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Explosion-proof LED wall pack light designed for indoor and outdoor use

January 14, 2014 12:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 240 Watt Explosion-Proof LED Wall Pack Light fixture that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaires. The HAL-RSLED-240W is designed for indoor and outdoor use....

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Company releases world’s lowest profile active and passive antennas

January 14, 2014 11:21 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Parsec Technologies announced that a combination of the companies’ technologies results in the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna. For host devices able to accommodate higher volumetric symmetry, assembly of the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm volume.

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What is the Smart Home? What is the Really Smart Home?

January 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Articles | Comments

We are currently experiencing the first phases of the Smart Home with much more to come as the Really Smart Home finally becomes a reality. The adaption of ZigBee remote controls and ZigBee set top boxes by most of the world’s cable TV and broadband service providers is the launching platform for the rolling out of various Smart Home-Connected Home services....

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Will solar energy ever be a viable alternative to traditional power?

January 14, 2014 10:13 am | Apc- Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Solar is already a viable alternative to traditional carbon based and nuclear thermal power plants. In 2012, over 31 Gigawatts (GW) of new PV generation went online globally including 3.5GW in the United States alone. In 2013, that number in the United States is expected to grow by 28% to reach 4.9GW.

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What makes superalloys super - hierarchical microstructure of a superalloy

January 14, 2014 10:02 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | News | Comments

Materials in high-performance turbines have to withstand not only powerful mechanical forces, they also have to maintain their chemical and mechanical properties almost up to their melting points. For this reason, turbine manufacturers have employed special nickel-based high-performance alloys for decades.

China video sites confident public will pay

January 14, 2014 9:56 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

When media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like in China. For Liu, an on-demand streaming service such as Netflix isn't worth the $7.99 a month subscription. "As a Chinese, I am not used to paying to watch TV..."

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'Ghost gun' regulations pushed in California bill

January 14, 2014 9:53 am | by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The "ghost guns" that can slip through metal detectors and be assembled at home without safeguards are spurring efforts in California and elsewhere to bring these weapons and their owners out of the shadows. A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3-D printer at home.

Hybrid offers $55M for bankrupt Fisker in bid war

January 14, 2014 9:51 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has bid $55 million for Fisker Automotive's assets, just days after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware rejected Hybrid's plan to take over the failed electric-vehicle maker in a private sale. Hybrid said in court papers Monday that it's offering $30 million in cash and would cancel $25 million in debt that Fisker owes Hybrid as its senior secured lender.

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Proposed spy phone record shift draws resistance

January 14, 2014 9:48 am | by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

PayPal testing easier checkout for online shoppers

January 14, 2014 9:10 am | News | Comments

EBay's payments service PayPal has redesigned its online checkout process to let shoppers complete their payment on merchants' websites, rather than go to a separate PayPal site. Simplifying the checkout process — and having shoppers stay on an e-commerce site rather than click over to a separate PayPal page — means they are more likely to complete the transaction.

Photos of the Day: Review: Niche appeal in 2 new Android phones

January 14, 2014 9:00 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

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Development platform powers EU’s FP7 FlexTiles 3D SoC project

January 14, 2014 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sundance Multiprocessor Technology has launched the SMT166 dual-FPGA platform for R&D into the use of large FPGAs for high-performance reconfigurable computing and large-scale embedded systems applications as well as system-on-chip (SoC) simulation. At the same time, Sundance has announced that the SMT166 has been chosen as the prototyping platform....

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Two researchers win U.S. presidential science award

January 13, 2014 5:05 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Two Yale scientists are among the recipients of the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award, one of highest national honors bestowed on early-stage scientists and engineers. Andrew Goodman and Young-Shin Kim of Yale and the other 100 winners are scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House for the award ceremony later this year....

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Evaluation board serves as development platform

January 13, 2014 4:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

For the ARM7 microcontroller gridARM, PEAK-System provides an evaluation board as development platform. The Linux-based system leads out the microcontroller interfaces Gigabit Ethernet, High-speed CAN, USB 2.0, RS-232, SPI, and I²C. Furthermore, the board has 8 digital inputs and 8 outputs....

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ECN Webcast: Digital Power in Smart Energy Solutions

January 13, 2014 4:23 pm | Webinars

Smart energy. It’s a buzzword in the industry, but what does it mean for electronic engineers? This webcast will feature an in-depth conversation about the challenges, advantages and design how-tos for dealing with digital power in smart energy. In this free, live, 60-minute webcast hosted by ECN, our panel of industry experts will explore....

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