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Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app....

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Brainwaves can predict audience reaction for television programming

July 29, 2014 6:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at the City College of New York (CCNY) in partnership with Georgia Tech, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor....

IEEE Photonics Society Group IV Photonics Conference

July 29, 2014 4:49 pm | Events

The 2014 International Group IV Photonics Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, will be held on 27 - 29 August, 2014, at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in Paris, France.  The conference features a full program of technical papers and invited presentations....

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Tough foam from tiny sheets

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University. In microscopic images, the foam dubbed "GO-0.5BN" looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and walls that reinforce each other....

Study: Pediatric preventive care guidelines need retooling for computerized format

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the increasing use of electronic medical records and health information exchange, there is a growing demand for a computerized version of the preventive care guidelines pediatricians use across the United States. In a new study, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute report....

Mysterious molecules in space

July 29, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when those stars exploded, these lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the carbon, hydrogen, silicon and other atoms in the universe....

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A new way to make microstructured surfaces

July 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, could exhibit a variety of useful properties — including controllable mechanical stiffness and strength....

Engineering Live: AC vs. DC (On Demand)

July 29, 2014 3:54 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

In the old war of currents between Edison and Tesla, Tesla’s alternating current proved to be the winner in grid distribution. We wonder if it will prevail when it comes to local and regional distribution. The new distribution extends deeper than the power grid....

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TVS diodes include customizable upscreening and sorting process flows

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has expanded its offering of High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes available with customized upscreening and sorting process flows. These components, which protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events ...

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DDR4 DIMM sockets support UDIMMs, RDIMMs, and LRDIMM memory applications

July 29, 2014 3:13 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its DDR4 DIMM sockets in both aerodynamic and standard versions, giving design engineers more options and improved performance while remaining cost-competitive.  The aerodynamic socket features a through-hole termination style....

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The Pulse: Reading minds with Google Glass and walking with Toyota

July 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we're using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair....

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Gun law forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 29, 2014 2:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015....

Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination?

July 29, 2014 1:15 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect...

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DC/DC power solution fuels bus-powered applications

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its industry-leading Thunderbolt portfolio with the TPS65980 DC/DC switching regulator, the first fully integrated power solution for bus-powered Thunderbolt applications. The TPS65980 is the centerpiece of  TI’s certified Thunderbolt single port peripheral reference design....

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Product Safety & Product Liability Prevention Seminar

July 29, 2014 12:51 pm | Events

A very unique two day seminar on the key elements for assuring product safety and avoiding the possibilities of a product liability lawsuit. A highly informative and educational seminar for engineers, inventors, and corporate management teams.....

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