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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


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.


Battery Shunt Resistor Handles 36 W

July 24, 2009 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in resistance values of 100 µO, 125 µO, and 250 µO, the Power Metal Strip battery shunt resistor from Vishay has a 36-W power capability in an 8518 package. Suitable for heavy industrial applications, the RoHS-compliant device can operate with continuous currents as high as 600 A.

Palm Strikes Back: iTunes Re-enabled on the Pre

July 24, 2009 6:25 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

You had to see this coming: Palm, not content to let Apple have the last laugh, works around the iTunes Pre lock-out. We’d previously reported that version 8.2.1 of iTunes "disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre." Palm described it as a "direct blow to their users, who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience." But Palm is launching a counterattack: Palm webOS 1.1 “re-enables Palm media sync.”

Microsoft Raises Doubts on Tech Recovery

July 24, 2009 5:37 am | by Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

The tech sector's road to recovery just got a lot bumpier. Microsoft Corp's billion-dollar-plus revenue shortfall in its fiscal fourth-quarter abruptly dampened hopes that demand for PCs was on the mend and sent a spate of tech stocks tumbling after-hours on Thursday.


Government Considers Seven States for Mercury Site

July 24, 2009 5:29 am | News | Comments

The federal government is trying to find a location to store the nation's excess mercury deposits, with seven states being considered. But the government is quickly finding out that very few people want the stuff. A Colorado woman who showed up at a public forum on the issue last week had this to say about the plan: "No, no, no, no, no. No mercury." CEO Apologizes for Orwell Incident

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

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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