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Hopes dim for Sharp amid Japan's TV industry sunset

August 3, 2012 9:04 am | by Tim Kelly, Reuters | News | Comments

Sharp Corp shares tumbled nearly 30 percent to their lowest closing level since 1976 on Friday as investors questioned whether Japan's last major maker of television panels will survive the sunset of the country's TV industry.

Smartphone maker HTC 2Q profit falls 58 percent as more competition hurts sales

August 3, 2012 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported Friday a 58 percent drop in second quarter profit year-on-year, its third consecutive quarterly decline as intensifying competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. hurt sales.

RIM to launch new PlayBook line next week

August 3, 2012 8:41 am | by Euan Rocha, Reuters | News | Comments

Canada's Research In Motion has chosen its home country to launch a PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks, a crucial feature missing from its poor-selling initial models.


Samsung tries to stay in consumer spotlight ahead of launch of latest iPhone

August 3, 2012 8:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest mobile-phone maker, said Friday it plans to show a new mobile device in late August, trying to stay in the consumer spotlight ahead of Apple's expected release of the latest iPhone in September.

Smart wireless power outlets

August 2, 2012 2:17 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Soon there will be no need for special timers to switch lighting on and off or operate household appliances when the homeowner is absent. In future, all this can be done by means of a smartphone or PC, thanks to Internet-enabled wireless power outlets that support the new IPv6 Internet protocol. The smart socket was developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems ESK in Munich in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern and the industrial partner embedded brains GmbH. "We have been able to connect the power outlets wirelessly using the IPv6 protocol," says ESK research engineer Günter Hildebrandt. "All household appliances plugged in one of the sockets can be switched on and off remotely using an IPv6-compatible device such as a smartphone or laptop PC – from anywhere."

Apple seeks severe punishment for Samsung lawyer's actions

August 2, 2012 2:08 pm | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to punish Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for a Samsung attorney's conduct by ordering that the South Korean company has infringed Apple's phone design patents, according to a court filing.

British athletes fall foul of Olympic branding rules by sporting unauthorized headphones

August 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Jill Lawless, AP | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- British Olympic chiefs have clamped down on a bit of guerrilla marketing that saw the country's athletes sporting stylish - but non sponsor-brand - headphones at the games.

RIM launches new line of PlayBook tablets

August 2, 2012 10:20 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Research In Motion chose its home country to launch a PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks, a crucial feature that its initial models lacked.


Sharp to start shipping iPhone screens to Apple this month

August 2, 2012 9:02 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp. said it will start shipping screens destined for a new Apple iPhone that is widely expected to be released in October ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping season.

FTC wants to extend rules on child online privacy to reflect changes in digital world

August 2, 2012 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators want to update rules aimed at protecting children's online privacy to account for newer developments such as Facebook and mobile games. A 1998 law requires websites to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13. But the digital world has changed greatly since then.

Full-on tech, social media turn avoiding Olympic spoilers into a sport of its own

August 2, 2012 8:58 am | by LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mandy Hauck turned 25 on Wednesday, but she's avoiding Facebook and her happy birthday messages to steer clear of Olympic spoilers about her favorite sport, fencing.

China's Twitter: Democracy accelerant or the best surveillance tool Beijing ever had?

August 2, 2012 8:57 am | by ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- China's Twitter was raucous Thursday with horn-tooting over Beijing's gold rush at the London Olympics, a digital reflection of the nation's exuberant mood - embellished with flashing emoticons. Earlier passions have been ignited on the site by a deadly high speed rail crash and outrage over factory pollution.

SPI real-time clock/calendars series expands with 10-pin packages

August 1, 2012 12:15 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its stand-alone Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) portfolio with the new 10-pin, SPI MCP795XX family. These devices offer many of the same features as the larger 14-pin MCP795WXX family, including


Lenovo executive dismisses Nokia bid talk as "joke"

August 1, 2012 8:43 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo on Wednesday quashed market speculation it was interested in buying struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia.

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

Enough with the Twitter Olympics

July 31, 2012 3:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s official, people: Twitter has taken over the Olympics. Yes, we all know about Ryan Loche and Michael Phelps. Even the Queen’s granddaughter (a silver medalist) is popping up in the Olympic news, but let’s focus on what’s important during this competition: Twitter. It seems for every story you read about the craziness of antiquated gymnastic rules and disappointing defeats, there is a story about Twitter.

Adding a '3D print' button to animation software

July 31, 2012 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Watch out, Barbie: omnivorous beasts are assembling in a 3D printer near you. A group of graphics experts led by computer scientists at Harvard have created an add-on software tool that translates video game characters -- or any other three-dimensional animations -- into fully articulated action figures, with the help of a 3D printer.  

Microsoft relaunches Hotmail as social-friendly Outlook

July 31, 2012 2:50 pm | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc's fast-growing Gmail.

Power chips help conserve energy, speed adoption of universal charging

July 31, 2012 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced power management controllers that are said to save standby power to help smart phone users consume less electricity with their 5-W cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall. The new UCC28700 primary-side controllers will

Olympics fans find ways to circumvent NBC's online control

July 31, 2012 8:41 am | by Liana B. Baker and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - It took Jason Legate, a Walnut Creek, California-resident, all of 10 minutes to connect his computer to a London-based server and access BBC's coverage of the Olympics Saturday, thereby circumventing NBC's lock on coverage in the United States.

Lotus leaf inspires fog-free finish for transparent surfaces

July 30, 2012 4:04 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Inspired by the water-repellent properties of the lotus leaf, a group of scientists in China has discovered a way to impart a fog-free, self-cleaning finish to glass and other transparent materials. "Superhydrophobic" surfaces, such as the lotus leaf, are excellent at repelling water and also boast other "smart" self-cleaning, anti-glare, anti-icing, and anti-corrosion properties. By using hollow silica nanoparticles that resemble raspberries, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to apply a clear, slick, water-repellent surface to glass.

Public can explore time-lapse videos of Earth with new tool from Carnegie Mellon and Google

July 30, 2012 4:01 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, working with colleagues at Google and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), have adapted their technology for interactively exploring time-lapse imagery to create a tool that enables anyone to easily access 13 years of NASA Landsat images of the Earth's surface.

Twitter suspends reporter's account for NBC tweet

July 30, 2012 3:59 pm | by Gerry Shih and Matthew Keys, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc and NBC Universal's move to suppress a British reporter's tweets related to the network's Olympics coverage may have backfired after the incident became fodder for Twitter chatter around the world on Monday.

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution

July 30, 2012 9:26 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A Tennessee company has licensed award-winning software from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will help industries install wireless networks more cost-effectively in challenging environments such as mines, offshore drilling platforms and factory floors.

Don't tweet if you want TV, London fans told

July 30, 2012 9:23 am | by Avril Ormsby and Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

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