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Electrical control of single atom magnets

December 9, 2013 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The energy needed to change the magnetic orientation of a single atom – which determines its magnetic stability and therefore its usefulness in a variety of future device applications – can be modified by varying the atom's electrical coupling to nearby metals.

Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping

December 9, 2013 9:07 am | by DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people. The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns...

Report: NSA spying on virtual worlds, online games

December 9, 2013 9:05 am | by AP | News | Comments

Reports say British and American intelligence officers have been spying on gamers across the world, deploying undercover officers to virtual universes and sucking up traffic from popular online games such as World of Warcraft.

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German firm testing drones to deliver goods

December 9, 2013 9:04 am | by AP | News | Comments

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places. The small pilotless helicopter was to fly a package of medicine Monday from a pharmacy in the town of Bonn to the company's headquarters on the other side of the Rhine River. The aircraft can carry up to 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

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EU warns Nokia not to become 'patent troll'

December 9, 2013 9:03 am | by AP | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp. this year but retained its patent portfolio.

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EU: Google shouldn't discriminate against opt-outs

December 9, 2013 9:02 am | by AP | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator says he has asked Google not to discriminate against companies that don't want it to use their content in Google's specialized search results, such as price comparison for plane tickets or reviews of restaurants.

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Apple wants Samsung to pay $22M for legal bills

December 6, 2013 6:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple wants Samsung Electronics to pay $22 million of the legal bills that the iPhone and iPad maker has rung up so far defending its mobile device patents in a courtroom battle. The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided...

Piezoelectric MEMS timing product targets communications infrastructure, industrial and military apps

December 6, 2013 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sand 9 announced it is the first MEMS company to achieve the stringent low-noise, high-stability and harsh environmental requirements for communications infrastructure, industrial and military applications. The TM651, based on Sand 9’s Temperature Compensated MEMS

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GaN amplifier offers exceptional thermal resistance

December 6, 2013 3:55 pm | Nitronex | Product Releases | Comments

Nitronex announced the release of the NPA1006, a new broadband GaN amplifier. This 28-V, 20-MHz to 1-GHz, 15-W amplifier with 14 dB gain and 60 percent drain efficiency is housed in an industry-standard 6-mm x 5-mm DFN plastic package. The thermal resistance is

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Tech Tips: Decline gadget protection at register

December 6, 2013 3:06 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

So, you've selected the gadgets to give your loved ones, and you're at the checkout line. Suddenly you're asked if you want an extended warranty or protection plan for a modest sum, and the line is piling up behind you. Do you opt for the foot-long receipt with terms and conditions that you'll have to keep in a secure place?

Amazon’s drone-delivery service is a pipe dream (for now)

December 6, 2013 2:54 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Forget same-day delivery. Amazon wants to make 30-minute deliveries a reality with a quasi-futuristic fleet of miniature drones. But for a service built on speed, “Amazon Prime Air” may have a long shelf life. Don’t hold your breath (or place your orders) anytime soon.

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Snow - Possible Weather Caused Delays

December 6, 2013 2:33 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

It's snowing in the Portland area and our shipping companies are warning us of possible shipping delays. That means that some parts shipments in to our plant may be late and some finished board shipments going out may be late....

Power MOSFETs suit DC-DC converter applications

December 6, 2013 2:29 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. has introduced the new AP4034 family of 30V N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs in several popular package alternatives to meet differing cost/performance points. All the AP4034 MOSFETs provide fast switching performance and feature a low typical gate charge of 15nC for good switching performance.

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This next-gen USB connector always lands on its feet

December 6, 2013 1:17 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Everyone has struggled to plug a device into a USB port at one time or another. There’s a 50/50 chance of choosing the correct orientation, and we usually manage to pick the wrong one every time. It’s the electronic version of the “toast always lands butter-side down” or “a cat always lands on its feet” phenomena, and we just want to charge our iPods.

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Engineering the feeding of a nation

December 6, 2013 12:58 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Texas A&M University at Qatar’s Dr. Patrick Linke is working to create innovative solutions to one of the desert country’s most pressing challenges: food security. The chemical engineering professor is collaborating with the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP) to address challenging water scarcities in the small booming nation. Due to this water shortage, Qatar is dependent......

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