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Mobile, social games increase in necessity as big video game conference kicks off in LA

June 6, 2012 8:39 am | by Barbara Ortutay,0 Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Games for smartphones, tablet computers and Facebook are becoming essential for major video game companies even as the industry's largest U.S. trade show remains largely a showcase for their latest flashy console titles.

To improve reports, use diagrams wisely

June 5, 2012 11:51 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Engineers can follow my tips to ensure their diagrams enhance their writing.

Apple faces delay in seeking U.S. ban of Samsung tablets

June 5, 2012 10:28 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is facing delays in renewing its request that a U.S. judge ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy 10.1 tablets, a key battleground in the worldwide patent wars between the technology giants.

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Skywatchers prepare for rare Venus fly-by

June 5, 2012 8:52 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Transits of Venus happen in pairs eight years apart, with more than a century between cycles. During the pass, Venus appears as a small, dark round spot moving across the face of the sun, like a bug on a dinner plat

IPC-4204A provides guidance on high speeds and fine lines

June 4, 2012 3:40 pm | News | Comments

As chip speeds skyrocket and system sizes diminish, designers and manufacturers face new and complex challenges. To help them address these challenges and ensure that products meet performance and reliability requirements,

Exclusive:Iranian cell-phone carrier obtained banned U.S. technology

June 4, 2012 2:10 pm | by Steve Stecklow, Reuters | News | Comments

A fast-growing Iranian mobile-phone network managed to obtain sophisticated U.S. computer equipment despite sanctions that prohibit sales of American technology to Iran, interviews and documents show.

When life gives you lemons, make a touchpad

June 4, 2012 10:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The MaKey MaKey, designed by  MIT Media Lab PhD students Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, is a circuit board that turns everyday objects into touchpads which can interact with your computer.  The idea was to create an easy-to-use inventor’s kit that would let from a creative child to savvy grandma be an inventor. First, pick two objects that you want to use as the touchpad.

Intel inspired by aerospace to make sturdier laptops

June 4, 2012 9:08 am | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Engineers at Intel Corp are applying lessons from aircraft design to create sturdier laptops in a bid to reduce the prices of the new ultra-thin computers the top chipmaker is promoting heavily.

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Top women engineers trace Silicon Valley gender gap to childhood, blame lack of role models

June 4, 2012 9:04 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Silicon Valley companies portray themselves as inventors of the future, but they're afflicted by a longstanding problem. From board rooms to "brogrammers," men still dominate many corners of the tech industry, where the pantheon of famous founders - from Hewlett and Packard to Jobs to Zuckerberg - is still a boys' bastion.

Elimination of handset subsidies would represent tectonic shift

June 1, 2012 4:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Mobile-phone subsidies may go the way of the rotary dial if an audacious plan by Telefonica and Vodafone bears fruit. The telecom giants are using Spain as the testing grounds for an experiment that could irrevocably change the relationship between consumers and mobile-service providers.

UH students develop prototype device that translates sign language

June 1, 2012 3:46 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Thanks to a group of University of Houston students, the hearing impaired may soon have an easier time communicating with those who do not understand sign language. During the past semester, students in UH's engineering technology and industrial design programs teamed up to develop the concept and prototype for MyVoice, a device that reads sign language and translates its motions into audible words.

Sandia National Laboratories' unique approach to materials allows temperature-stable circuits

June 1, 2012 12:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Sandia has developed a unique materials approach to multilayered, ceramic-based, 3-D microelectronics circuits, such as those used in cell phones.

Nanotechnology breakthrough could dramatically improve medical tests

June 1, 2012 8:59 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A laboratory test used to detect disease and perform biological research could be made more than 3 million times more sensitive, according to researchers who combined standard biological tools with a breakthrough in nanotechnology.

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Microsoft signals work on Windows 8 nearly complete with release of final test version of OS

June 1, 2012 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is nearly done with a much-anticipated overhaul of its Windows operating system. The software maker signaled the makeover is nearly complete with Thursday's release of the final test version of Windows 8.

Chic geeks give San Francisco a new tech groove

June 1, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Henderson, Reuters | News | Comments

The YouTube video, featuring a young blonde sitting in a strikingly modern San Francisco home, offers a telling insight into the attitudes that are shifting the geography of the Bay Area technology scene.

From AT&T to Leap: A look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the US

June 1, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Verizon Wireless broke AT&T's exclusive grip on the iPhone last year, several other phone carriers now offer Apple's popular smartphone. Here's a look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the U.S.:

Is Google Glass too ambitious?

May 31, 2012 3:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Google recently announced a new product called “Project Glass” out of super-secret Google[x] Lab. The idea behind the project is creating light-weight augmented—reality glasses that allow the user to access apps, information, messages, texts and basically anything else available on a smart phone without the bulky interface.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

Fat finger syndrome solution found with finite element analysis

May 31, 2012 12:13 pm | Blogs | Comments

Flat touch screens operated by pressure sensors may be taking over pad computers and smart phones, but keypads and keyboards are still widely used in many electronic devices. Desktop computers, laptops, some cell phones, remote controls and appliances, such as washing machines and dryers, all still rely on the touch of a finger on a spring-loaded key. Samsung engineers decided to delve deeper into the fat finger phenomenon by

Cricket gets first prepaid iPhone in mainland US

May 31, 2012 11:17 am | by Peter Svemsson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International Inc., the parent of the Cricket cellphone service, on Thursday it will be the first mainland U.S. phone company to sell the iPhone on a prepaid, no-contract basis.

Green LEDs double system brightness for embedded projection

May 30, 2012 10:23 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

An integrated miniature projector that can display images on a much larger surface than existing displays is the next giant leap for smart phones and cameras. This is known as embedded projection and uses LEDs as the light source.

LG Display develops world’s first full HD LCD smartphone panel

May 29, 2012 1:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LG Display introduced a 5” Full HD LCD panel for smartphones –- the highest resolution mobile panel to date. Allowing smartphone users to view Full HD content in the same quality as on TVs and monitors, LG Display and its new panel significantly advances the cloud computing experience widely considered the next major internet trend.

Technology for technology’s sake

May 29, 2012 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been done a thousand times, in museums, government buildings and schools: ancient, lumbering institutions using technology in an attempt to become cutting-edge—and falling flat in the process. We’re not talking about the smart-grid, which shows great potential for consumers and governments alike, or even smart boards, which take education to a different level.

They're here. They're geeks. Get used to it

May 29, 2012 9:25 am | by Nick Zieminski, Reuters | News | Comments

Thanks to ubiquitous consumer electronics and the prominence of technology executives like Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs of Apple Inc, it's no longer an insult to be called a geek.

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets head start on rival iPhone

May 29, 2012 9:20 am | by Miyoung Kim and Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics launched its top-of-the-range Galaxy S3 smartphone in Europe on Tuesday, aiming to outsell the previous model that helped the South Korean company topple Apple as the world's largest smartphone maker.

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