoarded Ahead of EU Ban

September 1, 2009 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Germans, who sometimes see themselves as guardians of the environment, are hoarding energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs ahead of a looming European Union-wide ban, the GfK market research agency said.

High-temp Accelerometers Suit Downhole Mapping Apps

September 1, 2009 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Research Lab’s Model SA-120RHT was designed as a measurement while drilling (MWD) sensor for use in downhole well service applications. This force balance accelerometer is capable of operating at temperatures of up to 200°C under extreme shock and vibration conditions.

Thermal Label Printer Works in Wide Range of Environments

September 1, 2009 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts’ EZCODE EZL500 Thermal Label Printer can work in more environments than any other thermal label printer on the market, according to the company. It features a large LCD screen, and the backlit display enables use in low-light environments. An integral


Power Rocker Switch Offers Full Illumination Options

September 1, 2009 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch-Lamb Industries’ RRA Series round power rocker switch has a PVC cap for water protection and full illumination options. It has high power ratings with UL approvals. Specifications include an electrical life of 10,000 cycles, contact rating up to


Motion Control Device Adds Pizzazz to Web Surfing

September 1, 2009 7:13 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Back at CES ’09, I had the chance to preview Hillcrest Labs’ MEMs Accelerometer-based motion-control technology. They’ve since marketed it as a consumer device, the Loop Pointer. Essentially an air mouse on steroids, the Loop Pointer is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen in a while. The Loop Pointer is a disc-shaped device applicable in a broad range of media items.


September 1, 2009 6:59 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting power supply, lighting, display, and industrial applications, SupreMOS 600-V Super-Junction MOSFETs from Fairchild have a a 40 percent lower Figure of Merit (FOM) compared to previous devices.

Astronauts Gear up for first Spacewalk of Mission

September 1, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

It's moving and spacewalking day in orbit. On Tuesday afternoon, some of the 13 astronauts at the linked shuttle and station will begin unloading tons of equipment and experiments that were delivered by Discovery. The gear is inside a huge closetlike chamber that was attached to the space station Monday.

Microsoft Gives Windows Mobile a new Look for fall

September 1, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is giving its operating system for "smart phones" a new look in time for the holiday shopping season. The world's largest software maker said Tuesday that phones running the next version of Windows Mobile will hit store shelves worldwide on Oct. 6. Windows Mobile 6.5, as the new system is called, has an updated look that brings Microsoft's offering more in line with competitors


Apple to host media event September 9

September 1, 2009 5:18 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc said on Monday that it would host a media event next week, when the company is widely expected to unveil an updated line of iPod media players. Apple declined to say what products would be featured at the September 9 event, which was announced in an invitation emailed to members of the media.


4-Position Connector Intended for Rugged Applications

September 1, 2009 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

A 4-Position SPEC Pak (Sealed Power for Environmental Connections) from Anderson Power Products is intended for rugged or water proof high power, signal and ground interconnect solutions such as: mass transportation, off-road vehicles, factory automation, oil and petro-chemical exploration


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