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Building digital video encoding systems: What’s your approach?

October 23, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mike Perkins, Ph.D, and Mike Deeds, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Since its humble beginning more than 80 years ago in Farnsworth’s lab, video has grown to be a ubiquitous part of life. Devices like HDTVs, smartphones, and tablets coupled with services like YouTube, Netflix, and Facebook have put video near the center of most people’s lives.

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Microprocessor crystal occupies 50% less surface area than similar products on the market

October 23, 2013 1:59 pm | Raltron Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp, Miami, FL has just released its new Model R1612 Microprocessor Crystal at 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm in size addressing the ever increasing demand for smaller size components. Featuring ultra-small, ultra-thin size; with automatic processing and reflow capability and its excellent use for high density usages, make the R1612 a superior choice....

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Review: Refinements add up in new Mac system

October 23, 2013 1:08 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks —and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — especially because it's free. Many years ago, Web surfing changed dramatically when...

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Dolphins inspire new radar system to detect hidden surveillance and explosive devices

October 23, 2013 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Inspired by the way dolphins hunt using bubble nets, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives. The twin inverted pulse radar (TWIPR) is able to distinguish true 'targets' ...

Advanced light source provides a new look at vanadium dioxide

October 23, 2013 1:03 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Graphene may command the lion’s share of attention but it is not the only material generating buzz in the electronics world. Vanadium dioxide is one of the few known materials that acts like an insulator at low temperatures but like a metal at warmer temperatures starting around 67 degrees Celsius.

Kickstarter of the Week: This robotic bartender knows your favorite drink

October 23, 2013 12:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are pouring ourselves a drink with Monsieur, the world's first artificially intelligent robotic bartender. With access to more than 300 drink recipes, Monsieur becomes your very own personal butler....

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The reins of Casimir: Engineered nanostructures could offer way to control quantum effect

October 23, 2013 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

You might think that a pair of parallel plates hanging motionless in a vacuum just a fraction of a micrometer away from each other would be like strangers passing in the night—so close but destined never to meet. Thanks to quantum mechanics, you would be wrong.

A new idea for space tourism: Balloon over rocket

October 23, 2013 12:36 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The latest space tourism venture depends more on hot air than rocket science. World View Enterprises announced plans Tuesday to send people up in a capsule, lifted 19 miles by a high-altitude balloon. Jane Poynter, CEO of the Tucson, Ariz.-based company, said the price for the four-hour ride would be $75,000.

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Camouflage LED Golight ideal for use on hunting vehicles and off road ATVs

October 23, 2013 12:13 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has released of a camouflage LED Golight in time for the 2013 hunting season. Featuring high power LED technology and remote control operation, the GL-30814 Camouflage LED Golight Stryker offers excellent power and performance in a rugged spotlight design.

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Power transistor designed for broadband avionics data link applications

October 23, 2013 12:06 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD introduces a new 50V gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) RF power high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The 0912GN-650V is internally-matched and capable of providing over 17 dB gain....

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MIT to co-lead federal aviation environment center

October 23, 2013 11:32 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently named MIT as a co-leader of its new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternate jet fuels and the environment. The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT) and Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment (LAE) will lead the COE’s research in meeting the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System aviation en...

New device stores electricity on silicon chips

October 23, 2013 11:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

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Samsung brings smaller version of S4 to US

October 23, 2013 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung is making a smaller version of its flagship Galaxy S4 phone available in the United States next month. The screen is 4.3 inches (10.9 centimeters) diagonally, compared with 5 inches for the regular S4. Nonetheless, the Mini version is still larger than the latest iPhones.

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Court: Studies understated Samsung health hazards

October 23, 2013 11:17 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers. The finding by the Seoul Administrative Court was part of a ruling in the case of a Samsung Electronics Co. worker who died of leukemia in 2009 aged 29.

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T-Mobile to offer free data service for tablets

October 23, 2013 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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