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Watch “Star Wars” recreated using an Etch a Sketch

October 14, 2013 2:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The force is strong with this one. I was never very skilled with an Etch a Sketch. And it’s not just my complete lack of artistic ability – my hands are steady as a coffee junkie (small wonder I didn’t become a doctor). But this guy is good – very, very good. Using nothing more than a garden-variety Etch a Sketch, he creates a complete recap of “Star Wars”, and it’s glorious.

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CPU core is 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores

October 14, 2013 1:29 pm | Imagination Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Imagination Technologies announces the first MIPS Series5 ‘Warrior P-class’ CPU, representing a major step forward in feature set for high-performance MIPS CPU IP cores. The new MIPS P5600 core delivers industry-leading 32-bit performance together with class-leading low power characteristics in a silicon footprint up to 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores....

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Discrete MOSFETs meet the demanding requirements of 2-way radios

October 14, 2013 1:18 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE555 family of RF Discrete LD MOSFETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of 2-Way Radios. The NE555 series are also great medium power transistors for Automatic Metering Infrastructure, RFID readers, and general short-range wireless applications.

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Reference platform capable of securing any distributed node in the smart grid

October 14, 2013 1:10 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designers of smart meters can now reduce time to market, raise the bar for higher accuracy, and secure their designs with Capistrano, a smart grid reference platform from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Powered by the company’s Zeus metering SoC, Capistrano protects designs with advanced cryptography, physical attack detection, and life-cycle security schemes.

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CDMA module offered in compact 24.4x24.4x2.6mm size

October 14, 2013 1:01 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Targeted at North American market, the dual-band CDMA/1XRTT engine in the CL865-DUAL is voice-capable supporting analog and digital (DVI) interfaces. It delivers CDMA/1XRTT IS-95A/B and CDMA 2000 compliant data communications and is equipped with a USB 2.0 Full Speed port....

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HTC offers larger phone, with fingerprint sensor

October 14, 2013 12:56 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At your neighborhood coffee shop, you can order your beverage in small, medium or large. Now, you can do that with phones, too. HTC Corp. is introducing a larger version of its popular HTC One phone, becoming the latest phone maker to offer its flagship device in three sizes — and, of course, three prices.

Will the QF-16 be the next step in drone warfare?

October 14, 2013 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when a fighter jet is too old to be used in combat by the Air Force, but too expensive to totally dump? It becomes a drone, at least sometimes it does. The F-16 Fighting Falcon was acquired by Boeing after being retired by the Air Force. In turn the aerospace company turned the old school jet into a brand new drone to be used for military training.

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Turning vapors into foam-like polymer coating

October 14, 2013 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Polymers -- the essential component of plastics -- are found in countless commercial, medical, and industrial products. Polymers that are porous are called foam polymers and are especially useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties. Now a researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customizable coatings of foam-like polymers.

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Dead loved ones' voices fall victim to technology

October 14, 2013 10:39 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When her 19-year-old daughter died of injuries sustained in a Mother's Day car crash five years ago, Lisa Moore sought comfort from the teenager's cellphone. She would call daughter Alexis' phone number to listen to her greeting. Sometimes she'd leave a message, telling her daughter how much she loved her.

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Growing backlash to government surveillance

October 14, 2013 10:32 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the Internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops.

Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

October 14, 2013 10:24 am | News | Comments

Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.

FPGA debug software accelerates high-speed design

October 14, 2013 10:12 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. released an FPGA-based reference design with software and HDL code that reduces the design risk of high-speed systems incorporating JESD204B-compatible converters. Called the JESD204B Xilinx Transceiver Debug Tool, it supports the 312.5-Mbps to 12.5-Gbps JESD204B data converter-to-FPGA serial data interface....

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DC/DC converters provide 1W of output power

October 14, 2013 10:02 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MD100xE series provides 1W of output power in a miniature 7-pin SIP package. These single & dual output DC/DC converters are specifically designed to provide the voltage conversion, miniature size, I/O isolation and economy required by a wide range of space critical board level applications.

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Microcontrollers deliver low-power consumption and high performance

October 14, 2013 9:36 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation has expanded its popular 32-bit RX100 Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) with the RX110 Group. Designed to support a broad range of markets, the new MCUs deliver a combination of ultra low-power consumption and high performance at attractive price points for entry-level 32-bit embedded Internet of Things (IoT) applications....

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Photos of the Day: 'Bionic man' walks, breathes with artificial parts

October 14, 2013 8:56 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died.

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