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TandemLaunch licenses new 3-D technology

July 18, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

3D technology is increasingly used in computer graphics and is a major trend in the entertainment and consumer electronics industry. Today, a large number of movies are either shot in or shown as virtual reality movies based on 3D technology. Most private users, however, have not yet adopted the new technology at home for a number of reasons.

The challenges of electric vehicle chargers

July 18, 2012 12:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Charging stations for electric vehicles are still a few years, possibly decades, away from being in every household garage—priced at upwards of $20,000 per unit. Talk about keeping up with the Jones! Despite the challenges of price point, materials, and a general public skepticism, companies are making great strides in designing chargers that are more durable, efficient, functional, and versatile than their predecessors.

In what application areas are end users getting the most ROI from green technology?

July 18, 2012 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

The greatest ROI in green technology is undoubtedly in the manufacturing sector. First, “green” technologies provide great branding and a competitive advantage. Taking advantage of advanced low-power electronics is one major way to do this. With the added intelligence of programmable devices, manufacturing becomes more efficient, faster, and more flexible at the same time.


Near-field communications

July 18, 2012 9:29 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Near-field communications, which arose from earlier RFID applications, have gained in popularity as manufacturers added NFC capabilities to smart-phone and tablet-computer and as merchants have installed NFC payment devices. So instead of carrying a wallet full of credit and debit cards, consumers can use their smart phones as a mobile-payment "account"...

Cleaning with sunlight

July 18, 2012 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to dust off the garden tables and chairs. But garden furniture that has been left in the shade too long is often covered with a slimy film of algae, moss, bacteria and fungi which is difficult or even impossible to remove.

Australia's Qantas Airways drops Blackberrys for iPhones

July 18, 2012 8:47 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Australia's Qantas Airways (QAN.AX), is the latest company to drop Research in Motion Ltd's (RIM.TO) Blackberry after employees voted in favor of Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone in a survey.

AT&T to introduce shared-data plans; keeps traditional phone plans, unlike Verizon

July 18, 2012 8:44 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Following in Verizon's footsteps, AT&T Inc. said Wednesday that it will introduce wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to 10 phones or other devices.

Why this “useless” technology is a must-buy for your kids

July 17, 2012 2:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When I say a particular piece of technology is useless, I usually mean it fails to serves a tangible purpose in a smart and efficient way. Either it’s overly complicated or too expensive to justify the time it will save you. In some cases, the pure stupidity of the device make me want to bang my head against a desk for a while.


Artificial football manager hoping to top the fantasy football league

July 17, 2012 8:39 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of academics from the University of Southampton is set to take on the rest of the English Fantasy Football League when the new Barclays Premier League season kicks off next month (August).

Google's hardware makeover to get uneasy welcome on Wall Street

July 17, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Wall Street has a long-running love affair with Google the search engine. But will it feel the same way about Google the hardware maker?

Open access science debate shifts to EU after UK government backing

July 17, 2012 8:33 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The debate over free access to publicly-funded scientific research will shift to the European Commission after the UK government backed a report calling for financial support for researchers to use so-called 'open access' science journals.

Google searching for human traffickers, drug cartels, to break up illicit networks

July 17, 2012 8:30 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, The AP | News | Comments

Forget videos of cute kittens or good deals on iPads. For the past few months, Google has been quietly turning its search capabilities to something far more challenging: criminals.

Carbon-based transistors ramp up speed and memory for mobile devices

July 16, 2012 4:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

As silicon technology gets smaller, creating a large and powerful memory grows harder, say PhD candidate Elad Mentovich and his supervisor Dr. Shachar Richter of TAU's Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Working with carbon molecules called C60, Mentovich has successfully built a sophisticated memory transistor that can both transfer and store energy, eliminating the need for a capacitor.


Human eye inspires clog-free ink jet printer invented by MU researcher

July 16, 2012 4:19 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye.

Solve 3.3-V relay design issues

July 16, 2012 3:04 pm | by Kalyan Cherukuri, Texas Instruments, | Articles | Comments

Today’s telecommunications industry is trending towards the use of 3.3-V relays in their end applications. Traditionally, only discrete components were available to switch and drive low-voltage relays. Each relay requires one transistor, one resistor, and in some cases a diode. Data routing applications need to switch and drive four-to-seven relays, requiring eight to 21 discrete components. Additionally, these applications often need

One in every three mobile phones sold in the Philippines is a smartphone: GfK Philippines

July 16, 2012 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Increasing affordability of smartphones has been propelling the strong growth of the sector in the Philippines, rendering the country one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the emerging Southeast Asia region. In the first five months of this year, almost 1.7 million units of smartphones have already been sold, translating to more than five times the volume sales from the same period last year.

LCD display boasts 24-bit LVDS interface with 16.7 million colors

July 16, 2012 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology announces their new low cost 7.0” TFT liquid crystal display module featuring “In Plane Switching” technology. IPS brings the added benefits of a wide view cone with free viewing angles, no gray inversion and fast response times, all without sacrificing the clear and vivid picture quality of LCD technology.

Could Wii nunchucks make screen time healthier?

July 16, 2012 9:48 am | by Natasja Sheriff, Reuters | News | Comments

Active video games might help people burn more calories than couch-based screen time, but those who play active games tend to undo most of the difference if there's junk food available, says a new study.

Politics, economics weight on moguls' minds at Sun Valley

July 16, 2012 9:46 am | by Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The 30th edition of the renowned Allen & Co media conference came to a close on Saturday with executives focused on the impending U.S. election as they heard from business and political leaders, including a finale with Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett.

The brave new world of tomorrow's tablets

July 16, 2012 9:44 am | by Poornima Gupta and Noel Randewich, Reuters | News | Comments

Reuters) - Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality -- the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.

Chip maker Nvidia says up to 400,000 users' encrypted passwords compromised in attacks

July 16, 2012 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back to early July.

What’s the deal with Apple’s environmental policy?

July 16, 2012 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

You may have heard that Apple recently asked environmental watchdog EPEAT to remove 39 of its products from its registry and informed the organization it will no longer submit its computers for testing. It seems like an odd request, considering Apple helped create EPEAT in 2006 along with the government and several other big computer players.

Getting amped: Caltech researchers develop instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world

July 13, 2012 3:42 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have developed a new type of amplifier for boosting electrical signals. The device can be used for everything from studying stars, galaxies, and black holes to exploring the quantum world and developing quantum computers.

eBay's hottest business brings benefits, risks

July 13, 2012 1:29 pm | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Bill Me Later offers credit to online shoppers, letting them pay typically a few months after purchases, and is a potentially juicy new source of profit growth for eBay.

Cable assemblies designed to support system integrators

July 13, 2012 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc., has introduced its new line of SRX cable assemblies for low PIM requirements. The SRX line is an engineered suite of low PIM cable assemblies designed to support system integrators. Several different deployment scenarios encompassing cabinet integration, short cable runs or jumper applications, long haul cable runs, indoor use, outdoor use, riser, and plenum environments, have been accommodated for and include interconnect options for SMA, N, 7/16, and TNC mating.

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