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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.

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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.  

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.

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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...

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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.

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

August 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by 
MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks.

Development tools support Freescale KL0 family of ARM Cortex-M0+ processors

August 22, 2013 2:22 pm | Freescale Semiconductor, Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics is offering a comprehensive solution set of hardware and software development tools for the Freescale KL0 family of ARM Cortex-M0+ processors. Freescale’s Kinetis KL0 processors offer 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point without sacrificing energy consumption....

Google's startup brings sightseeing app to Glass

August 22, 2013 9:27 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass, a spectacle-like computing device drawing lots of attention, can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company. The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs...

Apple's grip on China tablet market loosens

August 22, 2013 9:26 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's grip on China's tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier.

Facebook aims to get more of world's people online

August 21, 2013 10:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's more than 7 billion people — all of them, actually — online through a partnership with some of the world's largest mobile technology companies. Facebook announced Internet.org on Wednesday. In addition to the world's biggest online social network, the group includes South Korean electronics giant Samsung...

New Samsung 'Mega' phone nearly tablet-sized

August 19, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.

China in big push against opinion-leading blogs

August 19, 2013 9:42 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog. One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge.

Malware bites and how to stop it

August 15, 2013 11:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Antivirus software running on your computer has one big weak point - if a new virus is released before the antivirus provider knows about it or before the next scheduled antivirus software update, your system can be infected. Such zero-day infections are common.

SyncE-compliant clock touts very low jitter

August 14, 2013 7:10 pm | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs introduced what it claims is the industry’s lowest jitter, lowest power and most frequency-flexible timing solution for high-speed networking equipment based on the Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) standard. Offering a combination of any-frequency synthesis and desirable jitter performance (as low as

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