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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.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 5:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.

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A Hybrid GPS-Wireless Positioning Technology Addresses Security Issues

December 6, 2011 12:11 pm | by Carl Fenger, u-blox, www.u-blox.com | Articles | Comments

Due to the extremely weak strength of GPS satellite signals, relying on GPS alone for mission-critical security applications is not enough. Global positioning performance can be augmented through the hybrid combination of GPS receivers together with 2G/3G wireless modems that can identify and report visible GSM or UMTS cell attributes.

Verizon blocks Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

December 6, 2011 7:18 am | News | Comments

Wireless service provider Verizon Wireless will not include Google Inc's payments app Google Wallet on its latest smartphone Galaxy Nexus this month.

Chinese court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name

December 6, 2011 7:15 am | News | Comments

A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc, accusing a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest move in a protracted tug-of-war over the name.

Thank an Engineer - Bob Moog and the Mog Synthesizer

December 5, 2011 9:59 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Texas Instruments' "Thank an Engineer" series, Tyler Pate takes a look at the father of modern electronic music and showcases some super sweet theremin impersonation skills.

Google in talks to take on Amazon in retail: report

December 2, 2011 6:24 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc is pondering an Internet service to help consumers shop online and take advantage of same-day delivery, hoping to stanch the loss of Web traffic to Amazon.com Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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Berlin's fears over T-Mobile's U.S. disposal grow: FT

December 2, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

The German government, Deutsche Telekom AG's biggest shareholder, is growing increasingly worried the company's disposal of its T-Mobile USA subsidiary may run aground over antitrust concerns, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Apple's Siri irks abortion rights advocates

December 2, 2011 6:12 am | News | Comments

Apple is facing its first major controversy over well-received voice software Siri, as the cutting-edge iPhone search service ran afoul of abortion rights advocates.

Samsung Mass Produces Optical Sensor in Pixel LCD Panels

December 2, 2011 5:40 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it began mass production of 40-inch ‘Optical Sensor in Pixel’ LCD panels, which feature highly advanced optical sensors, in November 2011. The Optical Sensor in Pixel LCD panel detects

mSATA SSDs Suit Ultra-Slim Notebook PCs

December 1, 2011 11:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics announced volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support the Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) interface. The drives are designed for use in ultra-slim notebooks such as Ultrabook PCs. Combining the company’s

IPhone surpasses celebs, news as most searched on Web

December 1, 2011 11:38 am | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone edged past major news events, celebrities and pop stars as the top searched term on the Web in 2011, according to Yahoo!

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Rotary Code Switches Withstand High-Temperature Soldering

December 1, 2011 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

APEM Components introduced the P65 series of rotary switches, a high temperature version of the company’s PT65 dual in-line package (DIP) coded rotary switch. The series is specially designed for high temperature soldering and is appropriate for

MEMS Acceleration Sensor Promises Smaller, Sleeker Gadgets

December 1, 2011 7:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced ultra-low-power, high-performance three-axis accelerometers in 2-mm x 2-mm packages. Reducing the size by a factor of 2 over current-generation devices, according to the company, this acceleration-sensor family is

Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supports USB Charging

December 1, 2011 6:44 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. In addition to the

Movea’s GestureBuilder advances State of the Art for Gesture Control in Consumer Electronics

December 1, 2011 3:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Movea announced today that it is making State of the Art gesture recognition and gesture database design capabilities available to Consumer Electronic OEMs and Systems Integrators though its ground breaking GestureBuilder software.

December 2011: Military & Aerospace

December 1, 2011 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The December 2011 issue delves into the military/aerospace sector. T’Jae Gibson (of army.mil) discuses 3D holographic technology and, in a special salute to our veterans, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg recalls his and former Editor-in-Chief Alix Paultre’s experience in the military.

Brainstorm: Holiday Wish List

November 30, 2011 9:58 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

With the holidays approaching, what product or technology is on your wish list?

Nintendo wants to keep up Black Friday momentum

November 30, 2011 7:32 am | by Liana B. Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

After a strong Black Friday showing, Nintendo now has to focus on maintaining the momentum for its products over the next five weeks of the crucial holiday season, the company's U.S. president told the Reuters Global Media Summit on Tuesday.

Samsung scores rare patent win versus Apple in Australia

November 30, 2011 7:27 am | by Amy Pyett and Narayanan Somasundaram, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co is set to resume selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia as early as Friday, after the South Korean technology firm won a rare legal victory in a long-running global patent war with Apple Inc.

LG replaces appliances chief; mobile head stays despite losses

November 30, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

South Korea's LG Electronics Inc has replaced the head of its home appliances division but kept its mobile chief despite the business posting six consecutive quarters of losses.

Software Suite Complies with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection 2.1 Standard

November 30, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elliptic Technologies has announced the release of its HDCP 2.1 SDK, presented as the first commercially available solution in the market that complies with the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection 2.1 standard.

Class D Audio Amplifiers Overview

November 30, 2011 6:35 am | Videos | Comments

This tutorial, provided by Digi-Key and NXP, will provide a brief introduction to Class D audio amplifiers, as well as NXP's product offering in the low, medium, and high power output Class D amplifier markets.

AltaSens Adopts Berkeley Design Automation AFS Platform for HD CMOS Image Sensors

November 29, 2011 11:59 am | News | Comments

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. announced that AltaSens, Inc., a supplier of high-performance CMOS image sensors, has selected the company’s AFS Platform for full-circuit post-layout verification, block-level characterization, and device noise analysis of their high-definition (HD) and wide-dynamic-range CMOS image sensors.

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