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SWUGN Year in Review - Part 0

December 14, 2009 8:53 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Blogs | Comments

Well it's not quite the end if the year yet, but with the Holiday Season coming up I think it's close enough. The SolidWorks User Group Network enjoyed another banner year in 2009. Over the next few days, I'll recap what I think were the top monthly stories in the SolidWorks Community....

Laird Technologies Opens New Bangalore Wireless M2M Design Center

December 14, 2009 7:50 am | News | Comments

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of customized, performance-critical components for wireless systems and other advanced electronics applications, today announced the opening of its new wireless M2M design center in Bangalore, India.


ON Semiconductor to Acquire California Micro Devices

December 14, 2009 7:46 am | News | Comments

ON Semiconductor and California Micro Devices today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which ON Semiconductor will acquire California Micro Devices through a cash tender offer of $4.70 per share.


EU signals could OK Oracle deal with no sell-off

December 14, 2009 6:00 am | by AOIFE WHITE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union regulators looked closer to approving Oracle Corp.'s takeover of Sun Microsystems Inc. when they said Monday that the company's stated commitment to open-source database software was "an important new element."The European Commission is holding up the $7.4 billion (euro5.05...

Scientists Use Nanosensors for First Time to Measure Cancer Biomarkers in Blood

December 14, 2009 5:51 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

A team led by Yale University researchers has used nanosensors to measure cancer biomarkers in whole blood for the first time. Their findings, which appear December 13 in the advanced online publication of Nature Nanotechnology, could dramatically simplify the way physicians test for...


Saving Energy Where It Matters Most: A Hopeful Look at the Big Picture

December 14, 2009 4:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Most of the time, I feel like I'm doing my part to save energy, and I'm getting better all the time. But sometimes I feel like what I do to try to offset the unfathomable amount of energy that's consumed around me, and around the country, is so tiny that my


ActivIdentity buys CoreStreet for $20 million

December 14, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ActivIdentity Corp., which makes authentication technology, said Monday it bought CoreStreet Ltd., which makes identity validation products, for $20 million.The purchase price consists mostly of cash, but it will also include stock and warrants.ActivIdentity expects the purchase to close in...

The World's Smallest Snowman

December 14, 2009 3:03 am | Videos | Comments

The snowman was made from two tin beads used to calibrate electron microscope astigmatism. The eyes and smile were milled using a focused ion beam, and the nose, which is under 1 µm wide (or 0.001 mm), is ion beam deposited platinum.


Tyco Electronics New Website Design Launched

December 14, 2009 12:55 am | by Tyco Electronics | News | Comments

Over the next few months, we will continue to improve our website with additional search and browse capabilities, increased content and information, greater technical support and overall ease of use. These and other future improvements are a direct response to feedback we received from...

Fast growing European online sports gaming business to license at least five online slot games

December 13, 2009 10:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CryptoLogic Limited (TSX: CRY)(TSX: CXY)(NASDAQ: CRYP)(LSE: CRP), a global developer of branded online betting games and Internet casino software, has signed a multi-year agreement to license at least five of its most compelling online betting games to BetClic, a major European online sports gaming...

Accenture marks 1st sponsor to cut ties with Woods

December 13, 2009 6:00 pm | by MARK WILLIAMS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Global consulting firm Accenture PLC has ended its relationship with Tiger Woods, marking the first major sponsor to cut ties altogether with the golfer since his alleged infidelities surfaced and he announced an indefinite leave from the sport to work on his marriage.In its first statement since...

Hollywood hopes an ensemble cast boosts Blu-ray

December 13, 2009 9:00 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Although prices for some Blu-ray players dropped below $100 this holiday season, customers are hesitating to jump into the next-generation video format. Even people who already own Blu-ray players are still buying movies on DVDs.One big reason: Blu-ray discs won't play on standard DVD players...

Dell to keep NC computer plant open 3 more months

December 12, 2009 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dell Inc. officials say they will keep their plant in North Carolina open for an extra three months because of increased demand for desktop computers.Company officials told multiple media outlets Friday that the Winston-Salem plant will now close in April, instead of January.Dell spokesman...


Competitors Scramble for Hot Features as PMP/MP3 Player Market Loses Steam

December 11, 2009 7:57 pm | by In-Stat | News | Comments

As the worldwide PMP/MP3 market matures, with shipment growth of only 5% in 2009, competitors are scrambling to add features such as touchscreens and Wi-Fi connectivity to re-ignite demand .

Yale Engineer’s Discovery Makes Top 100 List

December 11, 2009 12:53 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Hong Tang, an electrical engineer in the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, has earned a spot in Discover magazine’s Top 100 Stories of 2009 - which highlight “the 100 discoveries that are changing the world” - for his discovery of light’s...


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