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Mobile Computer Serves Military Apps

July 6, 2009 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on an Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 processor, the PWS-8101M 10.4” XGA TFT LCD mobile computer from Advantech meets military-grade MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD-461E requirements. Features include 802.11 a/b/g WiFi, built-in Class2 V2.0 +EDR Bluetooth, Windows XP Pro and an optional 3.5G/HSDPA GPRS and SiRF III GPS.

Skyscrapers Going Green

July 6, 2009 5:44 am | by CHRIS KAHN | News | Comments

When owners of the Empire State Building decided to blanket its towering facade this year with thousands of insulating windows, they were only partly interested in saving energy. They also needed tenants.

Researchers Study the 'Personality' of Cars

July 6, 2009 5:08 am | by BILL KACZOR | News | Comments

Dennis Slice and fellow researchers at Austria's Vienna University, where he's a guest professor, are exploring the widely held belief that cars project personalities because they look like human faces when viewed head-on.

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China blasts US climate bill

July 2, 2009 11:56 am | Blogs | Comments

China said on Thursday that it was "firmly" opposed to provisions in a new US clean energy bill that will make it easier to impose trade penalties on nations that reject limits to globe-warming pollution. "China is firmly opposed to such measures," vice foreign minister He Yafei told reporters in Beijing. "We are firmly against such attempts to advance trade protectionism under the pretext of climate change. It is not conducive to world economic recovery. It serves nobody's interests."

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Obama's Climate Leadership Faces Test at G8 Forum

July 2, 2009 10:03 am | by Jeff Mason | Blogs | Comments

President Barack Obama, buoyed by a domestic victory on climate policy, faces his first foreign test on the issue next week at a forum that could boost the chances of reaching a U.N. global warming pact this year.

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Gamer Steals Online Loot to Pay Real-World Debts

July 2, 2009 8:58 am | by JaShong King | News | Comments

Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market. It happened in EVE Online, where more than 300,000 subscribers pay $15 a month to play. They gain wealth through hard work, manipulating the market, or killing rivals in a distant future where humans have colonized the stars in an online game similar to World of Warcraft and Second Life.

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U.S. Job Losses Spike in June

July 2, 2009 8:52 am | by David Lawder | News | Comments

U.S. employers cut far more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate hit a nearly 26-year high of 9.5 percent, underscoring the likelihood of a long and slow recovery from recession. The loss of 467,000 jobs reported by the Labor Department on Thursday was 100,000 more than Wall Street economists had expected and was spread widely across economic sectors.

Nanoarches Created With Nanotubes Offer New Tools

July 2, 2009 8:36 am | by Michael Berger | News | Comments

One of the ultimate goals of nanotechnology is to fabricate functional devices at the nanoscale. A nanodevice is expected to integrate components of different material compositions and geometries. The integration is likely to be carried out on silicon if information processing is required. Thus far, the basic building blocks for nanodevices are nanoparticles and nanotubes.

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When Good Memories Go Bad – Data Recovery of Flash Media

July 2, 2009 7:55 am | by Sean Barry, Kroll Ontrack, www.krollontrack.com | Articles | Comments

Computer hard disk drive storage has an impressive history of technological advances, from the RAMAC storage systems in the 1950s to perpendicular recording introduced a few years ago. The advancement of these technologies has increased the density of today’s hard disk drives to the terabyte range. Along the way frustrations with new storage technology have been proprietary equipment formats, initial high investments, and failed expectations of reliability.

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MEMS-Based Switch Features Remote Control

July 2, 2009 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allowing the user to access two separate devices via connection through the common port with manual pushbutton or RS232 remote serial control, the MEMS-based M6288 fiber-optic mirror A/B switch from Electro Standards Laboratories features

Bipolar Power Supplies Handle Inductive Loads

July 2, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kepco announced the availability of its 200 W and 400 W BOP (Bipolar Operational Power Supply) models optimized for driving inductive loads. The modified BOP units are designed to operate in a stable manner in current or current limit mode for loads up to 1 H. They are also stable with

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Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique

July 2, 2009 6:56 am | by Douglas MacMillan | News | Comments

There's a cool new video player in the Firefox Web browser that Mozilla released on June 30. But the onscreen buttons used to control it are too small for some visually impaired users to see. So Ken Saunders, a 41-year-old, legally blind volunteer for Mozilla, took it upon himself to create a tool that makes the player easier to use for people with vision problems.

Patch Antenna Supports 15 MHz Bandwidth

July 2, 2009 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for GPS applications to integrate personal navigation and positioning functions, Yageo’s1044 SMD LP patch antenna supports a 15-MHz bandwidth with a central frequency of 1575 MHz. The 10 mm x 4 mm x 4 mm device has a temperature range from -25°C to 85°C. .

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Companies Pledge More Openness About Web Tracking

July 2, 2009 5:20 am | by DEBORAH YAO | News | Comments

Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed. It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have. One consumer group said the changes don't go far enough, and that extensive profiles of people still will be collected without their complete consent.

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Clock Generator Provides Versatility

July 2, 2009 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Compatible with many output types including single-ended and differential, VersaClock III programmable clock generators by Integrated Device Technology features four internal PLLs with EMI-reducing technology on two of the PLLs.

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