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Nanopower anisotropic magnetoresistive sensor ICs are presented as industry’s first

May 19, 2014 11:14 am | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs. They are said to provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA).

PSUs in 1U package offer very high power density

May 19, 2014 10:10 am | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies (Cork, Ireland) introduced its XSolo family of 1U-high, single-output switching power supply units (PSUs). The XSolo family is offered in a convection-cooled 504-W open-frame U-channel form-factor model (6.8 W/cu.in.) and an enclosed, fan-cooled chassis model that delivers…

Sony sinks to $1.3B quarterly loss on PC expenses

May 14, 2014 9:08 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 game machine, Bravia TVs and Walkman digital player also reported...

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Samsung apologizes to sickened chip workers

May 14, 2014 8:59 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.

Computing platform provides I/O design configurability

May 13, 2014 12:13 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduced the S50J Computing Platform, a rugged field-deployable system with abundant configurable I/O for design versatility. According to the company, virtually any I/O scheme can be supported using…

Motherboard is based on AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform

May 13, 2014 11:23 am | Congatec, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) introduced an industrial Mini-ITX motherboard. The new embedded motherboards will meet the same standards and quality as the established Computer-On-Modules from congatec. This Mini ITX board is…

Indonesia bans video sharing site for nudity

May 13, 2014 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indonesia banned the popular video sharing site Vimeo, saying it contains nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material. Information and Communication Minister Tiffatul Sembiring said in a statement Monday that he made the decision after receiving complaints from the public. He said the site content was against Indonesia's anti-pornography law.

FCC revising Internet rules after public backlash

May 13, 2014 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. According to an FCC official, Wheeler made revisions after the commission received 35,000 public comments —many of them expressing outrage.

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European court: Google must yield on personal info

May 13, 2014 8:39 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe's highest court said Tuesday. In a landmark decision, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the Internet search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing personal information.

Will 3D-printing food ever be mainstream?

May 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PDD | Blogs | Comments

News of 3D printing has been ubiquitous as of late, and while the technology has been a disruptor in many markets, its applicability in the food industry is still questionable. One food 3D printer, which sought funding on Kickstarter, is the Foodini; and although it separates itself from current food printers as it is able to print both sweet and savory foods, many have still questioned the viability of 3D printing food.

Nation's data capital poised to advance leadership position in big data

May 12, 2014 9:07 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the George Washington University (GW), and Attain, LLC, today released a research report conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics highlighting the depth and breadth of big data experience, expertise and assets in Northern Virginia and the Potomac region.

Nintendo apologizes for lack of virtual equality

May 12, 2014 8:51 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Write | News | Comments

Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they're produced.

FTC says Snapchat deceived customers

May 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission. Snapchat is a popular mobile messaging app that lets people send photos, videos and messages that disappear in a few seconds..

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This FIB doesn't lie: New NIST microscope sees what others can't

May 8, 2014 4:48 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) simply can't see materials that don't conduct electricity very well, and their high energies can actually damage some types of samples. In an effort to extract a little more truth from the world of nanomaterials and nanostructures...

Nintendo says no to virtual equality in life game

May 8, 2014 9:08 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo isn't allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game. The publisher of such gaming franchises as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Mario Bros." said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life."

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Dogs, technology & the future of disaster response

May 7, 2014 11:02 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around...

IBM partners with universities on Watson projects

May 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of new classes set for next fall. The partnership between Armonk, New York-based IBM and the...

Intel, PC makers broaden support for Chromebooks

May 7, 2014 10:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new...

Graphene for real-world devices

May 7, 2014 9:03 am | by University of Texas | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material — strong, light, nearly transparent, and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome...

Student group recognized for lithography project to optimize computer chip processing

May 7, 2014 8:44 am | by NPRE Illinois | News | Comments

A student team recognized at the recent American Nuclear Society Student Conference for research that could result in smaller computer chips is the inaugural recipient of the Daniel F. Hang Outstanding Senior Design Award in NPRE...  

3-dB, 90-degree hybrid couplers target mobile communications

May 6, 2014 11:23 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced two new wideband, 3d-B, 90-degree hybrid couplers: a 2100-MHz device for 1.5 GHz to 2.1 GHz performance and a 2700 MHz device for 2.1-GHz to 2.7-GHz performance.

Italian software engineer wins contest that generates worldwide response

May 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Susie Allen, University of Chicago | News | Comments

An Italian computer engineer has solved a 150-year-old literary mystery found in a rare edition of Homer’s Odyssey at the University of Chicago Library. The case of the mystery marginalia began when ...        

nvSRAM family boasts fast HD NVRAM and supports direct connections to NAND bus controllers

May 6, 2014 10:58 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) introduced a family of 16 Mb nonvolatile Static Random Access Memories (nvSRAMs), including devices with asynchronous parallel and asynchronous Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Standard 1.0 interfaces.

Carrier card offers scalable data acquisition to PCIe

May 1, 2014 5:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP (Austin, TX) announced the release of a new PCI Express product featuring the Xilinx Kintex-7 combined with the highest performance analog I/O card available in the marketplace, according to the company. With a single-channel…

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