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Review: Mobile Browsers Challenge Safari’s Dominance

April 15, 2010 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

For years, Apple rejected iPhone apps for “duplicate functionality.” Thus, well-reviewed apps like MailWrangler (which duplicated the iPhone’s built-in mail app) and Podcaster (which duplicated iTunes’ podcast functionality) were forthwith denied. Surprisingly, Apple recently approved a slew of browser apps.

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How Do You Think Students and College Campuses Could Promote Energy Savings?

April 15, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Eric told you about various efforts at colleges and universities across the country to teach students about saving energy and make campuses more energy efficient. Students don't always think about their energy use, especially if they're living in campus housing and not directly...

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Older CFLs Interfere with Cable TV Equipment

April 13, 2010 7:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Phillips Electronics has admitted that early CFL models can interfere with cable TV equipment. When CFLs first turn on, their flickering affects the infra-red sensors on remote control receivers. This causes TVs to randomly turn on and off and switch channels.

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The Industry Needs Bus Bars

April 13, 2010 6:52 am | by Ken Brandmier, director of new product development, Custom Electronics | Comments

The fundamental purpose of a bus bar, like a wire or cable, is to connect two or more points of a circuit. However, bus bars offer many other advantages over conventional cables. 

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Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free

April 13, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

What activity wastes gasoline, costs money, produces pollutants, and yet doesn't get you anywhere? Idling! And yet, every year, Americans waste 3 billion gallons of fuel by idling their vehicles.

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Universities Across the United States Make Strides in Energy Education

April 12, 2010 10:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

When I was in college, money wasn't exactly flying in the door. I ate enough frozen pizza to last a lifetime in the name of fiscal responsibility. But there were certainly better ways to save money than changing my diet, and now I know a few of them.

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Navy upholds ban on flash media

April 9, 2010 5:53 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

To follow up on an earlier story, the US Navy has maintained the ban on flash media. Notwithstanding the official “lifting” of the ban, Navy officials consider flash media too risky. Sailors who violate the policy could have their account access terminated for 30 days.

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What Is Your Experience with Composting?

April 8, 2010 8:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, John told you about his experience with composting and vermiculture - or composting with worms. John pointed out that communities use a lot of energy pumping and treating water and wastewater, and composting can help avoid sending so much food and water through the water...

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Solar-powered craft aims for perpetual flight

April 8, 2010 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The solar-powered Impulse HB-SIA completed its maiden voyage on Wednesday. The 90-minute flight reached an altitude of 5,500 feet, over a mile above the Swiss countryside, with an average speed of 44 mph (70 kph). This is the first step towards an ambitious goal: travel around the world by 2012.

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Composting with My Wiggly Friends - or, The Great Escape That Never Happened

April 6, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's hard for many of us of the "me" generation to think about being careful and conserving energy, even when it directly affects our pocketbooks. We leave the lights and television on when there's no one in the room, despite the fact that this specific action - or lack of action -...

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Avoiding the Gray Market

April 5, 2010 9:46 am | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rochester Electronics | Comments

Buying components through brokers and independent distributors on the gray market provides no guarantee of a continuous supply, authenticity, quality or reliability of the procured devices.

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The Truly Integrated Circuit is Printed and Flexible

April 5, 2010 6:48 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Comments

For 40 years, so called integrated circuits have integrated little more than transistors, diodes and sensors assembled onto one piece of material.

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Connect with EERE and Energy Savers on Facebook

April 5, 2010 6:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As a communicator, I'm constantly amazed how social media continues to impact consumers' lives in new and surprising ways. Social networks reach an estimated 940 million people around the world, according to a January 2010 research study by a European Internet research firm. Politicians,...

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Will the United States lose its air supremacy?

April 2, 2010 9:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The announcement of Russia’s newest fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi PAK FA, stunned the world. To put it succinctly, the “Future Frontline Aircraft System” is a game-changer. Its closest rival is the F-22 Raptor, and yet production on the United States’ premier air-superiority fighter has been scrapped in favor of the F-35. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

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Sony removes PS3 Linux support

April 1, 2010 6:59 am | by Andrew Maiman | Comments

So, even if you haven’t heard the latest news regarding Sony and the PlayStation 3 it will come as no surprise that they’re up to their anti-consumer practices once again. According to a blog entry on the official Sony web site, they have released a new firmware version (3.21) todayThis new “update” removes the ‘Other OS’ feature that is present on older PS3s...

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