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Man Sues Over Bad-Breath Device

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

A Boston-area inventor sued Kimberly-Clark Corp on Tuesday, contending that the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers had violated his patent for a device to detect bad breath.

GM Reborn?

July 10, 2009 7:58 am | by TOM KRISHER | News | Comments

The new General Motors will be faster and more responsive to customers than the old one, and it will make money and repay government loans faster than required, CEO Fritz Henderson said Friday as a leaner version of the automaker emerged from bankruptcy protection.

Americans Favor Science, But Less Than Before

July 10, 2009 7:29 am | by RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | News | Comments

The share of Americans who see science as the nation's greatest achievement is down sharply, even as the public continues to hold scientists in high regard. A new Pew Research Center poll indicates that 27 percent of Americans say the nation's greatest achievements are in science, medicine and technology, more than any category other than don't know.

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Load Switch Offers Low Tolerance

July 10, 2009 6:56 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

With a current range from 500 mA to 700mA and a tolerance of 15 percent, Intellimax FPF23xx Series dual load switches from Fairchild Semiconductor are suitable for multiple-USB port power applications.

Applications Accepted for $30,000 Scholarship Fund

July 10, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

Applications are being accepted through the 31st of August 2009 to attain four $2,500 Premier Farnell individual scholarships in each of three regions (Asia, Europe and the Americas), a total scholarship fund of $30,000 for individual students worldwide who are registered in a full time Electrical and Electronics Engineering course in the 2009 entry year.

Webcasters and Music Industry End Fight for Royalties

July 9, 2009 7:07 am | by by Gabriel Madway and Richard Chang | News | Comments

Artists and record labels reached an agreement on Tuesday with Internet radio companies over royalty rates, resolving a dispute that dates back more than two years over how to divvy up revenue from streaming music on the Web. The deal establishes a two-tier royalty payment system for companies -- such as the popular service offered by Pandora Media Inc -- that broadcast music over the Internet.

Top Media Execs Wonder How Twitter Will Make Money

July 9, 2009 6:49 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE | News | Comments

It turns out the media elite aren't so different from a lot of less affluent folks: They think Twitter is a great communications tool, but can't figure out how the online messaging service is going to make money. The recurring doubts about Twitter's moneymaking potential cropped up again Wednesday as an exclusive media summit hosted by investment banker Allen & Co. got under way at the posh Sun Valley resort.

New Jobless Claims Lowest Since January

July 9, 2009 6:41 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | News | Comments

The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to lowest level since early January, largely due to changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs.

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Mobile TV Development Bandwagon Stalls

July 9, 2009 6:33 am | by Tarmo Virki | News | Comments

For years it was the talk of the wireless industry: beaming television to the world's four billion cellphones would be the icon of the digital age. Now, just three letters are hastening the demise of that vision. App. Short for "application," the programs people download from online stores to run on their portable phones have enabled consumers to choose for themselves which moving pictures to take in when they are on the go.

Sensor Film Ensures Even Surface Pressure

July 9, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allowing pressure variations to be detected and corrected in the lamination of dry film to the board substrate, Pressurex film from Sensor Products changes color proportional to the pressure applied and ensures alignment and even bonding.

Discussing Capacitive Touch Sensors

July 9, 2009 5:57 am | News | Comments

This post answers the following question "How small can I create capacitive touch sensors, and how close together can the buttons be?"

Military Base to Become Smart-Grid Showcase

July 9, 2009 5:38 am | News | Comments

With the goals of increasing energy security, energy efficiency, and promoting cleaner, alternative energy at U.S. military bases, GE today announced it has been awarded $2 million in Federal stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for a smart microgrid demonstration project at Twentynine Palms Base, California.

Rugged Relays Offer Mounting Options

July 9, 2009 5:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offered in both AC and DC control versions, Zelio panel-mount SSRP and DIN-mount SSRD solid-state relays from Schneider Electric meet equipment specifications for vibration resistance and reliability.

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Imagine Cup Competition Winners Announced

July 8, 2009 9:07 am | News | Comments

After an intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 300,000 students from more than 100 countries and regions, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2009. Celebrating first place, Romania's Team SYTECH won the worldwide Software Design invitational, South Korea's Team Wafree won the Embedded Development invitational and Brazil's Team LEVV It won the Game Development challenge.

Crypto IC Protects Smart-Battery Applications

July 8, 2009 7:48 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Protecting mobile phones, cameras, portable power tools, and other battery-powered devices, the AT88SA100S CrytpoAuthentication battery challenge/response authentication IC uses a SHA-256 cryptographic engine and a 256-bit key. The IC consumes less than 100 nA.

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