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Slacktivism: 'Liking' on Facebook may mean less giving

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | Blogs | Comments

Would-be donors skip giving when offered the chance to show public support for charities in social media, a new study from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business finds. "Charities incorrectly assume that connecting with people through social media always leads to more meaningful support," says Sauder PhD student Kirk Kristofferson, who co-authored the forthcoming Journal of Consumer Research article.

Just like on TV: Ocean exploration for the masses

November 7, 2013 3:34 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Imagine upwards of eight tons pressing down on your body as you make the descent into the icy waters of the deepest parts of the ocean. The human body isn’t meant to withstand that sort of pressure, so we must utilize devices like the OpenROV to get our exploration fix if we don’t happen to have millions of dollars on hand for more sophisticated equipment.

Georgia Tech warns of threats to cloud data storage, mobile devices in latest 'emerging cyber threat'

November 7, 2013 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As more businesses find their way into the cloud, few engage in security measures beyond those provided by the associated cloud storage firm, a new report from Georgia Tech notes. Even fewer seek heightened data protection because of concerns that usability and access to remote data would be significantly reduced.

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Health website's security prompts worries

November 6, 2013 12:07 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a self-imposed deadline to launch online health insurance markets. Documents show that the part of HealthCare.gov that consumers interact with directly received only a temporary six-month security certification...

Samsung aims to topple Apple as No. 1 in tablets

November 6, 2013 2:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphones: it wants to be world No. 1 in tablet computers. A top executive, Shin Jong-kyun, told analysts on Wednesday that Samsung's tablet business is growing rapidly and the company will become the biggest maker of tablet...

IC family features 95% power conversion efficiency

November 5, 2013 2:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the growing worldwide demand for power hungry smart phones and tablet computers, Active-Semi today announced a new family of Power Bank IC solutions, the ACT2800 product family. The first two devices in this evolutionary product series are the ACT2801 and ACT2802.

Surface-mount enclosure coin cell contacts require minimal board space

November 5, 2013 1:28 pm | Keystone Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Keystone Electronics has introduced its latest line of surface mount enclosure coin cell contacts. These new contacts provide a cost effective, dependable connection for coin cell batteries in self-contained battery compartments. These contacts require minimal board space and allow easy access for installation and removal of a coin cell battery within a battery enclosure.

Audio speaker driver IC brings 3X power output to Ultrabooks

November 5, 2013 12:05 pm | Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Product Releases | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announced today the first product in its new range of Class D audio products, the DA7202. This powerful, highly efficient low EMI Class D speaker driver provides greater power output and improved efficiency levels for Ultrabooks, tablets and speaker accessories powered by a dual cell battery pack.

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Google opens how-to shop with live video advice

November 5, 2013 10:39 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is opening a how-to shop that will sell expert advice on everything from cosmetics to the cosmos in live video sessions streamed on computers and smartphones. The service, called Helpouts, will begin taking calls for help Tuesday and offer connections to more than 1,000 merchants, websites and health care specialists who cleared Google Inc.'s background checks.

US OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes

October 31, 2013 10:58 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not make cellphone calls. The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings...

Go ahead, dunk your cell phone in salt water

October 30, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Barrier films, used in everything from food and drug packaging to consumer electronics and solar cells, help prevent your food from spoiling, help to preserve medication, and protect your electronics from damage due to exposure to air or a splash of water. Now a group of researchers in Georgia have developed a new way to produce better films using atomic layer deposition.

GUI development tools optimized for small footprint

October 29, 2013 3:47 pm | Express Logic, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic introduced GUIX, a new graphical user interface (GUI) development framework. GUIX is a small-footprint, low-overhead runtime engine and development tool featuring automatic code generation for embedded systems capable of graphical display.

Google expands sales of Internet-connected glasses

October 28, 2013 8:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced Monday. The roughly 10,000 Glass owners...

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Development kit provides designers with a step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems

October 28, 2013 3:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems. The kit provides designers with an easy, step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems with Microchip’s MGC3130 and electrodes that meet their specific space requirements.

Nanomaterials database improved to help consumers, scientists track products

October 28, 2013 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanomaterials are the heart of the smaller, better electronics developed during the last decade, as well as new materials, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, energy storage, and clean water. However, exposure to nanomaterials may have unintended consequences for human health and the environment.

Growing sensors: Agriculture meets technology

October 28, 2013 11:50 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Agriculture is arguably one of the most important industries in the world. After all, with an estimated population of over 7 billion people, there are a lot of mouths to feed. Unfortunately, agriculture is also one of the most unpredictable industries. Crops are subject to the whims of nature with droughts, fire, rain, sun, and hail.

Getting smart on smart TVs: Awareness increases likelihood of consumer purchasing, survey shows

October 28, 2013 9:57 am | News | Comments

The bad news for the television market is that nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers are not interested in buying a smart TV during the next 12 months, according to the results of a new survey conducted by the TV Systems Intelligence Service at IHS.

Do we need an Internet of Things? Or, when your fridge gets on your nerves

October 25, 2013 9:45 am | by Matthias Poppel, Cheif Operation Officer, EnOcean | Enocean | Blogs | Comments

I think it’s time to distinguish between an “Internet of Things” and an “Internet of useful Things.” When I’m talking to customers who are looking for remote sensor solutions, there are many fields where the IoT could really solve emerging problems. A service

Evaluation kit helps launch Internet of Things (IoT) development

October 24, 2013 4:56 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the MSP430 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for its portfolio of USB microcontrollers. The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and

Review: Refinements add up in new Mac system

October 23, 2013 1:08 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks —and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — especially because it's free. Many years ago, Web surfing changed dramatically when...

Samsung brings smaller version of S4 to US

October 23, 2013 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung is making a smaller version of its flagship Galaxy S4 phone available in the United States next month. The screen is 4.3 inches (10.9 centimeters) diagonally, compared with 5 inches for the regular S4. Nonetheless, the Mini version is still larger than the latest iPhones.

Court: Studies understated Samsung health hazards

October 23, 2013 11:17 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers. The finding by the Seoul Administrative Court was part of a ruling in the case of a Samsung Electronics Co. worker who died of leukemia in 2009 aged 29.

Are we addicted to smartphones?

October 22, 2013 4:13 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Photography by Melissa Spivak | Blogs | Comments

Do you own a “Crackberry” or, god forbid, an iPhone? Is it always within arms’ reach, and do you compulsively check it every 5-10 minutes? Do you scour your smartphone with no clear purpose in mind? And do you have a strong desire to resist this “constant connectivity”? You may be experiencing “pushback”, according to a new paper from the University of Washington. But is this a symptom of smartphone "addiction"?

Door interterlock switch designed for detection and circuit interruption functions

October 22, 2013 1:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to provide design flexibility by offering latching or momentary actions along with a variety of integration options, C&K’s DS Series door interterlock switch can be used for detection and circuit interruption functions. Ideal for gaming and vending machines...

Audio development kit delivers up to 24-bit, 192 kHz audio

October 22, 2013 10:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit. The full-featured kit enables custom application development on the PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) for Bluetooth and USB digital audio solutions. The creation of the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile...

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