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AT & T Opens Can of Worms with Blocking of 4Chan

July 28, 2009 6:22 am | News | Comments

AT&T revived the issue of network neutrality over the weekend by blocking the 4Chan message board. On Sunday, 4Chan founder Christopher Poole posted a notice that AT&T was "filtering/blocking img.4chan.org" for AT&T customers. AT&T confirmed the blocking, but said it was because of a denial-of-service attack on 4Chan that began on Friday. It said access was blocked temporarily to prevent the attack from impacting its other customers, and "was in no way related to the content at img.4chan.org."

LED Driver and TCON Preserve Power

July 28, 2009 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing power management and prolonged battery life for DisplayPort-based notebooks using LCD monitors, the VPP1606, VPA2000, and VPA1100 from IDT work individually or in conjunction with one another to provide a solution integrating a backlight LED driver and TCON into one device, which works in conjunction with a power management IC.

Sprint Nextel to Buy Virgin Mobile USA

July 28, 2009 6:09 am | News | Comments

Telecommunications company Sprint Nextel Corp. said Tuesday it agreed to acquire Virgin Mobile USA Inc. in a stock deal valued at $5.50 per share in a bid to expand its prepaid cell phone offerings.

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Isolated CAN Transceiver Simplifies System Design, Cuts Component Count

July 28, 2009 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced an isolated controller-area network (CAN) transceiver, combining the companies CAN and isolation technologies to reduce required components in industrial automation, motor control and medical equipment. Loop time is reduced by 34 percent, according to the company, giving designers flexibility to

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Educator’s Resource Kit Enables Hands-On Learning

July 28, 2009 5:20 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Using hands-on problem-based laboratory experiments, a comprehensive new Educator’s Resource Kit from Tektronix teach students the fundamentals of test and measurement for basic electronics. The kit is designed to help ensure that students are prepared to be immediately productive in the workplace and able to use the latest in test and measurement instrumentation.

USB 3.0-SATA Bridge IC Targets PC Peripherals Supporting SuperSpeed USB 3.0

July 28, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) introduced a USB 3.0-Serial ATA (SATA) bridge IC, which supports the ultra-fast 5 Gbps maximum data-transfer rate of USB 3.0, and includes an encryption/decryption engine. Compared with USB 2.0 connections, the new MB86C30A bridge IC provides

Cortex-A8 Implementation Delivers 2,000 DMIPS at 1 GHz

July 27, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided with 32 KB each of data and instruction caches, 512 KB of L2 memory, and an ARM NEON multi-media extension, of the dual-issue ARM® Cortex-A8 delivers 2000 DMIPS at 1GHz.

New Optical Forces Revealed

July 27, 2009 8:29 am | News | Comments

The University of Ghent (UGent) and the nanoelectronics research center IMEC demonstrated , depending on the spatial distribution of the light used. These fundamental research results might have major consequences for telecommunication and optical signal processing.

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DC-DC Converters Occupy 1x1-inch Footprint

July 27, 2009 8:29 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for applications ranging from communications to factory automation equipment, the PXA and PXB DC-DC converter Series feature a 1 in x 1 in footprint. The PXA Series offers single-output models with nominal inputs of 24 V and 48 VDC in 2:1 and wide 4:1 versions. The PXB Series offers both single and dual-output models with nominal inputs

Iran Activists Work to Elude Crackdown on Internet

July 27, 2009 8:14 am | by REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The tweets still fly and the videos hit YouTube whenever protesters take to the streets in Iran - even as the Internet battle there turns more grueling. Authorities appear to be intensifying their campaign to block Web sites and chase down the opposition online, and the activists search for new ways to elude them.

NASA Image of the Day - Spacewalking

July 27, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

Astronaut Tom Marshburn performs his first spacewalk and the STS-127 crew's second of the five scheduled to continue work on the International Space Station.

Microsoft to Let Users Pick Browser in Europe

July 27, 2009 8:08 am | by AOIFE WHITE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. will offer computer users a choice of rival Web browsers to ward off new European Union antitrust fines, EU regulators and Microsoft said Friday. Microsoft said its proposal, if accepted by the European Commission, would "fully address" antitrust worries over its browser and "would mark a big step forward in addressing a decade of legal issues."

New eBay Program Aims to Reward Good Sellers

July 27, 2009 8:03 am | by RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

eBay Inc. wants to attract more buyers to its online marketplace. So it's trying a new way of rewarding good sellers. Traditionally eBay has offered discounts and other perks to "PowerSellers" - the merchants who sold the most stuff on the site. Under a new program it was unveiling Monday, eBay is giving top-tier status to sellers who have very little negative feedback from buyers

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LEDs Target Illumination Apps

July 27, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for applications such as recessed lighting, street lamps, and retrofit bulbs, nine new members of the LUXEON Rebel family of LEDs have been optimized for specific color temperature and color rendering combinations. LEDs now available are binned according to ANSI standards and all have minimum specified color rendering.

Who owns your books?

July 27, 2009 6:29 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

“Do you own your books?” sounds like a stupid question, doesn’t it? It’s like asking “do you own your socks?”  Yet the recent actions by Amazon to reclaim books literally from their owner’s hands have demonstrated that in the digital economy, it isn’t a stupid question at all. We are giving up our ownership of information for temporary ethereal possession, and are at the mercy of those who “rent” that content to us.

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