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Variety trade Newspaper to charge for online site

September 18, 2009 5:56 am | News | Comments

Ending a three-year flirtation with free online content, Variety newspaper plans to put some of its Web site content behind a "pay wall" that will require a paid annual subscription, its publisher said Thursday. The changes at the Hollywood trade publication will take place early next year and come with new online features such as a better archive, publisher Brian Gott said.

Modular Test Platform Aids LTE Measurement

September 18, 2009 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling production test engineers to achieve faster time to volume for RF components and LTE user equipment, the modular PXI 3000 test platform from Aeroflex now has Long Term Evolution (LTE) measurement capabilities.

Google CEO Questions Murdoch's Online Pay Plan

September 18, 2009 5:18 am | by by Kate Holton and Richard Chang | News | Comments

Publishers of general news would find it hard to charge for their content online because too much free content is available, the chief executive of Google Inc said on Thursday.

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Edison-socket LED Bulbs last up to 19 years

September 17, 2009 1:10 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Panasonic has released an LED bulb that purportedly lasts 19 years. The drawback? It’s only available in Japan (for now, anyway). Could the EverLed line jumpstart solid state lighting? According to Panasonic, the screw-in LED bulb lasts 40 times longer than equivalent incandescents. Obviously, independent testing is needed, but this is an impressive figure.

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Vibration Isolation System Boasts Low Profile, Light Weight

September 17, 2009 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

A lightweight benchtop vibration isolation system has been introduced by Kinetic Systems, Inc. Designed for portability, the ELpF can be easily repositioned on the benchtop, even with a load and in float. Its unique, self-contained design provides this without causing damage to the vibration isolators. It features a

Data Acquisition Rules of the Road: Selecting High-Speed Differential ADC Drivers Part 2

September 17, 2009 7:38 am | by John Ardizzoni and Jonathan Pearson, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

The input signal is v1; the first five harmonic-distortion products are v2 through v6; and the ADC electronic noise is vn. The reciprocal of THD + Noise, the signal-to-noise-and-distortion ratio, or SINAD, is usually expressed in dB. If SINAD is substituted for the signal-to-quantizing-noise ratio, we can define an effective number of bits that a converter would have if its signal-to-quantizing-noise ratio were the same as its SINAD.

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Rugged Operator Interface Terminal Offers Complete Solution

September 17, 2009 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing an integrated and customized interface, the Silver Series of rugged, graphic, touch-screen operator interface terminals (OIT) from Watlow support features including serial and Ethernet communications with multiple controllers.

Open Source Library Enables Development of Freespace Motion Apps

September 17, 2009 7:27 am | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest’s libfreespace is an open source library that enables rapid development of software applications for use with a wide range of Freespace devices. Motion control can now be added to product categories beyond TV remote controls, game controllers and PC accessories, including

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Cablevision unveils interactive banner ads on TV

September 17, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. is bringing interactive banner ads to television, allowing viewers to order samples and brochures and even purchase products by clicking the remote on their TV sets. Banner ads will run at the bottom of select TV commercials, in collaboration with at least half a dozen consumer brand advertisers. When viewers click on the ad, the screen will shrink to a quarter of its size and the rest will feature product information.

Device Creates North-Finding Artificial Sense

September 17, 2009 5:54 am | by Quinn Norton | News | Comments

I am beta testing a new sense. My new sensory organ is a small anklet strap with a LiPo battery and circuit board attached to an electronic compass on the anklet’s side.

Google to reincarnate digital books as paperbacks

September 17, 2009 5:47 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As part of a deal announced Thursday, Google is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that can manufacture a paperback-bound book of about 300 pages in under five minutes. The new service is an acknowledgment by the Internet search leader that not everyone wants their books served up on a computer or an electronic reader like those made by Amazon.com Inc. and Sony Inc.

Adobe to Buy Omniture

September 17, 2009 4:28 am | by Patricia Resende | News | Comments

Adobe Systems, the maker of Flash, Acrobat and Photoshop, plans to acquire Utah-based Omniture for $1.8 billion, or $21.50 per share, the companies announced late Tuesday. The deal would combine Adobe's Web design tools with Omniture's Web analytics tools.

X-Prize Contender Performs Lunar-Landing Simulation

September 17, 2009 4:21 am | by JOHN ANTCZAK, | News | Comments

A privately built rocket vying for NASA prize money lifted off in the Mojave Desert and flew half of a simulated lunar lander mission Wednesday before an engine problem forced its developers to call off the attempt until next month.

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Femtocells Expand in the Marketplace

September 17, 2009 4:05 am | by by Gareth Willmer | News | Comments

Vodafone UK’s femtocell launch in July appeared to be a significant breakthrough for the technology in Europe. The timing of the move by such a large operator took many in the industry by surprise, and some vendors have spoken of a significant rise in activity since the launch.

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Plug-ins provide 6 W of continuous power

September 16, 2009 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Regulating output voltage from 5 V to 48 Vdc in 0.1 V increments, the GTM41076 wall-interchangeable plug-ins from GlobTek provide up to 6 W of continuous output power. Built-in protection features include O.C., S.C., O.V., and thermal. It accepts Universal Input from 90 VAC to 264 Vac, meets safety agency requirements: UL /cUL 1950/60601.1

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