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RAMBO a small but powerful magnet

January 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University scientists have pioneered a tabletop magnetic pulse generator that does the work of a room-sized machine – and more. The device dubbed “RAMBO” – short for Rice Advanced Magnet with Broadband Optics – will allow researchers who visit the university to run spectroscopy-based experiments on materials in pulsed magnetic fields of up to 30 tesla.

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Processor integrates audio peripherals for infotainment, stand-alone consumer audio

January 7, 2014 11:38 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices announced an audio-centric addition to its SigmaDSP processor line that exceeds the signal processing capabilities of earlier SigmaDSP devices. Improvements in hardware and software enable the ADAU1452 SigmaDSP processor to execute up to

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Huawei phone is so big it can charge other phones

January 7, 2014 11:31 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, China's largest cellphone manufacturer, is releasing a phone that can be thought of as the inflight refueling system of the mobile world: it can be used to recharge other phones. The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch (15.5-centimeter) screen, making it more than twice as big as an iPhone 5.

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LG strikes deals to sell curved smartphone in US

January 7, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics is bringing its smartphone with a curved six-inch screen to the U.S. later this year. The deals announced Monday with wireless carriers AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. will give U.S. consumers their first chance to buy LG's "G Flex." The device is being touted as the first step in the smartphone's evolution...

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Panasonic unveils wearable 4K camcorder

January 7, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic unveiled a product Monday that combines two big tech trends — ultra HD and wearable devices— with a portable, camera that hooks onto your ear and records in ultra-high definition 4K video. Panasonic didn't immediately name the gadget, but it resembles the company's A100 full HD camcorder...

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Sharp unveils TV positioned between HD and 4K

January 7, 2014 11:12 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker Sharp is bridging the gap between expensive 4K TVs and HD versions with an in-between solution that's also priced in the middle. Its new Quattron+ technology doubles the vertical resolution of a high-definition set by chopping the existing pixels in half.

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Toyota ups orders for hydrogen-powered car in US

January 7, 2014 11:05 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday that it expects to sell more hydrogen-powered electric cars in the U.S. than previously planned. The car, which Toyota calls FCV for now, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery and emits only water vapor as exhaust. Toyota said the car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015.

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LG to use Palm's mobile software for smart TVs

January 7, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG will bring the software that once powered Palm's smartphones to the majority of its Internet-connected TVs this year. The South Korean firm unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at a trade fair Monday in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co.

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Electric race car debuts on Las Vegas Strip

January 7, 2014 11:00 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new kind of race car made its debut Monday with cartoonishly loud revving, the smell of burning rubber, and not a trace of exhaust. That's because the new FIA Formula E Championship car is all electric. The championship is the first series exclusively for electric cars. Organizers gave racing aficionados their first glimpse of the car in action...

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Elastomer socket accommodates high-bandwidth 0.5mm pitch 10-pin SOIC with exposed pad

January 7, 2014 9:59 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a high performance SOIC socket for 0.5-mm pitch 10-pin SOIC. The SG-SOIC-3005 socket is designed for 3 mm x 3 mm x 1 mm package size with 5-mm lead tip to tip with exposed pad on the bottom and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with

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French company demos driverless shuttle at CES

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S. The Navia shuttle isn't ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph. It even charges itself wirelessly.

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MakerBot goes bigger, with head-sized 3-D printer

January 7, 2014 9:28 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Write | News | Comments

MakerBot, the New York-based maker of 3-D printers, is releasing its largest model yet: one that can print objects the size of someone's head. The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.

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Intel says its processors are now 'conflict-free'

January 7, 2014 9:26 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Write | News | Comments

Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of computer processors, says its processors are now free of minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

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Tesla station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope. And yet, one day last month, a Model S sedan pulled quietly in at the America's Best Value Inn Covered Wagon Motel in Lusk, population 1,557.

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High-speed hard-switching 650-V IGBTs promise improved switching performance and efficiency

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation is expanding its 650V XPTIGBT product portfolio. With current ratings ranging from 16 A to 200 A, these new devices are designed to achieve an optimal balance between the turn-off energy loss and on-state voltage, especially

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