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Social transformation and the digital age

October 7, 2013 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Montréal will host the 2nd World Social Science Forum that will bring together more than 750 experts from all spheres of social sciences and other disciplines. This year, delegates will address how digital technologies influence different aspects of social life, as well as how they transform social sciences.

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Envelope-tracking power supply supports all 3G and LTE bands, including full 20-MHz LTE spectrum

October 7, 2013 3:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

To help get more life out of a battery, Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s most efficient envelope-tracking power supply solution to support 3G and 4G LTE multi-mode, multi-band RF power amplifiers used in smartphones and tablets. The new LM3290 step-down converter with integrated DC boost...

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Wireless power receiver simplifies contactless battery charging across a 1.2cm air gap

October 7, 2013 2:15 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4120, a first for the company in the wireless battery charging space. The LTC4120 combines a wireless power receiver with a constant-current/constant-voltage battery charger, functioning as the receive circuit component in a complete wireless power transfer system....

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LED drivers feature up to 95% efficiency

October 7, 2013 2:05 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel announced the availability of two new high current camera flash LED driver products. The MIC2870 and MIC2871 are capable of driving one or two camera flash LEDs up to 1.5A with best-in-class efficiency and enhanced current accuracy. These devices are ideal for portable battery operated applications....

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Peer review is fatally broken

October 7, 2013 1:46 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

"Nobody reads journals," says science publisher Vitek Tracz, who has made a fortune from journals. "People read papers." Tracz sees a grim future for what has been the mainstay of scientific communication, the peer-reviewed print journal. Within the next 10 years, he says, it will cease to exist.

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Dog's mood offers insight into owner's health

October 7, 2013 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Monitoring a dog's behaviour could be used as an early warning sign that an older owner is struggling to cope or their health is deteriorating. Experts at Newcastle University, UK, are using movement sensors to track normal dog behaviour while the animals are both home alone and out-and-about.

Carnegie Mellon motion tracking technology is extremely precise, inexpensive with minimal lag

October 7, 2013 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that could eliminate much of the annoying lag that occurs in existing video game systems that use motion tracking, while also being extremely precise and highly affordable.

Disney Research discovers rubbing, tapping paper-like material creates electrical current

October 7, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin sheets of plastic and other everyday materials, researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have demonstrated.  

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UltraHaptics -- it's magic in the air

October 7, 2013 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A system that allows users to experience multi-point haptic feedback above an interactive surface without having to touch or hold any device will be unveiled this week [Friday 11 October] at one of the world's most important conferences for innovations in human-computer interfaces.

Making a better, cheaper green-energy magnet

October 7, 2013 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University were awarded a second $1 million federal grant to create an eco-friendly material for better power-converting magnets in wind turbines and electric cars. The federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy funded both grants in hopes of meeting a growing demand for light, strong magnets that don't use costly rare-earth elements.

5 achievements that haven't won a Nobel Prize

October 7, 2013 11:02 am | by MALIN RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcements of this year's Nobel Prize winners will start Monday with the medicine award and continue with physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics. The secretive award committees never give away any hints in advance of who could win, but here's a look at five big scientific breakthroughs that haven't yet received a Nobel prize.

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Touchscreen controller delivers industry-best noise rejection to large-screen superphones and tablets

October 7, 2013 9:45 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a new controller in its TrueTouch Gen5 family that brings the world’s best noise-immunity touchscreen control technology to superphones, smartphones, tablets and e-readers. The TMA568 controller supports writing and drawing with a 2.0-mm-tip passive stylus....

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Cable assemblies support applications to 65GHz

October 7, 2013 9:38 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces immediate delivery of selected, one meter cable assemblies from Florida RF Labs, Inc. The Lab-Flex family of cable assemblies boasts six different cable types supporting applications to 65GHz. They are extremely well-suited for high frequency test applications....

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NFC antenna is 28% thinner and meets EMVCo 40mm specification

October 7, 2013 9:26 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces an ultra-thin near field communications (NFC) ferrite sheet antenna. The antenna is 28% thinner than the previous version and still meets the EMVCo specification of 40mm. It enables NFC connectivity to mobile devices for payment sharing, credential storage and exchange, accessing and controlling data, and wirelessly connecting to tags.

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Photos of the Day: LA students get iPads, crack firewall, play games

October 7, 2013 8:52 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, as administrators envisioned, more than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings....

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