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Gadget Watch: Case makes iPhone a BlackBerry clone

January 9, 2014 11:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

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IBM's Watson gets its own business

January 9, 2014 11:16 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One of the most famous "Jeopardy!" champs of all time is moving to Manhattan. IBM announced Thursday that it's investing over $1 billion to give its Watson cloud computing system its own business division and a new home in the heart of New York City. The Armonk, New York-based computing company said the new business unit will be dedicated to the development...

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January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

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December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

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December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The December issue focuses on Test and Measurement and the challenges in the community when it comes to the push in the consumer market for faster, smaller, better electronics. The cover story focuses on predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices and is accompanied by a story exploring the options for reducing the effects when the systems do fail. The issue also featured our first OnDesign column by our newest writer Joshua Israelsohn who focused on Smart Grid technology.

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Explosion proof high bay light fixture offers power and energy efficiency

January 9, 2014 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics EPLC2-HB-2X150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and compact design makes this lamp an excellent replacement upgrade option for bulky and high maintenance cost older fixtures.

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Cabinet designed for easy loading of wafers, PC boards, metric cards

January 9, 2014 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Spectroline® PC-9920A UV EPROM/Wafer Erasing System is engineered to meet high-volume production requirements. It has an operating UV intensity that is up to 60% greater than competitors’ systems, according to the company. Its nominal 254 nm irradiance of 70,000 µW/cm² over a 36 x 24 in (91.4 x 61 cm) erasing area ensures fast and complete erasure of programmed memory from every EPROM, chip or wafer — in as little as 90 seconds.

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Samsung, Apple CEOs to discuss lawsuit settlement

January 9, 2014 1:55 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The chiefs of Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. will meet to discuss settling a bitter two year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets. A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed...

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Disordered materials hold promise for better batteries

January 9, 2014 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Lithium batteries, with their exceptional ability to store power per a given weight, have been a major focus of research to enable use in everything from portable electronics to electric cars. Now researchers at MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory have found a whole new avenue for such research: the use of disordered materials, which had generally been considered unsuitable for batteries.In a rechargeable lithium-based battery, lit...

WakaWaka isn’t just for Fozzie Bear anymore

January 8, 2014 4:19 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The phrase “WakaWaka” is being thrown around at this year’s CES and there isn’t a muppet in sight. WakaWaka is a business venture that aims to provide high-tech and low-cost solar technology to developing countries and areas affected by natural (or manmade, they won’t ask!) disaster. The company hopes to end the global problem of “energy-poverty” as well as provide a way for people to charge their electronics during power outages.

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Bridge rectifier increases energy efficiency

January 8, 2014 4:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Good-Ark Semiconductor announces the launch of DB520, a 5A/200V Schottky Bridge Rectifier in the DFS package.  This device performs full-wave rectification with high surge current capability, increased energy efficiency and low VF.  Featuring a VRRM of 200V and a low VF (max) of 0.85V @ 5.0A, the DB520 is ideal for LED lighting and power management applications. 

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Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

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Gadget Watch: The Internet-connected toothbrush

January 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Armbands that track how much you move have become popular ways to motivate people to get fit. But how fit are your teeth? Are you lazy about brushing them? Never fear: An inventor is on the case. An electric toothbrush senses how long and how well you brush, and it lets you track your performance on your phone.

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CES 2014: Qualcomm details their smart gateway platform

January 8, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

Michael Cubbage, the Director of Business Development with Qualcomm Atheros, discusses the company's smart gateway platform, taking chip technology from the mobile part of Qualcomm. Their recently announced Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) enables a robust Smarthome platform....

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CES 2014: Imagination Technologies' wearable device portfolio

January 8, 2014 2:20 pm | Videos | Comments

Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies, discusses wearable devices and their technology that goes into and enables them. Imagination is known for creating and licensing market-leading processor solutions for graphics, video, and display....

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