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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.


Display controller core family targeted at high-end mobile/portable products

May 4, 2012 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon intellectual property (IP) provider Evatronix SA has announced the release of the first member of its PANTA high performance display controller core family. Developed using ARM technology the PANTA DP20 is targeted specifically at high-end mobile/portable products...

In a Samsung Galaxy far, far away...will Android still rule?

May 3, 2012 8:53 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, Asia chief technology correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics is the world's largest smartphone manufacturer and biggest user of Google's Android operating system. And, for some, that's the problem. Samsung's meteoric rise - in the first quarter of 2011 it shipped fewer smartphones than Apple, Nokia or Research in Motion, but is now market leader...

The Teardown - Motorola Droid Bionic

April 30, 2012 4:22 pm | Articles | Comments

The Motorola Droid Bionic is the first dual-core smartphone operating on Verizon's 4G LTE network. It’s packing some serious hardware, and is the slimmest 4G LTE phone at 0.43 inches thick.

The Teardown - Apple TV 3rd Generation

April 30, 2012 3:46 pm | Articles | Comments

Less than four inches square and an inch tall (the exact size of the 2nd generation Apple TV), the small but mighty Apple TV 3rd Generation adds the ability to play 1080p HD content.

Enpirion's PowerSoc Technology

April 30, 2012 2:17 pm | Videos | Comments

Here’s another video of Enprion’s Power SoC technology. Here, Mark Cieri, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh, Ph.D., manager Systems Architect Group demonstrate

Enabling simplicity: How sophisticated MCU solutions can help reduce the complexity of consumer electronics designs

April 30, 2012 11:10 am | by Mike Salas, Vice President and General Manager, Microcontroller Products, Silicon Labs | Blogs | Comments

Innovation continues to flourish at the individual product-level as consumer electronics companies continue to find ways to add more appealing features and functions for end users in everything from thermostats and washing machines to wireless headsets and wristwatches. Clearly the push is on to “IP-enable” the entire consumer electronics industry...

IC detects lightning up to 40 km away, targets portable apps

April 30, 2012 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems introduced what it asserts is the world’s first lightning sensor IC, the AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor with an embedded intelligent algorithm. The IC provides people with advanced warning of approaching electrical storms giving them additional time to take shelter.

LCD TV panel shipments to Chinese TV makers recovered in February

April 30, 2012 10:20 am | by Deborah Yang, NPD DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

After peaking in December 2011, LCD TV panel shipments to Chinese TV makers fell sharply in January. They soon recovered in February, as forecast in the monthly NPD DisplaySearch MarketWise-LCD Industry Dynamics report. In February, shipments to Chinese TV makers from the panel makers surveyed reached 3.75M...

Analysis: As technology shifts, Asian giants wrestle for TV control

April 25, 2012 9:14 am | by Tim Kelly and Clare Jim, Reuters | News | Comments

LG Electronics will steal a march on its rivals by bringing forward the launch of a 55-inch flat TV using next-generation technology, raising the stakes in a cut-throat battle for the living room between Asia's top tech powerhouses.

Still in the frame, the camera defies smartphone onslaught

April 25, 2012 9:12 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, Asia chief technology correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

While most attention in the gadget world is on the breakneck pace of innovation in mobile phones, tablets and computers, another device has resolutely refused to die: the camera. Despite the onslaught of camera phones — the iPhone 4 has this year become the most popular device for posting snaps to the photo-sharing website Flickr — cameras are still being sold.

FDA says nanotech may need extra safety tests

April 24, 2012 12:41 pm | by Anna Yukhananov, Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators said consumer products that use nanotechnology may have unknown effects on the human body, and advised food and cosmetic companies to further study the safety of these tiny particles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two draft guidelines on Friday calling for more studies, putting, for now, much of the onus for safety on companies.

Options market sees big earnings move for Apple

April 24, 2012 12:29 pm | by Angela Moon and Doris Frankel, Reuters | News | Comments

The wild ride in Apple shares this year could get even more interesting when the company reports quarterly results after the bell on Tuesday. Judging by trade in the options market, investors expect Apple shares to jump or fall by about 7.5 percent...

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