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Will the QF-16 be the next step in drone warfare?

October 14, 2013 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when a fighter jet is too old to be used in combat by the Air Force, but too expensive to totally dump? It becomes a drone, at least sometimes it does. The F-16 Fighting Falcon was acquired by Boeing after being retired by the Air Force. In turn the aerospace company turned the old school jet into a brand new drone to be used for military training.

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Turning vapors into foam-like polymer coating

October 14, 2013 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Polymers -- the essential component of plastics -- are found in countless commercial, medical, and industrial products. Polymers that are porous are called foam polymers and are especially useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties. Now a researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customizable coatings of foam-like polymers.

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Dead loved ones' voices fall victim to technology

October 14, 2013 10:39 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When her 19-year-old daughter died of injuries sustained in a Mother's Day car crash five years ago, Lisa Moore sought comfort from the teenager's cellphone. She would call daughter Alexis' phone number to listen to her greeting. Sometimes she'd leave a message, telling her daughter how much she loved her.

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Growing backlash to government surveillance

October 14, 2013 10:32 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the Internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops.

Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

October 14, 2013 10:24 am | News | Comments

Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.

FPGA debug software accelerates high-speed design

October 14, 2013 10:12 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. released an FPGA-based reference design with software and HDL code that reduces the design risk of high-speed systems incorporating JESD204B-compatible converters. Called the JESD204B Xilinx Transceiver Debug Tool, it supports the 312.5-Mbps to 12.5-Gbps JESD204B data converter-to-FPGA serial data interface....

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DC/DC converters provide 1W of output power

October 14, 2013 10:02 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MD100xE series provides 1W of output power in a miniature 7-pin SIP package. These single & dual output DC/DC converters are specifically designed to provide the voltage conversion, miniature size, I/O isolation and economy required by a wide range of space critical board level applications.

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Microcontrollers deliver low-power consumption and high performance

October 14, 2013 9:36 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation has expanded its popular 32-bit RX100 Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) with the RX110 Group. Designed to support a broad range of markets, the new MCUs deliver a combination of ultra low-power consumption and high performance at attractive price points for entry-level 32-bit embedded Internet of Things (IoT) applications....

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Photos of the Day: 'Bionic man' walks, breathes with artificial parts

October 14, 2013 8:56 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died.

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Thick film chip resistor includes precision tolerances of 0.5% and 1.0%

October 11, 2013 2:23 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics introduces the latest in precision thick film chip resistors, the anti-sulfur RK73H-RT. Made with a sulfur-proof electrode material, the RK73H-RT resistor features precision tolerances of 0.5% and 1.0% and a resistance range of 10Ω ~ 10MΩ.

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High-reliability chip inductors offer temperature ratings down to -55°C

October 11, 2013 2:03 pm | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The new ST312RAG Series 0603 chip inductors from Coilcraft CPS (Critical Products & Services) offer extended temperature ratings (-55°C to 125°C), higher Q and lower DCR than other commercial 0603 inductors, making them ideal for a broad range of extreme-temperature applications.

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LED rig light fixture features Class 1 Division 2 approvals

October 11, 2013 1:53 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful new LED fixture designed to provide powerful output combined with rugged construction capable of withstanding the rigors of offshore operation. The HAL-24-3L-LED-BMSW Hazardous Area LED Light Fixture features Class 1 Division 2 approvals....

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New technology can prevent cellular overload, dropped calls

October 11, 2013 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a natural disaster strikes and too many people take to their mobile phones at once, cellular networks easily overload. But a University of British Columbia graduate student has developed a solution to ensure that calls don't get dropped and texts make it to their destination.

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Google: EU privacy spat will 'play itself out'

October 11, 2013 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said Thursday that he respects but disagrees with complaints about his company's privacy policies made by data protection authorities in six European countries. Schmidt said the Internet search and ad giant has "very broadly communicated" its policies to authorities in the countries where the complaints have been made.

How will ZigBee open up the Sentroller markets for Smart Home device developers?

October 11, 2013 12:53 pm | by Elly Schietse, General Manager GreenPeak Belgium | Blogs | Comments

The smart home device is about to explode. According to a recent report from Nextmarket Insights, the current home automation systems and services market is about 3.6 billion and is forecast to grow to around 15 billion by 2017. This market growth will be driven by a newly emerging homes service market....

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