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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: Nabu smart wristband from game maker

January 8, 2014 10:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Razer Inc., whose gaming tablet won last year's "Best of Show" award at the International CES gadget show, has unveiled a wristband that combines the functionality of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. As a fitness tracker, the Nabu wristband tells you about your sleep patterns and the number of steps taken and the stairs climbed. As a smartwatch, it offers notifications about incoming texts and emails.

MiniLEDs offered in ultra-compact 2.3 mm by 1.3 mm

January 8, 2014 9:09 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.  announced the release of a new series of power MiniLEDs in ultra-compact 2.3 mm by 1.3 mm by 1.4 SMD packages. Utilizing the latest advanced AllnGaP technology, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMx234.. series provides exceptional brightness with a typical luminous intensity of 3500 mcd and maximum luminous intensity of 4900 mcd at 70 mA while delivering improved thermal performance compared to previous-generation LEDs.

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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.  

Huawei phone is so big it can charge other phones

January 7, 2014 11:31 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, China's largest cellphone manufacturer, is releasing a phone that can be thought of as the inflight refueling system of the mobile world: it can be used to recharge other phones. The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch (15.5-centimeter) screen, making it more than twice as big as an iPhone 5.

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...

Panasonic unveils wearable 4K camcorder

January 7, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic unveiled a product Monday that combines two big tech trends — ultra HD and wearable devices— with a portable, camera that hooks onto your ear and records in ultra-high definition 4K video. Panasonic didn't immediately name the gadget, but it resembles the company's A100 full HD camcorder...

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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...

Sensor combines pressure, humidity and temperature measurement

January 6, 2014 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec announced the BME280 Integrated Environmental Unit, which combines sensors for pressure, humidity and temperature in a single package. This sensor has been developed to support a broad range of emerging high performance applications such as

Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

January 2, 2014 9:54 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies. This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.

Breakdown of China's smartphone market

December 22, 2013 10:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

December 22, 2013 6:43 pm | by MARLEY SEAMAN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier. The deal ends a lengthy courtship and could boost sales of the iPhone in China. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed by the rise of lower-priced rival smartphones from...

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Positioning module achieves superior battery life performance

December 20, 2013 3:39 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of Jupiter SL869 V2, the second generation of one of its top performing positioning products. The new module is based on the low-power MT3333 from MediaTek. The complete multi-GNSS receiver features easy integration and superior battery-life performance....

LNA for cellular infrastructure features low noise figure and high linearity

December 20, 2013 12:52 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has introduced a 0.7- GHz to 1.2 GHz single-die cascode, gallium arsenide (GaAs), pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) low-noise amplifier (LNA) for cellular infrastructure applications such as tower-mounted amplifiers, remote radio units, repeaters, and base

Voltage controlled oscillator operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V

December 19, 2013 3:39 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2380-2380 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -119 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.5 dBm.

Isolator ideally suited for wireless infrastructure

December 19, 2013 3:33 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduces a 2110-2170 MHz single junction, robust lead isolator in an industry leading, small footprint, 11 x 11 mm surface mount package.  The SKYFR-000727 is ideally suited for various wireless/cellular infrastructure applications including small-cell designs where space constraints exist.

New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

December 16, 2013 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices. Cornell engineers have created the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics...

Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

Possible China deal could pep up iPhone sales

December 16, 2013 8:07 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from Samsung to...

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Wireless microcontrollers optimized for cost-sensitive and performance-intensive designs

December 11, 2013 12:22 pm | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs announced that it has expanded its family of 8-bit Si10xx wireless microcontrollers (MCUs) with two new options optimized for both cost-sensitive and performance-intensive designs. By combining its ultra-low-power MCU technology with its sub-GHz EZRadio and EZRadioPRO transceivers in a single-chip solution, Silicon Labs has created new energy-friendly wireless MCUs....

Tantalum chip capacitors designed for high-energy applications

December 11, 2013 10:15 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has released its new TCN PulseCap Series tantalum solid electrolytic chip capacitors, a polymer electrode version of AVX’s industry-favorite, high capacitance, and high energy TLN PulseCap Series. Available in the same single, large, low-profile case size (EIA 7361-20) as its parent series...

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits

December 10, 2013 10:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

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