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Apple Buys 2 Startups to Improve its Mobile Maps

July 22, 2013 11:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple has bought online mapping services HopStop and Locationary as part of its ongoing effort to create a more formidable alternative to Google's navigation system. The acquisitions confirmed Friday give Apple Inc. more tools to round out the maps that it embeds in the mobile operating system running its iPhones and iPads.

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NSA Revelations Reframe Digital Life for Some

July 22, 2013 11:34 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | Comments

News of the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs that targeted phone records but also information transmitted on the Internet has done more than spark a debate about privacy. Some are reviewing and changing their online habits as they reconsider some basic questions about today's interconnected world.

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Google Invests in Glass Chipmaker Himax

July 22, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake in the Himax Display Inc. subsidiary in the form of preferred shares.

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Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 11:25 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | Comments

There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.

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UK investigators: Disable Locator Beacon on 787s

July 18, 2013 3:25 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, Associated Press JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press | Comments

U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also recommended that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators carry out a safety review of lithium-battery powered emergency locator transmitter systems.

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Security Experts to Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

July 18, 2013 2:58 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday the security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.

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Computer System Automatically Generates TCP Congestion-Control Algorithms

July 18, 2013 2:45 pm | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

One of TCP's main functions is to prevent network congestion by regulating the rate at which computers send data. In the last 25 years, engineers have made steady improvements to TCP's congestion-control algorithms, resulting in several competing versions of the protocol: Many Windows computers, for instance, run a version called Compound TCP, while Linux machines run a version called TCP Cubic.

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Britain to Review Huawei's UK-Based Cyber Center

July 18, 2013 9:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review the operation of a U.K.-based cybersecurity center run by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following a critical report from lawmakers. The government was thrown onto the defensive last month when senior parliamentarians criticized the deepening links between British telecommunications firms and Huawei Technologies Ltd.

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Broadband Photodetector for Polarized Light

July 17, 2013 9:32 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | Comments

Using carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes, researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and infrared spectrum.

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Microsoft Asks Holder to Ease Gag on NSA Program

July 17, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to personally review a gag order that prevents the company and others from further discussing secret national security requests for customer emails, Skype calls and documents stored on its servers.

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Isola Expands Production of RF/Microwave Materials in Germany to Support European OEMs

July 16, 2013 3:31 pm | by Isola Group | Comments

Isola Group S.a.r.l. announced that its six-member IS680 copper-clad laminate family is now in production at its facility in Dueren, Germany. This move will shorten lead times to Isola’s European customers. IS680 is the ideal material for complex RF and microwave applications, such as civilian and military communications systems and radar.

Netlist Announces Qualification of 32GB HyperCloud(R) for HP's ProLiant DL380p Gen8 Server

July 16, 2013 3:27 pm | by Netlist | Comments

Netlist announced that its 32GB HyperCloud memory modules have been qualified on the world's best-selling server, HP's ProLiant DL380p Gen8. 32GB 1333 HCDIMMs are the highest performing memory in ProLiant DL380p Gen8 servers. In a 768GB, 1333MT/second HP server configuration, HyperCloud provides up to 78% faster data...

AVX Receives 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon

July 16, 2013 3:23 pm | by AVX Corporation | Comments

AVX was recently honored with the 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business unit. Raytheon’s IDS business unit instituted the annual Supplier Excellence Awards program to recognize suppliers who have provided outstanding service and partnership in exceeding customer requirements.

Cypress Qualifies Bluetooth Low Energy Radio to Integrate with PSoC and Capacitive Touch Technologies

July 16, 2013 3:17 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced it has qualified a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio to integrate with its programmable platforms. Cypress will develop single-chip solutions combining this radio with its PSoC programmable system-on-chip, industry-leading CapSense capacitive sensing and TrueTouch touchscreen technologies.

Agilent Technologies Offers Four New Videos on Cellular and WLAN

July 16, 2013 2:47 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies now offers four new videos on cellular and WLAN. These new videos on LTE, Communications Test Set, WLAN 802.11ac, and 802.11 a/b/g/n help engineers better understand the intricacies of those ever evolving markets. The videos are...

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