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Hewlett-Packard 1Q earnings, revenue top views

February 20, 2014 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is reporting results for its latest quarter that top Wall Street's forecasts. Net income in the fiscal first quarter through Jan. 31 rose 16 percent to $1.43 billion, or 74 cents per share, from $1.23 billion, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier....

US consumer prices tick up just 0.1 percent last month despite big gain in energy costs

February 20, 2014 5:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, A.P. Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices barely rose last month as a sharp increase in energy costs was offset by cheaper clothing, cars and air fares. The figures indicate inflation remains mild. The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index rose just 0.1 percent in January, down from a 0.2 percent gain in December. Prices have risen 1.6 percent in the past 12 months.

Power MOSFETs offer fast switching performance

February 20, 2014 4:39 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) has recently launched new N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs offering a fast switching performance and very low on-resistance. The AP99T03GS-HF-3 MOSFET comes in a TO-263 package.

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DC/DC converters ideal for powering IGBT drivers

February 20, 2014 4:32 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Recom Power Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD (LaFox, IL) today announces availability and full design support capabilities for a large portfolio of high-isolation DC-to-DC converters from RECOM Power, Inc. (RECOM). Designed specifically for insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) systems, the converters' asymmetric outputs of +15V and -9V make them ideal to power IGBT drivers, replacing the need for two converters.

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World stock markets stabilize after strong US industry report offsets concerns over China, Fed

February 20, 2014 4:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stock markets recovered somewhat on Thursday after a survey showing a strong increase in U.S. manufacturing eased concerns over a drop in China's own industrial activity. Manufacturing in the U.S. grew at the fastest rate in almost four years in February, according to a private survey by Markit. That soothed investor nerves after equivalent surveys in China and Europe disappointed. China's fell to a seven-month low, while Europe's showed...

Walker faces scrutiny with release of criminal probe emails; Democrats compare him to Christie

February 20, 2014 3:59 pm | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

For more than three years Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker avoided political fallout from a criminal investigation that ensnared six of his former aides and associates, winning a recall election even as his opponent ran ads attacking him on the scandal.

Some companies strike marketing gold at Olympics, while others fail to get in the game

February 20, 2014 3:57 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The pressure to win during the 2014 Sochi Olympics is nearly as intense for marketers as it is for the athletes themselves. Just like there are medals handed out during the Games, there are winners and losers in advertising. It's a huge stage for them. Companies pay as much as $100 million for exclusive rights to sponsor Olympic teams, while others shell out...

Will Facebook's $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp ruin my favorite mobile application?

February 20, 2014 3:42 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When I used WhatsApp to tell my family about Facebook's $19 billion purchase of the company that makes my favorite app, I punctuated the message with a string of crying emojis (cartoon faces). I'm paranoid that Facebook's massive data-gathering operation will enable advertisers to stalk me based on intimate conversations I have with loved ones on WhatsApp.

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Army recognizes institute's biotechnology advances with $48 million renewal

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Army Research Office, was extended in December 2013, providing an additional $48 million over three years to study high performance biological systems and the translation of these to engineering systems of benefit to Soldier....

Research in the news: The rise of oxygen on Earth

February 20, 2014 1:41 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Yale’s Noah J. Planavsky and collaborators have published a Nature review article titled “The rise of oxygen in Earth’s early ocean and atmosphere.”...

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labelling often result in widely publicised product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out.

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100 V gallium nitride FET targets high frequency applications with positive gain into the 3 GHz range

February 20, 2014 10:24 am | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA) extended its family of high-speed, high performance transistors with the EPC8010 power transistor. Sold in die form, the EPC8010 is 1.75 mm2 with 100 VDS.  Applications include hard-switching power converters operating in the multi-megahertz range....

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Virtual currency Bitcoin ATM arrives at Boston's South Station rail hub

February 20, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Bitcoin ATM has landed at a Boston rail hub, allowing commuters to learn about the digital currency. On Wednesday, the ATM was placed by Liberty Teller at Boston's bustling South Station, which sees thousands of commuters a day. It and an ATM in Albuquerque, N.M., are believed to be the first in the country.

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Air to Air heat exchangers offer increased heat power transfer within the industry standard footprint

February 20, 2014 10:01 am | Marlow Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Climatherm range of Air to Air heat exchangers from Marlow is said to bring increased heat power transfer while remaining within the industry standard footprint. Using Thermo Electrics at its core, these compact and modern designs give

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Women engineers work to invigorate the industry

February 20, 2014 9:21 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Peter Finn was recently promoted to the position of deputy executive director and chief learning officer of the The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In this interview, Finn discusses his new role and SWE’s commitment towards promoting women in engineering.

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