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Infrared Thermometer Touts Circle-Dot Laser Sighting, Wireless USB

December 10, 2009 2:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering’s handheld OS-DT8855W infrared thermometer features a laser circle/dot sight. The patented laser sighting system defines the target for point and shoot measurement of temperatures from -50 to 1370°C (-58 to 2498°F) and reads surface temperature in less than


Microsoft may speed up to $150M in Yahoo payments

December 10, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. may accelerate up to $150 million in reimbursements due Yahoo Inc. if their proposed Internet search partnership is approved by regulators.The new timetable disclosed Thursday was among the minor changes that Microsoft and Yahoo made to an agreement reached in July. The...

Monkey Bridge

December 10, 2009 1:53 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Monkey see Monkey do When you visit Diani Beach, Kenya’s version the Florida keys, look up and you’ll see 20 rope bridges swinging over the highway – what’s that little bulge with a tail? Before you flash by, you will realise that it’s a monkey sitting up there. Yes it’s watching you! And...


National Semiconductor beats 2Q earnings estimates

December 10, 2009 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Semiconductor maker National Semiconductor Corp. beat analysts' earnings and sales estimates for its fiscal 2010 second quarter.The company reported net income of $47 million, or 20 cents per share, on $345 million in sales for the quarter ended Nov. 29. That compares with net income of $36.3...

Forzani reports $11.4 million Q3 profit, up from year ago as sales rise

December 10, 2009 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL) reported Thursday an increase in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as revenue increased, but warned of trouble ahead.The sporting goods retailer said it earned $11.4 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter ended Nov. 1 compared with a profit of...

Army Develops Robotic Helicopter Sniper

December 10, 2009 11:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Collateral damage has become synonymous with modern urban warfare. In fact, the concept of “total war,” where there is “less (or no) differentiation between combatants and non-combatants (civilians),” has existed since The Peloponnesian War. As far back as 431 BC, civilian casualties were considered an acceptable (and often desirable) outcome of total warfare. 


Opening up a 1935 Weston Selective Analyzer

December 10, 2009 10:49 am | Videos | Comments

ECN Editor-in-Chief Alix Paultre opens up an old radio test device, the Weston Model 665 Selective Analyzer.


Animated News Clips Fuel Debate on Media Freedom

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

The use of animated depictions of violent events by Apple Daily, Taiwan’s most widely read newspaper, has provoked an intense discussion of their influence on children.


Web Site for Woods Is Drawing Attention

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

Tiger Woods’s personal Web site has had an increase in visitors since he issued a statement about his car accident on Nov. 29.


Internet-Enabled TV Market in China: Open Apple TV

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by In-Stat Research | News | Comments

In-Stat has identified an important trend for Internet-enabled TV, which would permit the downloading of video and other Internet content in the Chinese television market.

Potential impact of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

December 10, 2009 10:04 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(National Academy of Sciences) A new report from the National Research Council, "Transitions to Alternative Transportation Technologies -- Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles," examines the technological status of plug-in hybrids and identifies factors that might hinder their acceptance in...

Titan Machinery 3Q results fall 30 percent

December 10, 2009 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Machinery Inc., which operates agriculture and construction equipment stores, said Thursday third-quarter profit fell 30 percent as expenses climbed and a challenging construction industry resulted in lower sales in that segment.The company reported net income of $5.7 million, or 32 cents...

Have You Used an Electric Meter to Measure Your Energy Use?

December 10, 2009 9:56 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about using an electric meter to measure and manage your energy use. Using a meter could


Parts Substitution Gone Big

December 10, 2009 9:55 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I've mentioned some cautions with parts substitutions before; wrong V values on barrier or flyback diodes, counterfeit parts and things like that. Here's another example of something to watch out for if your supply is tight and choices are limited....

Motion Control Device Adds Pizzazz to Web Surfing

December 10, 2009 9:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back at CES ’09, I had the chance to preview Hillcrest Labs’ MEMs Accelerometer based motion control technology. They’ve since marketed it as a consumer device, the Loop Pointer.



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