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Sony to launch 3D TVs next year: report

September 2, 2009 6:53 am | News | Comments

Sony Corp plans to launch 3D TVs next year in a move to spur sales amid slowing growth in flat TV demand, the Financial Times said.

Sony ships PCs with Google Web Browser Installed

September 2, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

Sony Corp. is giving Google Inc.'s fledgling Web browser a boost by installing it on new computers. Google spokesman Eitan Bencuya, confirming the deal Tuesday, said Chrome has been shipping on Sony devices since earlier this summer. Sony is the first PC maker to sell computers with Chrome pre-installed.

Coolerbooks.com gets 1M Books from Google Scans

September 2, 2009 6:46 am | News | Comments

Interead, a British company that sells the COOL-ER e-book reader, is adding more than 1 million free public-domain books to its online bookstore. The texts are available from Google Inc. through its book-scanning project. However, the online store won't be able to show half of the books outside the U.S. because of copyright restrictions, Interead said.

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'Digi-novel' combines book, movie and website

September 2, 2009 6:14 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Is it a book? Is it a movie? Is it a website? Actually it's all three. Anthony Zuiker, creator of the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" U.S. television series, is releasing what he calls a "digi-novel" combining all three media -- and giving a jolt to traditional book publishing.

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Digitizer Targets Defense Applications

September 2, 2009 6:03 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

With more than 2 GHz analog bandwidth, the SVM3500 quad-channel 12-bit digitizer from Agilent is intended for applications in radar, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Synthetic Instrumentation (SI). The VME/VXS module allows channel interleaving to provide sampling up to 2 GS/s. Other features include: total harmonic distortion (THD) of 80 dBc at 500 MS/

Are Cell Towers Bad for Bees?

September 2, 2009 6:00 am | Blogs | Comments

As in the case of the house sparrows, mobile towers are posing a serious threat to honey bees, hitting apiculture, which is a source of additional income to rural folk across Kerala, says a study.

Connectors Feature Contact Pitches up to 2.54 mm

September 2, 2009 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two series of board-to-board and board-to-FPC connectors from Hirose Electric features contact pitches ranging from 0.4 mm to 2.54 mm. The DF series features mated height from 0.9 mm to 8.0 mm and contact positions from 9 to 100. The FX series includes mated heights from 2 mm to 16 mm

Development Tools Enable Designs Using a Single Microcontroller

September 1, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With the Graphics Display Designer software tool and the Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board With 3.2” Display Kit (both from Microchip), designers can integrate graphics display functions into embedded applications using a single microcontroller. The software tool has 16-bit color depth; configurable display size; and object re-sizing

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Incandescent Bulbs Hoarded Ahead of EU Ban

September 1, 2009 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Germans, who sometimes see themselves as guardians of the environment, are hoarding energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs ahead of a looming European Union-wide ban, the GfK market research agency said.

High-temp Accelerometers Suit Downhole Mapping Apps

September 1, 2009 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Research Lab’s Model SA-120RHT was designed as a measurement while drilling (MWD) sensor for use in downhole well service applications. This force balance accelerometer is capable of operating at temperatures of up to 200°C under extreme shock and vibration conditions.

Thermal Label Printer Works in Wide Range of Environments

September 1, 2009 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts’ EZCODE EZL500 Thermal Label Printer can work in more environments than any other thermal label printer on the market, according to the company. It features a large LCD screen, and the backlit display enables use in low-light environments. An integral

Power Rocker Switch Offers Full Illumination Options

September 1, 2009 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch-Lamb Industries’ RRA Series round power rocker switch has a PVC cap for water protection and full illumination options. It has high power ratings with UL approvals. Specifications include an electrical life of 10,000 cycles, contact rating up to

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Motion Control Device Adds Pizzazz to Web Surfing

September 1, 2009 7:13 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | 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. Essentially an air mouse on steroids, the Loop Pointer is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen in a while. The Loop Pointer is a disc-shaped device applicable in a broad range of media items.

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MOSFETs Boast Low FOM

September 1, 2009 6:59 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting power supply, lighting, display, and industrial applications, SupreMOS 600-V Super-Junction MOSFETs from Fairchild have a a 40 percent lower Figure of Merit (FOM) compared to previous devices.

Astronauts Gear up for first Spacewalk of Mission

September 1, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

It's moving and spacewalking day in orbit. On Tuesday afternoon, some of the 13 astronauts at the linked shuttle and station will begin unloading tons of equipment and experiments that were delivered by Discovery. The gear is inside a huge closetlike chamber that was attached to the space station Monday.

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