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Wi-Fi Hotspots: Cellular Handsets and Portable Devices Drive a Market Renaissance

December 16, 2009 5:56 am | by In-Stat Research | News | Comments

The hotspot market is entering into a revival period marked by renewed interest from communication providers and increased usage among both business and leisure users.

YouTube's Top 2009 Videos Feature Eclectic Cast

December 16, 2009 5:56 am | by Product Design & Development | News | Comments

The year's biggest hits on the Internet's top video channel were anchored by an improbable singing sensation, a groggy boy nursing a sore mouth, a bride and groom dancing down the wedding aisle, supernatural heartthrobs and roller-skating babies.

Sandia's Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory awarded $4.2 million in stimulus funds

December 16, 2009 5:55 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory, with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.


Engineering 111 and 112 aims to get students “revved” up about engineering

December 16, 2009 5:53 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Listening to a professor explain a formula doesn’t always work for students. For some, hands-on experience is the best way to learn as well as peak their interest in their intended course of study. That is the aim of a pair of engineering classes — Engineering 111 and 112 — offered by the...

Cisco Saves $120,000-Year by Improving Exhaust Recirculation in Data Center

December 16, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

Cisco Systems achieved an estimated saving of $120,000 per year in energy costs by simulating a data center using Future Facilities' Virtual Facility (VF) simulation methodology. The simulation results were used to guide the placement of floor grilles and blanking panels that lowered information technology (IT) equipment inlet temperatures...


Intel faces antitrust lawsuit from FTC

December 16, 2009 5:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission sued Intel Corp. on Wednesday, looking to block tactics it says the world's biggest chip maker has used to snuff out competition.The FTC said Intel, which makes the microprocessors that run personal computers, has shut rivals out of the marketplace. In the process,...

Pitch Switching

December 16, 2009 4:53 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I recently started reading the magazine Chip Scale Review. It's a different take on things than I'm used to. Most of what I read for work is in the engineering and assembly realm, but this one goes back to the...

Energy-efficient Traffic Lights Can't Melt Snow

December 16, 2009 4:09 am | by DINESH RAMDE | News | Comments

Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.


Climate conference emits its share of carbon

December 16, 2009 4:07 am | News | Comments

If they fail to reach a climate deal in Copenhagen, world leaders flying in their private jets and huddling in five-star hotels will have little to show for their efforts beyond a big, fat carbon footprint. The U.N. estimates 40,500 tons of carbon dioxide will be pumped into the atmosphere during the 12-day conference - 90 percent of it from flights.


Best Buy approves quarterly dividend of 14 cents

December 16, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Best Buy Co. said Wednesday its board has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 14 cents.The retailer said the quarterly dividend is payable on Jan. 26 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 5.

Europe Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case Over Browsers

December 16, 2009 3:57 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

European regulators dropped the case after Microsoft agreed to offer customers a choice of Web browsers, ending what could have been a costly legal battle for Microsoft.


10 Simple Science Tricks for Parties

December 16, 2009 3:53 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Fun video by Richard Wiseman on his top 10 science stunts for Christmas parties. Related: How a Microwave Heats – Ninja Professors – Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids


Digi-Key Corporation and Vitesse Semiconductor Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by Digi-Key | News | Comments

Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Camarillo, California — December 16, 2009 — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Vitesse...


Cypress CFO to Address Investor Conferences in December

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Presentations to be Webcast on Cypress Website at: SAN JOSE, Calif., November 19, 2009 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that its Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO, Brad Buss, will be making presentations at...

IR Introduces Rugged, Reliable AUIPS7121R and AUIPS7141R Intelligent Power Switches for Harsh 24V Automotive Environments

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by International Rectifier | News | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the AUIPS7121R and AUIPS7141R 65V high-side intelligent power switches with accurate current-sensing and built-in protection circuits for harsh 24V automotive environments such as under-the-hood truck junction boxes.


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