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The state & future of the global electronics market

June 10, 2014 1:09 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.” “We’re going through dramatic change, and that change is accelerating from being an intelligent device to being a networked device – and it’s generating a lot of data,” says Ford....

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With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

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Inductors target high-density power circuitry

June 10, 2014 11:49 am | Sumida America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Magnetically shielded Sumida (Schaumburg, IL) CDRH3D23 Series Power Inductors are suitable for high-density power circuitry.  With ferrite drum construction and a unique geometry, these devices yield higher inductance values than…

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Project Tango: From gesture sensing to machine vision

June 10, 2014 11:20 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Project Tango was announced in February 2014. It is a special project from Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects, formerly part of Motorola) and Movidius, a startup in Silicon Valley. When Google sold Motorola (Mobility) to Lenovo, it held on to ATAP. Project Tango is focused on ...

NASA announces two upcoming undersea missions

June 10, 2014 11:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities.

Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever

June 10, 2014 10:13 am | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer, better known as football outside of the U.S. and...

June 2014: Electric Cars

June 10, 2014 10:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Electric cars are finally becoming a serious contender in the automotive world. The mileage is increasing, the price is decreasing, and the batteries are no longer on fire. But it’s been a long road for the technology and with over 175,000 plug-in vehicles on the road today, the challenges won’t stop anytime soon.

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Synchronous buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V

June 10, 2014 9:25 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL85003 and ISL85003A 3 Amp synchronous buck regulators with integrated high-side and low-side MOSFETs. The new ISL85003/3A buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V while delivering very efficient and continuous 3A current....

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Game technology teaches mice and men to hear better in noisy environments

June 10, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to hear soft speech in a noisy environment is difficult for many and nearly impossible for the 48 million in the United States living with hearing loss. Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and Harvard University programmed a new type of game that trained both mice and humans....

To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected states

June 10, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Anesthesia makes otherwise painful procedures possible by derailing a conscious brain, rendering it incapable of sensing or responding to a surgeon's knife. But little research exists on what happens when the drugs wear off. The obvious explanation is that as the anesthetic washes out of the body, electrical activity in the brain gradually returns to its conscious patterns....

Scientists may have identified echoes of ancient Earth

June 10, 2014 9:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A group of scientists believe that a previously unexplained isotopic ratio from deep within the Earth may be a signal from material from the time before the Earth collided with another planet-sized body, leading to the creation of the Moon. This may represent the echoes of the ancient Earth....

Haptic device simulates the feel of breasts

June 10, 2014 8:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Check those smirks. This doesn’t concern a certain less-than-reputable industry (banking $100 billion+ annually) or Japan’s general proclivity for weirdness. Actually, the ability to simulate the tactile sensation of soft breast tissue could have important medical applications....

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PayPal president departs eBay for Facebook

June 10, 2014 8:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

David Marcus, the head of eBay's PayPal unit, is leaving the company for Facebook, where he'll lead mobile messaging products. EBay Inc. said Tuesday that Marcus is departing on June 27, three years after joining PayPal. Marcus says his role at PayPal was becoming too much of a management...

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Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

June 10, 2014 8:13 am | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service. The decision, announced in a Monday blog post, follows a legal threat issued by Verizon last week. Netflix is feuding with...

Neutrons and X-rays reveal structure of high-temperature liquid metal oxides

June 10, 2014 8:13 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

By levitating a bead of ceramic oxide, heating it with a 400-watt carbon dioxide laser, then shooting the molten material with X-rays and neutrons, scientists with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories have revealed unprecedented detail of the structure....

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