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Facebook Tweaks Android Phones to Build New 'Home'

April 5, 2013 9:37 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | Comments

With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook is trying to prove that a company doesn't have to make a smartphone or operating system to define how people interact with mobile technology. The audacious move will provide further insights into how pervasive Facebook has become, testing whether people want to be greeted with content from the social network every time they look at their phones.

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PC, Tablet, Phone Shipments to hit 2.4B in 2013

April 5, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Gartner expects desktop and notebook PC shipments to continue to decline as people move toward more portable devices like tablets and "ultramobile" electronics that fall somewhere between a laptop and a tablet, such as the MacBook Air. The research firm says that tablet shipments will likely reach 197 million...

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SiTime Enters Smartphone Market with MEMS Oscillator

April 5, 2013 9:33 am | by SiTime Corporation | Comments

SiTime Corporation has introduced the SiT15xx family of 32 kHz MEMS oscillators that replace legacy quartz crystal resonators. This new family is targeted at mobile applications, such as smartphones and tablets, which require small size and low power.

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Quantum Tricks Drive Magnetic Switching into the Fast Lane

April 4, 2013 10:22 am | by Ames Laboratory | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and the University of Crete in Greece have found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1,000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies. Magnetic switching is used to encode information in hard drives ...

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Don't Call it Vaporware: Scientists Use Cloud of Atoms as Optical Memory Device

April 4, 2013 9:42 am | by Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology | Comments

Scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland have taken this to a whole new level by demonstrating* that they can store visual images within quite an ethereal memory device—a thin vapor of rubidium atoms.

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Analyst: 60" Apple iTV to Launch this Year

April 4, 2013 9:37 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen. Now, an analyst says he's learned that the set will go on sale late this year, for $1,500 to $2,500.

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Review: Google Laptop Impressive, but Not for All

April 4, 2013 9:36 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's first high-end laptop, the Chromebook Pixel, is an impressive machine. It feels light and comfortable in my hands and on my lap. Its high-resolution display makes photos look sharp and video come to life. From a hardware standpoint, it's everything I'd want a laptop to be.

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Eyes on Facebook Mobile Event as Company Evolves

April 4, 2013 9:33 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Advertisers are not far behind. Though mobile ads have been a big concern for Facebook's investors since before the company's initial public offering last May, some of that worry has subsided as Facebook began muscling its way into the market.

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Microchip Adds Advanced Third-Party Code to Embedded Code Source’s Free Offerings

April 3, 2013 3:14 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced the expansion of its Embedded Code Source application store and embedded user community for PIC MCU software/firmware code examples, tools and utilities, which often include the source code. 

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Agilent Technologies Simulation Software Selected by Plextek RF Integration

April 3, 2013 2:50 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that Plextek RF Integration, a UK-based company that designs and develops RFICs, MMICs and microwave/millimeter-wave modules, has selected Agilent software to simulate its new high-frequency circuit and MMIC designs, while increasing confidence that the manufactured product will meet specifications.

Ground-Breaking MIL-STD Single-Line HEMP filters from MPE

April 3, 2013 2:03 pm | by MPE | Comments

MPE has recently shipped a number of single-line, 1,200 A-rated, High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) filters that are fully compliant with the 10 A residual let-through current requirement of MIL-STD-188-125 Parts 1 and 2. These models complement MPE’s existing range of MIL-STD HEMP...

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On Wings of Light

April 3, 2013 10:12 am | by LMU | Comments

Can worldwide communication ever be fully secure? Quantum physicists believe they can provide secret keys using quantum cryptography via satellite. Unlike communication based on classical bits, quantum cryptography employs the quantum states of single light quanta (photons) for the exchange of data.

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Stanford’s Visions for the Future of Driving

April 3, 2013 9:47 am | by Bjorn Carey | Stanford Report | Comments

These were a few of the concepts presented by 65 groups of students at the first Big Idea Festival for Automotive Interfaces, an event that showcased technologies dreamed up by the 140 students in communication Professor Clifford Nass' course Computers and Interfaces.

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Goldman Takes Apple Stock off 'Preferred' List

April 3, 2013 9:43 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Goldman analyst Bill Shope said the iPhone 5, introduced last fall, hasn't sold as well as he expected. He said the company now needs some real hits among the products it rolls out during the second half of the year in order to boost the stock price.

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Verizon Denies Talk of Bid with AT&T for Vodafone

April 3, 2013 9:25 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc. has denied a report that it's looking to partner with AT&T Inc. to buy Vodafone Group PLC, the British cellphone company that owns 45 percent of Verizon's wireless business. Verizon owns the 55 percent of Verizon Wireless that Vodafone doesn't own and has been openly interested...

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