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Repairing or Upgrading Electronics: Why Cycle Time Matters

March 8, 2013 3:29 pm | by Del Williams, Technical Writer, Torrance, CA | Comments

When handling electronics repairs, upgrades, or returns, including forward or reverse logistics, cycle time matters. The impact of slower cycle time is often felt on cost, such as when viable circuit boards or other parts are unnecessarily replaced when they can be repaired.

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New Flex-Grid System Prevents Optical Network 'Traffic Jams'

March 8, 2013 9:50 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Services like Google Maps use algorithms to determine the fastest route from point A to point B—even factoring in real-time traffic information as you travel to redirect you if, for example, a parade is blocking part of your route. Now, a team of researchers from Spain and Japan have achieved this kind of traffic control for the connections in optical networks...

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Engineers Develop Techniques to Boost Efficiency of Cloud Computing Infrastructure

March 8, 2013 9:31 am | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, and Google have developed a novel approach that allows the massive infrastructure powering cloud computing as much as 15 to 20 percent more efficiently. This novel model has already been applied at Google.

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Biobatteries Catch Breath

March 8, 2013 9:24 am | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | Comments

An air-breathing bio-battery has been constructed by researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The core element providing the new power source with relatively high voltage and long lifetime is a carefully designed cathode taking up oxygen from air and composed of an enzyme, carbon nanotubes and silicate.

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Google Cutting 1,200 more Motorola Jobs

March 8, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google says it's cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete. The latest reductions come on top of the 4,000 Motorola job cuts that Google Inc. announced last summer, and will be in countries including the U.S., China and India.

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Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton to Help Disabled People Walk Again

March 8, 2013 9:00 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to walk again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton being developed by EU-funded researchers.

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Cisco to Set Up Tech Training Centers in Myanmar

March 7, 2013 9:46 am | by ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press | Comments

Levels of cellphone use are lower in Myanmar than in North Korea. The government has made reform of its telecommunications sector, which was long dominated by crony businesses, a priority. Bids from 91 companies from around the world for two nationwide telecom licenses are now under consideration.

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Review: Despite Flaws, Voice Search Has Potential

March 7, 2013 9:45 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

I never thought I'd be telling my phone what to do. But I often find myself talking to various digital assistants — Siri on the iPhone and Google Now on Android devices — to request driving directions, restaurant recommendations and answers to all sorts of nagging questions.

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Icahn Proposes Alternative to Dell Buyout

March 7, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants Dell Inc. to remain a public company and reward shareholders with a large dividend payment instead of becoming private in a $24.4 billion buyout. He says the amount being offered by a group led by Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell substantially undervalues the slumping PC maker.

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Facebook Exec's New Book Urges Women to 'Lean In'

March 7, 2013 9:42 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In the weeks leading up to the book's March 11 release, pundits and press hounds have been debating its merits. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd called Sandberg a "PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots," and countless bloggers have suggested that Facebook's chief operating officer is the wrong person to lead a women's movement.

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TI Delivers Over-the-Air Download Capabilities for Seamless Software Updates of Bluetooth Smart Products

March 6, 2013 11:54 pm | by Texas Instruments, Inc. | Comments

Answering the growing need for smartphone and tablet applications that update seamlessly, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has announced a truly wireless solution with a unique over-the-air-download (OTA or OAD) feature in its BLE-Stack 1.3 software for use with the CC2540 and CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chips.

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Inmarsat & Kymeta Partner to Launch Game-Changing Business Aviation Broadband Solution

March 6, 2013 11:13 pm | by Inmarsat; Kymeta | Comments

Inmarsat and Kymeta have signed an agreement to develop a revolutionary satellite antenna – enabling business jets of any size to access high-speed broadband connectivity globally through Inmarsat’s industry-transforming Global Xpress (GX) service.

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TI Delivers Over-the-Air Download Capabilities

March 6, 2013 10:41 pm | by Texas Instruments, Inc. | Comments

Answering the growing need for smartphone and tablet applications that update seamlessly, Texas Instruments Incorporated has announced a truly wireless solution with a unique over-the-air-download (OTA or OAD) feature in its BLE-Stack 1.3 software for use with the CC2540 and CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chips.

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Microsoft Selects Ixia as Official Test House to Ensure Lync Application Reliability on Wi-Fi Networkss

March 6, 2013 8:52 pm | by Ixia | Comments

Ixia was selected by Microsoft as the official test house to qualify Microsoft's Lync application against Wi-Fi networking and client devices. With the trend of BYOD expanding, and as unified communications applications carrying voice and video traffic become pervasive, enterprises face significant challenge to guarantee application quality.

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IEEE CCNC 2013 Showcases Innovative Consumer Information and Communications Technologies

March 6, 2013 5:31 pm | by IEEE | Comments

The IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC 2013), the leading international conference dedicated to driving the advance of on-demand consumer electronics technologies, recently held its 10th annual event at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel devoted to next stage anytime, anywhere entertainment and information communications.

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