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Oil hovers above $71 amid weak demand, US dollar

September 23, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

Oil prices hovered above $71 a barrel Wednesday as signs of weak crude demand were offset by the effects of a slumping U.S. dollar. By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was down 44 cents at $71.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added $1.83 a barrel to settle at $71.76 on Tuesday.

Microsoft developing new tablet PC: report

September 23, 2009 5:38 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp is developing a small tablet-style PC to rival a similar product that may be launched by Apple Inc, technology blog Gizmodo reported on Tuesday. The booklet-shaped device,

South Korea approves sale of Apple's iPhone

September 23, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

South Korea's telecommunications regulator said Wednesday that Apple Inc. can sell its hit iPhone in the country - potentially shaking up a cell phone market controlled by domestic manufacturers. The development comes a month after Apple cleared the way to enter China's massive cell phone market as well.

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New deal sought in dispute over Google book plan

September 23, 2009 5:26 am | News | Comments

A $125 million settlement of a lawsuit that would give Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books will be renegotiated in light of the U.S. Department of Justice's contention that the deal probably violates antitrust law, lawyers involved in the case said Tuesday.

Obama wants worldwide end of fossil fuel subsidies

September 23, 2009 4:47 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is calling on the world to end massive government subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming. The president, who is set to host the G-20 economic summit opening Thursday in Pittsburgh, will propose a gradual elimination, with the time frame to be determined, according to White House officials.

Industry group: OK for iTunes to block Palm Pre

September 23, 2009 4:47 am | by RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Inc. appears to have clearance from an industry group to block rival Palm Inc.'s Pre phone from connecting with iTunes software. The $200 Pre was launched in June as a direct competitor to the iPhone, and became the first non-Apple device that could directly connect to iTunes. It did that essentially by pretending to be an iPod or iPhone.

Connector features three-point bayonet coupling

September 22, 2009 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Resistant to engine, transmission, and brake fluids, a 500 VDC, 20 A 4-way circular connector device from ITT features three-point bayonet coupling. The 4-way contacts are recessed as a safety feature so they cannot be touched directly. The connectors meet all DIN 72585 specifications, and users can specify the color.

SAW resonator includes frequency/temperature coefficient

September 22, 2009 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EG-4101/4121CA, from Epson, is purportedly the world's first SAW resonator with a frequency/temperature coefficient. The resonator includes frequency tolerance of ±50 x 10-6, and an operating temperature range of -40°C to 85 °C (standard) or -40°C to 90°C (option). Other features include

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ICs cut Board space in half

September 22, 2009 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TPS6507x family of single-chip, power management ICs from Texas Instruments purportedly results in a 50-percent smaller DC/DC implementation versus a discrete design. The devices integrate three 2.25-MHz, 1.5-A DC/DC step-down converters that support core processor, memory and I/O voltages; two general purpose, 200-mA LDOs

Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2009

September 22, 2009 9:55 am | by Video by Alix Paultre, Edited by Jason Lomberg | News | Comments

Now in its 17th year, ESC brings together the largest community of designers, technologists, business leaders, and suppliers all in one place. ECN's comprehensive coverage includes News, Photos, and Videos. Stay tuned!

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Practical Considerations for Wireless Sensor Networks and Mesh Networking

September 22, 2009 7:25 am | by Robert Jackson, Wireless and Energy Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore introduced the Technology Adoption Lifecycle.  This curve highlights a chasm that exists between visionaries who are early adopters of technology and pragmatists who wait for proven technologies and products.  For technologies to “cross the chasm” one key component are products with defined product specifications and system deployment guidelines.

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Space shuttle Discovery back home in Florida

September 22, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Space shuttle Discovery is finally back home in Florida following a cross-country journey and a trip to orbit. Discovery arrived at Kennedy Space Center at noon Monday atop a modified jumbo jet. The plane left Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana in the morning. The flight actually began Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where Discovery ended its space station visit.

States send mixed message on texting and driving

September 22, 2009 6:29 am | News | Comments

Fiddling with your iPhone behind the wheel can get you fined across much of the nation. But many states are more than happy to tweet you with up-to-the-minute directions on how to steer clear of a traffic jam. It is a mixed signal that some safety experts and politicians say could be dangerous.

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UN climate summit puts China, India in spotlight

September 22, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

In the highest-level conference yet on climate change, 100 world leaders come to the United Nations on Tuesday to decide how to start an energy revolution. While attention turns to U.S. President Barack Obama's first U.N. speech, the most substantial changes may come from what the presidents of China, India and other major economies spell out for billions of people and their households, businesses and farms in the decades ahead.

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EU advisor: Google ads don't infringe trademarks

September 22, 2009 5:17 am | News | Comments

A European Union court advisor said Tuesday that Google Inc. does not violate luxury goods makers' trademarks when it sells brand names as advertising keywords triggered by Internet searches. The advisor's legal opinion will now be studied by judges at the European Court of Justice, which has been asked to tell a French appeals court how to apply EU trademark law

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