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Living with the legacy of Alan Turing

June 19, 2012 8:59 am | News | Comments

The computer is a radical invention. In less than a single lifetime it has transformed economies and societies like nothing before. In the future, artificial intelligence and ubiquitous, quantum and molecular computing may even make us immortal – part of the universal machine.

Oracle's fiscal fourth-quarter results top analyst views, company to buy back $10B in stock

June 19, 2012 8:51 am | by Michael Liedtke, Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In surprise move, Oracle released its fiscal fourth-quarter results late Monday. The numbers weren't supposed to come out until Thursday.

Six-axis sensor integrates accelerometer and magnetometer, targets mobile devices

June 18, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale introduced an Xtrinsic six-axis sensor that combines high resolution motion sensing and heading technology with an accelerometer and a magnetometer in a single package. The new Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ sensor is optimized for mobile applications, including

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Colored split loom highly flexible, kick resistant

June 18, 2012 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micro Plastics’ has added COLOR to their Polyethylene and Nylon lines of wire routing split loom. To satisfy customer demand, they now offer all sizes of their Nylon Split Loom in orange, to accommodate applications where identification is critical to safety.

Kickstarter: Helpful website or project killer?

June 18, 2012 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It seems innovative technology often gets stuck in the dark chasm that exists between a great idea and a final product. Between skyrocketing production costs, the difficulties of marketing on a limited budget, and unexpected hiccups, some projects never get off the ground. Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding website where inventors raise enough to manufacture their product, seems like the perfect solution to technological limbo.

Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps

June 18, 2012 9:24 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

Frustrated by their inability to stop sophisticated hacking attacks or use the law to punish their assailants, an increasing number of U.S. companies are taking retaliatory action.

Exclusive: Online bank-theft software grows more sophisticated

June 18, 2012 9:17 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

Two of the most pervasive and dangerous types of software for stealing money from bank accounts have been improved and can now transfer money out automatically, without a hacker's supervision, researchers said.

Intelligent ethernet system designed for harsh environment

June 15, 2012 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The intelligent Ethernet system MSX-E3121 is meant for the acquisition and output of analog and digital signals in a harsh environment. It has 6 differential inputs, 24-bit, 4 analog outputs, 16-bit, and 32 digital I/O, 24 V

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New device powers gadgets through walking

June 15, 2012 8:55 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

British scientists have built a novel device that converts body movement into electricity capable of powering small gadgets such as GPS trackers.

Microsoft to make 'major' announcement in Los Angeles; speculation ranges from tablets to Xbox

June 15, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is being secretive about a "major" announcement it plans to make in Los Angeles on Monday. The company invited media to an afternoon event, but it says it won't divulge the location until that morning. In an email, the company says, "This will be a major Microsoft announcement - you will not want to miss it."

Efficient tuning of capacitive-sensing designs

June 14, 2012 3:14 pm | by Robert Jania, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

A fundamental aspect of any capacitive sensing design is the calibration of the sensor. Calibration eliminates the sensor providing false actives in the system and as well as the sensor failing when it is supposed to be active. Until recently, individual sensor also had to be accompanied by discrete components comprised of resistors and capacitors in order to adjust the sensitivity of each particular sensor.

Single board computer touts robust, stable chipset

June 14, 2012 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADL Embedded Solutions Inc.  has announced the ADL3GQM67PC. The ADL3GQM67PC features 3rd generation Intel® Core™ Ivy Bridge processors built on Intel's new 22nm 3D Tri-gate transistor process. It features an integrated HD4000 graphics engine with DirectX 11.0 support and vastly improved performance over the 2nd generation Intel Core graphics engine.

Development tool cuts application optimization time dramatically

June 14, 2012 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vector Fabrics recently announced the launch of its new development tool, PareonTM. Pareon allows software developers to optimize their applications for multicore systems in hours or days, a task that typically takes weeks or months to complete. The tool’s analysis engine prevents hard-to-find and hard-to-reproduce threading bugs, while its hardware modelling engine prevents the developer from writing code

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'No-sleep energy bugs' drain smartphone batteries

June 14, 2012 9:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers have proposed a method to automatically detect a new class of software glitches in smartphones called "no-sleep energy bugs," which can entirely drain batteries while the phones are not in use.

Researchers 'heal' plasma-damaged semiconductor with treatment of hydrogen radicals

June 14, 2012 8:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a highly promising material for a wide range of optical and high-power electronic devices, which can be fabricated by dry etching with plasmas. However, the plasma-induced defects and surface residues that remain after such processes tend to degrade the optical and electrical properties of the devices. A team of Japanese researchers has developed and tested a new way to "heal" such defects.

Telescope to hunt black holes reaches orbit

June 14, 2012 8:54 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An innovative X-ray telescope blasted off aboard an unmanned air-launched rocket on Wednesday to begin a two-year mission to ferret out black holes and other high-energy celestial phenomena in space, NASA officials said.

First Look: MacBook screen with 4 times the pixels sets new standard for PCs

June 14, 2012 8:53 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When I was 13, I was sent to the optician for the first time, and came home with glasses. Suddenly, the world was sharp all around me. I was surprised by the crisp lines of the tree branches against the sky. It was news to me that I was near-sighted, because I had been used to seeing the world in a blur. Apple Inc. sells a similar epiphany, starting this week, in the shape of a notebook computer. One of its new MacBook Pro models has a "Retina" display, a screen that packs four times as many pixels as a standard display.

New wide aspect ratio displays for industrial and medical equipment

June 13, 2012 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Gleichmann Electronics now offers two new 10.6-inch (27 cm) WXGA display modules, part numbers NL12876AC18-03 and -03D, from NLT Technologies. The new display modules feature ultra-wide viewing angles of 176 degrees horizontally and vertically, a brightness of 300 cd/m2 and a high contrast ratio of 1000:1.

Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory

June 13, 2012 3:21 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

In today's manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail.

New software forecasts noise levels in the street

June 13, 2012 3:19 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

This application yields a prediction of urban noise levels using a dataset (street type, road conditions, average speed of the vehicles passing by, road works, etc), with a reliability of 95%.

Intel CFO eyes more connected living rooms

June 13, 2012 3:17 pm | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

New markets including home entertainment will be major sources of growth for Intel Corp as more gadgets become connected to the Internet and drive demand for powerful data centers, the top chipmaker's chief financial officer said.

Michelle Obama joins social network Pinterest, pins old and new scenes of family life

June 13, 2012 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Michelle Obama is up on Pinterest. The first lady's profile on the social networking site went live Wednesday with three boards highlighting photos from around the White House, "great memories" and Father's Day.

Filtered connectors survive 300G mechanical shock and 18°C/sec thermal shock

June 13, 2012 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cooper Interconnect introduced the G3 Series of filtered connectors. According to the company, extensive testing of these MIL-DTL-38999 Series III compliant products has confirmed no measurable change in filtering performance after exposure to 300G shock, 60G sine vibration and

Quantum computers could help search engines keep up with the Internet's growth

June 13, 2012 8:59 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

USC scientists demonstrate that quantum computing could speed up the way web page ranks are calculated on the ever-expanding Internet

Analysis: Apple's big enemy in smartphone wars: delay

June 13, 2012 8:58 am | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc has spent nearly three years fighting its rivals in a global smartphone patent war. Now, setbacks in two key U.S. court cases are laying bare why a drawn-out battle could be bad news for the iPhone maker.

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