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Nanotechnology breakthrough could dramatically improve medical tests

June 1, 2012 8:59 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A laboratory test used to detect disease and perform biological research could be made more than 3 million times more sensitive, according to researchers who combined standard biological tools with a breakthrough in nanotechnology.

Microsoft signals work on Windows 8 nearly complete with release of final test version of OS

June 1, 2012 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is nearly done with a much-anticipated overhaul of its Windows operating system. The software maker signaled the makeover is nearly complete with Thursday's release of the final test version of Windows 8.

Chic geeks give San Francisco a new tech groove

June 1, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Henderson, Reuters | News | Comments

The YouTube video, featuring a young blonde sitting in a strikingly modern San Francisco home, offers a telling insight into the attitudes that are shifting the geography of the Bay Area technology scene.

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From AT&T to Leap: A look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the US

June 1, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Verizon Wireless broke AT&T's exclusive grip on the iPhone last year, several other phone carriers now offer Apple's popular smartphone. Here's a look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the U.S.:

Is Google Glass too ambitious?

May 31, 2012 3:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Google recently announced a new product called “Project Glass” out of super-secret Google[x] Lab. The idea behind the project is creating light-weight augmented—reality glasses that allow the user to access apps, information, messages, texts and basically anything else available on a smart phone without the bulky interface.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

Fat finger syndrome solution found with finite element analysis

May 31, 2012 12:13 pm | Blogs | Comments

Flat touch screens operated by pressure sensors may be taking over pad computers and smart phones, but keypads and keyboards are still widely used in many electronic devices. Desktop computers, laptops, some cell phones, remote controls and appliances, such as washing machines and dryers, all still rely on the touch of a finger on a spring-loaded key. Samsung engineers decided to delve deeper into the fat finger phenomenon by

Cricket gets first prepaid iPhone in mainland US

May 31, 2012 11:17 am | by Peter Svemsson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International Inc., the parent of the Cricket cellphone service, on Thursday it will be the first mainland U.S. phone company to sell the iPhone on a prepaid, no-contract basis.

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Green LEDs double system brightness for embedded projection

May 30, 2012 10:23 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

An integrated miniature projector that can display images on a much larger surface than existing displays is the next giant leap for smart phones and cameras. This is known as embedded projection and uses LEDs as the light source.

LG Display develops world’s first full HD LCD smartphone panel

May 29, 2012 1:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LG Display introduced a 5” Full HD LCD panel for smartphones –- the highest resolution mobile panel to date. Allowing smartphone users to view Full HD content in the same quality as on TVs and monitors, LG Display and its new panel significantly advances the cloud computing experience widely considered the next major internet trend.

Technology for technology’s sake

May 29, 2012 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been done a thousand times, in museums, government buildings and schools: ancient, lumbering institutions using technology in an attempt to become cutting-edge—and falling flat in the process. We’re not talking about the smart-grid, which shows great potential for consumers and governments alike, or even smart boards, which take education to a different level.

They're here. They're geeks. Get used to it

May 29, 2012 9:25 am | by Nick Zieminski, Reuters | News | Comments

Thanks to ubiquitous consumer electronics and the prominence of technology executives like Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs of Apple Inc, it's no longer an insult to be called a geek.

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets head start on rival iPhone

May 29, 2012 9:20 am | by Miyoung Kim and Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics launched its top-of-the-range Galaxy S3 smartphone in Europe on Tuesday, aiming to outsell the previous model that helped the South Korean company topple Apple as the world's largest smartphone maker.

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Softbank unveils post-Fukushima radiation smartphone

May 29, 2012 9:18 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone operator Softbank Corp said on Tuesday it would soon begin selling smartphones with radiation detectors, tapping into concerns that atomic hotspots remain along Japan's eastern coast more than a year after the Fukushima crisis.

New York vies to be global high-tech hub, led by Ivy League college and top Israeli institute

May 29, 2012 9:12 am | by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City is now hoping for another "Erie Canal moment" with a high-tech research complex to be built on an island in the East River. The idea is to create an applied-sciences university where engineers are also trained as entrepreneurs from day one.

FIFA to test goal-line technology at Wembley

May 24, 2012 4:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FIFA says the Hawk-Eye goal line technology system will be tested at Wembley Stadium when England plays Belgium in a June 2 exhibition.

NTU and I²R scientists invent revolutionary chipset for high-speed wireless data transfer

May 24, 2012 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Here is a new microchip that can transfer data the size of 80 MP3 song files (or 250 megabytes) wirelessly between mobile devices, in the flick of a second. Or how about transferring a typical 2-hour, 8-gigabyte DVD movie in just half a minute compared to 8.5 hours on Bluetooth?      

IMU combines triaxial acceleration sensor and gyroscope in single package

May 24, 2012 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec has integrated two triaxial MEMS sensors in a single package. This combination of an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope yields the BMI055, said to be the smallest Inertial Measurement Unit in the market. The IMU is designed to

Jury deals big blow to Oracle in Android case versus Google

May 24, 2012 9:32 am | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc's Android mobile platform has not infringed Oracle Corp's patents, a California jury decided, putting an indefinite hold on Oracle's quest for damages in a fight between the two Silicon Valley giants over smartphone technology.

Scotland Yard deploys handheld fingerprint devices to identify suspects on the go

May 24, 2012 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Scotland Yard says it's equipping its police officers with handheld fingerprint devices, something the force says will help identify suspects in a matter of seconds.

New consumer research suggests large majority of U.S. consumers are interested in Start-Stop vehicles

May 23, 2012 11:53 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

New consumer research suggests large majority of U.S. consumers are interested in Start-Stop vehicles

Pollution-hunting robot fish take to the sea

May 23, 2012 10:22 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Robot "fish" developed by European scientists to improve pollution monitoring moved from the lab to the sea in a test at the northern Spanish port of Gijon on Tuesday.

Flash LED presents as harmonizing form and function

May 23, 2012 10:09 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has added a new LED to its Oslux family. This LED is specifically designed for camera flash in smartphones and provides a high quality white light that illuminates the target area. The LED has two chips of 1 square millimeter of emitting surface each. The light-emitting area of the

UK museum's virtual orchestra puts conductor's baton in visitors' hands

May 23, 2012 10:00 am | by Raphal Satter | News | Comments

A London museum is putting the conductor's baton in visitors' hands, allowing guests to direct a virtual orchestra using three-dimensional motion sensors.

TCL selects Hillcrest Labs to bring motion, gesture, and cursor-control to Android-powered Smart TVs

May 23, 2012 9:45 am | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs today announced that TCL Multimedia (“TCL”) is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace motion software for TCL’s Android-based Smart TVs, including its flagship V7500 Android 4.03 Smart TV, and motion sensing remotes. The Smart TV system will be available in China this month and in other markets later this year.

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