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Former Astor mansion in Newport sold for $10.5M

January 7, 2010 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A mansion that was once the Newport summer home to the Astor family and in recent years has served as a museum has been sold to a group with ties to software mogul and sailing enthusiast Larry Ellison.Former Astors' Beechwood Mansion owner Robert Milligan tells The Associated Press on Thursday...

Table Top Signal Generator Offers 0.1 Hz Frequency Resolution

January 7, 2010 9:49 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Novatech Instruments’ Model 409B/02 four-output, two-frequency 171 MHz direct digital synthesizer (DDS) table top signal generator offers 0.1 Hz frequency resolution and ±1.5 ppm accuracy. The unit features two phase synchronous sine wave outputs up to 171 MHz, with

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Pico-ITX Board Uses VIA Nano Processor, Suits Next-gen Multimedia Apps

January 7, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies announced the VIA EPIA-P820, a Pico-ITX form factor board featuring the high performance, 64-bit VIA Nano processor. The board includes full 64-bit software support, a high-performance superscalar architecture and full support of the latest virtualization technologies for next generation server and virtual machine applications. Measuring

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Class-D Audio Amplifiers Can Drive 600 W

January 7, 2010 9:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two Class-D audio amplifiers for home entertainment applications. Capable of driving 600 W, the TAS5630 and TAS5631 are said to feature the highest stereo output power in the industry, more than 

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MIPS Leverages Yahoo TV Widgets for DTV Platforms

January 7, 2010 8:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

MIPS Technologies, a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores, announced today integration of an optimized Yahoo! Widget Engine for MIPS-Based digital home devices.

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GameStop reports weak holiday video game sales

January 7, 2010 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Economic weakness, bad weather and supply shortages put a dent in video games sales during the holiday season, GameStop Corp. said Thursday, leading the company to slash its profit forecast.The news sent shares of the world's biggest video game retailer down as much as 19 percent in morning...

Protective Caps Cover M8 Panel Connectors

January 7, 2010 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA has released protective caps for its Series 718, M8 panel connectors. The caps provide IP67-rated environmental protection for un-mated panel-mount sockets.

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Clamping Devices Improve Power Transistor Performance

January 7, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TO270WB and TO270WBL Clamping Devices enhance the connection between a plastic-packaged RF Power Transistor and the ground plate of an RF amplifier.

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Bacteria Turn Tiny Gears

January 7, 2010 5:36 am | Videos | Comments

Swarms of bacteria turn two 380-micron long gears, opening the possibility of building hybrid biological machines at the microscopic scale. 

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Laser-based Projector Empowers Handheld Devices

January 7, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

Microvision, developer of light-scanning technologies for display and imaging products, unveiled its commercially available laser pico projector, the SHOWWX. 

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Toshiba makes waves with all-in-one ''Cell TV''

January 6, 2010 8:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Toshiba is looking to redefine the “all-in-one device” with its “Cell TV,” an HD-3D LED TV poised for release in 2010. The Japanese company announced this potential game-changer at CES today.

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TV makers ready to test depths of market for 3-D

January 6, 2010 12:01 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

This is supposedly the year 3-D television becomes the hot new thing: Updated sets and disc players are coming out, and 3-D cable channels are in the works. But it's not clear the idea will reach out and grab mainstream viewers.Besides having to spring for expensive new TVs, people would have...

Moisture-Resistant Resistors Offer TCR Options Down to 15 ppm

January 6, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics expanded its RNCS Series of resistors with TCR options down to 15 ppm. The RNCS Series is a reliable moisture-withstanding thin film chip resistor series designed for applications requiring 

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GM says new CFO is a candidate for CEO post

January 6, 2010 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre says the company's new chief financial officer Chris Liddell is a candidate for the CEO post.Liddell formerly served as CFO of Microsoft Corp. The automaker announced the 51-year-old was its new CFO late last month.Whitacre also says he is not...

AT & T to begin selling Android-based phones

January 6, 2010 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T Inc. is adding cell phones running Google's Android operating system to its lineup, bringing what could be the iPhone's greatest rival into the fold of the device's sole U.S. carrier.AT&T said Wednesday it plans to sell five Android phones from Dell, HTC and Motorola during the first half...

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