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AT&T eyes football in DirecTV buy

May 20, 2014 9:26 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

One of the hidden benefits of AT&T's $48.5 billion planned purchase of DirecTV is that it raises the possibility of making DirecTV's programming crown jewel, NFL Sunday Ticket, more broadly available on mobile devices. Making exclusive live NFL game programming available on AT&T smartphones could trump Verizon's deal with the NFL....

Cyber charges put more strain US-China relations

May 20, 2014 9:22 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia. That doesn't mean there will be a fracture in the U.S.-China relationship....

From wind tunnel tests to software reviews, NASA's Commercial Crew partners continue to advance

May 20, 2014 8:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil....


Technologies to watch in the rapidly evolving white box tablet market

May 20, 2014 8:04 am | by Robert Wang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

The white box tablet market has been booming for the past three years. Although this rapid pace has slowed somewhat, with white box tablet shipments projected for modest growth in 2014, innovative OEMs and forward-looking chip companies both see significant market opportunities....


Apple integrates FTIR pressure sensing with projected capacitive touch

May 20, 2014 7:22 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

A recent patent application indicates that Apple is working on integrating projected capacitive and FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) to offer pressure sensing and a new user experience. Per the patent, FTIR is used to detect finger pressure, and projected capacitive determines the touch ...

Illinois receives $2.1 million from NSA to help advance security of cyber systems

May 20, 2014 7:21 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was one of four universities selected to receive funding for cybersecurity research through the National Security Agency's Science of Security (SoS) initiative. Science of security refers to the emerging field in which the practice ...

CooliSys signs strategic distribution agreement with Marsh Electronics

May 19, 2014 4:08 pm | News | Comments

Milpitas CA– CooliSys (, a leading provider of AC/DC and DC/DC customizable power supplies system solutions, has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Marsh Electronics (, a leading distributor of power supplies and electronic components....

Kim Jong-un rides unicorns, defeats United States military

May 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Political statements take many forms. Sometimes, they’re a modest sit-in, a protest, or an op-ed agitating for change. And sometimes, they’re a farcical video game starring North Korea’s “glorious leader,” Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly taking down the United States with the help of unicorns and Dennis Rodman. Seriously....


'T-Ray' tech converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging

May 19, 2014 2:03 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum—the terahertz range. So-called T-rays, which are light waves too long for human eyes to see, could help airport security guards find chemical and other weapons....

Production technology for more efficient jet engines

May 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Aircrafts have to be more efficient – a crucial point when it comes to the design of jet engines. However, in the design of the components, the engineers also need to consider whether these can be economically produced. Yet, a new process chain provides more design freedom....


Lighting the way to graphene-based devices

May 19, 2014 1:49 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Graphene continues to reign as the next potential superstar material for the electronics industry, a slimmer, stronger and  much faster electron conductor than silicon. With no natural energy band-gap, however, graphene’s superfast conductance can’t be switched off, a serious drawback for transistors and other electronic devices....

Organic photodiodes for sensor applications

May 19, 2014 1:47 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Powerful, inexpensive and even flexible when they need to be, organic photodiodes are a promising alternative to silicon-based photodetectors. They are used to improve light sensitivity in cameras and to check displays for homogeneous color composition....

Quantum simulator gives clues about magnetism

May 19, 2014 1:44 pm | by Lindsay Jolivet, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research | News | Comments

Assembling the puzzles of quantum materials is, in some ways, like dipping a wire hanger into a vat of soapy water, says CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) Fellow Joseph Thywissen (University of Toronto). Long before mathematical equations could explain the shapes and angles in the soap foams ...


Photos of the Day: The R-Bat unmanned helicopter system

May 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rotary Bat is an unmanned helicopter system that combines Northrop Grumman's autonomous control systems with Yamaha Motor's RMAX remotely-piloted helicopter. The R-Bat is a medium altitude, multi-mission unmanned aircraft system, with a payload of 3.2 cubic feet, and it launches from a pneumatic/hydraulic rail launcher....


Hidden greenland canyons mean more sea level rise

May 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found that canyons under Greenland's ocean-feeding glaciers are deeper and longer than previously thought, increasing the amount of Greenland's estimated contribution to future sea level rise....


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