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Report: NSA spying on virtual worlds, online games

December 9, 2013 9:05 am | by AP | News | Comments

Reports say British and American intelligence officers have been spying on gamers across the world, deploying undercover officers to virtual universes and sucking up traffic from popular online games such as World of Warcraft.

EU warns Nokia not to become 'patent troll'

December 9, 2013 9:03 am | by AP | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp. this year but retained its patent portfolio.

EU: Google shouldn't discriminate against opt-outs

December 9, 2013 9:02 am | by AP | News | Comments

Europe's top regulator says he has asked Google not to discriminate against companies that don't want it to use their content in Google's specialized search results, such as price comparison for plane tickets or reviews of restaurants.

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GaN amplifier offers exceptional thermal resistance

December 6, 2013 3:55 pm | Nitronex | Product Releases | Comments

Nitronex announced the release of the NPA1006, a new broadband GaN amplifier. This 28-V, 20-MHz to 1-GHz, 15-W amplifier with 14 dB gain and 60 percent drain efficiency is housed in an industry-standard 6-mm x 5-mm DFN plastic package. The thermal resistance is

This next-gen USB connector always lands on its feet

December 6, 2013 1:17 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Everyone has struggled to plug a device into a USB port at one time or another. There’s a 50/50 chance of choosing the correct orientation, and we usually manage to pick the wrong one every time. It’s the electronic version of the “toast always lands butter-side down” or “a cat always lands on its feet” phenomena, and we just want to charge our iPods.

MOSFET is first in 2.4 mm by 2.0 mm by 0.4 mm MICRO FOOT package size

December 6, 2013 12:37 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology extended its offering of TrenchFET p-channel Gen III power MOSFETs with the industry's first -20 V device in the 2.4 mm by 2.0 mm by 0.4 mm CSP MICRO FOOT package size. Designed to increase efficiency and save space in mobile computing devices, the Vishay Siliconix Si8851EDB offers extremely low on-resistance....

Development tool for microcontroller designs is IEC61508 safety compliant

December 5, 2013 6:07 pm | Renesas, Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America and IAR Systems partnered to offer a development tool for Renesas’ 32-bit RX microcontroller (MCU) series with compliance to the safety standard IEC61508. The suite is positioned to enable customers

Arduino-compatible ecosystem adds WiFi development board, IoT cloud software and motor control shield

December 5, 2013 5:23 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its Arduino-compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, Inc., and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes the need for users to

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Laser light at useful wavelengths from semiconductor nanowires

December 5, 2013 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and sensing. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have demonstrated laser action in semiconductor nanowires....

3D-printed heart uses urine to power robot (seriously)

December 5, 2013 10:24 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the buzzword story of the year, researchers at the University of the West of England created a 3D-printed heart robot heart that runs on urine. That’s right, a printed organ that pumps pee through a robot. This hot topic cornucopia was actually the result of a theory that urine was capable of making electricity.

Why replacing waiters with tablets is a good idea

December 4, 2013 2:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This, friends, is a dining option for people who hate other people. Earlier this week, Applebee’s announced that they will replace waiters (to a degree) with tablets at the table. These tablets will be used to take orders and pay the bill, plus they’ll feature games that diners can play while they wait. The tablets, which are Intel-backed startup E la Carte Presto tablets, will total over 100,000 pieces of hardware.

Woman fights ticket for driving with Google Glass

December 4, 2013 1:42 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

Ultra-thin light guides provide an ideal solution for backlighting touch-enabled display graphics

December 3, 2013 1:02 pm | Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra-thin light guides from Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) utilize the company’s unique LED-based edge-lighting technology to provide an ideal solution for backlighting touch-enabled display graphics in a wide variety of applications.

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Mini-USB connector includes insertion life of 5,000 times

December 3, 2013 9:39 am | Omron Electronics Components Llc | Product Releases | Comments

OMRON announces the release of the new XM7D Mini-USB Connector, designed to supplement its current USB Connector lineup and I/O Connector portfolio. The Mini-USB connectors are widely used in a variety of devices found within the Office Automation, Consumer Electronics and PC Peripheral markets. They’re also found within Factory Automation applications and Industrial Equipment.

New algorithm finds you, even in untagged photos

December 2, 2013 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new algorithm designed at the University of Toronto has the power to profoundly change the way we find photos among the billions on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr. This month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will issue a patent on this technology.

Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

December 2, 2013 12:49 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less — by drone. The world's largest e-commerce company said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology...

Consumer behavior aggressively tracked this season

December 2, 2013 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a big question for marketers: What kind of a buyer are you? And, as important, what are you willing to pay? In the search for answers this shopping season, consumer behavior online and off is being tracked aggressively with help from advances in technology. And it can happen whether buyers are on their work computers, mobile devices or just standing in the grocery aisle.

Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

December 2, 2013 9:53 am | by By JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead.

China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.

Application-ready platform targets mil/aero

November 26, 2013 11:54 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced its first application-ready platform (ARP). This pre-configured system platform is suited for mil/aero applications requiring front-end deterministic processing and high data rates. The ARP200 Application-Ready Platform for Mil-sensor processing uses

High-speed 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane is presented as industry’s first

November 26, 2013 11:27 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions announced what it asserts is the industry’s 40 Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane. The new Hybricon Gen3 OpenVPX 6U six-slot Backplane is designed for the end-to-end transmission of the high speed data required for demanding ground and airborne

Cyber resilience metrics needed to meet increased threats

November 25, 2013 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cyber threats are rapidly emerging as one of the primary security concerns for the nation and global community as targeted cyber attacks can cause severe consequences to critical infrastructure and sectors of the economy. Recent calls for action have brought the concept of "resilience" in the face of cyber attacks...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing

November 25, 2013 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled—linked the quantum properties of—two ions by leaking judiciously chosen information to the environment.  

GPU accelerator equipped with 12GB of memory

November 25, 2013 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Mechanics announces that it now offers the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, the world’s fastest accelerator, as part of its GPU Solutions product line. The Tesla K40 GPU accelerator is equipped with 12GB of memory to process the world’s most challenging computational problems....

Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

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