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Court sides with US in cell-tracking records case

May 12, 2014 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

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.

Capacitive humidity sensor delivers digital output and has the world’s smallest mounting area

May 9, 2014 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alps Electric hasdeveloped the HSHCAL Series capacitive digital humidity sensor, which delivers digital output and has the world’s smallest mounting area. Features include mounting area of 2.0mm × 2.0mm, proprietary sensing film for the sensor part, and broad relative humidity range of 0 to 100%....

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Digital pressure sensor ideal for embedding in smartphones and other mobile devices

May 9, 2014 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alps Electric (Tokyo) has now developed the HSPPAD Series pressure sensor with digital output. Mass production is already underway. The HSPPAD Series has a built-in temperature compensation function, optimized based on data accumulated by Alps Electric through compensation simulations....

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..

Dish aims to launch Web TV service by year's end

May 8, 2014 4:52 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dish says it plans to launch its Internet-delivered TV service by year's end on mobile devices, game consoles and smart TVs for about $20 to $30 a month. It will contain live sports, entertainment and children's programming. That's a lot less than the typical pay TV package that Dish Network Corp. sells to its 14.1 million satellite TV subscribers, but it will have far fewer channels.

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...

GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patients

May 8, 2014 4:38 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, Illinois News Bureau | News | Comments

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago, turns a smartphone into a sophisticated medical device...

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Ancient engineers' techniques finally revealed

May 8, 2014 4:29 pm | by Prof. Daniel Bonn, Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter | News | Comments

Physicists from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have discovered that the ancient Egyptians used a clever trick to make it easier to transport heavy pyramid stones by sledge. The Egyptians moistened the sand over which the sledge moved. By using the right quantity of water they could halve the number of workers needed. The researchers published this discovery online on 29 April 2014 in Physical Review Letters.

Photos of the Day: Solar car maxes out at 93mph

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this April 30, 2014 photo, Qazvin Azad University students assemble the rectangular Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, in Qazvin, Iran. The Havin-2 drove for tests alongside slightly larger gas-powered motor vehicles outside the capital, Tehran, ahead of the eight-day, 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) race that will take it from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis.

GM recalls challenge company, frustrate customers

May 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nine million parts. That's what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7. With ignition switches, power steering motors and other parts slowly arriving at dealers, frustrated drivers face waits of weeks or months, some while driving cars they fear are unsafe.

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

May 2014: Portable Power

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.

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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

May 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports.While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.

Water Flows Uphill? Maybe, in California Drought

May 8, 2014 9:17 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.

California Back in The Running for Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

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....

EDS 2014: IHS chief discusses technologies that will shape our future

May 7, 2014 1:14 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

As the “leading provider of diverse global market and economic information”, IHS provides a fascinating perspective on EDS — the “premier annual event for the main players in the international electronics industry.” On Wednesday morning, Dale Ford, Vice President of IHS Technology, was on hand to discuss the state and future of the global electronics market....

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...

Xcel, Solar Groups Agree on State Incentives

May 7, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Xcel Energy and two solar industry groups have made a joint interim proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday. In announcing their agreement a day before...

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.

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.

GE Offer for Alstom Not Good Enough

May 6, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal. The $17 billion bid for Alstom's...  

Apple awarded $119M, but who's winning the fight?

May 6, 2014 10:20 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2... 

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