Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game "World of Warcraft." As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa. Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in this suburb of high-tech Seattle, where what claims to be the first residential treatment center for Internet addiction in the United States just opened its doors.
The executive who led Google Inc.'s expansion in China after being hired away from Microsoft Corp. following a high-profile court battle is leaving to start his own business, the U.S. search engine announced Friday. Kai-Fu Lee will step down as president of Google Greater China in mid-September, the company said. It said he would set up a new venture in Beijing but gave no other details.
This sleek sports-car by Rinspeed gives a new name to alternative fuels. Designed to run off of fermented green waste, the Advantige R One, a Formula One-style car, is no wimp and offers a few upgraded features so the driver still feels tough while driving his/her vegetable-eating vehicle.
In response to the Federal Communications Commission's request last month for comments about a definition of the term "broadband," key industry players have advised the FCC to tread carefully. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association, for example, is cautioning against incorporating substantive requirements regarding speed, price or openness.
Apple Inc's media extravaganza next week is being greeted with unusual calm, as it is uncertain if charismatic CEO Steve Jobs will appear and investors have nothing much to bet on apart from new iPods with cameras.
IMEC and its research affiliate Holst Centre presented a prototype of an electrocardiogram or ECG necklace on September 2 at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Conference (EMBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). The technology enables
U.S. officials on Thursday ordered the replacement of Airbus airspeed sensors of the type suspected of playing a role in the loss of Air France Flight 447 and all 228 people aboard in June. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a notice published in the Federal Register that U.S. airlines operating Airbus A330s and A340s must
PQ60xxxSMx series of isolated, fixed switching frequency dc-dc converters from SynQor require no minimum load and deliver up to 50 W of power with minimal derating. Eight versions have outputs from 1.2 VDC to 15 VDC, in power levels from 30 to 50 W and 3 to 25 A.
A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight. Conventional contact lenses are polymers formed in specific shapes to correct faulty vision. To turn such a lens into a functional system, we integrate control circuits, communication circuits, and miniature antennas into the lens using custom-built optoelectronic components.
Chroma Systems Solutions released an LED simulator for driver testing. The 63110A electronic load allows the forward voltage (Vf) and operating resistance (Rd) to be adjusted to the LED's V-I curve and simulates ripple current characteristics of typical LED's. The 63110A load has the
Atmel announced the release of its maXTouch family of capacitive touchscreen controller solutions, capable of supporting an unlimited number of unique simultaneous touches with a video-quality screen refresh rate of 250 Hz. This platform supports
Molex has introduced the Picoflex SMT Header with positive retention latches to provide a wire-to-board connection for rugged applications and high-vibration environments. The patent-pending latch design increases theretention force between the header and receptacle by
In Japan, space is a precious commodity. In the manufacturing setting, companies strive to make the most of every square inch. To that end, the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) led the development of the Power over Camera Link (PoCL) Interface Standard for digital cameras and frame grabbers used in Machine Vision systems.
GlobTek's two-conductor IEC 320/C7 International Detachable Power Cordsets are approved to international safety agency requirements. Designs are available in various lengths, cable types, conductor gauge, termination, and jacket color. The cordsets are
Intended for hydrogen pressure measurement applications, the AST2000H2 pressure sensor/transducer from American Sensor Technologies features a Ratiometric output signal from 0.5 V to 4.5 V. The thread, hex, and diaphragm are all machined from one piece of 316L SS.