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Getting amped: Caltech researchers develop instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world

July 13, 2012 3:42 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have developed a new type of amplifier for boosting electrical signals. The device can be used for everything from studying stars, galaxies, and black holes to exploring the quantum world and developing quantum computers.

Cable assemblies designed to support system integrators

July 13, 2012 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc., has introduced its new line of SRX cable assemblies for low PIM requirements. The SRX line is an engineered suite of low PIM cable assemblies designed to support system integrators. Several different deployment scenarios encompassing cabinet integration, short cable runs or jumper applications, long haul cable runs, indoor use, outdoor use, riser, and plenum environments, have been accommodated for and include interconnect options for SMA, N, 7/16, and TNC mating.

Controlling your computer with your eyes

July 13, 2012 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Millions of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or amputees could soon interact with their computers and surroundings using just their eyes, thanks to a new device that costs less than £40.


Insight: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

July 13, 2012 9:13 am | by Marcus George, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.

Researchers create highly conductive and elastic conductors using silver nanowires

July 12, 2012 4:02 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed highly conductive and elastic conductors made from silver nanoscale wires (nanowires). These elastic conductors could be used to develop stretchable electronic devices.

Yahoo breach puts users of other sites at risk

July 12, 2012 3:56 pm | by Jim Finkle, Rueters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported the theft of some 400,000 user names and passwords to access websites including its own, saying that hackers had taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics on the iPad, iPad and some Android devices

July 12, 2012 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC is launching two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Why you’ll never win Rocks—Paper—Scissors again

July 12, 2012 10:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Prepare yourselves, board game junkies, the robots are taking over. If you’re one of those people who is naturally gifted at board games—not your humble editor—it’s time to stand up and take notice. Advances in artificial intelligence are allowing designers the ability and tools to create robots your tiny human brain can’t possibly compete with.


Software provides data logging, control, real-time data for Ethernet, internet networks

July 12, 2012 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Biodata's new Microlink 851 provides data logging, control and real-time data acquisition for Ethernet and Internet networks.

3-D models for small form factor USB make system integration fast, user-friendly

July 12, 2012 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation releases 3-D models for its new MIL-STD-1553 small form factor BU-67113U USB and BU-67114H mini-PCIe boards to enable engineers to conduct an exact fit analysis and begin to integrate the boards into their embedded system or laptop computer design without the need to have any physical hardware present.

NIST releases test framework for upgrading smart electrical meters

July 12, 2012 8:38 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its first-ever draft guidelines* to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from a remote location.

Analysis: Is Twitter building ad business at the expense of innovation?

July 12, 2012 8:34 am | by Gerry Shih, Reuters | News | Comments

Is Twitter a technology platform, a media company -- or both?

Social networks scan for sexual predators, with uneven results

July 12, 2012 8:33 am | by By Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious.


Apple pulls its products from environmental ratings registry, San Francisco stops buying Macs

July 12, 2012 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's withdrawal from an environmental ratings registry has prompted at least one city - San Francisco - to stop buying its computers.

Yahoo says it's investigating a reports of a breach involving 450,000 passwords

July 12, 2012 8:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo Inc. says it's investigating reports of a security breach that has purportedly exposed nearly half a million users' email addresses and passwords.

40W desktop adapter designed to power Ultrabooks

July 11, 2012 10:53 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has designed a small, lightweight, and energy-efficient adapter for mobile devices that require battery charging, such as Ultrabook and Netbook computers. Designated the PSA40W-190, the 40W adapter features a 19V output at 2.1A, a peak current output of 2.3A, and is compliant with all major worldwide energy efficiency standards.

Board mount pressure sensors offer cost-effective, basic performance

July 11, 2012 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell announced the release of its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, NBP Series. These are a cost-effective, basic performance, mV output, unamplified, uncompensated, high quality, and high resolution solution for customers seeking high-volume, economical board mount pressure sensors.

Microcontrollers available in any AMD package, speed option

July 11, 2012 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rochester Electronics has continued to manufacture AMD’s 80C188 commercial grade 16-Bit microcontrollers in a 68-pin PLCC package. Utilizing Rochester’s eight-million AMD80C188 die, the 80C188 is available in any original AMD package and speed option.  Rochester can also manufacture a lead-free version, which is ideal for newer applications that require modern environmental standards including RoHS. 

New app rescues people from bad dates

July 11, 2012 8:48 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Most people have been there, trapped on an awkward date that is going nowhere. But relief could be on the way with a new app that provides an incoming rescue call.

Evaluation module combine fixed and floating point capabilities

July 10, 2012 4:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Facilitating easier development with high-performance multicore processors, Texas Instruments Incorporated announced the availability of two new evaluation modules (EVMs) for its KeyStone-based TMS320C665x multicore digital signal processors (DSPs)

Controller ICs promise smaller, greener power adapters to 40 W

July 10, 2012 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt, Inc. debuted its newest PrimAccurate controller platform. According to the company, the new iW1699 and iW1760 digital pulse width modulation (PWM) controllers allow power adapter designers to meet stringent emerging global energy regulations for AC/DC power adapters, which require them to

Humidity sensors boasts outstanding accuracy

July 10, 2012 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hygrochip series digital humidity sensors combine the advantages of a precise capacitive humidity sensor element with the high integration density and functionality of an ASIC.

Compact controllers can be configured in two steps

July 10, 2012 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s new ILC 1x1 compact controllers make advanced control options available for small- to medium-sized systems. The ILC 1x1 series is the latest controller in the ILC family.

Cell phone companies see spike in surveillance requests

July 10, 2012 8:48 am | by Jasmin Melvin, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers received more than 1.3 million requests last year from U.S. law enforcement agencies for their customers' phone records and the requests are on the rise, according to data gathered as part of a congressional inquiry into cell phone surveillance.

Cambridge Consultants helps take world’s largest telescope out of the lab

July 9, 2012 5:12 pm | News | Comments

The statistics are vast – a central computer with the processing power of 100 million PCs, enough optical fiber to wrap twice around the earth, and raw data to fill 15 million 64 GB iPods every day. So when Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology design and development firm, was tasked with turning an antenna design for the world’s largest radio telescope into a viable product for volume manufacturing, it was no ordinary challenge.

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