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LED driver IC rated at a current of 1A

March 3, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced the HV9805, an LED driver IC, where the LED light source is arranged as a high-voltage LED string in order to accommodate certain lamp form factors, while allowing for cost savings through less complicated cooling and optical arrangements.

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Wi-Fi virus that spreads like common cold

March 3, 2014 10:08 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Researchers in Liverpool have developed a computer virus that spreads via Wi-Fi like the "common cold." Now, when nearly every home has wireless Internet, it means that the virus can go from network to network exploiting weaknesses. The virus, once...

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8-bit microcontroller family designed for safety critical applications

March 3, 2014 9:41 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced from Embedded World an expansion of its 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, with the peripheral-rich, low pin count PIC16(L)F161X family. These new MCUs expand the offering of Microchip’s Core Independent Peripherals (CIP)....

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Photos of the Day: The AirMule UAV flying donkey

March 3, 2014 9:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proving that looks aren’t everything, the AirMule UAV, developed by Israel’s Urban Aeronautics, is designed for cargo transport, medical evac, and troop supply missions. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV was unveiled in 2008, completed its maiden flight in 2010, and is scheduled for deployment this year.

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Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales

March 3, 2014 8:29 am | by Semiconductor Industry Association | News | Comments

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.28 billion for the month of January 2014, an increase of 8.8 percent from January 2013 when sales were $24.15 billion....

Airport lights are watching you

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Because I needed another reason to be skeptical of flying.... The newly installed LED lights in Terminal B of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey don’t just provide clean, bright light for people waiting to catch their flights. They’re part of another installment in the “things that watch us without our knowledge” saga....

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7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

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Bitcoin exchange looks into criminal complaint

March 3, 2014 3:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tokyo bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection blamed theft through hacking for its losses and said it was looking into a criminal complaint. Mt. Gox's chief Mark Karpeles posted the announcement on the company website Monday, outlining the events that resulted in insolvency and...

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Intel designs a safe meeting place for private data

March 3, 2014 1:10 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A super-secure place for sensitive data to mingle could free companies to get the benefits of sharing it without risking leaks. As companies from the financial sector to the health industry amass ever larger, more detailed databases of information about people, it is clear that combining different...

DeGeneres' selfie crashes Twitter

March 3, 2014 1:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over. During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep,...

Ahead of the Bell: Apple to hold annual meeting

March 2, 2014 8:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple stockholders will get a chance to grill CEO Tim Cook about the company's product strategy, acquisition plans and money management at the iPhone maker's annual meeting. Friday's gathering, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PST, isn't expected to be as dramatic as it was shaping up to be until...

Promise and peril in an ultra-connected world

March 2, 2014 3:08 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart...

How fragrant pine forests fine-tune climate — new research

March 1, 2014 1:08 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The invigorating scent of pine assaulting the nostrils is one of the pleasures of any walk through a pine forest but an international team of scientists has established that there's a lot more to pine-scented vapors than olfactory indulgence. New...

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DARPA awards announced - Google's Schaft robot wins the challenge

March 1, 2014 12:08 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

DARPA is the acronym of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US department of defense and it has conducted a challenge for robots in Miami, Florida - Google's Schaft robot won the two-day challenge. There were a total of 15 teams....

Huge data breach: 360 million cyberaccounts compromised, 1.25 billion emails hacked

March 1, 2014 7:08 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

A cybersecurity company has uncovered a "mind boggling" cache of stolen credentials that was available for sale in the online black markets over the past three weeks. Around 360 million compromised login credentials and around 1.25 billion email addresses stemming...

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