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Rotary encoders combine optical encoder characteristics with ruggedness and compact form factor

February 20, 2014 9:10 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA’s (Hamilton, NJ) IXARC encoders combine the accuracy and dynamic response of optical encoders with the ruggedness and compact form factor of magnetic encoders. Building on the company’s

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Photos of the Day: New fuel standards for trucks

February 20, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

On Tuesday, President Obama announced new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks that would take effect by March 2016. These would come on top of existing standards for 2014-2018 model years. While heavy duty trucks make up just 4% of the nation's vehicles, they emit about 20% of the pollutants spewed into the population by the transportation sector.

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Utah judge rules against Aereo before Supreme Court case; service blocked in several states

February 20, 2014 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah judge on Wednesday blocked TV streaming company Aereo Inc. from operating in several Western states, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a related case in April. Broadcasters have argued Aereo is stealing TV signals without paying.

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An iCar from Apple? Some ideas about what Teslas would be like with Apple behind the wheel

February 20, 2014 8:53 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Rumors have been swirling since news broke this week of a possible meeting between Apple's top executive for acquisitions and the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion.

WhatsApp: A 19 billion bet for Facebook on the future of messaging

February 20, 2014 8:47 am | by Barbara Ortutay and Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

 Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones. The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook's largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of "big data" tools

February 20, 2014 7:30 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has awarded a $3.4 million "mega-grant" to Alexei Klimentov, Physics Applications Software Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop new "big data" computing tools for the advancement of science. The project builds on the success of a workload and data management system....

Electrical Engineering professor selected editor-in-chief of prestigious journal

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Erchin Serpedin, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, will become the new editor-in-chief of the journal EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems......

Briaud elected president of Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently elected President of the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies (FedIGS) for the 2014-2018 term. FedIGS......

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Monschke scholarship to aid aerospace undergraduates

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Richard Monschke of Fort Worth, Texas, has endowed a $25,000 scholarship designed for students pursuing a degree in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. “We are grateful for Mr. Monschke’s support of the aerospace department and its students,” said Andy Acker, senior director of development for the Texas A&M Foundation. “The support we receive from our......

Retailers using smartphones to track shopper movements, preferences; privacy groups concerned

February 19, 2014 4:23 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr | News | Comments

Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall, or does leaving them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register? Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous...but consumer advocates aren't convinced.

Thick-film axial terminal resistors ideal for high frequency applications and controls

February 19, 2014 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL) adds a new non-inductive option to their Maxi-Mox series of thick-film axial terminal resistors. This alternative to the standard configuration is ideal for high frequency applications and controls. Features include a resistance range of 250 ohms to 1 Teraohm.

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Ultra-dimmable LED lamp features CRI of 80

February 19, 2014 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ledzworld (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) announced it has added an ultra-dimmable AR-111 LED lamp to its product line — the world’s first true retrofit sized premium 850 lumen, single light source AR-111 LED lamp. Features include CRI of 80 and a 25 degree or optional 40 degree beam angle.

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Extendable quadpod mini light tower produces 575,000 lumens of light

February 19, 2014 3:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a new 6000 watt extendable light tower. This portable light tower is equipped with four 1,500 watt metal halide lamps that produce 575,000 lumens of light. The WAL-C-4XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower is adjustable from seven to fourteen feet.

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Power transducer measures three phases of current and voltage

February 19, 2014 3:20 pm | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) introduces APT Series Power Transducers. The APT measures three phases of current and voltage and produces an industry standard analog signal proportional to the watts used. The monitor uses current transformers to measure the amperes, and the line voltage connects directly to the transducer, up to 600 VAC.

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Turks 'unfollow' president on Twitter after he ratifies controversial Internet bill

February 19, 2014 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Media reports say close to 80,000 people have stopped following Turkey's president on Twitter after he signed a controversial bill increasing government controls over the Internet into law. Abdullah Gul, who has more than 4 million followers on Twitter, announced in a tweet late Tuesday...

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