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South Korean Satellite Launch Misses Orbit

August 25, 2009 8:32 am | by JIN-MAN LEE, Hyung-jin Kim, and Kwang-tae Kim | News | Comments

South Korea launched its first rocket Tuesday, just months after rival North Korea's launch drew international anger, but space officials said the satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit. A Science Ministry statement called the launch a "partial success," as the satellite separated from the rocket normally before entering a different orbit. The launch could boost South Korea's space ambitions, but the North warned it would keep a close eye on the international response. There was no immediate comment from North Korea.

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Gravity-Wave Experiment Modifies Some String Theories

August 25, 2009 8:19 am | by Clara Moskowitz | News | Comments

This time, scientists are excited to find nothing. In results announced today, a huge physics experiment built to detect gravitational waves has yet to find any. Rather than be disappointed by the null findings, physicists say the results were expected, and in fact help them narrow down possibilities for what the universe was like just after it was born.

MCU Kit Serves USB Touch/Motion Sensing Apps

August 25, 2009 7:50 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Shipped with demo code that enables functionality as a USB mouse or joystick using the accelerometer, Microchip's MPLAB Starter Kit contains all of the materials and software needed to evaluate the PIC18 8-bit MCU family in low-power USB and touch-sensing applications.

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Student to Build Robotics for Oregon Zoo Elephants

August 25, 2009 6:32 am | News | Comments

Liberty, SC - Rohan Jhunjhunwala is passionate about robotics and technology. As a student at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, Jhunjhunwala, a mechanical engineering leader on the school’s competitive robotics society, was approached to build a robotics system for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

Space Shuttle Lauch Postponed

August 25, 2009 5:48 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA will try again to launch the shuttle Discovery to the international space station on Wednesday after having to call it off early Tuesday because of thunderstorms.

Apple's Snow Leopard Goes on Sale Friday

August 25, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc.'s latest operating system software, Snow Leopard, will go on sale this Friday. The Mac OS X version 10.6 software will debut at Apple's retail stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Apple's online store is now taking pre-orders. Snow Leopard's release comes days before its promised September launch. It precedes by two months the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s next operating system, Windows 7.

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Microsoft Adds App Access to Non-smart Phones

August 25, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is giving people with regular cell phones access to the same kinds of programs that smart phone owners have embraced. Microsoft's OneApp software, announced Monday, is aimed at developing countries where so-called "feature phones" and prepaid systems are prevalent. Microsoft's first partner is Blue Label Telecoms Group of South Africa, which sells prepaid cell phone minutes.

Embedded Clocks Feature up to Seven-Year Life Cycle

August 24, 2009 12:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for embedded applications or any computing system that runs a real-time operating system, a family of embedded clocks from Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has a life cycle of from five to seven years. The embedded clocks are SMBus programmable and feature spread spectrum. They are available in packages ranging from 48 to 72 pins

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SBC Includes Four GigaLAN Ports

August 24, 2009 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fitted with four GigaLAN ports, the LE-575 5.25” form factor fanless SBC from BVM is intended for such applications as IDS/IPS, Anti-virus, VPN gateway, and UTM. Up to 2 GB DDR2 memory is supported and 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 4 x GigaLAN, 2 x mini-PCI, 2 x 150MB/s SATA interfaces

Global Warming or Global Cooling?

August 24, 2009 10:43 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Gentlemen, start your debating—according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the July average was the highest recorded ocean temperature in 128 years. July’s worldwide average of 62.6 will revive the global warming debates, inasmuch as some will cite this as evidence of climate change.

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Book Alliance To Challenge Google

August 24, 2009 10:31 am | by Patricia Resende | News | Comments

Google is being challenged by a trio of tech powerhouses in an attempt to stop the Internet search giant from moving forward with its Google Books project. Google Books allows users to search, view and purchase books that Google has digitized and made available online.

FCC Examines Wireless Industry

August 24, 2009 7:44 am | by Jennifer LeClaire | News | Comments

As Apple and AT&T file responses to a Federal Communications Commission inquiry into why Apple recently rejected Google Voice from its App Store, the FCC is launching a broader investigation into several aspects of the wireless industry. The FCC's move may be in response to growing consumer upset over wireless industry practices, such as price structures for texting and data plans. The FCC and Congress also recently examined exclusive smartphone deals between handset makers and wireless carriers. AT&T and Apple's iPhone were also included in that probe.

XGA TFT Targets Industrial Applications

August 24, 2009 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Standardized to the PSWG 15.0" XGA mechanical and interface specifications, the OSD150T0396-22 from OSD serves the display demands for industrial applications. Features include a 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution with 24-bit LVDS interface and a CCFL backlight with a 450 cd/m2 brightness.

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Reed Switches Boast High Sensitivity Range

August 24, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SR4J series of surface mount magnetic reed switches from Standex Electronics offers a maximum sensitivity range of 3/5 Ampere Turns (AT) (initial). The series measures 6.8 mm (l) x 2.41 mm (h), and is available in a production range from 3 AT to 20 AT. Other features include: typical operating time of 0.2 milliseconds

Atom-based PC/104+ SBC is Fanless

August 24, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with either 1.1 GHz or 1.6GHz Atom Z5xx series processors, the MB-73200 Atom-based PC/104+ single board computer (SBC) from WIN Enterprises addresses space-limited applications requiring fanless operation. Features include two serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA II interfaces, one CompactFlash™ type I/II socket, Two GB of memory, and an optional high definition audio card.

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