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Researchers use machine learning to boil down the stories that wearable cameras are telling

September 16, 2013 12:41 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Computers will someday soon automatically provide short video digests of a day in your life, your family vacation or an eight-hour police patrol, say computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin. The researchers are working to develop tools to help make sense of the vast quantities of video that are going to be produced by wearable camera technology such as Google Glass and Looxcie.

3D design software available free of charge

September 16, 2013 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS) announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the unveiling of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all – totally free of charge.

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

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USB+CAN development kit provides platform for ARM Cortex-M4 MCUs

September 13, 2013 11:41 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The Tiva C Series TM4C123G USB+CAN Development Kit from Texas Instruments features a Tiva C Series MCU with ARM Cortex- M4 core that integrates connectivity and sensor aggregation solutions. This kit allows for easy evaluation the Tiva C Series TM4C123x MCU’s peripherals and

Power input modules target telecom board design

September 13, 2013 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business introduced its new PIM400 Power Input Module, positioned as simplifying the task of implementing dual redundant, hot-swappable -48-V DC power distribution. Available in a quarter-brick design (2.3” x 1.45“ x 0.54”), the module’s reduced footprint enables original equipment

Why Apple's iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is the dumbest feature

September 12, 2013 11:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention at a dinner last night that I am not fully supportive of the new iPhone. As you might have noticed from previous posts, I am an Apple FanGirl. I have a MacBook Pro, a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone 5, an Apple TV, and various generations of the iPod (iPod Mini anyone?).

New system allows cloud customers to detect program-tampering

September 11, 2013 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For small and midsize organizations, the outsourcing of demanding computational tasks to the cloud — huge banks of computers accessible over the Internet — can be much more cost-effective than buying their own hardware. But it also poses a security risk: A malicious hacker could rent space on a cloud server and use it to launch programs that hijack legitimate applications, interfering with their execution.

Set-top box delivers a full suite of Internet-based frameworks and applications

September 10, 2013 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ABOX42 showcases its new “M20” IPTV and OTT Smart STB at IBC 2013. The M20 enables operators and service providers to deliver new IP-based TV content and services, upgrade existing customers and create new business models. The M20 is powered by Broadcom’s BCM7241 high-definition IP STB platform and delivers a full suite of Internet-based frameworks and applications....

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Breakthrough in cryptography could result in more secure computing

September 10, 2013 10:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research to be presented at the 18th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security this week could result in a sea change in how to secure computations. The collaborative work between the University of Bristol and Aarhus University will be presented by Bristol PhD student Peter Scholl from the Department of Computer Science.

Stanford scientists use DNA to assemble a transistor from graphene

September 9, 2013 1:17 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

DNA is the blueprint for life. Could it also become the template for making a new generation of computer chips based not on silicon, but on an experimental material known as graphene? That’s the theory behind a process that Stanford chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao reveals in Nature Communications.

The power of the datacenter

September 9, 2013 10:52 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | News | Comments

We love to interact with our engineering community at ECN, and we’re always interested in learning about the different trends and new technologies our readers are working on! In fact, we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our power category will focus on the datacenter, which we've covered a lot on the site this year.

New computational approaches speed up the exploration of the universe

September 5, 2013 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How many different molecules can be created when you release one of the universe's most reactive substances, hydrogen cyanide, in the lab? And will the process create some particularly interesting molecules? That is what scientists call a good question, because hydrogen cyanide seems to have played a role in creating some of life's building blocks.

Gimme a break: New Android system named 'KitKat'

September 4, 2013 11:41 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Gimme a break, Google. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. The tech giant, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.  

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Hackers find weaknesses in car computer systems

September 3, 2013 12:13 pm | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

September 3, 2013 12:03 pm | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. and capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. The 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday...

Top 10 must-read posts from August

September 3, 2013 11:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Neutron stars in the computer cloud

August 29, 2013 1:08 pm | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

The combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs helps astronomers take an inventory of the Milky Way. The Einstein@Home project connects home and office PCs of volunteers from around the world to a global supercomputer. Using this computer cloud, an international team analyzed archival data from the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in Australia.

Tools enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications

August 29, 2013 9:16 am | Imagination Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Imagination Technologies announces it has implemented a set of image and video handling extensions to the EGL Native Platform Interface which will enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications on the new low-cost Hardkernel ODROID-XU development system.

Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface

August 28, 2013 11:07 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation...

NY Times site inaccessible, Twitter problems also

August 28, 2013 10:59 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Readers who tried to click on the New York Times' website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site's second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility.

Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

August 27, 2013 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers.

Tablet sales volume in Vietnam surged by 233 percent in first half of 2013

August 26, 2013 1:24 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

The tablet craze that is currently taking the world by storm has also infected the lesser developed country of Vietnam to a large extent with consumers here eagerly snapping up the increasingly popular smart device. Demand for tablets has been consecutively trending up...

TVS array provides circuit protection in computing applications

August 26, 2013 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices introduced a very low capacitance transient voltage suppressor (TVS) array designed to protect computing applications from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical fast transients (EFT). Such computing applications include Ethernet 10/100/1000 base T, FireWire, wireless communications devices and USB interfaces.

Google to launch new Nexus 7 tablet computer in Japan

August 26, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet search giant Google Inc. said Monday it will launch the latest version of its tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in Japan on Wednesday, featuring a lighter body and high-definition images to counter Apple Inc.'s popular iPad and other rivals. Running on the Android 4.3 operating system, the device will be Google's second model...

Modules facilitate multiple applications

August 23, 2013 3:19 pm | Saelig Co. Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced new Warrior Modules containing the complete electronics required for joystick, mouse or I/O functionality via USB. Based on the successful Warrior USB-interface ICs, these new boards accept analog inputs in the range of 0V to 5V, are compatible with most joystick sensors, and also facilitate measurement, sensor, and other I/O applications.

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