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Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come

June 11, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The journalist who exposed classified U.S. surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor said Tuesday that there will be more 'significant revelations' to come from the documents. "We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months," said Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian.

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Kickstarter of the Week: The bread & butter of engineering

June 11, 2013 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, we're experimenting with the Crowfie, a user interface panel that makes it easy to test and develop your software code and electronics interfaces. The Crowfie is a user interface panel between you and your microcontroller, electronics, robotics drive systems, and actuators.

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Multilayer chip capacitors include a working voltage up to 3kV DC

June 11, 2013 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Syfer Technology has expanded its X8R dielectric range of multilayer chip capacitors (MLCCs). The range has been extended, from a working voltage of 250V DC, up to 3kV DC and will now be available in capacitance values from 270pF to 1.8µF, with tolerances of ±5%, 10% and 20% dependant on C/V value.

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NSA contractor risks steep jail time for data leak

June 11, 2013 9:21 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The man who gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security, has revealed his own identity. He risked decades in jail for the disclosures — if the U.S. can extradite him from Hong Kong where he says he has taken refuge.

Sony unveils boxy next-gen PlayStation 4 console

June 10, 2013 10:16 pm | by LOU KESTEN - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 — and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. With that non-surprise out of the way, the Japanese company is also providing glimpses of the games it hopes will elevate the PS4 to the top of holiday wish...

Apple revamps look of iPhone, iPad software

June 10, 2013 5:24 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007. The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for a clean, simple,...

Broadband sub-harmonic pumped mixer designed for cost-sensitive applications

June 10, 2013 4:58 pm | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions introduced a new Broadband Sub-Harmonic Pumped Mixer for cost sensitive applications covering the 14-32 GHz frequency range and IF frequencies from DC-7 GHz. The MAMX-011009 is packaged in an ultra small 1.5x1.2 mm TDFN surface mount, allowing customers an easy, efficient and space-saving broadband solution.

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Development board designed to work with a range of key applications

June 10, 2013 4:35 pm | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 today announced the launch of its multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors, a low-cost enablement solution that allows designers to easily understand and test the latest sensing technologies with a next generation accelerometer, pressure sensor and a magnetometer to measure motion....

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The rising demands and requirements of wearable soldier systems

June 10, 2013 4:18 pm | by Wes Morgan, Director, Product Management, Americas at ITT Interconnect Solutions | Articles | Comments

Modern soldiers require state-of-the-art innovations, particularly when integrating connectors within advanced Wearable Soldier Systems (WSS). Key requirements for wearable soldier electronics are: increased situational awareness, increased weapons effectiveness, and increased individual agility.

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Rovi loses in initial patent dispute review

June 10, 2013 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rovi Corp.'s shares fell Monday after an initial decision in a patent dispute did not come down in the interactive TV listing company's favor. The Santa Clara, Calif., company argued that Netflix Inc. and Roku had infringed on four of Rovi's patents. But an administrative law judge for the United...

The everyday usefulness of the problem statement

June 10, 2013 1:32 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Last week, I wrote about how our continuous improvement and process improvement tools and methods can be used any time and discussed the Parameter Diagram or P-diagram as an example. Let’s continue that thread and look at the ubiquitous usefulness of the problem statement.

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New option for thermoelectrically cooled electronic enclosures makes washdowns fast and easy

June 10, 2013 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EIC Solutions has announced the new M74 clean out modification option which facilitates washdown of thermoelectric coolers mounted to electronic enclosures. The M74 option was application-driven arising from suggestions received from customers in food processing, and other process industries requiring frequent rinsing or washing of equipment.

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Magnetic-mount LED flood light features 600lbs of grip

June 10, 2013 1:09 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced release of a highly versatile pedestal light that has been built to provide maximum versatility in a compact yet powerful work light design. The WAL-M-LED60-120 LED work light features a heavy duty aluminum pedestal base with 600lbs of magnetic mounting grip....

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Ethernet media converter transmits data up to 100Km

June 10, 2013 12:56 pm | B & B Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Company released its iMcV-Giga FiberLinX-III gigabit intelligent Ethernet media converter. This highly anticipated third generation of the company’s successful FiberLinX family is a 10/100/1000Mbps copper to 1000Mbps fiber device, converting existing copper wiring-based networks to fiber optics.

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Is this the connected home’s wave of the future?

June 10, 2013 12:44 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s some news that will make couch potatoes everywhere rejoice: Computer scientists at the University of Washington have come up with a sensorless and cameraless way to detect human movements, allowing for gesture control of their electronics and household appliances.

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