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Smartphones see accelerated rise to dominance

August 30, 2012 10:26 am | News | Comments

Driven by increased demand from developed regions for high-end models, along with an unexpectedly strong push from emerging economies for lower-cost products, smartphones are expected to rise to account for the majority of global cellphone shipments in 2013 — two years earlier than previously predicted.

"Little flash" as bionic eye brings amazed woman some sight

August 30, 2012 9:11 am | by Thuy Ong, Reuters | News | Comments

 A bionic eye has given an Australian woman partial sight and researchers say it is an important step towards eventually helping visually impaired people get around independently. Dianne Ashworth, who has severe vision loss due to the inherited condition retinitis pigmentosa,

Samsung unveils voice-controlled camera running Google's Android

August 30, 2012 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung has unveiled a voice-controlled camera as part of a fall lineup of consumer gadgets aimed at setting itself apart from rival Apple. The South Korean electronics giant presented the 16-megapixel Galaxy Camera at the IFA tech show in Berlin on Wednesday.


Notebook and all-in-one PCs driving touch screen growth

August 29, 2012 1:28 pm | News | Comments

Touch screens used in small/medium devices, such as smart phones and tablet PCs, will continue to grow as well. Tablet PCs are the fastest growing application for touch, with 2011 shipments tripling to 79.6 million units. Growth continues to be strong, and NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that more than 130 million touch screens will be shipped for tablet PCs in 2012...

The most overdesigned shower ever created

August 29, 2012 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’ve been dying to run your business empire without ever leaving your shower, but hadn’t found a good way to do that, you should probably check out Fei Chung Billy Ho’s ‘Le Terme.’

Software provides in-air cursor control on 8-bit microprocessors for the smart TV market

August 28, 2012 3:14 pm | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs unveiled a new addition to its award-winning Freespace MotionEngine software family: Freespace MotionEngine Lite. MotionEngine Lite provides high performance, in-air cursor control on 8-bit processors commonly found on remote controls, with lower costs and simpler integration than typical Smart TV motion control implementations.

Apple seeks quick bans on eight Samsung phones

August 28, 2012 9:12 am | by Sayantani Ghosh and Sruthi Ramakrishnan, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc is seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung Electronics phones, moving swiftly to translate its resounding court victory over its rival into a tangible business benefit. The world's most valuable company wasted no time in identifying its targets on Monday: eight older-model smartphones, including the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge.

App calculates semi-conductor power losses

August 27, 2012 4:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Easily calculate the semiconductor power losses of your 3-phase inverter. Created for the Android, the new PowerSim app from Powerex can be used to calculate power losses and temperature rises of Powerex power semiconductors in 2-level, 3-phase inverters, based on operating conditions provided by the user.


Connector lock ensures the cord does not get disconnected

August 27, 2012 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of an IEC 60320 Sheet I connector lock part number 85910120 to their IEC 60320 connector lock product line. This connector lock is designed to fit the Interpower IEC 60320 Sheet I plug and IEC 60320 Sheet J outlet and is RoHS compliant.

German consumer group sets Facebook privacy ultimatum

August 27, 2012 3:23 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Germany's biggest consumer lobby group believes Facebook is violating privacy laws with its new app centre and has set a deadline for the social network operator to fix it, or potentially face legal action.

Ensuring safety through automobile electronics

August 27, 2012 10:31 am | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics, | Blogs | Comments

How many of us have seen cars swerving on the road because the driver is on the phone or texting? The reality is that more drivers are using mobile devices in cars and more electronics are being designed into new cars, such as smart phones, infotainment systems with large tablet-like displays, and various inputs/warning systems resulting in information overload. These gadgets dramatically

Why Nikola Tesla deserves a museum

August 27, 2012 9:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Nikola Tesla is arguably one of the most underappreciated scientists in history. He was a very cool, brilliant guy, but money wasn’t really his strong suit. He built a laboratory called the Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, New York, which he lost due to his financial problems. The tower that Wardenclyffe was named for was destroyed in 1917, 15 years after it was built.

Apple jurors grappled with complex patent issues that some say should rest with judges

August 27, 2012 8:48 am | by By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press | News | Comments

The youngest juror, a 24-year-old whose favorite court attire was T-shirts bearing names of rock bands, chose a Beatles sweatshirt for Friday's dramatic unveiling of the $1.05 billion verdict in favor of computer titan Apple Inc.


SPDT RF switch suits battery-powered and automotive telematics applications

August 24, 2012 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor announced the availability of the SPDT PE42421 RF switch, which is available in a miniature, six-lead SC-70 package. With its small package size, ESD performance of 2 kV on the RFC port, low voltage support down to 1.8V VDD, and low power consumption of

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.

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 | 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

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

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...

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