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Few 'wearables' balance fashion and function

January 9, 2014 11:20 am | by By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages. Some brave souls are even donning Google's geeky-looking Glass eyewear. For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but also a risky one. No one really knows whether the average consumer can be enticed to make gadgets part of their everyday attire.

Gadget Watch: Case makes iPhone a BlackBerry clone

January 9, 2014 11:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

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December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The December issue focuses on Test and Measurement and the challenges in the community when it comes to the push in the consumer market for faster, smaller, better electronics. The cover story focuses on predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices and is accompanied by a story exploring the options for reducing the effects when the systems do fail. The issue also featured our first OnDesign column by our newest writer Joshua Israelsohn who focused on Smart Grid technology.

WakaWaka isn’t just for Fozzie Bear anymore

January 8, 2014 4:19 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The phrase “WakaWaka” is being thrown around at this year’s CES and there isn’t a muppet in sight. WakaWaka is a business venture that aims to provide high-tech and low-cost solar technology to developing countries and areas affected by natural (or manmade, they won’t ask!) disaster. The company hopes to end the global problem of “energy-poverty” as well as provide a way for people to charge their electronics during power outages.

Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

Gadget Watch: The Internet-connected toothbrush

January 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Armbands that track how much you move have become popular ways to motivate people to get fit. But how fit are your teeth? Are you lazy about brushing them? Never fear: An inventor is on the case. An electric toothbrush senses how long and how well you brush, and it lets you track your performance on your phone.

CES 2014: Qualcomm details their smart gateway platform

January 8, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

Michael Cubbage, the Director of Business Development with Qualcomm Atheros, discusses the company's smart gateway platform, taking chip technology from the mobile part of Qualcomm. Their recently announced Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) enables a robust Smarthome platform....

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CES 2014: Imagination Technologies' wearable device portfolio

January 8, 2014 2:20 pm | Videos | Comments

Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies, discusses wearable devices and their technology that goes into and enables them. Imagination is known for creating and licensing market-leading processor solutions for graphics, video, and display....

CES 2014: ADI's HDMI and DSP development platform

January 8, 2014 2:02 pm | Videos | Comments

Denis Lebrecque with Analog Devices discusses one of the company's latest announcements, their HDMI and DSP development platform for AVRs, soundbars, and other devices that incorporate high-performance audio and video. It is a complete development system.

CES 2014: Playing foosball with 3M touchscreen technology

January 8, 2014 1:51 pm | Videos | Comments

Sometimes, technology can enable vital applications that benefit the future of humanity and raise the collective standard of life. And sometimes you play foosball. Here we are taking a little break, playing table football (that's the world's definition) using 3M's touchscreen technology.

650-V green mode buck switches offer high power efficiency with system design scalability

January 8, 2014 12:02 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FSL306 and FSL336 650 V Green Mode AC Buck Switches offer burst-mode operation with the low available operating current (250 µA) that helps to reduce standby mode power consumption for increased energy efficiency. Power scalability from

Your next TV: Will it be Ultra HD?

January 7, 2014 6:55 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

After attempts to hawk 3-D and OLED TVs fizzled in recent years, television manufacturers are taking small steps toward making a new technology, Ultra HD, more viable for mainstream consumers. It's the first TV format to be driven by the Internet video-streaming phenomenon and at the...

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Wearable tech with an eye for fashion

January 7, 2014 3:57 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technology can be a tough sell. It seems like most of the technology is forever fated to be hideously ugly and bulky. Most smartwatches look like a calculator strapped to your arm as if wearers just popped out of an old sci-fi flick. In order to deal with all the features necessary for the consumer market, the technology has grown large and awkward. 

Phones to TVs: The future of tech is flexibility

January 7, 2014 3:10 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I would never dream of bending my laptop, camera, television, or any of the other electronic devices cluttering up my apartment. But LG’s G Flex Android smartphone, which the company is displaying at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this month in Las Vegas, is a curved device meant to be flattened....

CES 2014: Hillcrest Laboratories' motion applications

January 7, 2014 2:30 pm | Videos | Comments

Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Hillcrest Labs, demos some of the motion applications the company has been working on, and being the good sport he is, Chad even shows off his bowling "skills". Hillcrest Labs is the leading global supplier of software and hardware for motion-enabled products.

CES 2014: GreenPeak discusses the Smart Home

January 7, 2014 2:17 pm | Videos | Comments

At the ZigBee Pavilion at the 2014 International CES, Cees Links, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GreenPeak discusses the Smart Home and how GreenPeak's solutions can enable the connected home. GreenPeak Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company enabling the third wave of wireless data communication....

Module designed for 9-axis movement, position sensing in wearable devices, next-gen mobiles

January 7, 2014 2:08 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has revealed its most advanced module for 9-axis movement and position sensing in next-generation mobiles and tiny wearable devices. Delivering enhanced performance with reduced power demand, in a 3.5mm x 3mm outline, which is almost 35 percent smaller than previous generations, the LSM9DS1 module supports the context awareness needed for features such as gesture controls, indoor navigation, and augmented reality.

New phone alerts for extreme weather may prevent casualties in India

January 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Cyclone Phailin hit India in late 2013 it became the largest storm to batter the subcontinent in over a decade. The storm, officially classified as a Category 5 tropical cyclone, affected more than 12 million people in India and neighboring countries, and required mass evacuations.  

Processor integrates audio peripherals for infotainment, stand-alone consumer audio

January 7, 2014 11:38 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices announced an audio-centric addition to its SigmaDSP processor line that exceeds the signal processing capabilities of earlier SigmaDSP devices. Improvements in hardware and software enable the ADAU1452 SigmaDSP processor to execute up to

LG strikes deals to sell curved smartphone in US

January 7, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics is bringing its smartphone with a curved six-inch screen to the U.S. later this year. The deals announced Monday with wireless carriers AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. will give U.S. consumers their first chance to buy LG's "G Flex." The device is being touted as the first step in the smartphone's evolution...

MakerBot goes bigger, with head-sized 3-D printer

January 7, 2014 9:28 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Write | News | Comments

MakerBot, the New York-based maker of 3-D printers, is releasing its largest model yet: one that can print objects the size of someone's head. The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.

Tesla station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope. And yet, one day last month, a Model S sedan pulled quietly in at the America's Best Value Inn Covered Wagon Motel in Lusk, population 1,557.

Sony launches SmartBand with life-logging app

January 7, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is delving further into the wearable computing market with SmartBand, a waterproof wristband that tracks everything from daily physical activities and nightly sleep patterns to how much you've socialized with friends. The sensor-packed band has no display and interacts wirelessly with an Android smartphone or tablet through an app called Lifelog. It keeps a daily record of activities and recommends actions for the future.

Sony to sell waterproof phone through T-Mobile

January 6, 2014 11:28 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone that sports a 21 megapixel camera and expands what users can do with it underwater. Sony Corp. said the new Xperia Z1s can be submerged as much as 4.5 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, compared with just 3 feet for last summer's Xperia Z. The Z was water...

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