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Now Twitter Wants to Know Where You Live

August 21, 2009 5:29 am | Blogs | Comments

Burgeoning micro blogging and social networking tool Twitter has announced plans to add location based service to its platform. To date, Twitter’s API (Application Programming Interface) has only allowed developers to roll out location based services based on the information in the ‘location’ field of a user’s account, which really could say anything.

Panasonic Ties up with 'Avatar' Movie to go 3-D

August 21, 2009 5:28 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. has signed on "Titanic" director James Cameron and his upcoming film in an advertising blitz for its TVs equipped with 3-D technology, both sides said Friday. The deal between the major Japanese electronics maker and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.'s "Avatar" - the first major Hollywood 3-D release that's not animation

LED display technology gets a twist

August 21, 2009 5:22 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. researchers said on Thursday they have found a way to make large-scale flexible display screens that can be stretched to fit the contours of a bus yet are transparent enough so riders can see out windows. The thin, light screens might be used to make


Plug-In Supplies Intended for Portable Applications

August 20, 2009 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The GT-81085 series of fixed blade wall plug-in supplies from Globtek are intended for portable applications. Regulated Output voltage is 5 V to 13.5 V, with up to 15 W of continuous power. Other features include: regulated output; built-in protection features including O.C., S.C., O.V., and thermal, accepts Universal Input of 90 Vac- 264 Vac

Signal Conditioners Operate Directly Off a 24 V Field Supply

August 20, 2009 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The MAX15500/MAX15501 industrial analog-output signal conditioners from Maxim are purportedly the industry's first output signal conditioners to operate directly off of a 24 V field supply. They feature ±10 V and 4 mA- 20 mA outputs, along with ±35 V circuit protection.

PMC Card Enables MPEG4/H.264 Compression

August 20, 2009 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PMC-281 interface card from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing provides MPEG4/H.264 high-definition video capture/compression. The PMC-281 supports two channels of MPEG4/H.264 video compression at resolutions up to 1920x1080. Other features include: two DVI-D digital outputs, 33MHz, 32-bit PCI transmission of captured/compressed video

Connector System Protects Plug-In Devices From Misuse

August 20, 2009 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

SmarTRACK is an intelligent connector system with integrated firmware designed to help prevent misuse of devices. It controls information embedded into a connector, such as product identification, serial number tracking, storage/retrieval of calibration data, and counting or usage timers.

EMI Test Receiver Covers 9 kHz to 7 GHz

August 20, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz introduced its CISPR 16-1-1 compliant EMI test receiver for the frequency range from 9 kHz to 7 GHz. The device features low displayed average noise level (typ. –153 dBm at 1 GHz and 10 Hz bandwidth) and a wide dynamic range (1 dB compression point of +5 dBm).


Plastic Semiconductor Nears Reality

August 20, 2009 10:00 am | News | Comments

Plastic that conducts electricity holds promise for cheaper, thinner and more flexible electronics. This technology is already available in some gadgets -- the new Sony walkman that was introduced earlier this summer and the Microsoft Zune HD music player released last week both incorporate organic light-emitting electronic displays. Until now, however, circuits built with organic materials have allowed only one type of charge to move through them. New research from the University of Washington makes charges flow both ways.

Current Sense Resistors Perform In Harsh Environments

August 20, 2009 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s CSS/CSSH Series current sense resistors offer a unique metal plate technology for operation up to 275ºC where most other SMD current sense resistors are limited to only 155ºC to 170ºC, the company asserts, and they are rated for full power operation up to 100ºC. This allows

Nanoscale 'Spaser' Brings Promise of Optical Computing

August 20, 2009 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers have created the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago, paving the way for a host of innovations, including superfast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information, advanced sensors and imaging.

MySpace Scoops up Popular Facebook app iLike

August 20, 2009 6:12 am | News | Comments

Social networking hub MySpace said Wednesday it is acquiring iLike, a popular music application on rival Facebook, in the first move by new management to expand after a series of drastic cuts and writedowns. The $20 million agreement to purchase iLike confirmed rumors that had circulated this week. ILike, which has 55 million users, will remain headquartered in Seattle

Administration Plans to Wind Down Clunkers Program

August 20, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is developing plans to wind down the popular Cash for Clunkers program and could announce by Friday when the incentives will no longer be available. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday the department would announce within 48 hours how it intends to discontinue the program that offers car buyers rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 for trading in older vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient models.


Company Introduces World’s First Video Print Ads

August 20, 2009 5:55 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Advertisers are always thinking up new and inventive ways to deliver their message. The smart ones stay ahead of the curve. A great example is the abundance of illegal movie/ TV show torrents floating around the internet. Smart networks countered this trend by offering their programming for free on their respective websites, and inserting ads at pre-defined “commercial breaks.”

Internal Pulse Generator Simplifies EMC and Test Procedures

August 19, 2009 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 2023A Series signal generator from Aeroflex includes an internal pulse generator to purportedly simplify EMC and radar test set-up and procedures. The pulse generator option, with a minimum pulse width of 50 ns and maximum PRF of 10 MHz, works with both pulse modulators available for the 2023A Series signal generators


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