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Facebook, Twitter, Google score during World Cup

June 23, 2014 4:28 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches. Defending champion Spain's stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of buzz....

Ka-ching! Scholarships for slaying video game foes

June 23, 2014 4:27 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all. A small private university in Chicago is offering hefty scholarship for players of one game in particular, League of Legends....

High-current PMBus converters integrate MOSFETs

June 23, 2014 2:38 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it says are the industry’s first 18-V, 20-A and 30-A synchronous DC/DC buck converters with PMBus interface. The SWIFT TPS544B20 and TPS544C20 converters feature small QFN packages and integrated MOSFETs to drive ASICs in space-constrained and power-dense applications

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Magnetic position sensors enable very high accuracy at high rotation speeds

June 23, 2014 11:16 am | Ams-Taos Usa Inc | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) introduced a new series of magnetic position sensors featuring a breakthrough technology capable of producing extremely accurate angle measurements of rotors spinning at high speed.

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Power supply series extends to 650V output

June 23, 2014 10:29 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Neptune, NJ) announces the introduction of high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of 200W and 400W programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of up to 160, 320 or 650VDC, extending the line-up from 100VDC maximum....

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LED string lights provide 250,000 lumens of illumination

June 23, 2014 10:16 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-SL-10-PAR38-LED work area string lights from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) consists of ten industrial grade LED lamps with 10 feet of 14/2 SJTW cable between each lamp. This temporary LED string light system is connected to power via an integrated 3’ cable....

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You can borrow a drone at this library

June 23, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The newly renovated University of South Florida library will have lots to offer students returning for the fall semester. There will be brand new furniture, a modern Smart Lab, and aerial drones to check out along with the books. No, really. In touting the school library’s recent renovations ...

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Waveform generators offer up to 160 MHz output

June 23, 2014 9:51 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) its new 4060 Series line of dual channel function/arbitrary waveform generators. The series includes three models that generate sine waveforms up to 80 MHz (4063), 120 MHz (4064), and 160 MHz (4065). Featuring an advanced pulse generator ...

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Study shows greater potential for solar power

June 23, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could supply a large fraction of the power supply in a decarbonized energy system, shows a new study of the technology and its potential practical application. Concentrating solar power (CSP) could supply a substantial amount of current energy demand....

Rock that whizzed by Earth may be grabbed by NASA

June 23, 2014 9:32 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: A tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet long, it is "the size of a delivery truck....

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Re-energized atom smasher back on line next year

June 23, 2014 9:30 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades. The Large Hadron Collider, which was used to discover a long-theorized subatomic particle, is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light....

5 Things To Know about getting girls into coding

June 23, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Google-led initiative is an effort to get more girls involved in computer programming. A website launching Thursday features female role-model techies who write software to design cool fabrics or choreograph dances. There are simple, fun coding lessons aimed at girls and a directory of coding programs for girls....

Tech Tips: Facebook ads, tracking and you

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook - your profile information, status updates, likes and interests. That's changing. The company says it will soon give advertisers more options to tailor ads to what you do outside Facebook....

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Hackers take down website of Brazilian federation

June 23, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian football federation says hackers momentarily took down its website on Thursday. The federation said that although the site was quickly restored, it remained unstable for some time while technicians worked on it. Federation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva said before a press conference....

Congress to probe how IRS emails could go missing

June 23, 2014 9:14 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency's targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. Instead, Commissioner John Koskinen accused the chairman of a powerful House committee of misleading the public....

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