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Feds, Univ. of Michigan hope to make roads safer with cars that can talk to each other

August 22, 2012 8:37 am | by TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In a few weeks, about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.

SSD in multi-chip package offers flexibility, choices

August 21, 2012 3:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Greenliant Systems is now sampling its industrial temperature SATA and PATA interface NANDrive embedded solid state drives (SSDs) using 2-bits-per-cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. The new NANDrive devices are the first ball grid array (BGA) package SATA / PATA SSDs based on MLC NAND that are capable of operating at temperatures between -40 to +85 degrees Celsius.

Would you eat printed meat?

August 21, 2012 1:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a hot topic issue in the tech world with everything from printed guns to printed arms making headlines around the world.The newest 3D item to hit the scene? Printed meat. Modern Meadows,a firm looking to develop “high value, food grade animal protein”

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Dual range DC power source delivers up to 350 W of power

August 21, 2012 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced the addition of the model 1747--its latest dual range DC power source. Delivering up to 350 W of power with constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, model 1747 can output either higher voltage at a lower current range

Filters designed to safely eliminate harmonics

August 21, 2012 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

New from the Engineering Division of Link Microtek is a series of eight waveguide harmonic-absorption filters that are designed to safely eliminate harmonics from the output of a high-power microwave amplifier, thereby ensuring that only fundamental frequencies are transmitted and that there are no potentially damaging reflections back into the system.

Brain-wave-reading robot might help stroke patients

August 21, 2012 9:18 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

What comes naturally to most people – to think and then do – is difficult for stroke patients who have lost the full use of their limbs. New research by Rice University, the University of Houston (UH) and TIRR Memorial Hermann aims to help victims recover that ability to the fullest extent possible with a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President's National Robotics Initiative (NRI).

Spending spree: What you can buy for $665, the price of 1 Apple share

August 21, 2012 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, beating the previous record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom.

Insight: Experts hope to shield cars from computer viruses

August 20, 2012 9:03 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | News | Comments

A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.

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Floating robot helps track great white sharks

August 20, 2012 9:01 am | by Alister Doyle, Reuters | News | Comments

A floating robot has been deployed to track great white sharks in the Pacific as part of efforts to understand the giant predators. The "wave glider", which from above looks like a yellow surfboard, picks up signals from tagged fish up to 1,000 feet away in the ocean and then sends their positions to researchers via a satellite transmitter.

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars selling products before they exist

August 20, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.In April, three-person startup Pebble Technology sought to raise $100,000 to make 1,000 wristwatches that can be programmed with different clock faces.

Compact, rugged multi-platform mission computer system targets vetronics and avionics

August 16, 2012 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has introduced the newest member of its family of fully integrated Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC) subsystems. The new MPMC-9105 VMC (Versatile Mission Computer) is an ultra compact, volume optimized system designed for

Why 4D technology ruins movies

August 16, 2012 2:42 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Designers are on the constant lookout for ways to enhance the movie-screening experience. It’s easily seen in the evolution from silent films to talkies to color to HD and 3D movies. Oftentimes, now that 3D has made a (dismal) debut in homes and a (really expensive) debut in theaters, 4D is being tossed around as “the next big thing.”

Enough praises Intel, Apple for efforts on conflict minerals; Nintendo gets no points

August 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, Motorola Solutions, HP and Apple have become "pioneers of progress" through their efforts to avoid purchasing minerals that fund armed groups in Central Africa, according to a report released Thursday.

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Integrated circuit targets cellular, analog applications

August 16, 2012 1:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. president, R. Dale Lillard, announced recently the availability of the MC13150 a narrowband FM Coiless Detector intermediate frequency (IF) subsystem targeted at cellular and other analog applications.  This wireless integrated circuit (IC) was originally designed and built by Freescale Semiconductor, Inc

Hold my calls, please: LA restaurant offers discount to diners who check cellphones with staff

August 16, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.

Serial SRAM devices boast 1 Mbit densities, 80 Mbps speeds and 5-V operation

August 15, 2012 5:56 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its serial SRAM portfolio with four new devices that are said to feature the industry’s largest densities and speeds. They also offer 5-V operation, which remains prevalent in automotive and industrial applications. These 512 Kb and 1 Mb SPI devices maintain the

Who needs a license? Self-driving cars coming our way

August 15, 2012 4:07 pm | by Ben Klayman, Reuters | News | Comments

It's been more than half a century since some of the first concept cars boasting self-driving features were presented to the world and they're still not on the roads. But many auto executives say the industry is on the cusp of welcoming vehicles that make the idea of keeping both hands on the wheel an anachronism.

Pew report shows Obama more aggressive than Romney in targeting voters online

August 15, 2012 4:05 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | News | Comments

Four years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama got a head start on Arizona Sen. John McCain when it came to reaching voters online, on their mobile phones and on social media. Young voters, the group most likely to tune in digitally to the presidential campaign, broke overwhelmingly for Obama, giving him the biggest margin of victory among that age group ever recorded.

Major retailers form company that will create a mobile app for faster, easier shopping

August 15, 2012 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

A look at how Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 compares with iPad, Tab 2, Surface

August 15, 2012 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday announced its latest tablet computer, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Here's a look at its key specifications, compared with key competitors and an earlier Samsung model.

CompactPCI processor blade features 1.8 GHz eight-core Intel Xeon processor

August 14, 2012 2:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. announced availability of the cPCI-6930, a next-generation 6U dual-slot CompactPCI (cPCI) processor blade that demonstrates ADLINK’s leadership in the development of high performance compute blades with flexible expansion capabilities.

Would you trust brakes that think for you?

August 14, 2012 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In keeping with the vehicle safety theme I’ve self-cultivated with Signal and the inflatable seatbelt, let’s take a look at the world of brakes, specifically Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The idea behind AEBS is that in the event that you, the driver, are unable or incapable of braking in order to avoid a collision with a car, pedestrian, object, your garage door, etc. the car will take (complete or partial) control...

NIST's speedy ions could add zip to quantum computers

August 14, 2012 8:39 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Take that, sports cars! Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can accelerate their beryllium ions from zero to 100 miles per hour and stop them in just a few microseconds. What's more, the ions come to a complete stop and hardly feel the effects of the ride. And they're not just good for submicroscopic racing—NIST physicists think their zippy ions may be useful in future quantum computers.

U.S. seniors find it's never too late to learn social media

August 14, 2012 8:35 am | by Patricia Reaney, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Seniors, some in their 90s, could soon be making new friends on Facebook thanks to New York libraries offering classes to help the elderly learn, or brush up their social network skills.

More trial, less error: An effort to improve scientific studies

August 14, 2012 8:31 am | by Sharon Begley, Reuters | News | Comments

So many scientific studies are making incorrect claims that a new service has sprung up to fact-check reported findings by repeating the experiments.

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