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Companies back fast Internet-in-schools initiative

February 2, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed Internet service over the next few years. A White House education event Tuesday will focus on his ConnectED initiative. Chief of staff Denis...

Obama: I care deeply about 'net neutrality'

February 1, 2014 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the government is exploring options for keeping the Internet free and open after a federal court set aside rules designed to do just that. A three-judge panel earlier this month set aside rules intended to ensure that the transmission of Internet content be treated...

Kerry seeks to calm German anger at NSA reports

February 1, 2014 5:07 pm | by Frank Jordans - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that relations with Germany have gone through a "rough patch" recently because of revelations about NSA spying, but insisted that the two countries can put the episode behind them. Among the reports to come out of documents leaked by former...

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AT&T reduces rates for high-data plans

February 1, 2014 4:58 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is reducing cellphone rates for family plans with large amounts of data. The new rates are available starting Sunday and apply to plans with at least 10 gigabytes of data shared by two or more phones on a single account. Savings start at $10 per phone per month. The changes represent...

IBM's CEO, other top execs give up 2013 bonuses

January 31, 2014 8:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty and the rest of her senior management team are relinquishing their 2013 bonuses as penance for the technology company's lackluster performance last year. The decision disclosed in a Friday regulatory filing will result in a substantial pay cut for the affected executives,...

Solving the supply chain bottleneck

January 31, 2014 7:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I spent some time on the show floor at DesignCon today, and learned about some serious supply chain and manufacturing glitches when it comes to designing. It’s not something our engineers have mentioned, but it’s an interesting and potentially costly set of problems nonetheless.   

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Obama says feds exploring options for keeping Internet free and open after court ruling

January 31, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press, Washington | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama says the government is exploring options for keeping the Internet free and open after a federal court set aside rules designed to do just that.  A three-judge panel earlier this month set aside rules intended to ensure that the transmission of Internet content be treated equally, without priority given to some types of traffic over others.

Yahoo email account passwords stolen

January 31, 2014 4:26 pm | News | Comments

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected.

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New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

January 31, 2014 4:23 pm | News | Comments

Football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions, according to a new study by some of the nation's leading concussion researchers published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The study analyzed head impact data compiled from eight collegiate football teams....

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Fine-pitch wire-to-board solutions offer tiny PCB footprints

January 31, 2014 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn’s new 0.8mm (.031") and 1.00mm (.039") pitch wire to board range offers tiny PCB footprints and low profile mated heights. PCB headers are shrouded and polarised to avoid mis-mating and available in vertical or horizontal orientation. Features include a mating height of 3.95mm (in 0.8mm pitch).

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Energy harvesting wireless switches provide output of 330 µJ min

January 31, 2014 4:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Expected late summer 2014, CHERRY (Pleasant Prairie, WI) will be going to market with their line of Energy Harvesting Wireless Switch products. The first product that will be available on the market is the energy harvesting generator, expected late first quarter of 2014.

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Photos of the Day: America's infrastructure problems

January 31, 2014 3:46 pm | News | Comments

In May of 2013, a truck with an oversized load caused a bridge in Mt. Vernon, Washington to collapse, highlighting America's infrastructure problems. Could a nationwide high-speed rail system be the answer to America's infrastructure problems? Proponents have been pining for a solution like this for years, while critics insist the economics don't work for the United States.

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Miniature thermoelectric modules designed for temperature stabilization applications

January 31, 2014 3:26 pm | Laird Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Laird has announced a new series of miniature thermoelectric modules (TEMs) built using Laird Tlam thermally conductive circuit boards instead of traditional ceramic-based circuit boards. The Tlam OptoTEC series is designed for applications where temperature stabilization of sensitive optical components...

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Multilayer ceramic chip capacitors feature voltages from 600-5000V

January 31, 2014 3:18 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has expanded the capacitance range for its High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Chip Capacitor Series. The series is available in both X7R and NP0 (C0G) options. Features include voltages from 600V to 5000V and capacitance values spanning 1.5pF to 0.82µF in case sizes ranging from 0805 to 3640.

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Cc to the brain: How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

January 31, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the University of Basel's Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions....

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