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The Internet entitlement mentality

January 19, 2010 4:24 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Internet has connected the world as never before. But it’s also given rise to a pernicious entitlement mentality. A whole generation has been conditioned to expect everything for free (and quickly). Coupled with the practice of file-sharing, this entitlement mentality is destroying two industries—print media and the recording industry.

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Dresden Event Showcases Trends in Printed Electronics

January 19, 2010 3:33 am | by Peter Harrop | News | Comments

Europe's largest event on Printed Electronics, the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2010 in Dresden, Germany in April, will reflect new trends in the subject such as carbon nanotubes in conductive paper and transistors, printing silicon for enhancing solar cells, for transistors and other uses and printing copper at a fraction of the cost of silver.

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Google postpones mobile phone launch in China

January 19, 2010 1:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google on Tuesday postponed the planned launch of its mobile phone in China amid a dispute with the government over Internet censorship and e-mail hacking that the search giant says may force it to leave the country."It is postponed," Google Inc. spokeswoman Marsha Wang said. She said a launch...

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Ultimate Mobility, Must-Have Looks and Blazing Performance

January 18, 2010 10:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

-- Ultra-fast file access with innovative Quad SSD in Raid 0 and Intel@ Core i7-620M Processor (selected model)-- High-performance NVIDIA@ GeForce@ GT 330M GPU with Dynamic Hybrid Graphics System-- Tough, light design in carbon fibre and aluminum weighs less than 1.45kg-- Full HD (1920 x 1080) VAIO...

Belzberg cuts 20 jobs in reorganization of Canadian and U.S. operations

January 18, 2010 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belzberg Technologies Inc. (TSX:BLZ) said Monday it has cut 20 positions since the third quarter of last year including the position of chief operating officer as part of a reorganization of its operations.The stock trading technology company said the cuts represented 19 per cent of its staff...

Ind. to launch 'hybrid' welfare system next week

January 18, 2010 1:01 pm | by KEN KUSMER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's human services agency is expected to roll out its "hybrid" welfare intake program, aimed at correcting problems that arose when it tried to privatize the system, in 10 southwestern counties next week.The Family and Social Services Administration had said that it would roll out the...

ILR study shows training isn't serving industry

January 18, 2010 12:55 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Most graduates of arts programs in New York state will not find employment in the state. An ILR School report finds that training programs often fail to prepare students for actual jobs.

Apple plans to show "latest creation" next week

January 18, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is inviting reporters to an event next week to see what it calls "our latest creation."The company e-mail Monday offered no specifics about what it would display at the invitation-only Jan. 27 event in San Francisco.But it comes amid speculation that Apple is close to unveiling a...

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RECOM Engineers Crack the 10kV Barrier for Converters

January 18, 2010 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

RECOM, the company that first developed and brought to market the popular R-78 product family, has done it again. The company's engineers designed a DC/DC-converter in a DIP24 case that breaks the 10kV barrier. These new converters, the REC 3.5- and REC 6- families, offer 10kVDC resp.5 kVAC isolation.

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RFID Aids Inventory Management for Liverpool

January 18, 2010 11:15 am | News | Comments

El Puerto de Liverpool S.A.B. de C.V., the leading retailer in Mexico with more than 78 stores and $3.1 billion USD in annual revenue, has implemented a comprehensive RFID solution for its suppliers that has delivered quantifiable improvements to its inventory management processes. The initiative, which affects more than 200 suppliers and uses 3 million RFID tags and inlays annually, is one of the largest in the country.

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C & K's Silicone Rubber Boots Seal Toggle Switches

January 18, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components, a leading international supplier of tact switches, toggle, rocker and pushbutton switches, and smart card interconnect devices, has developed new silicone rubber sealing boots for its 7000 Series miniature, 9000 Series power, and military-qualified toggle switches. The new silicone rubber boots are used to seal the toggle switches to protect against contaminants such as salt water, lubricants, cleaning solvents, dust, dirt and grease.

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New Retainer for 4.8mm ML414 Micro Batteries

January 18, 2010 10:28 am | News | Comments

A new, miniature Lithium button cell retainer suited for high density PCB packaging has expanded Keystone Electronics Corp’s selection of surface mount battery retainers for SMT applications. Designed especially for miniature electronics such as watches, hearing aids, calculators, keyless door entry fob’s, memory backup, small toys, and other applications, these new retainers are engineered with reliable spring tension to assure low contact resistance while firmly securing the battery within the retainer.

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Microchip Acquires ZeroG Wireless for Embedded Wi-Fi

January 18, 2010 10:18 am | News | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced it has acquired ZeroG Wireless, Inc. (http://www.microchip.com/get/9B6V), an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi® solutions based in Sunnyvale, Calif. ZeroG is a privately held fabless semiconductor developer of Wi-Fi-certified transceivers and FCC-certified modules, which further strengthen Microchip’s wireless offerings by enabling embedded designers to easily connect to this ubiquitous networking protocol with any 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC® microcontroller. The terms of the deal are confidential.

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Partnership to Advance 'Greener' Product Design

January 18, 2010 9:58 am | News | Comments

Sustainable Minds, a greener product design software and information company, today announced a partnership with the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), the leading organization representing product, interaction, experience and service design, to advance the adoption and integration of ecodesign and sustainability practices in product design. The partnership will bring together software and information to educate, inspire, and ensure that product development organizations have the knowledge, tools, and value systems in place to support greener product design practices.

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SiTel DECT solutions power new Jabra headsets

January 18, 2010 9:46 am | News | Comments

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 7 January 2010 – SiTel Semiconductor today announced that three of its advanced DECT ICs feature in the new Jabra PRO™ 9400 Series headsets from GN Netcom, the world leader in innovative headset solutions. The new headsets feature SiTel’s SC14450 high-end baseband processor, LMX4180 DECT transceiver and SC14480 single-chip CAT-iq IC. These chips deliver high performance and low power consumption. As a result, the headsets boast a host of new features, excellent energy efficiency and outstanding voice quality including support for wideband audio.

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