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Digital AC/DC power supply targets prototyping, education

June 5, 2013 12:02 pm | Global Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Global Specialties’ 1315D is designed for educational use and prototyping, covering a wide range of circuit testing applications. This simple AC/DC power source can be used to demonstrate the concept of alternating and non-alternating voltages. It can also be used for simple

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Los Alamos catalyst could jumpstart e-cars, green energy

June 5, 2013 11:42 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles.

Spintronics approach enables new quantum technologies

June 5, 2013 11:32 am | by The University of Chicago | News | Comments

A team of researchers investigates the power of emerging quantum mechanics to perform disparate tasks such as nanoscale temperature measurement and processing quantum information with lasers. Their spintronics approach involves understanding and manipulating the spin of electronics for technological advancement.

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Touchscreen device/open-source expansion board offers high degree of customization

June 5, 2013 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gumstix announced the Alto35, an expansion board built entirely with Gumstix’ Geppetto custom design platform. The Alto35 replaces Gumstix’ Palo35 Overo-series expansion board, offering all of the same off-the-shelf features and the added benefit of customizability via Geppetto.

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To catch a cyber-thief

June 5, 2013 11:20 am | by Concordia University | News | Comments

Crime investigators can now extract hidden knowledge from a large volume of text. The researchers’ new methods automatically identify the criminal topics discussed in the textual conversation, show which participants are most active with respect to the identified criminal topics, and then provide a visualization of the social networks among the participants.

Metal-free catalyst outperforms platinum in fuel cell

June 5, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered an inexpensive and easily produced catalyst that performs better than platinum in oxygen-reduction reactions. The finding is a step toward eliminating what industry regards as the largest obstacle to large-scale commercialization of fuel cell technology.

Double-layer capacitors offer up to 10 times the discharge current of ultracapacitors presently offered by the company

June 5, 2013 11:12 am | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics announces the release of type EDLR long-life electric double layer capacitors. The EDLR series provides more than double the life and up to 10 times the discharge current of ultracapacitors presently offered by the company.

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Official describes rampant computer hacking at VA

June 5, 2013 11:07 am | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least eight foreign-sponsored organizations, mostly connected to the Chinese military, have hacked into computer networks at the Veterans Affairs Department in recent years or were actively trying to do so, a former VA computer security chief told Congress on Tuesday.

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Cloud computing rains billion-dollar deals

June 5, 2013 11:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A decade ago, the mere idea of cloud computing was a difficult concept to explain, let alone sell. Today, the technology is spurring a high-stakes scramble to buy some of the early leaders in the cloud-computing movement. The latest examples of the trend emerged Tuesday as two major technology companies announced acquisitions...

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Microsoft unveils operating system update

June 5, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

Software giant Microsoft has unveiled the updated version of its touch-enabled Windows 8 operating system at the world's second largest computer show in Taipei. Tami Reller, chief financial and marketing officer of the company's Windows Division, said that Windows 8.1 would be available on both PCs and tablets later this year.

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Former dot.com star wants entrepreneurial Japan

June 5, 2013 11:00 am | by AZUSA UCHIKURA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Takafumi Horie, the Japanese dot.com celebrity imprisoned for nearly two years on securities fraud charges, is cooking up dozens of ventures and demanding the nation reduce regulation to give more opportunities to young entrepreneurs. Japan has embarked on an ambitious attempt to break its economy out of two decades of stagnation.

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EDS 2013 Show Wrap Up

June 5, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

Welcome to the Wednesday, May 15 wrap up edition of Perspectives: EDS 2013 Show Daily featuring highlights from this year’s conference and exhibition. Click here for complete coverage of the show’s news and events. Don’t miss the following coverage in this wrap up edition.

Cyber experts say calling out China may be working

June 5, 2013 10:48 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

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Compact datalogger includes wireless connectivity based on GSM/GPRS module

June 5, 2013 10:34 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Danlaw Incorporated announced that Danlaw’s DL750 includes Telit’s ultra-compact GSM/GPRS cellular module, the GE865-QUAD. The product is a self-contained consumer installable data collection device. Danlaw and Telit who cooperated in a number of products before, are

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DIY hot-air iron

June 5, 2013 10:20 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A while back, I wrote a column on fine-pitch soldering. Several commenters noted that a hot-air soldering iron was the hand tool of choice when it came to fine pitch soldering by hand. So I decided to look up the tools and found that they were out of my price range. I still wanted one.

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