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Zubbles – Get Your Colored Bubbles

December 3, 2009 6:53 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Comments

photo of blue colored bubble. I first posted on this in 2005: Colored Bubbles. Now you can order your own via Zubbles. Colored Bubbles Have Landed (and Popped and Vanished) Having solved the colored bubble dilemma, we spent most of 2006 trying to refine our dyes and the manufacturing...

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Stringer: Sony Has Adjusted to Yen Levels

December 3, 2009 5:01 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Sony's CEO said the electronics giant must blunt the strong yen's impact by continued streamlining even after it completes its current restructuring plan.

Comcast, GE Strike Deal for NBC Stake

December 3, 2009 5:01 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Comcast agreed to take control of NBC Universal from GE, combining the largest U.S. cable company with a media conglomerate valued at at $30 billion.

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High-Tech, Armored Off-Roader Key to Afghan Surge

December 3, 2009 4:06 am | Comments

The new troops headed to Afghanistan are important, sure. But unless those troops can get around the country without getting blown up, this latest surge is going nowhere fast. Which is why the Pentagon is in the middle of a crash program to build and ship to Afghanistan a new generation of bomb-resistant off-road vehicle, equipped with everything from composite armor to “electronic keels”.

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Motorola invests in touch-screen software maker

December 3, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Communications product and service company Motorola Inc. said Thursday its venture capital arm has invested in Sensitive Object, a six-year old company that makes software for converting surfaces into touch-screens.Motorola did not say how much it is investing in the startup, a spinoff of the...

Grooving Down the Helix

December 3, 2009 2:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

A team of scientists has made a major step in understanding how molecules locate the genetic information in DNA that is necessary to carry out important biological processes.

SmartRectifier IC Enhances Protection and Efficiency in AC-DC Supplies

December 2, 2009 9:51 pm | by International Rectifier | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the IR11672A SmartRectifier IC with advanced Minimum On Time protection circuitry for energy-efficient AC-DC power converters for laptops, LCD and PDP televisions, game consoles, and server and telecom Switch Mode Power Supplies.

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Movieclips.com launches with studio deals

December 2, 2009 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Movieclips.com, an online movie clip-sharing service, launched in beta test mode on Wednesday touting the cooperation of five major Hollywood studios amid an industrywide slowdown in DVD sales.The founders and private backers aim to make movie clips searchable and sharable and earn referral...

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MySpace Music launches in Britain

December 2, 2009 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

More than a year after launching in the U.S., MySpace Music is crossing the pond and arriving in Britain.The major recording companies' joint venture with News Corp. unit MySpace rolls out Thursday in the social networking site's largest overseas market and its third country outside the...

Synopsys fiscal 4Q profit drops, shares fall

December 2, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Synopsys Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit sank as revenue declined and operating expenses rose. The maker of chip testing and development software also gave first-quarter and fiscal 2010 guidance that was lower than analysts expected.Synopsys shares fell $1.87, or 8.3...

Microsoft says some Windows PCs get 'Black Screen'

December 2, 2009 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft Corp. says it's not to blame for a problem that is causing a "limited" number of Windows computers to boot up to a blank black screen.The problem is cropping up on computers running the new Windows 7 software as well as Windows XP and Vista.Microsoft says its customer service...

Hewlett Packard opens Rio Rancho center

December 2, 2009 11:01 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. opened a customer service and technical support center here Wednesday, making good on a commitment to provide 1,300 jobs that pay at least $40,000, in exchange for more than $20 million in incentives.Gov. Bill Richardson and Mark Hurd, HP president and chief executive...

Nokia willing to pay more for Nortel assets

December 2, 2009 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nokia Siemens has asked a U.S. bankruptcy court to reject Ciena Corp. as the winning bidder for Nortel Networks' optical networking and carrier Ethernet businesses.Nokia Siemens and its partner One Equity Partners said Tuesday they would be willing to pay US$810 million in cash for the...

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General Dynamics-led group gets $200M Army pact

December 2, 2009 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A group of companies led by General Dynamics Corp. has received a contract worth up to $200 million to help bolster U.S. Army training.The contract will improve the Army's ability to consolidate and manage its live combat training system, General Dynamics said.The five-year contract has a...

Via in Pad with Passive Components

December 2, 2009 9:53 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Most of the via-in-pad writing I do concerns BGAs and QFNs. I do cover other parts from time to time, but the subject seems to come up most often with those packages. It is an important subject with passives too though. If you need to make your board smaller, putting vias

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