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The five best apps to plan your perfect Valentine’s at the last second

February 14, 2014 4:19 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Waited till the last second to make your Valentine’s Day plans? Forgot about the day of love entirely? Or maybe you’re snowed in and have to rethink your plans? Not to worry — these five apps, free or inexpensive for multiple operating systems, are ready to save the day. No matter what kind of day you want.

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Surveillance industry fights back: License-reader firm sues over ban on scanning technology

February 14, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The surveillance industry is fighting back. A company that makes automated license plate readers sued Utah's government Thursday over a new law there intended to protect drivers' privacy. Digital Recognition Network Inc. of Fort Worth, which...

Data-driven Valentine's: What Facebook knows about love

February 14, 2014 3:09 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With 1.23 billion users in all the flavors and up-and-down stages of romantic relationships, Facebook knows a thing or two about love.For example, two people who are about to enter a relationship interact more and more on Facebook in the weeks leading up to making their coupled status official — up until 12 days before the start of the relationship....

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Red laser diode delivers 100mW single-transverse-mode optical output

February 14, 2014 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics Company has announced the launch of the Oclaro HL63163DG: a tiny red laser diode that delivers 100mW single-transverse-mode optical output power at 633nm in the visible wavelength band. The Oclaro HL63163DG presents system designers with a long-awaited and realistic alternative....

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For DARPA’s next trick: Things that disappear

February 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), through its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR), is working on what it calls “transient” electronics that can disappear when activated remotely. The BBC recently reported that DARPA awarded a $3.5 million contract....

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Relay system promises increased flexibility

February 14, 2014 12:14 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduced RIFLINE Complete, a modular ice cube-style relay system with a broad range of accessories. The system is available as either completely assembled modules, which can save assembly time and labor costs, or as individual components, to

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Power connectors aim to fill a critical power gap with a small footprint

February 14, 2014 11:45 am | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex’ (Lisle, IL) Mega-Fit wire-to-board, mid-range power connector is presented as filling a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering 23 A in a small 5.7-mm footprint. The connectors are appropriate for

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4:1 input, 1" x 2", 50-W DC/DC converters target applications requiring very wide inputs

February 14, 2014 11:12 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s (Stoughton, MA) MB5000RU Series delivers 50 W of isolated, tightly regulated output power in a 1 x 2 x 0.4 inch case. The converters are designed for applications requiring very wide inputs, compact size, high

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Coax connector targets high frequency applications where spacing is critical

February 14, 2014 10:48 am | Emerson Network Power Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power (Bannockburn, IL) announced an addition to the Johnson line of coax connectors, SMPM for applications such as radar, satellite, high density packaging, and applications requiring higher frequencies up to 65 GHz. These subminiature connectors feature

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Thin-film chip resistor laboratory sample kits aid prototyping in automotive applications

February 14, 2014 9:29 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is offering laboratory sample kits of its automotive-grade precision thin film chip resistors. The MCW 0406 AT (LCW AT 96/4) and MCT 0603 AT (LCT AT 96/4) kits aid engineers in prototyping, and speed time to market in a wide range of electronic systems. The two new

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How far should the 1st Amendment protect domestic drones?

February 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Does the “right to know” trump privacy rights? Should journalists exercise restraint in coverage of sensitive topics? At what point does a slavish devotion to the 1st Amendment absolve the press of any moral responsibility? These are very old questions, but they’ve become particularly relevant in the age of 24/7 citizen journalism....

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Computer-based behavioral therapy effective tool for addiction treatment

February 14, 2014 8:31 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Yale researchers have developed a computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program to treat substance abuse and dependence, and report that it results in better outcomes both in the near term and over time. The program is known as Computer Based Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT4CBT....

Photos of the Day: The Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator

February 14, 2014 8:01 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The BAE Systems Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is being billed as the most advanced British aircraft ever built. The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator will be a semi-autonomous stealth vehicle capable of striking intercontinental targets.

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Japan net retailer Rakuten to buy Viber for $900M

February 14, 2014 7:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Rakuten Inc. is buying Cyprus-based Viber Media, which operates a popular Internet phone application, for $900 million, fortifying the online retailer's social networking footprint. The Tokyo-based company said Friday it sees Viber, with 280 million global users, as a key platform as...

Google gets more guarded about acquisition numbers

February 13, 2014 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is becoming more secretive about its acquisitions as the Internet company hunts for promising innovations and engineering talent to help shape the future of technology. The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's 2013 annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of...

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