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Complaints, jibes greet new Apple Maps app as users compare it to disappearing Google Maps

September 21, 2012 8:45 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a touch of geek whimsy, Google Maps warns anyone who seeks walking directions to Mordor -the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings"- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either

Emergence of thinking networks

September 20, 2012 4:53 pm | by Mike Fahrion, director of product management, B&B Electronics | Articles | Comments

When examining Flame, the most sophisticated malware that has appeared to date, investigators discovered an interesting feature: Flame can steal and transmit data from computers that have no Internet connections. Flame does it by using unsuspecting humans for bi-directional data transport.

Computers get a better way to detect threats

September 20, 2012 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction. The technique has been dubbed "space travel" because it sends computer data to a world outside its home, and bridges the gap between computer hardware and software systems.


Software helps developers with driver assistance systems

September 20, 2012 2:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SPACE Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) now work with PreScan, a software program from TASS for high-quality sensor and environment simulation. This tool combination enables developers to optimize the efficiency of intelligent assistance systems at an early stage with highly precise sensor simulation and flexible, reproducible traffic simulation.

Two-gigabyte, LPDDR3 memory module transfers data at 1600 Mbps per pin

September 20, 2012 1:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the a two gigabyte (GB), low power double-data-rate 3 (LPDDR3) memory, using 30 nanometer (nm) class technology, for next-generation mobile devices. The new LPDDR3, in which a 2GB LPDDR3 density is available in one package, uses four LPDDR3 chips stacked together.

Industrial-grade, high power Class 1 Bluetooth module touts broad transmission range

September 20, 2012 1:46 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Americas introduced a new industrial grade, high-power Class 1 Bluetooth module - the SN2100 With the Class 1 power output, the module is asserted to achieve a broader transmission range than typical Bluetooth solutions

New airport system facilitates smoother take-offs and landings

September 20, 2012 9:13 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

For airline passengers who dread bumpy rides to mountainous destinations, help may be on the way. A new turbulence avoidance system has for the first time been approved for use at a U.S. airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings across the United States and overseas.

Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security

September 20, 2012 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

No question about it… they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they're one of the fastest and most maneuverable


Final tests under way on Wyoming supercomputer to be used in weather research projects

September 20, 2012 9:07 am | by MEAD GRUVER Associated Press | News | Comments

Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences. Research is expected to begin this fall on the new computer,

Panetta talks cyber issues with Chinese, but experts see no decline in attacks out of China

September 20, 2012 9:05 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,

Engineering Newswire 4: The government builds a drug sub

September 19, 2012 4:22 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, the North American Team Eagle tries to set a new land speed record in 2013, lasers are used to make computer chips faster by using tiny germanium lasers to process information in the form of light, computers are being taught to read human emotions via facial expressions...

Electronic locks: Intelligent access enhances datacenter security

September 19, 2012 1:22 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Articles | Comments

The information stored within datacenters has become the foundation on which many organizations today conduct daily business and operations, and in many cases, is considered to be their most valuable asset. From the facility down to the cabinet level, security is a key concern of datacenter engineers.

The sensor that could save (plant) lives

September 17, 2012 9:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

 Technology can be a bit of a smoke and mirrors field. Sometimes, the technology is useless, sometimes it’s stupid and sometimes, the price point exceeds the usefulness. For example, Koubachi’s Wi-Fi plant sensor, falls into the category of useful (ish) but way too expensive to justify buying.


'Memristors' based on transparent electronics offer technology of the future

September 17, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The transparent electronics that were pioneered at Oregon State University may find one of their newest applications as a next-generation replacement for some uses of non-volatile flash memory, a multi-billion dollar technology nearing its limit of small size and information storage capacity.

3D printers bring hi-tech manufacturing to the home

September 17, 2012 9:02 am | by Sruthi Ramakrishnan and Neha Alawadhi, REuters | News | Comments

  Not so long ago, harried moms and dads would brave the holiday season crowds at the mall to buy those Lego accessories or that Star Wars battle cruiser. Now, with increasingly cheap and easy-to-use three-dimensional printers, they can turn  

Apple snubs emerging mobile payment standard

September 17, 2012 8:54 am | by Alistair Barr and David Henry, Reuters | News | Comments

EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe often quotes a merchant saying NFC stands for "Not For Commerce" - and dismisses the prospects of Near Field Communication technology used to turn cellphones into mobile wallets.He got some support this week from Apple Inc,

8-bit MCU portfolio adds mid-range families targeting Full-Speed USB 2.0

September 17, 2012 8:37 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontroller portfolio with three new Enhanced Midrange 8-bit families comprising 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash. All feature internal clock sources with

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

September 14, 2012 9:58 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our November Roundtables to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom.  Check out the October Roundtable, here.

HMI Systems and components ideal for machinery and electronics production equipment

September 13, 2012 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Typical HMI Systems developed by EAO include integrated control panels for system start-up and shutdown with emergency-stop functions; handheld remote controls and tethered pendants with displays and short-travel keyboards; and touchscreen interfaces with CANbus connectivity.

New edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology opens next week

September 13, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

The new edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair will open from 20 – 22 September 2012 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, China. The fair is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Council and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd.

Samsung breaks ground for memory manufacturing complex in China

September 13, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., held a groundbreaking ceremony for a major new memory fabrication line in Xi'an, China. Once completed, the new facility will make use of advanced 10-nanometer (nm)-class technology in producing NAND flash memory chips, a critical component powering IT and mobile applications for high-speed and large-density data storage.

Less wear, longer life for memory storage device

September 12, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Probe storage devices read and write data by making nanoscale marks on a surface through physical contact. The technology may one day extend the data density limits of conventional magnetic and optical storage, but current probes have limited lifespans due to mechanical wear.

GoDaddy Web outage takes out small-business sites; cause unclear

September 11, 2012 9:01 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands and possibly millions of websites hosted by went down for several hours on Monday, causing trouble for the mainly small businesses that rely on the service. A Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated

Silicon Valley still strong, optimistic, as Wall Street sours on stocks of Facebook, Zynga

September 11, 2012 9:00 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Silicon Valley, it turns out, doesn't revolve around the stock prices of Facebook and its playful sidekick, Zynga. By most indications, tech companies in this hub of innovation are humming along, even as two of its rising stars endure steep declines in their stock prices that have wiped out more than $60 billion in wealth in the past six months.

EU says Microsoft pledged to meet antitrust requests on browsers

September 10, 2012 9:06 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to chose between different browsers, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday.

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