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New Technology at SEMICON Japan 2012

October 25, 2012 6:37 am | Comments

New Technology Emphasis at Exhibition: Pavilions, Sessions to Drive the Industry Forward  SEMICON Japan 2012, one of the largest exhibitions in the world for semiconductor manufacturing and related processing technology, will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on December 5-7. Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of keynotes speakers including: Shozo Saito, VP at TOSHIBA; Kazumasa Yoshida, president at Intel K.

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Why Node Shrinks Are No Longer Offsetting Equipment Costs

October 25, 2012 6:35 am | Comments

Semiconductor manufacturers can expect equipment costs to increase about 15% for each new process node, but all the advantages of moving to smaller feature sizes are no longer offsetting those costs -- even with the promised advantages of a 450mm wafer transition, say Gartner analysts in a new report.

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ON Semiconductor to Spotlight Innovative Energy Efficient Solutions at Electronica 2012

October 25, 2012 6:32 am | Comments

ON Semiconductor will have an expanded presence at the Electronica 2012 tradeshow in Munich this November. Live on-site demonstrations and technical briefings will spotlight the company's latest product innovations -specifically designed to efficiently power customers' next generation electronics solutions for automotive, industrial, LED lighting, communications, consumer white goods, health care and smart grid applications .

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What Happened To Semiconductors?

October 25, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

Anyone with more than a passing interest in the equity market knows that semiconductors have been one group that has historically traded in the same direction as the market. When equities rally, semis typically rally more, and when the S&P 500 declines, semis have a harder fall. Over the last six months, however, the typical positive correlation between the S&P 500 and semiconductors has been turned upside down.

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Nissan Wants You to Sit On Human Skin

October 25, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

Nissan is working on a material for its car seats that will replicate the feel of human skin. There's nothing like the feel of a luxurious car interior: smooth mahogany, buttery leather. According to engineers at Nissan's headquarters in Japan, though, there's nothing quite like the feel of human finger pads.

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Live From Microsoft’s Windows 8 Launch Event

October 25, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Microsoft will officially launch Windows 8 to the public today at a major event in New York City. The general release of the company’s next-generation operating system has been planned for a while, with a growing tide of pre-release software and plenty of hardware unveilings, including Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface .

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Skype 6.0 Unveils Microsoft, Facebook Integration in Update

October 25, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

Skype has released a new version of its desktop VoIP client, Skype 6.0, for Mac and Windows .\ The latest version includes integration with Facebook and Microsoft accounts, which means users can now log onto Skype using their Facebook or Microsoft credentials. Users can now also instant message their Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.

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Google Maps Team Trekking the Rugged Grand Canyon for Pictures

October 24, 2012 8:39 am | Comments

Google is currently taking pictures for Google Maps where no car or snowmobile has gone before — the rocky, rugged trekking paths of the Grand Canyon. A Google team is on foot in to capture the landscape’s panoramic views and eventually add them to Google Maps. The move is a part of a greater effort to capture images beyond the streets.

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Thinfilm Wins 2012 World Technology Award

October 24, 2012 7:48 am | Comments

Thin Film Electronics ASA   announced that The World Technology Network (“WTN”) has selected Thinfilm as the winner of the prestigious World Technology Award for Materials.  The award for visionary contribution to material science and technology was presented at the World Technology Summit 2012 Gala Awards ceremony at the Time & Life Building in New York on the evening of October 23 rd .

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Square Expands Mobile Payments Service to Canada

October 24, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Square is now an international business. Square  announced Wednesday that its mobile payments service is now available to anyone in Canada. This marks the first time Square has expanded its service beyond the United States. Retailers and individuals in Canada will now be able to process transactions using Square’s free mobile card reader on their iOS and Android devices for a transaction rate of 2.

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Phones with Looooong Battery Life

October 24, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world. They're cell phones, music and video players, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers, among other things. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life, and when you depend on your smartphone for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.

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10 Ways to Smell Like a Geek

October 24, 2012 5:35 am | Comments

Breathe it in, ladies. That’s the smell of confidence — the smell of someone who’s not afraid to breeze past traditional aromas like cocoa, lavender or “ocean breeze” (whatever that is) and venture instead into the fragrance realm of the not-so-frequently-sniffed. A true pioneer of perfumes is someone who says, “Hey, you know what? I like to smell like the animated masculinity of a 1987 video game superhero.

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Children’s Media Usage Skyrockets During Past Year

October 24, 2012 5:32 am | Comments

Good news: Your teenage sons and daughters have doubled their productivity over the last year. No, they’re not doing twice as much homework or eating double servings of vegetables. Young teenagers are, however, sending twice as many text messages on average compared with 2011. Ofcom’s latest annual report on children’s media habits shows that those ages 12-15 are averaging 193 text messages each week, more than double last year’s average of 91.

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Why Smartphones Aren’t Mini Computers

October 24, 2012 5:16 am | Comments

As most of the Internet goes wild this afternoon over the release of the iPad mini — yet another mobile platform — a few people in the government tech world are taking a step back, noting how little of the jump from Web to mobile is really complete. The folks over at the General Services Administration’s Mobile Gov blog have put together a list of six mistakes mobile designers often fall into.

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M2M Market to Reach 400 million Units by 2017 Led by Consumer Electronics and Telematics

October 24, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the Telematics and Consumer Electronics sectors are rapidly becoming the two anchor industries for the M2M (Machine to Machine) market, challenging the position of smart metering.  The report forecasts that the market for M2M and embedded devices will reach 400 million by the end of 2017, up from a little over 110 million at present.

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