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Windows 7 is on sale. Should you buy it now?

July 10, 2009 10:05 am | by JESSICA MINTZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp.'s next installment of Windows doesn't launch until October, but deep discounts on some versions are available through Saturday if you want to pre-order. Before pouncing on this deal, make sure it's right for your PC. There are plenty of reasons why you'd want Windows 7. It appears to be more stable - less prone to crashes - than previous versions of Windows. It's less annoying than Vista, which could deluge users with security warnings and other nagging reminders. Windows 7 has a cleaner, simpler interface.

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Competition Drove Kindle Price Cut

July 10, 2009 9:27 am | by Mark Long, | News | Comments

Amazon's decision to shave $60 off the price of its Kindle 2 this week caught some industry observers off guard. But Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said she wasn't surprised.

Transceivers Handle Signal and Power Over a Single Coax Cable

July 10, 2009 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

EqcoLogic’s EQCO800SC transceiver circuit enables full duplex communication together with power transmission over a single, low cost coaxial (COAX) cable, at speeds of up to 1.25 Gbit/second and with cable lengths up to 100 m. It supports a

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Tiny Reed Switches Target Tough Applications

July 10, 2009 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for demanding portable low-power applications where small size is necessary, the 4-mm-long KSK-1A04 Series of miniature SMT magnetic reed switches from MEDER electronic have flat-contact lead terminals.

Man Sues Over Bad-Breath Device

July 10, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

A Boston-area inventor sued Kimberly-Clark Corp on Tuesday, contending that the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers had violated his patent for a device to detect bad breath.

GM Reborn?

July 10, 2009 7:58 am | by TOM KRISHER | News | Comments

The new General Motors will be faster and more responsive to customers than the old one, and it will make money and repay government loans faster than required, CEO Fritz Henderson said Friday as a leaner version of the automaker emerged from bankruptcy protection.

Americans Favor Science, But Less Than Before

July 10, 2009 7:29 am | by RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | News | Comments

The share of Americans who see science as the nation's greatest achievement is down sharply, even as the public continues to hold scientists in high regard. A new Pew Research Center poll indicates that 27 percent of Americans say the nation's greatest achievements are in science, medicine and technology, more than any category other than don't know.

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Load Switch Offers Low Tolerance

July 10, 2009 6:56 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

With a current range from 500 mA to 700mA and a tolerance of 15 percent, Intellimax FPF23xx Series dual load switches from Fairchild Semiconductor are suitable for multiple-USB port power applications.

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Applications Accepted for $30,000 Scholarship Fund

July 10, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

Applications are being accepted through the 31st of August 2009 to attain four $2,500 Premier Farnell individual scholarships in each of three regions (Asia, Europe and the Americas), a total scholarship fund of $30,000 for individual students worldwide who are registered in a full time Electrical and Electronics Engineering course in the 2009 entry year.

Webcasters and Music Industry End Fight for Royalties

July 9, 2009 7:07 am | by by Gabriel Madway and Richard Chang | News | Comments

Artists and record labels reached an agreement on Tuesday with Internet radio companies over royalty rates, resolving a dispute that dates back more than two years over how to divvy up revenue from streaming music on the Web. The deal establishes a two-tier royalty payment system for companies -- such as the popular service offered by Pandora Media Inc -- that broadcast music over the Internet.

Top Media Execs Wonder How Twitter Will Make Money

July 9, 2009 6:49 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE | News | Comments

It turns out the media elite aren't so different from a lot of less affluent folks: They think Twitter is a great communications tool, but can't figure out how the online messaging service is going to make money. The recurring doubts about Twitter's moneymaking potential cropped up again Wednesday as an exclusive media summit hosted by investment banker Allen & Co. got under way at the posh Sun Valley resort.

New Jobless Claims Lowest Since January

July 9, 2009 6:41 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | News | Comments

The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to lowest level since early January, largely due to changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs.

Mobile TV Development Bandwagon Stalls

July 9, 2009 6:33 am | by Tarmo Virki | News | Comments

For years it was the talk of the wireless industry: beaming television to the world's four billion cellphones would be the icon of the digital age. Now, just three letters are hastening the demise of that vision. App. Short for "application," the programs people download from online stores to run on their portable phones have enabled consumers to choose for themselves which moving pictures to take in when they are on the go.

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Sensor Film Ensures Even Surface Pressure

July 9, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allowing pressure variations to be detected and corrected in the lamination of dry film to the board substrate, Pressurex film from Sensor Products changes color proportional to the pressure applied and ensures alignment and even bonding.

Discussing Capacitive Touch Sensors

July 9, 2009 5:57 am | News | Comments

This post answers the following question "How small can I create capacitive touch sensors, and how close together can the buttons be?"

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