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Need something? Print it: 3D printing in engineering

December 23, 2013 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It sometimes seems as if it’s impossible to even go one day without reading or hearing about a story involving 3D printing. It’s the byproduct of a technology that has current applications in most industries and potential applications in almost all of them. Some of the more controversial application areas, like 3D printed firearms, receive a lot of coverage....

DO-35 thermistor features wide Ohmic resistance range

December 23, 2013 10:24 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties is offering the DO-35 Series thermistor temperature sensor that provides accurate measurements across a wide resistance range of 5K Ohms to 200K Ohms at +25°C. The glass-packaged thermistor enables

These vintage tech ads are insulting, awkward, and completely real

December 23, 2013 10:06 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Oh, old tech ads. You’re so embarrassing — so silly and mildly sexist. Yet, you’re proof that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to how we relate to technology. Take this goofy picture of a Biblical Adam holding an Apple computer over his privates. Our early attempts at making technology look “sexy” were laughable....

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Weak US card security made Target a juicy target

December 22, 2013 10:29 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.That's in part because U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card...

Breakdown of China's smartphone market

December 22, 2013 10:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

Positioning module achieves superior battery life performance

December 20, 2013 3:39 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of Jupiter SL869 V2, the second generation of one of its top performing positioning products. The new module is based on the low-power MT3333 from MediaTek. The complete multi-GNSS receiver features easy integration and superior battery-life performance....

Hacking through your computer’s noises

December 20, 2013 1:22 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Every development in the world of hacking prompts a collective sigh and a defeated “Aww, really?” as we proceed to create complex four-mile long passwords that we’ll never remember in order to protect ourselves. Well, there’s a new threat in town. Surprise! We’re all aware of the hums and whirrs our computers make, and they’re usually pretty annoying. But guess what — it’s music to a hacker’s ears.

Answers to questions about the Target data breach

December 20, 2013 11:17 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed.

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Samsung, LG to unveil 105-inch curved TVs

December 19, 2013 10:47 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. said their curved TVs will get bigger and sport the sharpness four times the regular HD television sets. The world's two largest TV makers will display ultra-HD TVs with curved screens that measure 105 inches diagonally in Las Vegas next month, they said in separate statements Thursday.

Strategies to reduce a 3-phase BLDC motor control and drive system

December 18, 2013 3:23 pm | by Brian Chu, Product Line Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Highly integrated semiconductor products are not only a trend in consumer products, but also in motor-control applications. Concurrently, the share of Brushless DC (BLDC) motors is gradually increasing over other motor types in a number of markets, such as automotive and medical applications.

10 must-have products to survive the Walking Dead

December 17, 2013 12:42 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EXP-LED-F4W is an intrinsically safe 4 watt LED flashlight that has a very tight, well focused pencil beam of light. The light beam on this LED flashlight reaches 100 feet in distance. With its great runtime on three AA batteries, you won't have to worry about it going dead....

High-speed I/O connectors operate at frequencies from 5Gbps to 10Gbps

December 17, 2013 9:31 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces four input/output (I/O) connectors that meet the standards and fulfill the demands of high-performance computing such as cloud computing, data centers, enterprise servers, the switch market, and consumer electronics.

Predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices

December 16, 2013 4:07 pm | by Timothy McMullen, Director of Product Marketing, Reliability Test Systems, Cascade Microtech, Inc. | Cascade Microtech | Articles | Comments

Consumer expectations continue to create a relentless challenge for the electronics industry, demanding that each new generation of mobile devices delivers increased performance — more applications, faster speed, and longer battery life — all without sacrificing reliability.

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New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

December 16, 2013 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices. Cornell engineers have created the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics...

Agriculture the most promising market for drones

December 16, 2013 11:10 am | News | Comments

Idaho farmer Robert Blair isn't waiting around for federal aviation officials to work out rules for drones. He and a friend built their own, outfitting it with cameras and using it to monitor his 1,500 acres (600 hectares). Under 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) and 5 feet (1.5 meters) long nose to tail, the aircraft is the size of a turkey.

Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

Possible China deal could pep up iPhone sales

December 16, 2013 8:07 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from Samsung to...

Can smartphones snap out of technological stupor?

December 13, 2013 2:03 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull....

How Internet TV will impact the electronics industry

December 13, 2013 1:00 pm | by Jonathan Rodriguez, Founder and CEO, BitMar Networks | Blogs | Comments

The Internet has become our way of life. It connects us like never before. As such, it is no wonder that so many industries have resorted to the Web as their main distribution channel -- and the Television industry is not the exception. But what do all the changes, taking place within the TV realm, have to do with the rest of the electronics industry?

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Photos of the Day: Gift Guide: Strong slate of iPad challengers

December 13, 2013 9:14 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Once upon a time, people who craved a tablet computer bought an iPad. But Apple faces its strongest slate of challengers this holiday season, with several tablets besting the trend-setting iPad on price and features. There are still plenty of reasons to get an iPad - either the full-size iPad Air starting at $499 or the iPad Mini at $399.

This flying dress could be the start of wearable transportation

December 11, 2013 12:44 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Pop singer Lady Gaga has worn some pretty weird outfits on stage (meat, anyone?), but her latest is so crazy, we might just all be wearing some version of it in the future. A flying dress sounds pretty fun — at least once a week I’d like to hover down to the mailbox.

Latin American nations increase usage of bank card and mobile payment in online commerce

December 11, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region. Because of the number of consumers who use mobile phones but have no relationship with a bank, mobile payments also have a great potential for growth.

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes

December 10, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes will collect their $1.2 million awards Tuesday at ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo. Here's a look at the laureates and their achievements: ECONOMICS Three Americans were honored for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets,

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