Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market. It happened in EVE Online, where more than 300,000 subscribers pay $15 a month to play. They gain wealth through hard work, manipulating the market, or killing rivals in a distant future where humans have colonized the stars in an online game similar to World of Warcraft and Second Life.
U.S. employers cut far more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate hit a nearly 26-year high of 9.5 percent, underscoring the likelihood of a long and slow recovery from recession. The loss of 467,000 jobs reported by the Labor Department on Thursday was 100,000 more than Wall Street economists had expected and was spread widely across economic sectors.
One of the ultimate goals of nanotechnology is to fabricate functional devices at the nanoscale. A nanodevice is expected to integrate components of different material compositions and geometries. The integration is likely to be carried out on silicon if information processing is required. Thus far, the basic building blocks for nanodevices are nanoparticles and nanotubes.
Computer hard disk drive storage has an impressive history of technological advances, from the RAMAC storage systems in the 1950s to perpendicular recording introduced a few years ago. The advancement of these technologies has increased the density of today’s hard disk drives to the terabyte range. Along the way frustrations with new storage technology have been proprietary equipment formats, initial high investments, and failed expectations of reliability.
Allowing the user to access two separate devices via connection through the common port with manual pushbutton or RS232 remote serial control, the MEMS-based M6288 fiber-optic mirror A/B switch from Electro Standards Laboratories features
Kepco announced the availability of its 200 W and 400 W BOP (Bipolar Operational Power Supply) models optimized for driving inductive loads. The modified BOP units are designed to operate in a stable manner in current or current limit mode for loads up to 1 H. They are also stable with
There's a cool new video player in the Firefox Web browser that Mozilla released on June 30. But the onscreen buttons used to control it are too small for some visually impaired users to see. So Ken Saunders, a 41-year-old, legally blind volunteer for Mozilla, took it upon himself to create a tool that makes the player easier to use for people with vision problems.
Designed for GPS applications to integrate personal navigation and positioning functions, Yageo’s1044 SMD LP patch antenna supports a 15-MHz bandwidth with a central frequency of 1575 MHz. The 10 mm x 4 mm x 4 mm device has a temperature range from -25°C to 85°C. .
Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed. It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have. One consumer group said the changes don't go far enough, and that extensive profiles of people still will be collected without their complete consent.
Compatible with many output types including single-ended and differential, VersaClock III programmable clock generators by Integrated Device Technology features four internal PLLs with EMI-reducing technology on two of the PLLs.
The U.S. government will soon release $4 billion of loans and grants aimed at expanding broadband access to underserved areas across the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The funds are part of a $7.2 billion program to build an affordable high-speed Internet structure in rural areas. The project is being pushed by President Barack Obama, in part, to shore up the U.S. economy with job creation in the telecommunications sector.
Reflecting IDG’s commitment to communications technology development, on June 29, 2009, IDT closed its purchase of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Tundra products and technology will complement existing IDT solutions in both the Serial RapidIO and PCI Express market segments.
PATC-1000 Series connectors from AMETEK SCP offer high-temperature and high-pressure performance along with desirable toughness and strength under harsh operating conditions. According to the company, these PEEK (PolyEtherEtherKetone) connectors offer a
Energy harvesting technology took center stage at this year’s Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL. Whether the solution obtained its power from the sun, heat, vibration, wind, RF or magnetics, there was a device at the show to take advantage of many of these or other ambient conditions. Infinite Power Solutions’ THINERGY thin micro-energy cells (MECs), in capacities of .0 mAh and 0.4 mAh initially, are positioned as the world’s most powerful batteries for their size and outperform all other micro-batteries.
NKK Switches expanded its YB2 Series of illuminated 22 mm pushbuttons to include an outer ring illumination option. This option is achieved by adding a cap that features a luminous bright outer ring surrounding a metallic silver center. It is available in all the bright and super bright LED colors offered in the series, including blue, green, red, white and amber. These LED colors are