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Exclusive: Online bank-theft software grows more sophisticated

June 18, 2012 9:17 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

Two of the most pervasive and dangerous types of software for stealing money from bank accounts have been improved and can now transfer money out automatically, without a hacker's supervision, researchers said.

Dual LIN transceiver enables smaller modules in the car

June 15, 2012 11:55 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

NXP has announced availability of the TJA1022, a dual LIN 2.2 transceiver that provides an interface between a LIN master/slave protocol controller and the physical bus in a LIN network. It combines two LIN transceivers into a single package, offering … Continue reading →

Wireless pre-compliance testing moves from RF chamber onto the bench

June 15, 2012 11:54 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has added three new options for its compact R&S DST200 RF diagnostic chamber: the R&S DST-B160 automated 3D positioner, the R&S DST-B210 cross-polarised test antenna and the R&S DST-B270 communications antenna. The new options speed up pre-compliance … Co...

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UK reopens investigation into Google Street View

June 15, 2012 9:18 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's data regulator has reopened its investigation into Google's Street View, saying that an inquiry by authorities in the United States raised new doubts about the disputed program. Steve Eckersley, enforcement chief of the British Information Commissioner's Office, said Google Inc. had questions to answer about Street View...

BrightSign powers 28 synchronised screens in world’s most modern sportswear store

June 14, 2012 10:26 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Intersport Eybl, Austria’s foremost retailer of sports equipment and sportswear has chosen BrightSign as the digital signage solution for its new flagship retail store – Eybl World Store Vösendorf just outside Vienna, Austria. The 14,000 square metre store features four …

Transparent solar films will enable tinted windows to generate electricity

June 14, 2012 10:25 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Heliatek says its transparent solar films could be used to be integrated between the glass sheets of double glazed windows. These windows would look like tinted glass as the vapour deposition technology for the solar films allows for a homogeneous … Continue reading

Sofradir boosts performance of High Operating Temperature (HOT) infrared detector

June 14, 2012 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sofradir announces today that it will demonstrate at Eurosatory, the biennial international Land Defence and Security exhibition near Paris, a prototype High Operating Temperature L-HOT MWIR integrated detector cooler assembly (IDCA) that offers a significantly improved detection range over earlier models.

Transonics launches I²C Chip on Board LCD

June 13, 2012 12:27 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Transonics has announced the availability of the Displaytronic I²C interface Chip-on-Board LCD module for information display on board-to-board systems. By integrating a special IC in the LCD display module, any system using the I²C control bus can communicate with the … Continue reading &...

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300W 3U CompactPCI power supplies are now ruggedised

June 13, 2012 12:24 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Gresham Power Electronics has launched ruggedised versions of its 300W 3U cPCI power supply. Available in 24VDC, 48VDC and universal AC input versions the new power supply range has a conformal coating making it suitable for extreme industrial, MIL/COTS and … Continue reading →...

British data regulator reopens investigation into Google over disputed Street View program

June 13, 2012 8:52 am | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's data regulator has reopened its investigation into Google's Street View, saying that an inquiry by authorities in the United States raised new doubts about the disputed program.

Big Bang particle discovery closer: scientists

June 12, 2012 10:01 am | by Robert Evans, Reuters, Geneva | News | Comments

Physicists investigating the make-up of the universe are closing in on the Higgs boson, an elusive particle thought to have been key to turning debris from the Big Bang into stars, planets and finally life, scientists said on Tuesday.

Shares in navigation device maker TomTom surge on news of Apple deal

June 12, 2012 9:35 am | by The Associated Press, Amsterdam | News | Comments

Shares in Dutch navigation device maker TomTom NV have surged on news that the company will supply map data to Apple Inc.

Apax, JMI to buy software firm Paradigm for about $1 billion

June 12, 2012 9:31 am | by Simon Meads and Michael Erman, Reuters, London/New York | News | Comments

Private equity firm Apax Partners and technology investment firm JMI Equity agreed to pay about $1 billion cash for software group Paradigm, whose technology helps oil and gas companies analyze drilling prospects.

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Green light for world's biggest optical telescope

June 12, 2012 8:58 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will directly image planets outside the solar system and those orbiting other suns in so-called "habitable zones" to perhaps answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.

Energy efficient designs win RS competition

June 12, 2012 6:56 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

RS Components has announced the winners of its DesignSpark chipKIT Challenge, an online competition launched to encourage energy-efficient electronics design for embedded system applications. Engineers, students and hobbyists from around the world were invited to produce an open source energy-efficient … Continue r...

Analogue/Mixed-Signal foundry extends customised IC test service

June 12, 2012 6:55 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

The Full Service Foundry business unit of AMS today announced an extension of its dedicated test solutions for its customers. This move is an extension of the company’s ”More Than Silicon” initiative, under which AMS provides a package of intellectual … Continue reading &#...

Insight: Google goes softly-softly on European antitrust

June 11, 2012 4:32 pm | by Sebastian Moffett | News | Comments

Despite the EU being a more promising arena for antitrust business than the United States, Google faces a four-billion-dollar fine.

Intensive mobile phone use affects young people's sleep

June 11, 2012 4:15 pm | News | Comments

Young adults who make particularly heavy use of mobile phones and computers run a greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress and symptoms of mental health. "Public health advice should therefore include information on the healthy use of this technology," says researcher Sara Thomée from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

New tool smooths multicore software optimisation

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Vector Fabrics, the company that specialises in programming tools to optimise software for multicore architectures, has launched its new development tool, Pareon. Pareon allows software developers to optimise their applications for multicore systems in hours or days, a task that … Continue reading

TTI announces acquisition of Campbell Collins

June 11, 2012 11:57 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

TTI has acquired UK franchised distributor Campbell Collins. Based in Stevenage, UK, Campbell Collins is a specialty distributor focused on power related products from manufacturers of power supply and capacitor products. The company is a franchised, design-in distributor for a … Continue reading

Google, author body end spat on internet books

June 11, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

Internet search provider Google and authors group Society Men of Letters of France (SGDL) have reached an agreement that ends a dispute dating back to 2006 over the publishing of snippets of books on the internet. The deal puts an end to an appeal procedure, the two groups wrote in a joint statement on Monday.

Scientists warn geoengineering may disrupt rainfall

June 8, 2012 11:19 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Large-scale engineering projects aimed at fighting global warming could radically reduce rainfall in Europe and North America, a team of scientists from four European countries have warned. Geoengineering projects are controversial, even though they are largely theoretical at this point. They range from mimicking the effects of large volcanic eruptions by releasing sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere...  

StarChip chooses Keolabs to develop tools for smart card controllers

June 8, 2012 5:40 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

StarChip has partnered with Keolabs to develop Starbox, its new generation of Smart Card development tools. The new generation of Starbox is tailored to the requirements of the Smart Card developer community and prepares the way for introduction of future … Continue reading

PCT touch technology gets another harsh environment design win

June 8, 2012 5:32 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Zytronic, via its Australian distributor JEA Technologies, has been able to show the effectiveness of its Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT) touch sensors in the most severe applications. A bespoke 15-inch version of the company’s ZYTOUCH product has been specified by … Continue reading

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