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Does advertising kill technology?

June 13, 2012 8:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s something we hear a lot: “The [xyz] technology sounds amazing; too bad the advertisers are going  to ruin it.” For example, Google Glass. A seemingly exciting and ambitious piece of technology -- until you realize it means having involuntary, interactive advertising experiences one inch from your eye all day.

6WIND announces high-performance packet-processing software for VMware-based networking equipment

June 12, 2012 2:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

6WIND today announced support for VMware vSphere within the 6WINDGate packet processing software. Thanks to new optimizations within 6WINDGate, developers can now implement high-performance VMware-based virtual network appliances running on low-cost commodity hardware platforms such as Intel Xeon platforms...

SCSI Bridge drive replaces failing SCSI-based hard disks

June 12, 2012 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Solid State Disks Ltd, has launched the SCSI Bridge drive which solves the growing and increasingly expensive problem of repairing or replacing ageing and failing SCSI-based hard disk (3.5 inch and 5.25 inch HDD), magneto optical (MO), quarter-inch tape (Pertec, QIC DAT, DLT 3490), Jazz, ZIP, Bernoulli and floppy (FDD) drives on computer-based legacy equipment.

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TSMC sees tech challenge in 450mm wafer race

June 12, 2012 9:26 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters, Taipei | News | Comments

TSMC, the world's top contract chip maker, confirmed on Tuesday it is aiming to manufacture bigger silicon wafers that could lower the cost of chip production, but said technical difficulties will remain in the next five years.

ORNL microscopy reveals workings behind promising inexpensive catalyst

June 12, 2012 9:07 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A newly developed carbon nanotube material could help lower the cost of fuel cells, catalytic converters and similar energy-related technologies by delivering a substitute for expensive platinum catalysts.

Radiation-resistant circuits from mechanical parts

June 12, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers designed microscopic mechanical devices that withstand intense radiation and heat, so they can be used in circuits for robots and computers exposed to radiation in space, damaged nuclear power plants or nuclear attack.

Aging Microsoft lures young tech idealists

June 12, 2012 9:00 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

The young interns, some of the nation's best and brightest in technology, business and design, had plenty of enthusiastic words to describe their summer employer.

Green light for world's biggest optical telescope

June 12, 2012 8:58 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will directly image planets outside the solar system and those orbiting other suns in so-called "habitable zones" to perhaps answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.

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New MacBooks include thin model with sharper display, starting at $2,199

June 12, 2012 8:55 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. says its newest MacBook Pro laptop computer will be about as thin as its already-slim MacBook Air. It will also have a sharper display, akin to what the iPhone and the iPad now have.

From application to use: How the Internet will get new domain name suffixes

June 12, 2012 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes. They can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.

Clear adhesive increases durability and extends product life

June 11, 2012 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

As touch panel interfaces become the norm on mobile devices, laptops and tablets, Loctite Liquid Optically Clear Adhesives (LOCA) from Henkel Corporation are improving the viewing experience, increasing display durability, extending product life, reducing power consumption and enabling thinner device designs. New dual cure technologies allow full cure in shadowed areas, and offer vastly reduced shrinkage to control display distortion and eliminate mura. As touch panel interfaces become the norm on mobile devices, laptops and tablets, Loctite Liquid Optically Clear Adhesives (LOCA) from Henkel Corporation are improving the viewing experience, increasing display durability, extending product life, reducing power consumption and enabling thinner device designs. New dual cure technologies allow full cure in shadowed areas, and offer vastly reduced shrinkage to control display distortion and eliminate mura.

Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

Small form factor boards offer reliable connection

June 11, 2012 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems today introduced two new isolated digital signal conditioning and termination boards for OEM embedded computer system designers.

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Ultrasonic sensors designed for rugged environments

June 11, 2012 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces F260 Series Ultrasonic Sensors. 

Apple's war with Google heats up

June 11, 2012 9:12 am | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

When Apple Inc kicks off its annual conference for software developers on Monday, all the power players in the Apple universe will be on hand, save the one that is in many ways driving the agenda: Google Inc.

In Canada's version of Silicon Valley, angst as iconic BlackBerry suddenly looks outmoded

June 11, 2012 9:08 am | by Rob Gillias, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama couldn't bear to part with his BlackBerry. Oprah Winfrey declared it one of her "favorite things." It could be so addictive that it was nicknamed "the CrackBerry.

Is ur #MD 2 square? Some doctors defy 'technophobe' image, tweeting and texting with patients

June 11, 2012 9:07 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Is your doctor a technophobe? Increasingly, the answer may be no. There's a stereotype that says doctors shun technology that might threaten patients' privacy and their own pocketbooks. But a new breed of physicians is texting health messages to patients, tracking disease trends on Twitter, identifying medical problems on Facebook pages and communicating with patients through email.

Ethernet switch requires no additional chassis slot

June 8, 2012 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has announced that it is currently shipping the XMC-651, the embedded military market’s first managed XMC Ethernet Switch.

Sitara ARM processors add support of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”

June 7, 2012 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) is offering developers a cool treat to kick off their summer right. TI today announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) that brings Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) to TI’s Sitara™ AM335x and AM37x ARM®-Cortex™-A8 processors. This complete software offering allows innovators to

Flat flex cable proves ultra-flexible

June 7, 2012 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces the addition of two new products in its Premo-Flex line of flat flex cable (FFC) and etched polyimide jumpers. Both products provide ultra-flexible, durable PCB connections for a variety of applications including medical devices, consumer electronics and automotive electronics.

Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

June 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by By Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world.

Low noise amplifier designed for 470MHz~880MHz bandwidths of terrestrial digital TV

June 6, 2012 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR LTD. has developed a low noise amplifier in CMOS process aimed at the 470MHz~880MHz bandwidths of terrestrial digital TV.

Australian defense minister off-line in China to avoid cyber spying: media

June 6, 2012 8:51 am | by Maggie Lu Yueyang, Reuters | News | Comments

Australia's Defense Minister Stephen Smith left his laptop and mobile phone in Hong Kong to avoid cyber espionage in mainland China where he will attend bilateral defense minister talks on Wednesday, Australian media reported.

Nations must talk to halt "cyber terrorism": Kaspersky

June 6, 2012 8:47 am | by Tova Cohen and Maayan Lubell, Reuters | News | Comments

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort could stop a new era of "cyber terrorism".

Unmanageable? Thermal management for embedded enclosures requires creative solutions

June 5, 2012 5:18 pm | by Justin Moll, vice president, US market development, Pixus Technologies, www.pixustechnologies.com | Articles | Comments

Embedded computing packaging continues to pack faster/hotter processors into tighter spaces. Not only are the processors requiring more cooling, but often the enclosures are stuffed with more boards and components, taking away space from airflow. Electronics packaging companies have had to get creative to tackle some of the more challenging applications

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