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Amazon.com CEO Apologizes for Orwell Incident

July 24, 2009 5:18 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos has apologized to Kindle customers for deleting pirated copies of George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" from their e-reader devices. Kindle users were surprised last week to find that Orwell works they had purchased were removed from their readers and their money refunded. Amazon said last Friday the books had been added to its catalog using the company's self-service platform by a third party who did not have the rights to the books.

Soft PC Sales Send Microsoft Profit Down 29 Percent

July 24, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

There isn't much Microsoft Corp. can do to avoid what is shaping up to be a tough rest of 2009. The same grim conditions that plagued the world's largest software maker in the first six months of the calendar year - weak computer sales, frozen corporate technology budgets - may not get worse from here, but they are not going to dissipate any time soon.

Encoder Doesn't Interfere With Electromagnetic Fields

July 23, 2009 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Owing to its passive optical design and non-metallic construction, the MR318 fiber optic rotary encoder from Micronor is designed for use as feedback in motion control systems operating in electromagnetic fields. The encoder doesn't interfere with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)

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Energy System Integrates Battery Management

July 23, 2009 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The CIRS Series Energy System from DongAh Elecomm features Integrated Battery Management. It also includes Breaker and Distribution panels. The system operates with a 220 VAC Input Range and provides an output of -54 V @ 300 A. The power shelf is designed with two independent AC Inputs and two DC output connections for true 3+3 redundant operation

MCUs Include Mid-range 8-bit Core

July 23, 2009 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PIC16F193X family of microcontrollers (MCUs) from Microchip is the company's first to feature their Mid-range 8-bit core. The “LF” family members feature Microchip’s nanoWatt XLP technology. The family also offers a direct LCD drive and support for mTouch capacitive touch-sensing solutions. Other features include

Nickel-Zinc: Recharging Battery Performance and OEM Design Opportunities

July 23, 2009 10:02 am | by Joseph Carcone, Vice President, Business Development, PowerGenix | Articles | Comments

Technology is driven by many factors, and the reinvention of existing technology products to new higher levels of performance requires innovations in materials and science. Critical components in the design of portable electronics, batteries, in the eyes of many, have not kept pace with innovations in their electronic counterparts. Is it time for the reinvention of one of electrochemistry’s oldest technologies to fulfill the needs of a new power market

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Internet-Based Data Acquisition with Web-Enabled Sensors

July 23, 2009 8:23 am | by Ramiro Garcia, Automation Products Group | Articles | Comments

Recent years have seen what can only be described as a wave of hyper-development in web technology.  Concurrently, the ubiquitous Internet is quickly becoming the backbone of our communications infrastructure. Enter the web-enabled sensor.  The marriage of common sensing technologies with the power of the Internet offers dramatic benefits for companies looking to remotely monitor levels or other parameters.

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Two Current Sense Amps Solve Single Amp Limitations

July 23, 2009 7:51 am | by Greg Zimmer, Linear Technology Corporation | Articles | Comments

Each new generation of automotive and industrial designs have been faced with an increasing demand for precision control and diagnostic capabilities, as well as for reliability and safety features. Achieving these new features often requires precision current sensing, and as result, the demand for precision high-side current sense amplifiers has steadily increased in recent years. The applications for high-side current sense amplifiers

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Ford Posts Profit After Restructuring, Shares Jump

July 23, 2009 7:20 am | by David Bailey and Soyoung Kim | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co posted a $2.3 billion quarterly net profit, mainly due to debt restructuring, and said it was on track to at least break even in 2011, sending its shares up more than 9 percent. Ford posted an operating loss for the quarter that was better than analysts expected, excluding a net gain of $2.8 billion from one-time items that included the debt reduction actions, despite reeling global markets that helped push U.S. rivals General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy.

Data Acquisition Bridges the Analog and Digital Worlds

July 23, 2009 7:19 am | by Doug Trujillo, BSEE Colorado State University | Articles | Comments

In our solid state society today, daily advances in technology have set the standard in many applications to that of excellence when compared to only a few years ago. This new standard of living has benefited today’s consumer in many ways that were only dreamt of years ago. Whether it is driver assistance controls that provide increased safety and convenience for your drive to work

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Maximizing Eight-Channel Data-Acquisition System Performance Using a Single ADC Driver

July 23, 2009 6:59 am | by Jakub Szymczak [jakub.szymczak@analog.com], Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The principal factors that affect data acquisition systems are: speed, accuracy, power dissipation, package size, and component cost, with varying factors becoming critical depending upon the application. This article shows how a single op amp can be used to drive the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in an 8-channel data-acquisition system, reducing the cost and size of the overall system.

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Where do we go from here?

July 23, 2009 6:46 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

America finds itself at a juncture of many roads, with no clear map on which way to turn. The role of government, health care, energy, race, and disruptive technology have presented us with a myriad of choice on which road to take to the future. The important thing to remember is that we are all in the same boat together.

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Video game group files lawsuit over CTA ad rule

July 23, 2009 5:09 am | by MIKE ROBINSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A trade group that represents software and video game publishers sued the Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday, saying a rule barring ads on trains and buses for "mature" and "adults only" games violates the right to freedom of speech. "The CTA's ordinance constitutes a clear violation of the constitutional rights of the entertainment software industry," said Michael D. Gallagher, chief executive officer of the Washington-based Entertainment Software Association.

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Microsoft says Windows 7 is ready for PC companies

July 23, 2009 5:05 am | by JESSICA MINTZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. says Windows 7 is complete. The software maker sent the final code for its next computer operating system to manufacturers Wednesday, and said it's still on track for an Oct. 22 launch. Mike Angiulo, a general manager in the Windows group, said in an interview that getting up and running on a Windows computer will be "a lot smoother" than it was when Windows Vista launched in 2007.

Astronauts cut spacewalk short due to suit trouble

July 23, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

Two astronauts cut short their spacewalk and hurried back to the safety of the international space station on Wednesday after a suit problem resulted in rising carbon dioxide levels for one of the men. NASA officials stressed that spacewalker Christopher Cassidy was never in any danger and experienced no symptoms of carbon dioxide buildup. The trouble cropped up late in Wednesday's spacewalk, the third for shuttle Endeavour's crew.

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