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Proximity and ambient light optical sensor features .8mm height

June 18, 2012 3:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor, the VCNL4020, which includes an IR emitter, a photo-pin-diode for proximity, a signal processing IC and a 16-bit ADC.

Facebook to buy facial-recognition startup

June 18, 2012 1:49 pm | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

Facebook Inc agreed to acquire Face.com, the company that currently provides facial-recognition technology used by the world's largest social network to help users identify and tag photos.

NTT Docomo backs Silicon Valley photo-sharing startup

June 18, 2012 1:06 pm | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc's venture arm has taken a stake in Silicon Valley startup Cooliris, which recently sold one of its divisions to another Asian carrier, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.

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Six-axis sensor integrates accelerometer and magnetometer, targets mobile devices

June 18, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale introduced an Xtrinsic six-axis sensor that combines high resolution motion sensing and heading technology with an accelerometer and a magnetometer in a single package. The new Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ sensor is optimized for mobile applications, including

New Songza iPad app curates music to suit your mood

June 18, 2012 11:29 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Songza launched its iPad app, with a "music concierge" feature, which streams music tailored to your current situation and mood.

Colored split loom highly flexible, kick resistant

June 18, 2012 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micro Plastics’ has added COLOR to their Polyethylene and Nylon lines of wire routing split loom. To satisfy customer demand, they now offer all sizes of their Nylon Split Loom in orange, to accommodate applications where identification is critical to safety.

Vodafone gets go-ahead for $1.6 billion takeover of CWW

June 18, 2012 11:15 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone group Vodafone's 1.04 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) agreed offer for Cable & Wireless Worldwide looked certain to succeed on Monday after the British fixed line network operator's biggest shareholder dropped its opposition.

Kickstarter: Helpful website or project killer?

June 18, 2012 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It seems innovative technology often gets stuck in the dark chasm that exists between a great idea and a final product. Between skyrocketing production costs, the difficulties of marketing on a limited budget, and unexpected hiccups, some projects never get off the ground. Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding website where inventors raise enough to manufacture their product, seems like the perfect solution to technological limbo.

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Celestica to end manufacturing services for RIM

June 18, 2012 9:13 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Celestica Inc, a contract electronics manufacturer, said it will wind down its manufacturing services for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion over the next three to six months.

FCC may take up issue of cell phone radiation

June 18, 2012 9:10 am | by Julie Steenhuysen and Jasmin Melvin, Reuters | News | Comments

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is asking for a review of the agency's stance on radiofrequency energy emitted from cell phones amid lingering concerns that the devices may cause brain tumors.

Google: Government requests to censor content "alarming"

June 18, 2012 9:05 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

Google has received more than 1,000 requests from authorities to take down content from its search results or YouTube video in the last six months of 2011, the company said on Monday, denouncing what it said was an alarming trend.

Talk of Microsoft tablet resurfaces

June 18, 2012 9:00 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Speculations that Microsoft will unveil a tablet continue as Microsoft prepares to make a major announcement after the close of the market on Monday.

Phones gain ability to learn by touching tags, other phones

June 18, 2012 8:49 am | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones set to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will be able to learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags."

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Retailers feast on free Facebook tools, shun ads

June 15, 2012 8:56 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Krishan Agarwal, president of online luxury watch vendor Melrose.com, told a roomful of attentive Internet retailers last week how Facebook had helped his company generate about 25 percent more sales in two years. Then he dropped a bombshell: Melrose spent less than $1,500 on Facebook ads during that time. Everything else the company did with Facebook was free.

New device powers gadgets through walking

June 15, 2012 8:55 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

British scientists have built a novel device that converts body movement into electricity capable of powering small gadgets such as GPS trackers.

Microsoft to make 'major' announcement in Los Angeles; speculation ranges from tablets to Xbox

June 15, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is being secretive about a "major" announcement it plans to make in Los Angeles on Monday. The company invited media to an afternoon event, but it says it won't divulge the location until that morning. In an email, the company says, "This will be a major Microsoft announcement - you will not want to miss it."

New tablet application hopes to cut through clutter for sports fans on Twitter

June 15, 2012 8:50 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) -- When Philip Sanford goes to his favorite bar to watch his beloved Seton Hall Pirates, he brings along his phone charger so he also can follow the game on Twitter. Heather Carleton looks to the social media website for clarification when there's a disputed call involving the San Francisco 49ers.

Rugbeer: Tackling technology in advertising

June 15, 2012 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Have you ever had a vending machine eat your dollar while you stand, helpless, as it destroys your dream of a tasty afternoon snack? Honestly, who hasn’t wanted to tackle a vending machine at least once? Here’s your chance. Following in the footsteps of Coca-Cola’s Hug Machine, Ogilvy+Mather public relations has taken creative advertising to an entirely different level.

Movea is selected as technology partner for next-generation tennis racquet “Babolat Play & Connect”

June 14, 2012 10:29 am | News | Comments

Movea has been selected as technology partner by Babolat, the leading tennis equipment manufacturer, in a groundbreaking effort to develop the racquet of the future. The "Babolat Play & Connect" racquet will be the first-ever MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology enabled racquet with the built-in ability to gather and analyse game data and provide information...

'No-sleep energy bugs' drain smartphone batteries

June 14, 2012 9:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers have proposed a method to automatically detect a new class of software glitches in smartphones called "no-sleep energy bugs," which can entirely drain batteries while the phones are not in use.

Telescope to hunt black holes reaches orbit

June 14, 2012 8:54 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An innovative X-ray telescope blasted off aboard an unmanned air-launched rocket on Wednesday to begin a two-year mission to ferret out black holes and other high-energy celestial phenomena in space, NASA officials said.

First Look: MacBook screen with 4 times the pixels sets new standard for PCs

June 14, 2012 8:53 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When I was 13, I was sent to the optician for the first time, and came home with glasses. Suddenly, the world was sharp all around me. I was surprised by the crisp lines of the tree branches against the sky. It was news to me that I was near-sighted, because I had been used to seeing the world in a blur. Apple Inc. sells a similar epiphany, starting this week, in the shape of a notebook computer. One of its new MacBook Pro models has a "Retina" display, a screen that packs four times as many pixels as a standard display.

Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory

June 13, 2012 3:21 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

In today's manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail.

New software forecasts noise levels in the street

June 13, 2012 3:19 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

This application yields a prediction of urban noise levels using a dataset (street type, road conditions, average speed of the vehicles passing by, road works, etc), with a reliability of 95%.

Intel CFO eyes more connected living rooms

June 13, 2012 3:17 pm | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

New markets including home entertainment will be major sources of growth for Intel Corp as more gadgets become connected to the Internet and drive demand for powerful data centers, the top chipmaker's chief financial officer said.

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