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Wireless sensor devices don't need batteries on the sensors

September 20, 2013 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Farsens has developed wireless sensor devices that can be used without the need of batteries on the sensors. These battery free sensor tags are based on UHF RFID technology and are able to continuously monitor and transmit data, together with the 96-bit EPC unique tag identifier, to any EPC Gen 2 standard compliant reader.

Google releases digital wallet app for iPhones

September 20, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system. Both Google Wallet and Passbook allow iPhone users to store loyalty cards from some merchants and scan coupons offering discounts.

E-readers more effective than paper for dyslexic readers

September 20, 2013 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

E-readers are more effective than reading on paper for some with dyslexia, according to results published September 18 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathew Schneps from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and colleagues from other institutions. Their results suggest it is the use of short lines on the display, and not the device itself, that leads to the benefits observed in this study.

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Review: 3 camera phones stand out for good shots

September 20, 2013 10:35 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now. Over the past two months, I've shot more than 3,000 test photos in four states using nine camera phones...  

Front end module designed for ZigBee/Smart Energy applications

September 20, 2013 10:17 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Skyworks SE2432L, a high performance, fully integrated RF Front End Module designed for ZigBee/Smart Energy applications. The Skyworks SE2432L FEM offers fully matched input baluns, interstage matching, a harmonic filter, and digital controls compatible with 1.6 – 3.6 V CMOS levels.

This is what the world’s largest walking robot looks like

September 19, 2013 3:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Tradinno, the world’s largest, walking robot who also happens to be a fire-breathing, blood-spewing dragon of death and destruction. Okay, the death and destruction part is hear-say, but the rest is true. Tradinno is 51-feet long and almost 30-feet high with a 40-foot wingspan.

UCLA researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

September 18, 2013 10:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment. The device weighs less than half a pound.

Single-, double-, & triple-throw switches ideal for telecom, remote-control applications

September 16, 2013 3:54 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a series of low-profile, cost-effective miniature slide switches. Designated the JS Slide Series, the switches are ideal for applications with limited PC board space and height restrictions, including mobile telecommunications, computer peripherals, instrumentation and remote-control equipment.

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iPad app teaches students key skill for success in math, science, engineering

September 16, 2013 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.

Researchers use machine learning to boil down the stories that wearable cameras are telling

September 16, 2013 12:41 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Computers will someday soon automatically provide short video digests of a day in your life, your family vacation or an eight-hour police patrol, say computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin. The researchers are working to develop tools to help make sense of the vast quantities of video that are going to be produced by wearable camera technology such as Google Glass and Looxcie.

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

Pre-orders for iPhone 5c to kick off in Japan

September 13, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers will begin taking pre-orders for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5c from Friday afternoon in Japan, with NTT Docomo Inc.'s first launch of the popular handset series further fueling competition between carriers. NTT Docomo and its rivals Softbank Mobile Corp. and KDDI Corp. -- which already offer iPhone handsets -- will begin taking pre-orders for the device.

Why Apple's iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is the dumbest feature

September 12, 2013 11:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention at a dinner last night that I am not fully supportive of the new iPhone. As you might have noticed from previous posts, I am an Apple FanGirl. I have a MacBook Pro, a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone 5, an Apple TV, and various generations of the iPod (iPod Mini anyone?).

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iPhone faces challenge in crowded Chinese market

September 12, 2013 7:02 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The iPhone's magic as China's must-have smartphone is eroding. Last year, eager buyers in Beijing waited overnight in freezing weather to buy the iPhone 4S. Pressure to get it — and the profit to be made by reselling scarce phones — prompted some to pelt the store with eggs when Apple, worried...

Review: Slick iOS 7 shines on Apple's new iPhones

September 11, 2013 11:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One of the best things about Apple's latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to buy Apple's newest products.

New iPhones, new software announced at Apple event

September 11, 2013 11:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Two new iPhones in an array of colors and a redesigned operating system to run them were among the major announcements from Apple on Tuesday. It's the first time Apple is releasing two iPhone models at once. In the past, Apple simply offered one new model targeting the high-end market. This time, there's a slightly cheaper iPhone as well.

Single-pole, double-throw switches designed for high-power wireless applications

September 11, 2013 9:46 am | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced the PE42820 and PE42821 single-pole double throw (SPDT) switches for high-power wireless applications. The new switches provide an unprecedented combination of high-power handling and excellent linearity while offering an integrated approach that reduces board area, power consumption, and design-in complexity....

Amplifier ideally suited for C-Band radar and communication applications

September 11, 2013 9:28 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new high-power amplifier that is ideally suited for C-Band radar and communication applications. The MAAP-011027 is ideal for customers who need a fully matched, small size and simplified packaged solution for high power pulsed applications. Operating over the 5.2-5.9 GHz frequency bandwidth...

Apple expected to expand selection of iPhones

September 10, 2013 10:46 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker's drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation. In keeping with its tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn't disclosed what's on the agenda for the coming-out party...

Wireless network detects falls by the elderly

September 9, 2013 1:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Utah electrical engineers have developed a network of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling. This monitoring technology could be linked to a service that would call emergency help for the elderly without requiring them to wear monitoring devices.

3G module to accelerate market’s move to higher speeds

September 9, 2013 10:27 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the introduction of the company’s first 3G-cellular module to employ the versatile VQFN mounting technology at this year’s M2M Summit. The product, which also incorporates a Python Script Language interpreter, is capable of running customer applications internally without the need for additional electronics.

Review: Stylish makeover for Samsung Note phone

September 6, 2013 1:20 pm | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3 has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip. There's too much going on.  

120W GaN transistors offer > 50% drain efficiency from a 36V supply

September 5, 2013 1:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor wideband GaN on SiC transistors. The TriQuint T1G4012036-FL is a 120 W peak (24 W avg.) (P3dB) discrete transistor in a flange package while the TriQuint T1G4012036-FS provides an earless configuration.

Microwave power modules suitable for use in electronic warfare systems

September 5, 2013 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

At DSEI 2013, e2v will be introducing a new range of ultra wideband (2-18GHz) Microwave Power Modules (MPMs). Suitable for use in Electronic Warfare (EW), data links and radar and communications systems, the MPMs feature market-leading size, weight and power (SWaP) characteristics and are not covered by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Review: 'Mega' phone is huge, with limited appeal

September 4, 2013 12:21 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that. The Mega shouldn't even be called a phone, if it weren't for the fact that it makes phone calls.

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