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Cord retaining system designed for IEC C8 appliance inlets

December 17, 2013 9:26 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has expanded its broad range of cord retaining systems to include a new retaining clip for IEC C8 inlets and mating cord sets. The new clip is a further addition to the already successful wide range of SCHURTER cord retaining systems.

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Display module features CoreAVI software drivers to deliver 20-year lifecycle support

December 11, 2013 4:53 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX six head graphics display card, its first based on AMD’s next generation embedded Radeon Adelaar GPU. The rugged VPX3-716 module is designed for use on deployed airborne and ground vehicle platforms....

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Latin American nations increase usage of bank card and mobile payment in online commerce

December 11, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region. Because of the number of consumers who use mobile phones but have no relationship with a bank, mobile payments also have a great potential for growth.

Serial port designed for a wide range of peripherals

December 10, 2013 1:36 pm | Sealevel Systems Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announces the 7803e, a new low-profile eight port RS-232 PCI Express serial interface adapter with advanced UART architecture. For maximum compatibility with a wide range of serial peripherals, the board supports all RS-232 modem control signals making it a perfect solution for interfacing to a wide range of peripherals.

Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits

December 10, 2013 10:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

Why is this government agency still using floppy disks?

December 9, 2013 5:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every so often we drag out a past relic of technology to gawk, reminisce and remember before shoving it back into the proverbial vault for a few more decades. We’ve featured introductions to new technology and how-tos on using a computer. 

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.

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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.

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....

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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

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.

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.

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