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Report: NASA can't keep up with killer asteroids

August 13, 2009 6:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is charged with spotting most of the asteroids that pose a threat to Earth but doesn't have the money to complete the job, a federal report says. That's because even though Congress assigned the space agency that mission four years ago, it never gave NASA the money to build the necessary telescopes, according to the report released Wednesday by the National Academy of Sciences.

Short Web address site to stay in business

August 13, 2009 6:27 am | by RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Web address shortening service is back in business — just days after announcing it would trim itself out of operation. Eric Woodward, co-founder of The Nambu Network, said his company's service has reopened in the wake of "countless public and private appeals."

Cisco Seeks To Enchance Music/Tech Synergy

August 13, 2009 5:13 am | by by Ritsuko Ando, Yinka Adegoke, and Bernard Orr | News | Comments

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers said on Wednesday that the company's latest expansion in the online media and entertainment business will help improve relations between the music industry and Silicon Valley.


Court Restricts Microsoft Word Sales in Patent Dispute

August 13, 2009 4:33 am | by Deepti Govind, Saumyadeb Chakrabarty, and Bill Rigby | News | Comments

A U.S. federal court has ordered Microsoft Corp to stop selling some versions of its widely used Word software in the United States in two months, ruling in favor of a small Canadian firm that accused the software giant of violating its patents.

UPSs Add Green Features

August 12, 2009 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Para Systems made two additions to its Minuteman EnSpire Series of uninterruptible power supplies. The company asserts its EN750 and EN900 tout energy savings through two specific design features. First, when the internal battery is fully charged, the charger

Switch Guards Protect Against Accidental Actuation

August 12, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mounting flush into the panel, the HP series of recessed push button switch guards from APEM Components protects against accidental actuation. The guards fit into a 22 mm round panel cut-out. Available in momentary and maintained functions, the switches are offered in 7 actuator colors. The series is rated for 100 mA at 24 VDC

SIP Modules Achieve up to 94% Efficiency

August 12, 2009 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering 3 A to 80 A of output current, a family of Power SIP modules from Bel Power operate at efficiencies of up to 94 percent. The modules feature an input range of 4.5 V to 13.8 V, with an output voltage trim range of 0.59 Vdc to 5.1 Vdc. They all switch at a fixed frequency (from 250 KHz to 500 KHz, module dependent).

Fuse Holders and Fuse Carriers are Touch-proof

August 12, 2009 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower announced two fuse holder series: the 8092 series, and the 8093 series. The 8092 series fuse holders are designed to accommodate both the international 5 mm x 20 mm fuse and the North American ¼” x 1 ¼” fuse. The 8092 series of fuse holders carry


Circuit Breakers Program Trip Characteristics

August 12, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Three 4-channel Electronic Circuit Breakers have joined Wago’s 787 Series Power Supply System. The DIN-rail mount 787-860, 787-861 and 787-862 electronic circuit breakers each separately protect up to four current paths (up to 10 A at 24 VDC max each), while offering

Front-End Rectifier Integrates EMI Filter

August 12, 2009 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use with the company’s 270-VDC-input DC/DC converters, Martek’s PF100 front end rectifier with active power factor correction and a harmonic attenuation module provides 100 watts of output power with an input from 85 VAC to 265 VAC. Designed for military and aerospace applications, the device meets CE101 and CE102 of MIL-STD-461 for conducted EMI without requiring any external filtering and MIL-STD-704E, ABD0100.1.8.1 and MIL-STD-1399.

Microsoft ordered to pay over $290 million in patent case

August 12, 2009 6:25 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A U.S. federal court ruled that Microsoft Corp would have to pay more than $290 million in damages to Canadian software firm i4i Ltd for infringing a patent. Toronto-based i4i, a privately held maker of software for manipulating documents, had claimed in a 2007 suit that

Microsoft plans Office tie-up with Nokia

August 12, 2009 6:03 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said it will announce an alliance with Nokia (NOK1V.HE) on Wednesday, likely unveiling plans to make the software company's Office suite of applications available on devices made by the world's top cellphone manufacturer.


Design Talk - Circuits

August 12, 2009 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

When designing at the board level, there are always new things to consider. Here are some essays on design to help you in your work.


Judge Rules Against RealNetworks DVD Copy Software

August 12, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has barred RealNetworks Inc. from selling a device that allows consumers to copy DVDs to their computer hard drives, pending a full trial. Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp. and Universal Studios, among others, filed suit against Seattle-based RealNetworks in 2008, saying its RealDVD device is an illegal pirating tool.

Market Grows for Robot Planes

August 12, 2009 5:28 am | by Andrea Shalal-Esa and Phil Berlowitz | News | Comments

A drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq may slow sales of some unmanned aerial vehicles after years of exponential growth, but demand from civilian agencies and foreign countries will underpin the market for years to come, industry and defense officials said on Tuesday. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the high-altitude Global Hawk, and privately held General Atomics, which makes the Predator and Warrior unmanned planes, are among hundreds of companies showing off drones, robots and sensors at the world's largest unmanned systems conference in Washington this week. Northrop and General Atomics dominate the unmanned airplane market, but many other companies are vying for a share of a market that the Virginia-based Teal Group estimates will be worth $62 billion over the next decade.



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