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Infographics of 2009 Patent Activity

April 2, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

Here are some graphics that display overall patent activity in semiconductors and medical devices by technology area in 2009.

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Concept Electric Car Uses Exotic Materials

April 2, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Capable of 60 km/hour and a cruising range of 100 km, a very lightweight electric concept car uses proprietary materials and technologies including carbon fiber composites, polycarbonate resins and bio-derived polyester.

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Hardware and Software Design Security; It’s All in the Mix

April 2, 2010 5:21 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, element14, www.element-14.com | Articles | Comments

Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.

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RTC Minimizes Current Consumption

April 2, 2010 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products expands its RTC (real-time clock) product line with the DS1341. This RTC integrates an AGC (automatic gain control) circuit for dynamic drive-current adjustment to ensure that the device consumes the least amount of current required for operation.

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Chroma Electrical Safety Test Instruments Now Available Direct

April 2, 2010 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma announced today that their full line of electrical safety testing equipment and systems are now available directly from Chroma in North America. From low cost hipot testers to multi-function electrical safety analyzers, engineers in need of electrical safety compliance testing can find a bench top or production solution specific to their requirements and budgets.

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Sharp shows 3-D displays for mobile devices

April 1, 2010 11:30 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) screen held one foot (30 centimeters) from the viewer's face.Sharp Corp. demonstrated liquid crystal...

Web site of China-based journalist club attacked

April 1, 2010 9:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization for foreign journalists based in China has become the latest victim of cyberattacks targeting the Web sites or e-mail accounts of human rights groups and reporters focused on China.Cyberattacks linked to China have gained more attention since Google Inc. accused Chinese hackers...

Yale Robots Dance, Gesture and, Hopefully, Spark Interest in Science

April 1, 2010 8:23 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

There were robotic dinosaurs, a robot that danced and one that played rock-paper-scissors. But all of the robots on display at the robotics workshop on March 28 had something to teach us about ourselves.

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Starbucks, Microsoft chip in for Seattle fireworks

April 1, 2010 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have each chipped in $125,000 toward an effort to save the only remaining major July 4 fireworks show in Seattle.Restaurateur and chef Tom Douglas started the effort Thursday when he pledged $5,000 toward a fireworks display. He urged other business leaders...

Options Traders Go Bullish on Tech

April 1, 2010 6:23 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Options traders demonstrated confidence in Qualcomm, Micron Technology and Red Hat, selling "put" options in all three technology companies in hopes the stocks stay strong in coming weeks.

Amazon's Opening With iPad

April 1, 2010 4:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

With the iPad, Apple won't have its usual leg up for selling e-books, the way it does with content for the iPod or iPhone. That gives Amazon a chance to end up as a major e-book provider for the device.

Microsoft request for patent suit review is nixed

April 1, 2010 2:30 pm | by JESSICA MINTZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Microsoft Corp.'s request to review a $290 million patent ruling involving the software maker's popular word processing program.Microsoft had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for a review by its full roster of judges. In...

Bid for SkillSoft increased to $1.2 billion

April 1, 2010 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An all-cash bid by private investor group SSI Investments III Ltd. to purchase Irish education software company SkillSoft PLC has been sweetened.SkillSoft said in February it had agreed to be purchased by SSI Investments III Ltd. for about $1.1 billion.Both sides said in a statement Wednesday...

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Court Backs eBay in Tiffany Case

April 1, 2010 2:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Ebay won a legal victory Thursday, as a federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of trademark-infringement claims by jeweler Tiffany over the sale of counterfeit merchandise on the online auctioneer's Web site.

Cray in $45M contract with US nuclear agency

April 1, 2010 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cray Inc. said Thursday it has won a contract worth $45 million to build a supercomputer for the National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Energy.The company said it will create a new computer system that will help safeguard nuclear material and perform other...

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