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National Semiconductor beats 2Q earnings estimates

December 10, 2009 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Semiconductor maker National Semiconductor Corp. beat analysts' earnings and sales estimates for its fiscal 2010 second quarter.The company reported net income of $47 million, or 20 cents per share, on $345 million in sales for the quarter ended Nov. 29. That compares with net income of $36.3...

Forzani reports $11.4 million Q3 profit, up from year ago as sales rise

December 10, 2009 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL) reported Thursday an increase in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as revenue increased, but warned of trouble ahead.The sporting goods retailer said it earned $11.4 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter ended Nov. 1 compared with a profit of...

Army Develops Robotic Helicopter Sniper

December 10, 2009 11:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Collateral damage has become synonymous with modern urban warfare. In fact, the concept of “total war,” where there is “less (or no) differentiation between combatants and non-combatants (civilians),” has existed since The Peloponnesian War. As far back as 431 BC, civilian casualties were considered an acceptable (and often desirable) outcome of total warfare. 


Opening up a 1935 Weston Selective Analyzer

December 10, 2009 10:49 am | Videos | Comments

ECN Editor-in-Chief Alix Paultre opens up an old radio test device, the Weston Model 665 Selective Analyzer.


Animated News Clips Fuel Debate on Media Freedom

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

The use of animated depictions of violent events by Apple Daily, Taiwan’s most widely read newspaper, has provoked an intense discussion of their influence on children.


Web Site for Woods Is Drawing Attention

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

Tiger Woods’s personal Web site has had an increase in visitors since he issued a statement about his car accident on Nov. 29.


Internet-Enabled TV Market in China: Open Apple TV

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by In-Stat Research | News | Comments

In-Stat has identified an important trend for Internet-enabled TV, which would permit the downloading of video and other Internet content in the Chinese television market.

Potential impact of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(National Academy of Sciences) A new report from the National Research Council, "Transitions to Alternative Transportation Technologies -- Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles," examines the technological status of plug-in hybrids and identifies factors that might hinder their acceptance in...


Titan Machinery 3Q results fall 30 percent

December 10, 2009 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Machinery Inc., which operates agriculture and construction equipment stores, said Thursday third-quarter profit fell 30 percent as expenses climbed and a challenging construction industry resulted in lower sales in that segment.The company reported net income of $5.7 million, or 32 cents...

Have You Used an Electric Meter to Measure Your Energy Use?

December 10, 2009 9:56 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about using an electric meter to measure and manage your energy use. Using a meter could


Parts Substitution Gone Big

December 10, 2009 9:55 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I've mentioned some cautions with parts substitutions before; wrong V values on barrier or flyback diodes, counterfeit parts and things like that. Here's another example of something to watch out for if your supply is tight and choices are limited....

Motion Control Device Adds Pizzazz to Web Surfing

December 10, 2009 9:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back at CES ’09, I had the chance to preview Hillcrest Labs’ MEMs Accelerometer based motion control technology. They’ve since marketed it as a consumer device, the Loop Pointer.


Alka-Seltzer Plus Day & Night Cold Formula Liquid Gels - Incorrect Packaging

December 10, 2009 8:50 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

One lot recalled because labeling on the foil blister card of certain packages were printed with the label reversed, and consumers may not be aware of the warnings of an antihistamine that could cause drowsiness.


Air Force Confirms Existence of Stealth UAV

December 10, 2009 8:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Air Force has confirmed the existence of a new Stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Designated the RQ-170 Sentinel, “The Beast of Kandahar" has been spotted over Afghanistan as early as 2007. The military plans to deploy it for reconnaissance and surveillance missions.  


ECN Launches Annual 'Tops in Test' Contest

December 10, 2009 8:38 am | Blogs | Comments

 ECN magazine is announcing both a new test-oriented blog and an annual contest on Best Test Practices.


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