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SBA Communications buys Brazil wireless sites

December 4, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SBA Communications Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to expand its presence in Brazil with the purchase of about 2,000 wireless sites from Oi SA, one of Brazil's largest telecommunications service providers, for about $645 million. The communications tower operator's president and CEO, said that the sites are concentrated...


Legislation for online video seeks to ensure consumer choice (for real!)

December 4, 2013 10:00 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the eulogy for Net Neutrality is being written a bit prematurely, because there’s a faint sign of life coming from, of all places, Congress. From the “too good to be true” department comes new legislation proposed by outgoing Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va). The Consumer Choice in Online Video Act (S. 1680) would be a boon to consumers who

Power-management IC provides a regulated high-voltage output up to 500V

December 4, 2013 9:10 am | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex expanded its product offerings in support of MEMS and other high voltage solutions with the introduction of the HV9150. The HV9150 is a power management IC, a hysteretic controller that is intended to simply and easily provide a non-isolated, regulated high voltage output (6V to 500V) from a battery level input (2.7V to 4.5V).


Micro-circular connectors offer dramatic size and weight reductions

December 4, 2013 9:02 am | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Micro-sized, (.050 inch pitch), connectors in compact metal or over-molded polymer shells offer dramatic size and weight reductions for circuits requiring multiple pin interconnection systems. Omnetics offers an extensive array of micro-circular connector styles and formats using its specially designed flex-pin contacts.


6-bit phase shifters offer 360 degree coverage

December 4, 2013 8:53 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for two new 6-bit phase shifters from TriQuint. Both the TGP2105-SM and TGP2107-SM offer 360 degree coverage with 5.625 degree LSB. Supporting X and Ku bands, the TGP2105-SM and TGP2107-SM span 6-18GHz and offer <10dB insertion loss.


Photos of the Day: Apple guides shoppers inside stores with iBeacon

December 3, 2013 7:58 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're inside, whether it's to pick up an order, upgrade to a new iPhone or shop for a pair of headphones. On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using the technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information....


Advancements in base metal electrode capacitor materials & processing technologies extend performance benefits to space circuits

December 3, 2013 4:28 pm | by John Marshall, Operations Manager, AVX & Pat Hollenbeck, Field Applications Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

Manufactured for more than twenty years, ceramic capacitors utilizing base metal electrode (BME) technology are routinely designed into applications spanning several industries.  Widely employed throughout the automotive industry, BME capacitors have long been qualified to the AEC-Q200 specification....


Thousands of new particles in workplaces despite large knowledge gap

December 3, 2013 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a growing number of industries, workers are often unknowingly exposed to nanoparticles (NPs). Do they enter the body? Could they have an impact on health? Professor Denis Girard from the INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre has had the foresight to study the potential toxicity of a wide variety of NPs....


Companies could make the switch to wood power

December 3, 2013 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some companies could economically convert their operations to wood boilers for heat and power, according to a team of forestry researchers. The conversion to wood-powered burners would make the most sense for larger commercial and industrial operations in areas that have access to large timber resources and a friendly regulatory environment....

Remembrances of things past

December 3, 2013 3:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Listen up nickel-titanium and all you other shape-memory alloys, there's a new kid on the block that just claimed the championship for elasticity and is primed to take over the shape memory apps market at the nanoscale. A research team at Berkeley Lab has discovered a way to introduce a recoverable strain into bismuth ferrite of up to 14-percent on the nanoscale....

Studies: Moral outrage may influence jurors

December 3, 2013 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Think about the last time you were morally outraged. Chances are you felt angry, but did you also feel disgust? Consider how you might feel in a court of law after watching a video of a heinous crime. Two new studies point to important legal implications when moral outrage is generated through the interactive effect of anger and disgust.

Justices won't hear appeal of NY internet taxation

December 3, 2013 3:23 pm | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused to wade into a dispute over state sales taxes for purchases on websites like, an outcome likely to prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales.

European, US authorities take control of websites

December 3, 2013 3:05 pm | News | Comments

Europol says American and European authorities have taken control of 690 websites that were selling counterfeit merchandise. The European police coordination agency said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had teamed up with European law enforcement agencies and Hong Kong customs authorities to seize the sites' domain names.


Photos of the Day: Glimpsing the infrastructure of a gamma-ray burst jet

December 3, 2013 3:04 pm | News | Comments

A new study using observations from a novel instrument provides the best look to date at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe. An international team of astronomers from Britain, Slovenia and Italy has glimpsed the infrastructure of a burst's high-speed jet.


Gift Guide: Plenty of laptops, even on budgets

December 3, 2013 3:03 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's no shortage of laptop computers to pick from this holiday season, even for shoppers on tight budgets. A Chromebook optimized to run Google's Internet services can be bought for as little as $200, while a few hundred dollars more gets you a laptop that's not so dependent on having a continuous online connection.


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