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Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

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Tokyo Motor Show opens to public

November 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public Saturday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and self-driving vehicles. A total of 426 passenger and commercial cars as well as two-wheelers are on display at Tokyo Big Sight through Dec. 1.

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EU climate chief says UN talks hinge on 2015 deal

November 25, 2013 11:47 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

After another U.N. climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the process needs to provide a "substantial answer" to global warming in two years to remain relevant. Even if it succeeds, it's worth reconsidering whether the international confabs need to be held every year....

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TEPCO, Mitsubishi firms to build coal-fired power plants in Fukushima

November 25, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will build two cutting-edge coal-fired power generation facilities in Fukushima Prefecture, the home of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in conjunction with three Mitsubishi group firms, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

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Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

November 25, 2013 11:42 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities. Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted....

Dim traffic sensors dull how 'smart' freeways are

November 25, 2013 11:35 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's highways aren't as smart as they used to be. Buried under thousands of miles of pavement are 27,000 traffic sensors that are supposed to help troubleshoot both daily commutes and long-term maintenance needs on some of the nation's most heavily used and congested roadways.

Photos of the Day: Review: HTC, Nokia offer good, giant choices

November 25, 2013 11:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.

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New research aims to teach computers common sense

November 25, 2013 11:31 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying to plant a digital seed for artificial intelligence by letting a massive computer system browse millions of pictures and decide for itself what they all mean. The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7....

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Line drivers include encoder link and analog bypass

November 25, 2013 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new iC-HF provides six RS-422 line drivers for 3V to 5.5V encoder applications. With the integrated Encoder Link function, the line drivers can be deactivated and analog/digital signals directly accessed through the line driver output pins. For differential RS-422 line driver operation, six differential complementary drivers are implemented.

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Design-specific enclosures intended for credit-card sized computers

November 25, 2013 9:31 am | Hammond | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing has launched a range of design-specific moulded enclosures to support the new types of credit card-sized, low-cost bar- board computers, which, typically running Linux, provide basic functionality across a wide range of applications.

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Explosion-proof transformer designed to provide portability and convenience

November 25, 2013 9:25 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-TX-320-2XLV-DC explosion-proof transformer from Larson Electronics is a convenient and reliable solution for operators in hazardous locations who need the ability to easily convert standard 120-277 VAC to low voltage 12/24 VDC current. This explosion proof transformer also acts as a power distribution system....

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Photos of the Day: Inmates learn tech sector from Silicon Valley pros

November 25, 2013 8:56 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet.

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Navy Yard gunman had classified access pulled

November 23, 2013 3:39 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter pulled his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told Navy officials about the withdrawal, The Associated Press has learned. An initial Navy...

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DC/DC controller drives over 250W of LED power

November 22, 2013 5:00 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3797, a triple output DC/DC controller designed to drive three independent channels of LEDs. Its fixed frequency, current-mode architecture delivers constant, accurately regulated LED current over a wide range of supply and output voltages.

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Review: Nexus 5 delivers basics at great price

November 22, 2013 4:41 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no waterproof covering, no sensor to detect eye movement or hand gestures. What you get is an Android phone that's very good at the basics - for an excellent price.

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