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U.S.: No Plans to End Broad Surveillance Program

June 11, 2013 9:38 am | by LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer | Comments

The Obama administration is weighing whether to charge a government contractor with leaking classified government secrets while it defends a much-criticized National Security Agency surveillance program as an indispensable tool for protecting Americans from terrorists.

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Journalist in U.S. Surveillance Case: More to Come

June 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Greenwald told The Associated Press the decision was being made on when to release the next story based on the information provided by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who has been accused by U.S. Senate intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California of committing an "act of treason" that should be prosecuted.

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Is Solid-State RF the Next Energy Source?

June 10, 2013 4:48 pm | by NXP Semiconductors N.V. | Comments

Could radio-frequency signals become the next major energy source for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications? At the IEEE International Microwave Symposium this week, NXP Semiconductors N.V. [NASDAQ: NXPI] is introducing the industry’s first complete RF power transistor portfolio designed specifically for the 2.45-GHz ISM frequency band, enabling RF energy to be used as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat source.

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MACOM’s RoadScapeTM Technology Allows Vehicles to Predict the Future

June 10, 2013 4:29 pm | by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (MACOM) has introduced RoadScape at the Telematics Detroit Show in Novi, Michigan. RoadScape, MACOM’s innovative technology, provides highly accurate position, direction, and time information, enabling a new era of location and situational awareness for the automotive and transportation industry – allowing industrial and commercial vehicles to “predict the future.”

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Popularity of Item-level Tagging Fuels Global Passive RFID Market

June 10, 2013 3:41 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | Comments

The benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID), which include better inventory management, improved operational efficiency, reduced labour, enhanced supply chain visibility, information accuracy, higher sales and better customer service, have spurred the technology’s adoption in various applications across verticals. The implementation of item-level tagging will further boost sale volumes and lend momentum to the global passive RFID.

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Power Consumption Drives RF Amplifier Development

June 10, 2013 1:28 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

The demand for wireless technologies continues to increase at rapid speeds, making RF power amplifiers a crucial component in wireless infrastructure equipment. Feedback from Wireless Design and Development's (WDD) readers suggests how power consumption, energy efficiency, and sustainability are important drivers in base station design for RF amplifiers.

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Since 9/11, Life _ and Surveillance _ Made Easier

June 10, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Laws were passed to take up the fight against shadowy terrorists by giving authorities access to information that previously was off limits. At the same time, technologies intended to make Americans' everyday lives easier have also made it easier for corporations — and the government — to track their movements and habits.

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NSA Revelations Force Question: What Do We Want?

June 10, 2013 9:48 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | Comments

For more than a decade now, Americans have made peace with the uneasy knowledge that someone — government, business or both — might be watching. We knew that the technology was there. We knew that the law might allow it. As we stood under a security camera at a street corner, connected with friends online or talked on a smartphone equipped with GPS, we knew, too, it was conceivable that we might be monitored.

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Music Service, Mobile Software Expected from Apple

June 10, 2013 9:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers.Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. But the major announcements are expected during Monday's keynote presentation.

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Cable Operators Buff Up Guides for Internet Age

June 10, 2013 9:34 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Over the past year or so, Comcast Corp., Cablevision Systems Corp. and other cable providers have introduced new program guides on television set-top boxes. These improved guides act more like websites, making it easier to find movies, live TV shows and on-demand video.

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Leak of NSA Programs Tests U.S., China Ties

June 10, 2013 9:33 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

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Snowden's Cautious Approach to Post Reporter

June 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Edward Snowden used the code name "Verax," truth-teller in Latin, as he made his cautious approach to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman about disclosing some dramatic state secrets on intelligence gathering. The 29-year-old intelligence contractor said he knew the great risks he was taking in exposing a phone records monitoring program and an Internet scouring program designed by the U.S. government...

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NSA Contractor Risks Steep Jail Time for Data Leak

June 10, 2013 9:27 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The man who gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security, has revealed his own identity. He risked decades in jail for the disclosures — if the U.S. can extradite him from Hong Kong where he says he has taken refuge.

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MicroWave Technology Announces Advanced GaAs pHEMT-Based Ultra-Broadband Driver MMIC Amplifier up to 50 GHz

June 7, 2013 5:20 pm | by MicroWave Technology Inc. | Comments

MicroWave Technology Inc. (MwT), the RF division of IXYS Corporation, announced that it offers an advanced AlGaAs/InGaAs pHEMT-based MMIC ultra-broadband driver amplifier product up to 50 GHz. The product is targeted at applications including fiber optics communications, microwave/mm-wave communications systems, microwave/mm-wave testing equipment, and military applications.

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MathWorks Adds Capabilities to Speed Wireless and Radar Design with MATLAB and Simulink

June 7, 2013 5:10 pm | by MathWorks | Comments

MathWorks has announced strengthened support for wireless communications and radar design with MATLAB and Simulink. Release 2013a (R2013a) enhancements to Phased Array System Toolbox and SimRF now allow wireless communications and radar system designers to speed up modeling and simulation within the familiar MATLAB and Simulink environments. 

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