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Americans losing addiction to ''CrackBerrys''

December 19, 2011 5:39 am | by Alistair Barr and Sinead Carew, Reuters | News | Comments

To understand what ails BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd in the U.S. market, just ask eBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe.

SBC Touts High Extension Flexibility and Intel Atom N455

December 19, 2011 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announced the arrival of MIO-2260. Designed with the Intel Atom N455 single core processor and DDR3 memory support, this embedded single board computer (SBC) measures 100 mm x 72 mm (same dimension as 2.5” Hard Disk) which is

E-readers: Market Prospects and Technology Developments

December 16, 2011 4:25 am | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.

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The top of my Holiday wish list

December 15, 2011 5:44 am | by Joe Graves, Stratus Technologies, www.stratus.com | Blogs | Comments

The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter (http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work) drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.

Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface

December 15, 2011 4:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface and discuss their maXStylus technology, an active stylus solution for tablets and smartphones.

austriamicrosystems supplies light sensors in high volume for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

December 14, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems today announced that the company is supplying high volumes of intelligent ambient light and proximity sensors for four Samsung Galaxy models.

Gifts for Geeks

December 14, 2011 5:08 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

So you waited until the last minute to complete your shopping list...luckily, your trusty friends at ECN are here to help. And praise the lord for that, because geeks are a tough crowd: They don’t bow to the fashion gods, patronize expensive beauty salons, or play anything that involves cardiovascular activity.

Designing Better ThinkPads

December 14, 2011 3:35 am | by Nick O’Donohoe, a science and technology writer in Providence, RI | Blogs | Comments

The Lenovo ThinkPad line of laptops is known for its striking aesthetics. The shape of the original IBM design was inspired by Japanese bento lunch boxes (a form still used in ThinkPads today).

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Scalable One-piece Board-to-Board Connector Touts Design Flexibility

December 13, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduced a sleek, one-piece compressive board-to-board connector that enables connecting to a gold-plated secondary board by compression of the contacts. This connector is scalable in a number of positions, height and pitch, to enhance design

BLDC Fan Motor Driver Features Resistor-Programmable, Sensorless Sinusoidal Architecture

December 13, 2011 7:39 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505 — a standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables

Low Forward Voltage Schottky Rectifiers Offer Improved Switching Efficiency

December 13, 2011 7:16 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a family of 100-V trench-based low forward voltage Schottky rectifiers (LVFR) for applications such as switching power supplies for notebook adapters or flat panel displays, reverse battery protection circuits, and

Hot consumer technologies in 2012

December 12, 2011 7:53 am | by Jerry Kolbe, Director of Technology and Marketing Communications, Murata Electronics North America, www.murata-northamerica.com | Articles | Comments

This is the time of the year when I am always asked to give my prediction on the next killer consumer product for the new year. Since I am not Zoltar or don’t own a crystal ball, this is a difficult question to answer as it depends...

Motorola wins German patent case ruling vs Apple

December 12, 2011 7:43 am | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility won a preliminary injunction against Apple Inc in Germany, which could bar the sales of iPhones and iPads in the country.

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Samsung says sells over 300 million mobile handsets in 2011

December 12, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd said on Sunday its annual mobile handset sales this year had exceeded 300 million units for the first time in the company's history.

Intel Q4 hit by hard disk drive supply shortage

December 12, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Intel Corp warned that fourth-quarter results would miss its previous forecast due to hard disk drive supply shortages caused by floods in Thailand.

Film Capacitors Tout Low Insertion Height

December 12, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a wide range of EPCOS MKP and MKT film capacitors with low insertion heights. The new capacitors with a lead spacing of 37.5 mm feature insertion heights of only 15 mm or 19 mm. These components are designed for

Digital 3-Axis Gyroscope Touts Tininess

December 9, 2011 6:31 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The L3G3200D from STMicroelectronics enables advanced motion sensing in ever-shrinking form factors by reducing the package size by almost half over current-generation sensors.

Winners Announced for the Visit Me At CES 2012 Exhibitor Video Contest

December 9, 2011 4:15 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that Cherple, Dotz in a partnership with Paris Business Products, Sonomax Technologies Inc., Urban Green Energy Inc. and Wilson Electronics Inc. are the winners of the third annual Visit Me at CES 2012 exhibitor video contest.

Verizon Wireless blames technical issue for outage

December 8, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless blamed technical problems for an outage on its recently launched high-speed, 4G network, which prevented some U.S. customers from accessing the Internet for about 24 hours.

Samsung's November TV sales hit record

December 8, 2011 7:39 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday its television sales hit a record 5.7 million units in November, helped by strong U.S. sales during the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Sharp: Big-screen TV sales likely to top 1 million in N.America

December 8, 2011 7:37 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corp said on Thursday it will likely sell more than 1 million large-screen TVs of 60-inches and above in North America in the year to March 31, and expects the burgeoning market to push sales higher next business year.

French court denies Samsung request for iPhone 4S ban

December 8, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

A French court on Thursday rejected Samsung's request for an injunction to prevent Apple from selling its iPhone 4S in France, sought on the grounds it copied elements of Samsung's Galaxy line of mobiles.

Sharp Expands Its LCD Line-Up

December 8, 2011 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is starting the new year with three new models from its range of Memory LCDs to include 13 different types with diagonals of 1.17" (2.97 cm) to 6.02" (15.3 cm).

The Apple TV won't be AppleTV

December 8, 2011 4:14 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The growing relationship between Sharp and Apple that was revealed last week put to bed conjecture whether Apple's next leap might be into television.  It is.  And that leaves an open question:Has Apple gone mad?

Color Modeling in Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 10:26 am | by Thomas Davenport, Systems Engineer, Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys (www.synopsys.com) | Blogs | Comments

Often with traditional, non-LED sources (e.g., incandescent, fluorescent tubes, or CFL) the source color is not the largest design challenge faced.

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