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Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

Stan Lee dreams up new heroes for the Web

November 18, 2011 6:22 am | by Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters | News | Comments

Stan Lee is aiming his powers at the Web, where the legendary creator of Marvel comic characters such as Spider-Man plans to take on the superhuman task of making profitable shows for an online audience.

Branson's Virgin eyes Mexican phone market

November 18, 2011 6:17 am | News | Comments

Richard Branson's Virgin group has got the green light to tap mobile phone services in Mexico, a market with high penetration that would require big money to attract customers and build brand recognition.

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Logitech says was too bullish on Google TV

November 18, 2011 6:03 am | News | Comments

Logitech, which lost tens of millions of dollars building set-top boxes for Google TV, would back the project again, but would be much more cautious, its chief executive said.

Amazon may launch a smartphone in Q4 2012 - Citi

November 18, 2011 6:00 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc may launch its own smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2012, Citigroup said, citing its supply-chain channel checks in Asia. In a research note dated November 17, the brokerage said it believes the online retail giant is now jointly developing the phone with the world's top contract cellphone maker Foxconn International...

Advanced Flex Connectors Aid Assembly, Speed Time to Market

November 17, 2011 10:36 am | by Andy Kotas, AVX Corporation, www.avxcorp.com | Articles | Comments

Connectors have aided the acceleration in speed-to-market for several technologies. There have been advances in flex connector technology, enabling additional features that make engineering more efficient. Of course, reduction in size continues to

Finnish iPad app aims to help guitarist wannabes keep at it

November 17, 2011 6:27 am | News | Comments

Finnish startup Ovelin is launching a game in the United States and Britain that is designed to help people stick with their music lessons, with the first version of the game playable on Apple's iPad.

U.S. software company sues RIM over ''BBX''

November 17, 2011 6:24 am | News | Comments

New Mexico firm Basis International Ltd filed a motion against Research In Motion to stop the BlackBerry maker from using Basis' trademark, BBX.

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Samsung says alters tablet design to avoid German sales ban

November 17, 2011 6:22 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that it would launch a redesigned version of its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab model in Germany as early as this week to avoid a sales ban on the tablet, which a German court said violated Apple's patents.

Serial Flash Memories Tout the Industry’s Smallest Packages per Density

November 16, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics Corp. announced a family of new SpiFlash Serial Flash memories with the industry’s smallest packages per density, according to the company. The small form factors make them appropriate for space-critical designs, such as smart phones,

Tony Valentino of Quickfilter Technologies on Signal Management

November 16, 2011 5:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tony Valentino, Quickfilter Technologies COO, about signal managment issues and the challenges facing the designer.

UK Blackberry users pass 8 million mark

November 15, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

Research In Motion Ltd (RIM), the maker of Blackberry smartphones, said its subscriber base in the UK had passed the 8 million milestone as it unveiled a new cloud-based music service in the country.

Enpirion's PowerSoc Technology

November 15, 2011 9:28 am | Videos | Comments

ECN recently visited Enpirion's offices and sat down with Mark Cieri, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh, Ph.D., manager Systems Architect Group. In this video, Mark and Ahmed discuss the company's PowerSoC technology and the newly released EN5339 DC-DC converter which touts very high power density, efficiency, and reliability, while simplifying design flow and reducing total solution cost. 

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IP Core Approved for Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder

November 15, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA announced that the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP has become the industry’s first IP core approved by Dolby for the MS11 Multistream Decoder - the latest Dolby audio technology for enabling multi-format world-wide broadcast in home entertainment products.

Power SoC Combines Increased Power Density, Reliability and Fast Time-to-Market for SSD Apps

November 15, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enpirion announced a new member of its power IC portfolio targeted at solid-state drives (SSDs) as well as industrial embedded applications. The EN5339 3A PowerSoC integrates the controller, power MOSFETs,

Android Accessory Development with chipKIT MAX32

November 15, 2011 3:37 am | Videos | Comments

This video demonstrates a working application example from Microchip's Accessory Framework for Android running on the chipKIT Development Platform.

Cloud to Service Endpoints - The Missing Link

November 15, 2011 3:30 am | by Paul Anderson, Wind River (www.windriver.com) | Blogs | Comments

I remember as a kid I was fascinated with phones. The idea that you could pick up the phone, dial it, and talk to someone on the other end was pretty neat.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Thirman of Illume on the User Interface

November 14, 2011 10:57 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Mark Thirman of Illume software about smart devices and the user interface.

LTE Deployment and Timing Considerations

November 14, 2011 9:37 am | by Deepak Kataria, IPJunction (www.ip-junction.com) | Blogs | Comments

When considering the deployment and timing considerations for LTE and LTE Advanced, a well thought out migration strategy needs to be in place.

LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:11 am | by Gyan Tiwary, SVP and General Manager DC/DC Business, iWatt (www.iwatt.com) | Blogs | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.

E Ink Wins IET Innovation Award for Electronics

November 14, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

E Ink announced that the company has been recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) with an Innovation Award for Electronics for the company's Pearl display.

A'Swiss Army Knife for the Blind' using Freescale Kinetis MCUs

November 11, 2011 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

The Swiss Army Knife is a portable product for blind people, integrating: Notepad, Portable Scan to Braille, and Twitter Communication.

Mini-ITX Mainboard Targets Digital Home Media Enthusiasts

November 11, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc. announced the VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard, a platform for DIY enthusiasts to custom build stylish home desktop and media center PCs. Featuring a high-performance 1.4 GHz VIA Nano X2 dual core processor and the VIA VX900 unified all-in-one

1.69-inch Color OLED Features 160x128 Pixel Resolution

November 10, 2011 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OSD Displays’ OSD160128P0907-10 measures in at 1.45” diagonal active-area in a 160x128 pixel resolution. According to the company, similar size color PMOLED displays feature only 128 x128 resolution, which

The Teardown - Apple Thunderbolt Display

November 10, 2011 6:16 am | Articles | Comments

The Apple Thunderbolt Display has features including two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800.

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