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Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique

July 2, 2009 6:56 am | by Douglas MacMillan | News | Comments

There's a cool new video player in the Firefox Web browser that Mozilla released on June 30. But the onscreen buttons used to control it are too small for some visually impaired users to see. So Ken Saunders, a 41-year-old, legally blind volunteer for Mozilla, took it upon himself to create a tool that makes the player easier to use for people with vision problems.

Patch Antenna Supports 15 MHz Bandwidth

July 2, 2009 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for GPS applications to integrate personal navigation and positioning functions, Yageo’s1044 SMD LP patch antenna supports a 15-MHz bandwidth with a central frequency of 1575 MHz. The 10 mm x 4 mm x 4 mm device has a temperature range from -25°C to 85°C. .

Companies Pledge More Openness About Web Tracking

July 2, 2009 5:20 am | by DEBORAH YAO | News | Comments

Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed. It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have. One consumer group said the changes don't go far enough, and that extensive profiles of people still will be collected without their complete consent.

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Clock Generator Provides Versatility

July 2, 2009 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Compatible with many output types including single-ended and differential, VersaClock III programmable clock generators by Integrated Device Technology features four internal PLLs with EMI-reducing technology on two of the PLLs.

US to Invest $4 Billion in Broadband

July 2, 2009 4:42 am | by by John Poirier, Derek Caney, Steve Orlofsky, and Matthew Lewis | News | Comments

The U.S. government will soon release $4 billion of loans and grants aimed at expanding broadband access to underserved areas across the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The funds are part of a $7.2 billion program to build an affordable high-speed Internet structure in rural areas. The project is being pushed by President Barack Obama, in part, to shore up the U.S. economy with job creation in the telecommunications sector.

IDT Closes Purchase of Tundra Semiconductor

July 2, 2009 4:31 am | News | Comments

Reflecting IDG’s commitment to communications technology development, on June 29, 2009, IDT closed its purchase of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Tundra products and technology will complement existing IDT solutions in both the Serial RapidIO and PCI Express market segments.

Connectors Perform In Harsh Environments

July 1, 2009 2:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PATC-1000 Series connectors from AMETEK SCP offer high-temperature and high-pressure performance along with desirable toughness and strength under harsh operating conditions. According to the company, these PEEK (PolyEtherEtherKetone) connectors offer a

Sensors Expo Report, 2009

July 1, 2009 2:12 pm | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting technology took center stage at this year’s Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL. Whether the solution obtained its power from the sun, heat, vibration, wind, RF or magnetics, there was a device at the show to take advantage of many of these or other ambient conditions. Infinite Power Solutions’ THINERGY thin micro-energy cells (MECs), in capacities of .0 mAh and 0.4 mAh initially, are positioned as the world’s most powerful batteries for their size and outperform all other micro-batteries.

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Pushbuttons Include Illuminated Outer Ring Option

July 1, 2009 2:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches expanded its YB2 Series of illuminated 22 mm pushbuttons to include an outer ring illumination option. This option is achieved by adding a cap that features a luminous bright outer ring surrounding a metallic silver center. It is available in all the bright and super bright LED colors offered in the series, including blue, green, red, white and amber. These LED colors are

Piezo Keypads Withstand Extreme Conditions

July 1, 2009 1:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter introduced metal Piezo Keypads that stand up to extreme indoor or outdoor environmental conditions. They are particularly suited for outdoor applications due to their ability to withstand considerable temperature fluctuation ranging from -25°C to +85°C, as well as meeting the highest seal protection requirements of IP69K. They are

Ion Trap Senses Force and Light

July 1, 2009 10:56 am | News | Comments

Miniature devices for trapping ions (electrically charged atoms) are common components in atomic clocks and quantum computing research. Now, a novel ion trap geometry demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could usher in a new generation of applications because the device holds promise as a stylus for sensing very small forces or as an interface for efficient transfer of individual light particles for quantum communications.

Android-Based Mobile Device May Be Coming From Dell

July 1, 2009 10:25 am | by Barry Levine | News | Comments

Dell engineers are developing a pocket-sized, Internet-connected device that will use the Google-backed Android mobile operating system, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the company's plans," said two people who have seen prototypes described the new product as similar to the iPhone but without cell-phone functionalities.

Worst May Be Over For US Tech Market

July 1, 2009 9:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY | News | Comments

As bad as the technology market fared in the first quarter of this year, the worst may be over, at least in the United States, Forrester Research said in a report Tuesday. The research firm nonetheless revised its forecast for 2009. It now expects the U.S. technology market to shrink by 5 percent this year. In March, Forrester had predicted a smaller 3 percent decline in spending on technology products and services.

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Sony Struggling as Walkman hits 30th Anniversary

July 1, 2009 9:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

When the Sony Walkman went on sale 30 years ago, it was shown off by a skateboarder to illustrate how the portable cassette-tape player delivered music on-the-go — a totally innovative idea back in 1979. Today, Sony Corp. is struggling to reinvent itself and win back its reputation as a pioneer of razzle-dazzle gadgetry once exemplified in the Walkman, which Wednesday had its 30th anniversary marked with a special display at Sony's corporate archives.

Analysts Doubt Future of Comcast's WiMAX Offering

July 1, 2009 9:18 am | by Mark Long | News | Comments

Comcast launched a high-speed wireless data service in Portland on Tuesday as the first step in what the cable-TV network operator expects to eventually become a nationwide rollout -- with Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia expected to go online later this year.

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