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The light bulb you can't live without

August 24, 2012 10:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

I’m inundated with thoughts about light bulbs. That is to say, I think about light bulbs an inordinate amount of time.When you work with emerging technology, light bulbs are kind of a big deal. Whether it’s LEDs versus incandescent bulbs, how different bulbs affect the environment, how expensive versus how efficient, the perfect wattage for my new lamp or the environmentalists versus the homeowners...

IBC 2012: Mini-camera with maxi-brainpower

August 23, 2012 3:01 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Just a few more meters to the finish line. The mountain biker jumps over the last hill and takes the final curve, with the rest of the competition close at his heels. At such moments, you do not want to just watch, you would really love to put yourself in the same shoes as the athlete.

Digital control IC shrink footprint by 40-50 percent and extend battery life

August 23, 2012 2:55 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today announced the introduction of the IR3588 CHiL digital control IC and IR3552 and IR3548 single- and dual-phase PowIRstage devices, delivering the industry’s smallest solutions that meet Intel’s VR12.6 specifications for 15W and 25W Ultrabook laptop computers that significantly extend battery life.

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Spaceship builder setting up shop in Florida

August 23, 2012 2:52 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

XCOR Aerospace, one of a handful of U.S. firms developing suborbital spaceships, plans to build its vehicles and fly tourists, researchers and commercial payloads from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials announced on Thursday.

Video wall system supports a broad range of media types

August 23, 2012 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

To offer more features and greater flexibility as demanded by the market, SmartAVI has created the SignWall video wall solution. SignWall is a powerful video wall processor that comes bundled with a robust software package with no recurring fees.  The software accommodates more than just video playback, it supports a broad range of media types that can be used to create stunning multimedia presentations.

The keyboard you can wash

August 23, 2012 11:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Keyboards are one of those objects that get incredibly dirty but are also really annoying/impossible to clean. So, whether it’s your kid’s sticky fingers or your mom’s habit of spilling tea (sorry, Mom), it might be time to check out the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310.

New app detects malarkey in political ads

August 23, 2012 11:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do politicians lie? Let me rephrase that. Would you like a reliable way to detect the bovine-related animal droppings wafting from political ads? The Super PAC App, from former students at MIT's Media Lab, purports to do just that. You may have noticed a glut of negative political attacks ads this election cycle — well, more so than usual.

Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart

August 23, 2012 9:28 am | by Engineering.com | Videos | Comments

This Week in Engineering - Tiny cubesat thrusters; hypersonic Waverider crashes; bird-friendly glass; robot inchworm; room-temperature masers; and DNA data storage.  Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart

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A comparison: Unlimited data plans available at top 5 wireless carriers

August 23, 2012 8:44 am | News | Comments

Two smaller wireless companies, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, announced unlimited-data offerings this week as they try to compete with AT&T and Verizon. It marks a comeback for unlimited wireless data, after the two largest companies stopped signing up customers for such plans.

LG Display’s tablet panel sales revenue more than doubles in Q2

August 22, 2012 4:02 pm | News | Comments

LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue in the second quarter compared to the first, thanks to panel shipments for Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to the IHS iSuppli Small and Medium Display Service from information and analytics provider IHS. During its most recent results announcement with industry analysts, LGD said its tablet panel revenue reached

Unlimited wireless data returns, as smaller carriers search for edge against AT&T and Verizon

August 22, 2012 2:09 pm | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Unlimited wireless data is back. After sliding off the menu of cellphone plans, data plans with no caps are making a comeback at smaller wireless companies trying to compete with AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile USA, the nation's fourth-largest cellphone company, said Wednesday that it will start selling an unlimited-data plan again on Sept. 5, after stopping sales of such plans early last year.

Apple, Foxconn improve China plants, but more to do: audit

August 22, 2012 2:07 pm | by Clare Jim and Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc and Foxconn have improved working conditions at Chinese factories that make most of the world's iPads and iPhones, according to auditors the firms enlisted to monitor the process, but tough tasks lie ahead. The Fair Labor Association said on Tuesday local laws require the companies -- which came under fire over conditions at the plants blamed for a series of suicides in 2010...

'Electronic nose' prototype developed

August 22, 2012 8:44 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research by Nosang Myung, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering, has enabled a Riverside company to develop an "electronic nose" prototype that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances.

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Backplane enables users to add four 2.5” SATA or SAS hard drives to a desktop computer

August 21, 2012 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

StarTech.com has announced the release of the Mini-SAS to 4x SATA/SAS Backplane (part # SATSAS425BK), which enables users to add four 2.5” SATA or SAS hard drives to a desktop computer, using a single Mini-SAS (SFF-8087) host connection, while requiring only a single 5.25” bay for installation.

Would you eat printed meat?

August 21, 2012 1:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a hot topic issue in the tech world with everything from printed guns to printed arms making headlines around the world.The newest 3D item to hit the scene? Printed meat. Modern Meadows,a firm looking to develop “high value, food grade animal protein”

Brain-wave-reading robot might help stroke patients

August 21, 2012 9:18 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

What comes naturally to most people – to think and then do – is difficult for stroke patients who have lost the full use of their limbs. New research by Rice University, the University of Houston (UH) and TIRR Memorial Hermann aims to help victims recover that ability to the fullest extent possible with a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President's National Robotics Initiative (NRI).

Spending spree: What you can buy for $665, the price of 1 Apple share

August 21, 2012 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, beating the previous record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom.

Apple becomes most valuable company of all time

August 20, 2012 3:46 pm | by Edward Krudy, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc became the most valuable public company of all time on Monday, after its market value climbed beyond $620 billion to surpass a milestone set by Microsoft Corp more than a decade ago. Its shares were up 2.3 percent at $662.73 in afternoon trade, after having gained more than 8 percent this month as Wall Street bets on the September 12 rollout of the latest version of the iPhone...

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars selling products before they exist

August 20, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.In April, three-person startup Pebble Technology sought to raise $100,000 to make 1,000 wristwatches that can be programmed with different clock faces.

AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

August 16, 2012 3:41 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | News | Comments

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Why 4D technology ruins movies

August 16, 2012 2:42 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Designers are on the constant lookout for ways to enhance the movie-screening experience. It’s easily seen in the evolution from silent films to talkies to color to HD and 3D movies. Oftentimes, now that 3D has made a (dismal) debut in homes and a (really expensive) debut in theaters, 4D is being tossed around as “the next big thing.”

3-D movies in your living room -- without the glasses

August 16, 2012 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lounging on a sofa while watching a 3D movie is an exquisite pleasure for many film fans. Be that as it may, those nettlesome 3D glasses might diminish the fun somewhat. That's why television manufacturers are working on displays that can recreate the spellbinding magic of three-dimensional television images – without the glasses.

Enough praises Intel, Apple for efforts on conflict minerals; Nintendo gets no points

August 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, Motorola Solutions, HP and Apple have become "pioneers of progress" through their efforts to avoid purchasing minerals that fund armed groups in Central Africa, according to a report released Thursday.

Hold my calls, please: LA restaurant offers discount to diners who check cellphones with staff

August 16, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.

Serial SRAM devices boast 1 Mbit densities, 80 Mbps speeds and 5-V operation

August 15, 2012 5:56 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its serial SRAM portfolio with four new devices that are said to feature the industry’s largest densities and speeds. They also offer 5-V operation, which remains prevalent in automotive and industrial applications. These 512 Kb and 1 Mb SPI devices maintain the

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