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Why the Society of Women Engineers beats Miss America (every time)

September 26, 2014 4:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who knew that a HBO show could change the lives of girls who dream of being engineers?Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a Daily Show/Colbert Report feeling to it and this past Sunday, Oliver used part of the time to do a decent take down of how ridiculous the Miss America Pageant is.

Metrics aside, color rendering matters

September 25, 2014 4:21 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO of Soraa | Blogs | Comments

The Illumination Engineering Society (IES) recently published a “position statement” (PS-8-14) which states that color rendering “requirements should not be a metric used in energy regulations to characterize color attributes for solid state lighting.” This unfortunate wording has caused ...

Apple stock falls amid new iPhone glitches

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares. ...

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Ceramic capacitors perform in high temperatures

September 25, 2014 12:56 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its new High Temperature Radial Molded Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors which are said to offer industry-leading performance in extreme environments and high temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius. The gold-plated …

Isolated pressure sensor withstands corrosive environments

September 25, 2014 12:44 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) expanded its 154 Series of media isolated, piezoresistive silicon pressure sensors with the small profile, backside compensated 154B. Housed in a 316L stainless steel package as standard, the compact 19 mm sensor is also ...

iPhone 6 advances display technology; Panel shipments to exceed 100 million in 2014

September 25, 2014 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Since the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9th, Apple’s new smartphone has captured attention around the world. Not only loyal Apple fans, who can be expected to wait on lines to purchase any new Apple product, but other consumers are willing to pay to switch from other...

A galaxy of deception - Hubble snaps what looks like a young galaxy in the local Universe

September 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and...

Compact signal conditioners offer easy configuration options

September 25, 2014 11:06 am | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s (Middletown, PA) new MINI Pro signal conditioners are positioned to save space and make installation and configuration quick and easy for isolation, conversion, filtering or amplification of analog signals.

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Miniature SMT tactile switches offer multiple profile heights, actuation force options

September 25, 2014 10:37 am | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new series of SMT top-actuated, momentary action tactile switches with a miniature footprint, several color-coded actuation force options, and an optional ground pin configuration.

Bluetooth modules transmit audio data up to 650 ft.

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | Radicom Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Radicom Research (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its RB540 family Bluetooth modules that support Bluetooth BLE V3.0 and Classic standards.  The RB540 series features a Class 1 Bluetooth data with simultaneous audio module for ...

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

September 25, 2014 10:06 am | by MEAD GRUVER and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

September 25, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a warning about the vulnerability this week.

Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.

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Review: Samsung Alpha big on design, short on tech

September 25, 2014 9:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches...

New iPhones run into software, bending complaints

September 25, 2014 9:52 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's new iPhones have run into some glitches as users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending. Late Wednesday, Apple offered users a way to manually reverse the update provided earlier in the day.

Logic PD Joins Telefónica’s M2M Global Partner Programme

September 24, 2014 5:19 pm | by Logic PD | News | Comments

Logic PD has partnered with Telefónica to provide customers with global wireless coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and the ability to bring connected products to market quicker. “With this partnership Logic PD will be able to ...

Adapter allows any Pmod boards to plug into an Arduino-compatible microcontroller platform

September 24, 2014 5:12 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated’s (San Jose, CA) Pmod-to-Arduino adapter allows any board with Pmod connections to plug easily into Arduino-compatible microcontroller platforms. Using Maxim components, this adapter is suitable for quickly creating ...

Low noise amplifier supports low return loss

September 24, 2014 3:44 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for TriQuint’s high-linearity, low noise amplifier (LNA), the TGA2613-SM. An internally balanced configuration supports low return loss and improves robustness of the TGA2613-SM....

Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

Drivers, don't trade in your smartphone for Google Glass yet

September 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles....

GaN power transistor half bridge enables 12-V to 1.2-V PoL system efficiency at 25 A

September 24, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EPC (El Segundo, CA) announced the EPC2100, an enhancement-mode monolithic GaN transistor half bridge. By integrating two eGaN power FETs into a single device, interconnect inductances and the interstitial space needed on the PCB are ...

Nanotechnology leads to better, cheaper LEDs for phones and lighting

September 24, 2014 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting....

MOSFET driver addresses technology advances in battery operated tools

September 24, 2014 12:45 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC4606, a 85V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85V MOSFET Driver family first launched in 2013....

Solar explosions inside a computer

September 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The shorter the interval between two explosions in the solar atmosphere, the more likely it is that the second flare will be stronger than the first one. ETH Professor Hans Jürgen Herrmann and his team have been able to demonstrate this, using model calculations....

China developing subsonic stealth bomber

September 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to early reports, China is developing a new stealth bomber to counter American influence in the Far East and firm up its own leadership and force-projection ability. We’ve previously discussed America’s plans to replace the illustrious SR-71 Blackbird ...

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