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Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Wireless module enables Internet of Things communication

March 10, 2015 2:10 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the first in a series of modules for the LoRa technology low-data-rate wireless networking standard, which enables Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless communication with a range of more than 10 miles (suburban), a battery life ...

u-blox combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in compact, host-based client

March 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox announces full production availability of the ELLA-W1 series of compact, automotive-grade, multiradio modules. The modules promise predictable, reliable results and easy implementation of in-car wireless connectivity. Applications include hands-free telephony, in-car hotspots ...

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Q&A: A look at solar plane attempting round-the-world trip

March 10, 2015 1:26 pm | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Described by its creators as "an airborne laboratory," the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 has 17,248 ultra-efficient solar cells that transfer solar energy to four electrical motors that power the plane's propellers. The cells also recharge four lithium polymer batteries....

Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

March 10, 2015 1:20 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition. If you've waited for the Apple Watch to decide on a smartwatch, here are some things to consider in weighing ...

Manufacturing shouldn’t be a dirty word for today’s STEM talent

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low-skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce....

Futuristic library showcases potential of OLED lighting

March 10, 2015 8:44 am | by LG Chem | News | Comments

The library of Korea’s top university is now being spectacularly illuminated with the world’s next-generation lighting system: OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diode lamps. Seoul National University is South Korea’s premier college — the country’s equivalent ...

Shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets

March 10, 2015 8:03 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The ...

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New 10-in-1 multi-function industrial timer/counter series

March 9, 2015 4:35 pm | by Marsh Bellofram Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Automatic Timing & Controls, a division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation, has announced the global market introduction of its new Model 385AR series. The Model 385AR series is an accurate, cost-effective, multi-function multi-range industrial timer/counter, offering the benefits of 10 unique operating modes within ...

Integrated UV light sensor incorporates a photo-pin-diode

March 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor featuring Filtron UV technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity. Designed to convert solar UV light intensity to digital data in consumer, medical, and industrial applications ...

ASU researchers explore longer life cycle for batteries

March 9, 2015 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss ...

Important advances in the development of next-gen lighting technologies

March 9, 2015 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Universities of Basel and Valencia have reported important advances in the development of next generation lighting technologies in the journal "Chemical Science". Lighting technology is in a state of change....

Choosing the right Schottky diode for a LED backlight boost converter

March 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Steven Shackell, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

LED backlight boost converters that are incorporated into modern wireless devices tend to consume large quantities of power. The Schottky diode selected is pivotal when it comes to ensuring the boost converter’s overall efficiency reaches its highest level....

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Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

Wireless MCU platform helps customers go battery-less

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform that helps customers go battery-less with energy harvesting or enjoy always-on, coin cell-powered operation for multiple years. With this industry-first technology ...

3 reasons Apple's watch will -- or won't -- change the game

March 9, 2015 9:32 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

No one can argue that Apple has changed the way people live their lives. The company's iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide....

Obama to announce effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

March 9, 2015 9:29 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments ...

Electric buses: More advanced than you think

March 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception ...

This is how you get a snack while flying in a fighter jet

March 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is one of those videos you could probably go ahead and file somewhere between, "This is the reason we can't have nice things" and "This is really cool."

Advanced materials are essential to unlocking new LED and OLED devices

March 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by Serpil Gonen Williams, VP of Product Development, Pixelligent Technologies | Articles | Comments

During the past few years, LED-based lighting products have achieved significant market acceptance while OLED-based lighting products are poised for tremendous market growth in the near future. To continue commercial growth of these applications, there is a significant need ...

Pure sine wave inverters provide up to 3000VA of power

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Schaefer Power Inc | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc., announces the PRP-3000 Series of highly efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) and rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of 24VDC, 36VDC, 48VDC, 72VDC ...

Micromem demonstrates UAV installation of power line monitoring mounting system

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Micromem Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully demonstrated the installation of the mounting system that will be used to house its patent pending Power Line Condition Monitoring sensor suite using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)....

Clock generators can produce up to 12 programmable output frequencies

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a high-performance programmable clock generator family that simplifies the design of consumer and networking systems. The new CY27410 4-PLL (phase-locked loop) clock generator can generate up to 12 programmable output frequencies on a single chip ...

Apple supplier to open $1.4 billion factory

March 6, 2015 1:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Japan Display, the company allegedly tapped to supply smartphone screens for upcoming Apple products, will be opening a $1.4 billion factory, according to Reuters sources. The factory in Ishikawa, Japan is expected to start working in 2016....

Motion module includes a simple I2C connection to most MCUs/MPUs

March 6, 2015 12:29 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced from the Embedded World conference in Germany the MM7150 Motion Module—which combines Microchip’s SSC7150 motion co-processor combined with 9-axis sensors, including accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope in a small, easy to use form factor....

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