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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...

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....

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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.

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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.

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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.

Piezoelectric MEMS timing product targets communications infrastructure, industrial and military apps

December 6, 2013 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sand 9 announced it is the first MEMS company to achieve the stringent low-noise, high-stability and harsh environmental requirements for communications infrastructure, industrial and military applications. The TM651, based on Sand 9’s Temperature Compensated MEMS

GaN amplifier offers exceptional thermal resistance

December 6, 2013 3:55 pm | Nitronex | Product Releases | Comments

Nitronex announced the release of the NPA1006, a new broadband GaN amplifier. This 28-V, 20-MHz to 1-GHz, 15-W amplifier with 14 dB gain and 60 percent drain efficiency is housed in an industry-standard 6-mm x 5-mm DFN plastic package. The thermal resistance is

Arduino-compatible ecosystem adds WiFi development board, IoT cloud software and motor control shield

December 5, 2013 5:23 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its Arduino-compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, Inc., and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes the need for users to

Why replacing waiters with tablets is a good idea

December 4, 2013 2:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This, friends, is a dining option for people who hate other people. Earlier this week, Applebee’s announced that they will replace waiters (to a degree) with tablets at the table. These tablets will be used to take orders and pay the bill, plus they’ll feature games that diners can play while they wait. The tablets, which are Intel-backed startup E la Carte Presto tablets, will total over 100,000 pieces of hardware.

Woman fights ticket for driving with Google Glass

December 4, 2013 1:42 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

SBA Communications buys Brazil wireless sites

December 4, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SBA Communications Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to expand its presence in Brazil with the purchase of about 2,000 wireless sites from Oi SA, one of Brazil's largest telecommunications service providers, for about $645 million. The communications tower operator's president and CEO, said that the sites are concentrated...

Camera module used in OrCam camera for visually impaired

December 2, 2013 2:34 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics  announced that its 5.1 mega-pixel camera module and low-power digital image processor are being used in the revolutionary OrCam camera, a small device that clips on to eyeglasses and dramatically improves the mobility and ability of visually-impaired people to “read” signs, packaging and publications.

Intensifying demand propels Southeast Asia’s smartphone sales volume

December 2, 2013 10:28 am | by GFK | News | Comments

The ongoing trend of upgrading from basic mobile phones to smartphones, particularly in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets has further deepened smartphone penetration in the region and driving robust sales of the popular gadget. In the first three quarters of this year, consumers...

Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

December 2, 2013 9:53 am | by By JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead.

China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates

December 2, 2013 9:46 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and isn't likely to keep out spies.

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