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FBI Busts Cybercrime Ring in Operation Phish Phry

October 8, 2009 11:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. and Egyptian authorities have charged nearly 100 people with helping an identity theft ring steal money from thousands of bank accounts. An FBI statement says an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles charges more than 50 people in the United States with running the "phishing" scheme.

One-Watt DC/DC Converters Offer 6000 VDC Isolation

October 8, 2009 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The G Series and H Series of 1-W DC/DC Converters from Mornsun America feature 6000 VDC input-to-output isolation for medical, industrial control, and instrumentation applications where high isolation is required. Nominal input voltages of 5 VDC or 12 VDC step up or down to produce

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IC Controls Vizplex-enabled Electronic Paper Displays

October 8, 2009 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seiko Epson Corporation and E Ink Corporation announced a jointly developed display controller IC, the S1D13522 for E Ink's Vizplex-enabled electronic paper displays. The IC is based on the same engine as the first model, the S1D13521. This Epson display controller (code named ISIS) includes

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Lawmakers seek FCC probe into Google Voice

October 8, 2009 10:03 am | News | Comments

A group of Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Google Inc's ability to block calls to rural telephone exchanges. Google's Voice service is at the heart of a dispute between the world's largest Internet search company and Apple Inc over why Google's voice application is not available on the popular iPhone.

Side-Entry Terminal Block Offers Internal Jumper System

October 8, 2009 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in 2-pole to 24-pole configurations, the 805 Series PCB blocks from WAGO has an internal jumper system for commoning, The push-button-actuated blocks have 3.5mm pin spacing for conductors AWG 24–16 and are UL/CUL certified at 300V/10A.

IR LED Delivers High Output

October 8, 2009 8:57 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Based on ThinFilm chip technology with two p-n junctions, the infrared Platinum Stack DRAGON from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors can generate an optical output of nearly 1 W from a driving current of 1 A.

Temp Sensor Boasts High Accuracy

October 8, 2009 7:33 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With a static current consumption of just 200 µA, the MCP9804 Temperature Sensor from Microchip has a temperature accuracy of +/- 1° C from -40 to +125°C. Available in an 8-pin MSOP or 2 mm x 3 mm DFN package

Snap-action Switches feature Industry-first diagnostics

October 8, 2009 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crouzet North America's V-line of miniature and subminiature snap-action switches purportedly feature an industry-first design that includes diagnostic functionality and longer overtravel. The line includes 2mm of plunger overtravel, current ratings from 1 mA (5 v) to 2 A (14 V)

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Tech Advances Impact Motion Control

October 8, 2009 6:09 am | by Chuck Lewin, Founder & VP of Engineering, Performance Motion Devices | Articles | Comments

There are a number of technology trends that are profoundly changing how engineers are designing machines with motion control. Two among these stand out for their potential impact on cost, ease of assembly, and serviceability. These are the continual reduction of the size of the motion amplifier, and the advent of low cost, high-speed digital networks.

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Rights Activists See Double-standard in Twitter Arrest

October 8, 2009 6:08 am | by Michelle Nichols | News | Comments

The arrest of a New Yorker for using Twitter to alert protesters to police movements at a meeting of world leaders in Pittsburgh last month would be deemed a human rights violation if it happened in Iran or China, rights activists charge.

FCC Chairman Warns of 'Looming Spectrum Crisis'

October 8, 2009 5:52 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission warned Wednesday of "a looming spectrum crisis" if the government fails to find ways to come up with more bandwidth for mobile devices. Julius Genachowski said the government is

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Feds give sea otters habitat protection in Alaska

October 8, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

Four years after being placed on the Endangered Species List, the dwindling sea otters of southwest Alaska on Wednesday were given an important recovery tool. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated nearly 5,900 square miles as critical habitat for sea otters in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea and Alaska Peninsula. The designated area includes all nearshore waters.

Review: Wireless charging lets you cut the cords

October 8, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

It's a pain to keep track of the chargers that go with cell phones, media players and other small electronics. It's even more annoying to stuff multiple power cords and adapters in your bag when you go out of town. What if you could charge things without plugging them in?

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Defibrillator Saves Man Who Was Shot in the Chest

October 8, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

A defibrillator was credited with stopping a bullet in the chest of a gunshot victim. Doctors in Florida said the 61-year-old unidentified man had an Medtronic implantable cardiac defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. The October edition of the journal Heart Rhythm said the man

Justice Dept probing IBM's computer market conduct

October 8, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department is looking into allegations that IBM Corp. has abused its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers, the data-crunching heavy lifters of the computing world that IBM introduced in the 1960s and which are now used to process some of the most sensitive data in banking, government and health care.

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