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New app rescues people from bad dates

July 11, 2012 8:48 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Most people have been there, trapped on an awkward date that is going nowhere. But relief could be on the way with a new app that provides an incoming rescue call.

Controller ICs promise smaller, greener power adapters to 40 W

July 10, 2012 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt, Inc. debuted its newest PrimAccurate controller platform. According to the company, the new iW1699 and iW1760 digital pulse width modulation (PWM) controllers allow power adapter designers to meet stringent emerging global energy regulations for AC/DC power adapters, which require them to

Carnegie Mellon's smart headlight system will have drivers seeing through the rain

July 10, 2012 8:51 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Drivers can struggle to see when driving at night in a rainstorm or snowstorm, but a smart headlight system invented by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute can improve visibility by constantly redirecting light to shine between particles of precipitation.


Cell phone companies see spike in surveillance requests

July 10, 2012 8:48 am | by Jasmin Melvin, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers received more than 1.3 million requests last year from U.S. law enforcement agencies for their customers' phone records and the requests are on the rise, according to data gathered as part of a congressional inquiry into cell phone surveillance.

Peripheral board designed for harsh, mobile environments

July 9, 2012 2:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. now offers the G201, a 3U CompactPCI Serial peripheral board that incorporates four front-end USB 3.0 host interfaces, used to connect fast USB 3.0 devices or to extend the 2.0 USB interfaces of the CPU board.

Printed circuit board is 30 percent smaller than predecessors

July 9, 2012 2:28 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda ZWS-B series printed circuit board type AC-DC power supplies – 30 percent smaller, lighter weight, and more efficient range of power supplies than the earlier generation ZWS series.

Samsung wins court case against Apple because its "not as cool"

July 9, 2012 10:36 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals' patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company's designs for the iPad because they were "not as cool".

Audio IC features three-channel mixing playback, parallel processing

July 9, 2012 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvoton Technology Corp. introduced the ISD2360, the company’s first ChipCorder device with three-channel mixing playback and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) parallel processing. Desirable for automotive, medical-alert, instrumentation and point-of-purchase applications, the IC enables


Chromalit Contour features reduced cost, increased flexibility

July 9, 2012 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intematix Corporation announced the availability of ChromaLit Contour. Lighting manufacturers can implement ChromaLit Contour to produce 60, 75, and 100 watt-equivalent omni-directional light in an LED system.

Samsung wins bid to sell Nexus in Apple court battle

July 9, 2012 9:10 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics scored a partial victory against arch-foe Apple Inc on Friday after a U.S. appeals court lifted a freeze on sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphones but upheld a lower court's decision to temporarily halt sales of its Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer.

Hawking's rival says Higgs wager win is icing on cake

July 9, 2012 9:08 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. scientist who won a $100 wager with Stephen Hawking over whether the Higgs boson would ever be found said on Friday winning was the icing on the cake of a major scientific discovery.

Maine filmmaker chats with 12-year-old version of himself in video, thanks to creative editing

July 9, 2012 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A video created by a Maine filmmaker that shows him talking to a younger version of himself thanks to creative editing is making its way across the Internet.

Key L-wrenches feature color-coding for quick location

July 6, 2012 3:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. announced PB Swiss Tools’ launch of the Torx Key L-Wrenches as part of its Rainbow Series.


E-waste: Annual gold, silver 'deposits' in new high-tech goods worth $21B; less than 15% recovered

July 6, 2012 12:17 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A staggering 320 tons of gold and more than 7,500 tons of silver are now used annually to make PCs, cell phones, tablet computers and other new electronic and electrical products worldwide, adding more than $21 billion in value each year to the rich fortunes in metals eventually available through "urban mining" of e-waste, experts say.

U.S. judge rejects Samsung request to lift stay on Nexus sales

July 6, 2012 9:25 am | by Erin Geiger Smith, Reuters | News | Comments

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a request by Samsung Electronics Co. to lift a pre-trial injunction against sales of its Galaxy Nexus phone, another legal setback for the South Korean firm ahead of an upcoming court battle with Apple Inc..

Calling all truckers ... not!

July 6, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring.

Netflix shares rise after usage spike in June

July 6, 2012 8:55 am | by Himank Sharma, Reuters | News | Comments

Netflix Inc shares rose 12 percent on Thursday after its top executive disclosed a massive surge in customer usage, but analysts questioned the movie-rental company's ability to convert that into revenue.

Sharing data links in networks of cars

July 6, 2012 8:54 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Wi-Fi is coming to our cars. Ford Motor Co. has been equipping cars with Wi-Fi transmitters since 2010; according to an Agence France-Presse story last year, the company expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in. The same article cites a host of other manufacturers worldwide that either offer Wi-Fi in some high-end vehicles or belong to standards organizations that are trying to develop recommendations for automotive Wi-Fi.

Most accurate robotic legs mimic human walking gait

July 6, 2012 8:52 am | News | Comments

A group of US researchers has produced a robotic set of legs which they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner.

Samsung's Galaxy powers record $5.9 billion profit; euro a worry

July 6, 2012 8:37 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Soaring sales of the Galaxy smartphone drove record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion at Samsung Electronics, though the South Korean tech giant is sweating over how Europe's debt crisis is denting demand in its biggest market for televisions and home appliances.

Virus could black our nearly 250,000 PCs

July 6, 2012 8:35 am | by Jim Finkle, Rueters | News | Comments

About a quarter-million computer users around the world are at risk of losing Internet access on Monday because of malicious software at the heart of a hacking scam that U.S. authorities shut down last November.

U.S online job demand rises in June

July 6, 2012 8:34 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A monthly gauge of online labor demand in the United States rose in June, led by jobs available in the transportation and warehousing sector, while retail positions regained momentum, the operator of a job search website said on Friday.

Car comedy: Jerry Seinfeld to debut Web series featuring him driving with other comedians

July 6, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

jerry Seinfeld is going back on the road. The comedian announced Thursday that he'll debut the Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" on July 19. The interview show will feature Seinfeld's comedian friends as guests.

Google to sweep out 'iGoogle' customization service in November 2013 as part of housecleaning

July 6, 2012 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is phasing out a service that allows millions of people to personalize its home page with applications such as weather updates and stock quotes

Controller chip supports all communication between ZigBee RF4CE devices and set-top box, gateway

July 5, 2012 2:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, supporting all communication between ZigBee RF4CE enabled devices and the set-top box or gateway. The chip is intended to

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