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Engineering Newswire 4: The Government Builds A Drug Sub

September 21, 2012 4:48 am | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, the North American Team Eagle tries to set a new land speed record in 2013, lasers are used to make computer chips faster by using tiny germanium lasers to process information in the form of light, computers are being taught to read human emotions via facial expressions, nano-velcro that can clasp heavy metal molecules, a former racing helmet designer turns his talents towards football safety, and the department of homeland security builds a narco sub (PLUTO) to help track down cartel smugglers.

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CUI Signs License Agreement for Advanced Bus Converter Products

September 20, 2012 12:30 pm | Comments

CUI Inc , a subsidiary of  CUI Global, Inc. , has entered into a license agreement with Ericsson, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators, for their 32-bit processor-based FRIDA II 3E digital Advanced Bus Converter (ABC) family, including the newly released BMR456 quarter brick and BMR457 eighth brick series.

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Securing Skills for a Successful Offshore Wind Industry

September 20, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Trade group RenewableUK has said that the offshore wind and marine energy sector could support 88,000 jobs in the UK by 2021, up from approximately 10,600 at present. In order to reach this target the right policies and financial conditions must be in place and, as obvious as it may seem, there will need to be an adequate amount of skilled recruits to fill these jobs.

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F-RAM Technology Enables Greener Wireless Sensor Applications

September 20, 2012 6:47 am | Comments

Ramtron International Corporation revealed that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Institute of Embedded Systems (ZHAW InES) recently presented a paper summarizing research conducted with Ramtron F-RAM designed into a battery-free wireless sensor node. The research, presented this summer at the European ZigBee® Developers Conference in Munich, Germany, demonstrated that the use of F-RAM nonvolatile memory in energy harvesting applications can reduce energy consumption of the wireless sensor node by over 40 percent while reducing the total wireless sensor system cost, as compared to systems built with standard nonvolatile memory components.

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Major League Baseball Hopes iPhone Tickets Will Be a Hit

September 20, 2012 6:27 am | by While riding to San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Thursday, an alert popped up on my phone letting me know that the Giants game was nearby, even though I was still on the train nearing the ballpark. | Comments

As I neared the gate, I simply pulled out my just-updated iPhone and a bar code appeared that was scanned in, taking the place of a physical ticket. Major League Baseball is among the first entities to try out Passbook, the iOS 6 feature that allows tickets, gift cards and boarding passes to be stored in a single spot on the iPhone.

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Nestle's Terrifying Golden Ticket

September 20, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

Nestle's "We Will Find You" promotion in the UK involves hiding GPS chips in chocolate wrappers so that the company can track the winners down. "We will look for you, we will find you and we will give you a cheque for £10,000." That's not the official motto of Nestlé's latest prize campaign in the UK, but it reminds us of nothing so much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Taken .

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HP Unveils First NFC-enabled Mouse, Various Other PC Accessories

September 20, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

In addition to unveiling all those laptops , HP just announced a boatload of peripherals. Of the bunch, the most compelling might be the NFC-enabled Touch to Pair Mouse, which, as the name suggests, can be paired with another device simply through tapping. (Good thing lots of computers currently have NFC, right?) If, by chance, you don't have NFC on your laptop -- and you probably don't -- the mouse will function just fine as a regular old Bluetooth device.

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Venmo Founder: You Won’t Be Swiping Credit Cards in 2017

September 20, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Forget your wallet at home? That’s no longer an earth-shattering problem — you can pay via Google Wallet , LevelUp or PayPal , or you can have a friend spot you and transfer them money through Venmo. The free, friend-to-friend mobile payment platform launched in 2009, and is now available on iPhone , Android , BlackBerry and web , with integration via Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

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New Scale Awarded US Patent for Reduced-Voltage Linear Motor System

September 19, 2012 9:36 am | Comments

Piezoelectric micro motor and miniaturized drive circuit enable tiny motion systems that operate directly from 3V battery power New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its reduced-voltage miniature piezoelectric motor and drive system, capable of operating directly from battery voltage as low as 2.

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JetBlue Wants to Keep You Connected, Upgrades In-Flight Wi-Fi

September 19, 2012 6:46 am | by What’s worse than being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby and a lousy meal? Being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby, a lousy meal and shoddy Wi-Fi access. | Comments

That’s about to change. JetBlue is expected to announce a new high speed, in-flight Wi-Fi option later this week at the World Low Cost Airline Conference, according to a company email obtained by The Verge . The best part? It will be free of charge. (Free for the meantime, while they activate the service on 30 planes.

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iPhone App Could Replace Expensive Lung Monitoring Equipment

September 19, 2012 6:43 am | Comments

Is there anything a smartphone app can’t do? Researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s hospital have figured out how to let people measure their own lung health by breathing in the direction of the standard microphone on a smartphone, without any specialized attachments.

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Take Gorgeous Underwater Photos With This iPad Case

September 19, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

The LifeProof nüüd for iPad is made for being in the pool, fresh water and ocean, so it doesn’t matter what kind of water sports you’re into. The new waterproof case from LifeProof makes your iPad virtually invincible and aptly prepared for submersion in 6.6 feet of water. The buff case provides protection for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad from water, shock, dust, grime and snow.

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Eventbrite Will Support Apple’s Passbook for All Event Tickets

September 19, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

Apple’s iOS 6 is right around the corner, which means we’ll soon get to take the new Passbook service for a spin. Partners for the new application have been signing up steadily, and ticketing startup Eventbrite is the latest to jump on board. Eventbrite, which earlier this year hit $1 billion in ticket sales , announced on Tuesday that it is planning support for all event tickets for iOS 6.

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Rakuten to Launch Data-only LTE Mobile Service in Japan

September 19, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Rakuten is following in the footsteps of Amazon, chief-rival to its Kobo e-reader, after it partnered with Internet provider eAccess to introduce a data-only LTE mobile service that will go live in Japan from October 1. Amazon leapt into the space in May when it unveiled  plans for data-only SIM cards in partnership with local MVNO Japan Communications.

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Wi-Fi Alliance Announces First Miracast-certified Devices, Full Compatibility with Intel WiDi

September 19, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

Take note, because there's a new standard in realm of wireless video streaming and it's known as Miracast. Since the initial announcement , some very respectable manufacturers have chosen to support the specification , which includes Broadcom, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. Now the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the first round of products to be certified for Miracast, and as an extremely welcome bit of news, all Intel WiDi devices are supported by the latest standard.

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