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Venezuela signs joint venture with Samsung

November 27, 2013 10:49 am | by JORGE RUEDA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government allied with Samsung on Wednesday to jointly produce consumer electronics and appliances, a deal coming after a week of raids on Venezuelan retailers and the emptying of store shelves by consumers taking advantage of officially forced discounts.

CEA announces new awards and events for 2014 International CES

November 26, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced a series of new awards and events for the 2014 International CES, including the Breakthrough of the Year Awards, Engadget Best of CES Awards and the UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies....

Mouser stocks new Microchip temp sensors

November 26, 2013 10:37 am | Mouser Electronics, Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the new EMC118x family of temperature sensors from Microchip Technology, the first with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications. The low-voltage I/O support on the EMC118x family of temp sensors allows for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet, and PC chipsets.

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Capacitive touch controllers provide 5V operation and improved proximity performance for consumer and automotive applications

November 25, 2013 3:55 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced a new family of capacitive touch controllers—the CAP12XX Family. These turnkey capacitive touch controllers expand the CAP11XX RightTouch product portfolio, providing a wide variety of slider, button and proximity functionality.

Photos of the Day: Review: HTC, Nokia offer good, giant choices

November 25, 2013 11:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.

Review: Nexus 5 delivers basics at great price

November 22, 2013 4:41 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no waterproof covering, no sensor to detect eye movement or hand gestures. What you get is an Android phone that's very good at the basics - for an excellent price.

Revolution on wheels

November 22, 2013 4:21 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Morph Wheels sounds more like a rejected children’s toy idea than a legitimate advancement in mobility technology, but it’s real, and it’s going to have a huge impact. It’s one of many new foldable, space-saving inventions coming into the market. People tend to crave convenience in whatever they purchase and anything that they can slip into their pocket will fit the bill.

Step-down regulator serves multimode, multiband RF power amplifiers

November 22, 2013 3:11 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduces a step-down regulator with auto-bypass and low drop out that controls the operating voltage for multimode, multiband WDCMA or GSM/EDGE power amplifiers, delivering optimum efficiency for all operating states.

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Tech issues block people from NJ online bet test

November 22, 2013 1:54 pm | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey is allowing adults in the state to click a mouse or swipe a screen for a chance to win money, making it only the third state to offer online gambling. A five-day trial period of Internet gambling began Thursday night when players invited by casinos to test their systems made real-money bets online.

Will pills become the new standard of online security?

November 22, 2013 1:03 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that the internet is a minefield. There are hackers and thieves at every turn waiting to steal your personal information and everything else you love. And now the NSA has front-row seats to watch it all happen. This is all pretty scary, so we tend to cling to anything that offers us a semblance of security and safety, even if it means swallowing another pill with our multivitamin every day.

2014 International CES

November 22, 2013 11:29 am | Events

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

The first robot suicide

November 21, 2013 2:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

At least that’s what hysterical media reports would have you believe. The standard account goes something like this – tired of doing its master’s bidding (er, cleaning), an iRobot Roomba 760 made history by committing the first robot suicide. The poor guy chose an especially gruesome way to kick the bucket, committing self-immolation by driving itself onto a kitchen hotplate....

PhoneBloks are Legos for adults

November 21, 2013 1:20 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Finally, adults don’t have to relinquish the joy of playing with blocks! Most of the fun in Legos lies with the customizable nature of the toy and the ability to stray from the image on the box to create something truly unique. Dutch designer Dave Hakkens channeled this childhood pastime into a new kind of functional and distinctive smartphone design called PhoneBloks

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LG looking into claim smart TVs grab user data

November 21, 2013 10:07 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

Engineering Newswire 65: Efficient batteries go viral

November 21, 2013 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're launching drones from tiny boats, recycling shower water, using sensors to prevent serious brain injuries, and making batteries more efficient by going viral. Typically, distance per charge is the biggest complaint and fear of those driving electric vehicles. Now, MIT researchers have started using genetically modified viruses to help the situation.

Carriers reject kill switch for stolen smartphones

November 20, 2013 1:35 pm | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but San Francisco's top prosecutor says the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea.

Home-made decor to order: 3-D printers come home

November 20, 2013 11:43 am | by SARAH WOLFE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking for that perfect light for your home office? A new chair or coffee table? You might try making it yourself, at home, with just the click of a button. Three-D printing, a novelty once reserved for science fiction, is going mainstream thanks to cheaper, more accessible technology.

Where are all the girl engineers?

November 20, 2013 11:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently went to a “Pumpkin Sling” (aka Punkin’ Chunkin’) where participants designed trebuchets to see who could get theirs to throw a pumpkin the farthest. A lot of the teams were made up of kids, who all did an incredible job building the machines. I was particularly inspired by a young man from a Cub Scout troop who very clearly outlined how the machine worked and how they had built it.

Firms turning to "augmented reality" apps to promote products

November 15, 2013 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone applications featuring so-called "augmented reality" are being used by an increasing number of companies to promote their products. Ikea Japan K.K., the Japanese arm of the Swedish furnishing giant, launched a service in August that gives customers a virtual preview of how a piece of furniture will look in their home...

Governments mining Google for more personal data

November 15, 2013 10:45 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is rebuffing governments more frequently as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining the Internet for information about people's online activities. The latest snapshot emerged Thursday in a report that the company has released every six months for the past three years.

Review: Sony's smartwatch good, but not essential

November 15, 2013 10:41 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's new SmartWatch 2 doesn't get as much attention — and doesn't do as much — as Samsung's Galaxy Gear computerized wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony's version performs better. The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 percent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a variety of Android phones, not just Sony's.

This NASA-inspired shower could lessen the global water crisis

November 14, 2013 12:28 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Growing up in a rural area I learned to expect cries of “Turn that shower off, you’ll run the well dry!” while getting cleaned up for school. Having a well was the price you’d pay for living in the middle of nowhere, away from a reservoir-supplied water source. But apart from my teenage battles, a real problem lurks, one of global proportions.

Engineering Update #33: BearTek wireless gloves and Hirobo's unmanned helicopter

November 14, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Hirobo's HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter: Japan's HX-1 from Hirobo is a personal manned BIT electric micro helicopter.

New "contactless connectivity" brings limitless opportunities

November 13, 2013 3:52 pm | by Benjamin Mang and Dirk-Jan Riezebos, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

Emerging technologies such as wireless power are not only enabling wireless charging of phones and electronic volts but can also be applied to create a new category of "contactless connectivity.” Immune to vibration, pollutants and harsh environments and unconfined by movement restrictions...

This is a real-life Batmobile

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Batmobile is arguably one of the most recognizable fictional transportation devices. Its sleek design has been imagined and reimagined by every Batman movie and a few comics, but it always maintains that certain je ne sais quoi that makes it powerful, sexy, and impressive all in one.Every so often, a superfan will try to recreate the Batmobile...

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