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Photos of the Day: SID Display Week 2014

June 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

SID Display Week is the industry’s annual celebration of all things optoelectronics, and this year the wagon train rolled in to sunny San Diego. (I was suffering. Seriously.) Here’s a handful of highlights from SID 2014, including a laptop utilizing QDEF quantum dot technology, Color IQ TVs, and E-Ink applications....

High-density card edge connectors are offered in low profile, ultra-thin, and high temperature versions

June 11, 2014 11:43 am | Sullins Connector Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Sullins Connector Solutions, Inc. (San Marcos, CA) announced the expansion of their portfolio of high-density 0.050" (1.27 mm) contact center card edge connectors to include the FMBx Series. The new series features high-temperature and low profile ultra-thin devices accommodating…

Gyroscope offers ±4000 dps full scale range

June 11, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

InvenSense (San Jose, CA) announced the world's widest full scale range (FSR) 3-axis MEMS gyroscope for high impact wearable applications. The ITG-3701 also offers the smallest size, lowest profile and lowest power, ideal for wearable applications in sports and concussion analysis....

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Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

Lightfair 2014 rewind

June 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Osram Opto Semiconductors, Thomas Research Products, Wago Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2014 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 1-4. Every year, this show presents a variety of luminaires and fixtures for the industrial, home, buildings, and outdoor markets along with a healthy mix of component vendors showing off their discrete and modular products that enable the amazing new lighting products. In this age of Internet of Things (IoT), exhibitors continued their march toward...

This is what the terminator line looks like from the ISS

June 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

NASA has been very into social media lately, and I could not be more excited. It’s a great way to inspire younger generations and remind everyone why the space program—despite its not insignificant costs—is so important. NASA has been capitalizing on the “space is cool again” trend...

Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

June 9, 2014 9:06 am | by By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities...

Vodafone report sparks global surveillance debate

June 9, 2014 9:04 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

Telecommunications company Vodafone's report on government surveillance of its customers in 29 countries reveals more than first meets the eye — and is raising questions from Dublin to Delhi about how much spying on email and telephone chats happens in secret.

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Maximize shelf life with a one-time, push-button switch

June 6, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Hartshorne, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Many modern portable devices must be shipped with a battery installed so that a customer can power it up initially without any battery installation or charging. Any excessive current “leakage” from the components connected to the battery may result in a dead device in the hands of a customer.

Engineer's 'Switch from Hell' began GM recall woes

June 6, 2014 9:31 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Inside General Motors, they called it "the switch from hell." The ignition switch on the steering column of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars was so poorly designed that it easily slipped out of the run position, causing engines to stall. Engineers knew it...

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine

June 6, 2014 9:24 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the chest.

Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster case

June 6, 2014 9:22 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.Thursday's ruling ends a case in which the two surviving members of the band testified about their staunch opposition to the use of their music in commercial endorsements

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 9:20 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.

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Barnes & Noble enlists Samsung to make Nook tablet

June 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets, the book seller said Thursday, as it focuses on its Nook software.Barnes & Noble spent years investing heavily in its Nook e-book reader and e-book library, but they struggled to be profitable. And in December the chain said it was evaluating the future of its tablets. Still it offered a new non-tablet e-book reader during the holiday season...

Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov't snooping

June 6, 2014 9:19 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator's network without seeking permission.

Connector designed for mobile, wearable devices

June 5, 2014 1:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Adding another I/O (input/output) connector solution for slimmer mobile and wearable devices to its portfolio, TE Connectivity (TE) introduced one of the industry’s first high-speed multi I/O products to transfer USB 3.1 signals in a Micro USB 2.0 form factor. The new product addresses the growing demand for mobile devices to have more increased functionality, higher speed and larger screens that require high-power battery consumption.

Police use hidden GPS unit to track stolen toy

June 5, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Police in Georgia say they used a GPS device hidden inside a Teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft. Athens-Clarke County police say Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

June 5, 2014 9:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA AP BUSINESS WRITER | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. Son's mobile phone company Softbank said Thursday that the robot it has dubbed Pepper will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans are under consideration but undecided.

32-kHz MEMS TCXO features tiny footprint, low power consumption

June 4, 2014 5:41 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced what it asserts is the smallest, lowest power 32-kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and very low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables…

This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

Online pirates thrive on legitimate ad dollars

June 4, 2014 12:14 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's. That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

Emotion drives customers to use smartphones with bigger screens

June 4, 2014 11:27 am | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Bigger smartphone screen size may be better for more than just practical reasons, according to researchers. Participants in a study on smartphones indicated that emotional reasons might influence their decision to buy smartphones with bigger screens even more than practical ones,

App measures stress and offers coping techniques

June 4, 2014 11:23 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease that stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children. The system was initially tested on a small group of parents of children with ADHD.

German museum shows live replica of van Gogh's ear

June 4, 2014 9:17 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives. The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo.

Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton

June 4, 2014 9:14 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Virginia fossils dealer was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison even after a prosecutor described his cooperation with law enforcement in heroic terms, saying he enabled more than 18 largely complete dinosaur fossils to be located, enough for Mongolia to open its first dinosaur museum.

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