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Wire-to-board connector system serves thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 1, 2014 2:53 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces its IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and locking types than any similar connector system....

Photos of the Day: The Oculus Rift VR headset

April 1, 2014 1:38 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Oculus first unveiled the Oculus Rift VR headset in 2012, and the tech world has been giving it rave reviews. Originally posited as a Kickstarter campaign, the Oculus Rift met all its goals (and then some). The latest developer kit has been shipping with resolution of 1920×1080 (960×1080 per eye)....

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

March 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants....

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Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

In search of a few good apps

March 26, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While the Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for the regulation of mobile health (mHealth) apps that act as medical devices or as accessories to medical devices, the vast majority of mHealth apps remain unregulated and unevaluated.

Feds reach out to kids over online predators

March 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send agents to school auditoriums and community centers across the country....

Common mode choke targets for USB 3.0, HDMI, IEEE 1394 and LVDS applications

March 25, 2014 12:12 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) 0603USB Series common mode chokes virtually eliminate common mode noise in high-speed, differential mode signal transmission applications such as USB 3.0, HDMI, SATA, IEEE1394 and LVDS, supporting

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Wearable electronics to drive additional $70 million in battery revenue during next four years

March 25, 2014 10:01 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global market for batteries used in wearable electronics will grow more than tenfold in just four short years, propelled by portable new products especially suitable for active sports and fitness lifestyles, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Watch a snowman explode at 4500 frames per second

March 25, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though the first day official day of spring has come and gone, those of us still looking at snow piles while waiting for another storm to hit this week aren’t celebrating just yet. In fact, about 99 percent of the conversations I have seem to be about people being “over” winter and “tired of snow”....

Louisiana Tech, Cyber Innovation Center partner to create cyber consortium

March 24, 2014 4:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Louisiana Tech University, in collaboration with the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., is pleased to announce the establishment of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium (LACDC).  The Consortium represents a broad range of constituencies with interests in the security and protection of cyber assets....

With a few finger taps, draw genetic pedigrees at point of care with new app

March 24, 2014 4:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

CHOP's bioinformatics team develops digital tool for family history diagrams: Long before next-generation sequencing technology ushered in today's data-intensive era of human genome information, clinicians have been taking family histories by jotting down pedigrees....

Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark

March 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting....

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Photos of the Day: Lego bot solves Rubik's Cube in record-breaking time

March 24, 2014 9:55 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

  The Cubestormer 3 robot, made of Legos, earned a Guinness world record at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK for solving a Rubik’s Cube in 3.253 seconds. Designed by David Gilday, a principle engineer at ARM, the smartphone is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa application processor....

Interpreting neuroimages: The technology and its limits

March 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Neuroimages play a growing role in biomedical research, medicine, and courtrooms, as well as in shaping our understanding of what it means to be human. But how helpful are they at answering complex questions such as: What is depression? Is a defendant lying? Do we have free will? These are among the topics explored....

Engineering Newswire: Finding bombs with electric noses

March 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Florida are finding that lobsters could one day help protect soldiers. Using data from the lobsters, the researchers have created algorithms that give artificial silicon neurons the ability to not only recognize a scent, but also find it....

Computers see through faked expressions of pain better than people

March 21, 2014 10:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions," is published in the latest issue of Current Biology.

Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online

March 21, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. In a study on parenting strategies and online adolescent safety, the researchers found evidence....

Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

Anti-counterfeit 'fingerprints' made from silver nanowires

March 21, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unique patterns made from tiny, randomly scattered silver nanowires have been created in an attempt to authenticate goods and tackle the growing problem of counterfeiting. The nanoscale 'fingerprints' are made by randomly dumping 20 to 30 individual nanowires....

Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The worldwide demand for solar and wind power skyrockets. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has doubled. The dramatic growth of the wind and solar industries has led utilities to begin testing large-scale technologies....

As age-friendly technologies emerge, experts recommend policy changes

March 21, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From smart phones to smart cars, both public and private entities must consider the needs of older adults in order to help them optimize the use of new technologies, according to the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR),  titled “Aging and Technology: The Promise and the Paradox”....

Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

March 20, 2014 11:28 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you will do something. "People need to understand what is happening and what is likely to happen," White House science adviser John Holdren told reporters.

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