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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.

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.

Enclosed PCB Mount Speakers feature increased durability and direct integration

May 22, 2012 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced the addition of a new family of enclosed pcb mount speakers to their Components product line.

Apple still dominates world's top brands: study

May 22, 2012 2:41 pm | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple has maintained its place as the world's most valuable brand over the past year, leading a group of technology-related companies that dominate the top 10, according to a study published on Tuesday. The iPhone and iPad maker has boosted its brand value by

Cable companies let customers roam on each other's Wi-Fi networks covering 50,000 hotspots

May 22, 2012 2:35 pm | News | Comments

Cable TV companies are trying to give their customers another reason not to cancel their service: better access to Wi-Fi hotspots. Five major operators with nearly 40 million broadband subscribers said Monday that they would

Haptic platform for control panels targets home appliances

May 19, 2012 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

HiWave Technologies launched a touch feedback platform for control panels for everyday household appliances. The platform will enable manufacturers to simplify the production process by replacing button controls with flat control panels that maintain the feel of a mechanical key press, when touched.

Verizon data fans to pay more in service or phones

May 18, 2012 9:02 am | by Sinead Carew, Reuters | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless plans to make its data-hungry customers pay a lot more, either in service fees or smartphone prices, as it tries to cut costs and boost revenue from data services. The No. 1 U.S. mobile provider said it will eliminate unlimited data plans for all customers who upgrade their cellphone at a discounted rate, potentially driving more business to its smaller rival Sprint Nextel (S.N).

Multi-view 2D/3D display provides enhanced stereoscopic viewing experience

May 14, 2012 3:38 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

NLT Technologies (NLT), together with its sales and marketing channels in the Americas and Europe, Renesas Electronics America and Renesas Electronics Europe GmbH, today announced the successful development of a new autostereoscopic multi-view display with HxDP (Horizontally x times-Density Pixels) technology.

Orangutans at Miami zoo use iPads to communicate

May 9, 2012 12:42 pm | by DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 8-year-old twins love their iPad. They draw, play games and expand their vocabulary. Their family's teenagers also like the hand-held computer tablets, too, but the clan's elders show no interest. The orangutans at Miami's Jungle Island apparently are just like people when it comes to technology. The park is one of several zoos experimenting with computers and apes...

Real-time apps using multi-threads

May 9, 2012 10:50 am | by Paul Evans, Business Development Manager, Meta CPUs, Imagination Technologies | Articles | Comments

Consumer electronics devices are increasingly high performance, real time applications where high data rates and sophisticated real time event handling are required. Delivering suitable real time performance can be achieved by using a variety of techniques – including multiple processors. A more effective solution (low power, low cost and small silicon area) is hardware multithreading...

Insulated gate bipolar transistors targeted at industrial motor control and consumer products

May 8, 2012 4:19 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor today introduced a new series of Field Stop Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs)  targeted at industrial motor control and consumer products. The NGTB15N120, NGTB20N120 and NGTB25N120 enable high performance power conversion solutions for a wide range of demanding applications...

Single-chip processor platforms deliver on power/performance balance for mobile devices

May 8, 2012 9:14 am | by Carsten Wild, Director Marketing, Mobile Application Platforms, Renesas Mobile Corporation | Articles | Comments

As with every new technology, delivering LTE chipsets presents many technical challenges. Performance, power and price are key concerns. Higher data rates, such as LTE Cat4with up to 150Mbps download speeds, require very high performance computing, which is achieved mostly through higher clock rates...

Redefining time

May 7, 2012 2:46 pm | News | Comments

Atomic clocks based on the oscillations of a cesium atom keep amazingly steady time and also define the precise length of a second. But cesium clocks are no longer the most accurate.

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