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Happy (But Cold) New Year(5)

January 11, 2011 4:24 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's gotten chilly in Washington, D.C., but that's probably old news to most of the country. I was thinking about it this morning, though, when there was a definite draft whistling from my bedroom windows. My family lives in a condo, so we have limited options for replacing the windows...

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Chinese fifth-gen fighter shatters U.S. illusions

January 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

China held the first test flight of its fifth-generation J-20 fighter today. Lifting off at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), the Chengdu J-20 recorded a flight time of about 18 minutes. This can’t be overstated—the J-20 could seriously alter the balance of power in the Pacific. When Secretary Gates capped the F-22 Raptor at 187 planes, it was based on the presumption that the era of conventional warfare was over.

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5 Years After RoHS: What’s New, What’s Ahead in Legislation

January 11, 2011 7:28 am | by Gary Nevison & Ken Manchen, element14 & Newark | Comments

During 2010 there were a number of legislative developments that will have impact on design engineers and the electronics industry the world over. The debate around the scope of the so called RoHS recast has had many twists and turns over the last year.

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HVAC vs. Space Heaters: Which is More Efficient?

January 10, 2011 1:24 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I live in Colorado, and when it's cold it is very, very cold. Since I hate paying high heating bills, I typically have my thermostat set to a chilly 62°F. My husband and I have gotten used to this, and really like being able to use a warm comforter while the air stays cooler.

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CES 2011 Oddities: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 10, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!

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CES 2011: A Photoblog

January 10, 2011 7:59 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

While CES 2011 saw no big product launches (sorry, no Verizon iPhone), there was still plenty to see. Here's a short sampling of the highlights.

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The Gesture Recognition Market

January 7, 2011 6:00 am | by Sinclair Vass, JDSU (www.jdsu.tv) | Comments

Since the gesture recognition market is still in its early stages, there are a variety of suppliers around the world that are just emerging as key players

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How Do You Plan to Save Energy in 2011?

January 6, 2011 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Chris told you about ten ways he plans to save energy in 2011. Whether you like to make resolutions or not, the new year is a great time to renew your commitment to energy savings and to outline how you plan to live efficiently for the next twelve months and beyond. So tell us:

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Printed Electronics - Predictions for 2011

January 5, 2011 5:01 am | by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx (www.IDTechEx.com) | Comments

To examine what to expect for 2011, we must understand the spectacular successes of the recent past as well as the failures. Printed electronics has often been an industry with poor business planning and marketing.

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Low-energy DECT Variant Aids Sensor Networks

January 4, 2011 7:49 am | by Steven Leussink, SiTel Semiconductor | Comments

Wireless sensor nodes need to run on batteries for many years. SiTel Semiconductor and RTX Telecom are proposing a new ultra-low-energy extension to the existing DECT standard especially for this kind of application.

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Thanks for the New Printer, Santa! Now What Do I Do with the Old One?

January 4, 2011 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This year for Christmas, Santa was kind enough to bring me a new wireless printer to replace my old one. When I opened the box, you can't imagine my glee. I'm a fan of using my laptop as its name implies, so you'll typically find me typing away with it on my lap while snugly ensconced in...

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10 Ways to Save Money and Energy in the New Year

January 3, 2011 5:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

"Keeping things simple" and "getting back to basics" are two ideals I naturally gravitate to.  And while I'm not usually someone who makes New Year's resolutions, I am a big fan of top 10 lists. While pretty straightforward, these easy tips are great way to save money and energy...

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ECN Roundtable - Designing with Multicore Devices

December 31, 2010 5:12 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Comments

This month's Roundtable question is, "What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of incorporating a multicore processor into a design for the engineer?”

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How Do You Reduce the Amount of Energy Used by Your Televisions?

December 30, 2010 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, John told you about some changes to television labeling that will help you compare the energy use of different models when you're shopping. Many households have more than one television, and many of those televisions are always on! Unless you're paying attention, that could add...

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This Month on Energy Savers: December 2010

December 28, 2010 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

We've been busy all through the holiday season on EnergySavers.gov and the Energy Savers Blog. Here are some highlights.

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