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Google Delays Nexus Q Launch

August 1, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

Google announced on Tuesday that it is holding shipments of its Nexus Q “cloud-connect jukebox” gadget while the company “works on making it even better.” To make up for the delay, the company is sending the current model to customers who pre-ordered the device for free. The search engine giant reportedly sent out an email informing customers who pre-ordered the device that the Nexus Q will be delayed as it undergoes improvements.

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Cable-Based Antennas Improve Passenger In-Flight Access To Wireless Networks

July 31, 2012 9:52 am | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has developed new cable-based antennas (often referred to as leaky lines or leaky feeders) that improve signal propagation without increasing the amount of hardware required on an airplane. Ideal for both wide-body and single-aisle passenger aircraft, GORE Cable-Based Antennas provide reliable access to different wireless protocols so passengers can easily connect to in-flight entertainment, Internet servers, and email accounts.

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Global LTE Antenna Reference Design for Smartphones

July 31, 2012 9:51 am | Comments

Antenova Ltd., the integrated antenna and RF solutions company, announced the release of a LTE Antenna Reference Design for Smartphones which covers the global LTE bands. Antenova's extremely wideband and efficient antenna design overcomes the difficulty of covering all the LTE frequency bands without the use of switches or tunable active components, resulting in a significantly lower cost LTE MIMO (Multiple-In-Multiple-Out) antenna system for smartphones.

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3 Reasons Your Company Still Hasn’t Moved to the Cloud

July 31, 2012 7:04 am | Comments

It’s only natural to reject change in a work environment. Change generally means relearning processes for tasks workers mastered years ago by learning new rules, methods, and practices. Despite the very real benefits of change, those in management can have a very hard time justifying the extra work employees must put in now for rewards that may not be seen until weeks or months later.

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Next-Gen iPhone Dock Offers Robotic Motion, Exciting Platform Potential

July 31, 2012 6:57 am | Comments

In April 2012, an ambitious Kickstarter project made headlines for exceeding its $100,000 funding goal by more than half a million dollars. The project was Galileo , an iOS-controlled, robotic motion platform for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The brainchild of Motrr team Josh Guyot and JoeBen Bevirt, the guys behind Joby and Guyot Designs , the dock certainly captured the imagination of the Kickstarter community, with more than 5,000 backers getting involved.

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Cutting Building Energy Use in Half with Renewables

July 30, 2012 12:28 pm | Comments

The blips of a heart monitor, the hum of an MRI, the intense lights of a surgical room: all can bring both comfort and fear — and all require a lot of power. But new hospitals are being filled with natural, calming light and are leveraging energy from the sun and earth to power the machines, instruments, and tools medical professionals use to help patients recover.

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Partnership to Address the North American EMC Market

July 30, 2012 11:42 am | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz will take over the sales of anechoic chambers and shielded rooms from the Albatross Projects Group in the USA and Canada, effective immediately. Production, sales and service of complete EMC systems are now available from a single source. This agreement is the logical continuation of a successful, long-term partnership.

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ITT Selected to Supply Connectors for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Taiwan

July 30, 2012 8:16 am | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has been selected as the qualified supplier of connectors for use in electric vehicle charging stations throughout Taiwan. The EVC Series is the only SAE J1772 (U.S.), IEC (Europe) and GB (Asia) certified connector capable of delivering a 75A charge, which results in a charging time that is 2.

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How to Avoid Traps in Plastic Electronics

July 30, 2012 7:13 am | by Plastic electronics hold the promise of cheap, mass-produced devices. But plastic semiconductors have an important flaw: the electronic current is influenced by "charge traps" in the | Comments

material. These traps, which have a negative impact on plastic light-emitting diodes and solar cells, are poorly understood.   This is a visualization of an electron traveling through a potential field with charge traps in plastic electronics. However, a new study by a team of researchers from the University of Groningen and the Georgia Institute of Technology reveals a common mechanism underlying these traps and provides a theoretical framework to design trap-free plastic electronics.

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Record Efficiency for Next-Generation Solar Cells

July 30, 2012 7:08 am | by The researchers, led by U of T Engineering Professor Ted Sargent, created a solar cell out of inexpensive materials that was certified at a world-record 7.0% efficiency. | Comments

Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have made a breakthrough in the development of colloidal quantum dot (CQD) films, leading to the most efficient CQD solar cell ever. Their work is featured in a letter published in Nature Nanotechnology.

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US Soldiers to Wear Blast Sensors in Afghanistan, Collect Shock Data

July 30, 2012 6:24 am | Comments

Starting next month, around one thousand frontline personnel in Afghanistan will begin testing the Soldier Body Unit, a sensor kit for recording the effects of explosions on the human body. While that's not the most pleasant of subjects, the blast sensors have been rushed out to collect as much data as possible before soldiers head home in 2014.

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World's Smallest Semiconductor Laser

July 27, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China, have developed the world's smallest semiconductor laser, a breakthrough for emerging photonic technology with applications from computing to medicine. This is an illustration of the nanoscale semiconductor structure used for demonstrating the ultra-low-threshold nanolaser.

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Photovoltaics From Any Semiconductor

July 27, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

Berkeley Lab technology could open door to more widespread solar energy devices A technology that would enable low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

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Samsung Outsells iPhone, Breaks Shipping Records

July 27, 2012 7:24 am | Comments

Consumers worldwide may still have iPhone fever, but it looks like Samsung shipped nearly twice as many smartphones as Apple during the second quarter. According to research firm Strategy Analytics , Samsung shipped 50.5 million units in its second quarter — the largest number of shipments ever made by a smartphone manufacturer in a quarter — and occupied about 35% of the global market.

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5 Essential Apps for Olympic Fanatics

July 27, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

1. Buddy TV Guide Buddy TV Guide allows you to navigate channels quickly and easily, so you won't miss your favorite Olympian's event. After you select channels, you'll be able to find them and watch at a moment's notice. Price : FREE 2. PlayUp Keep up with the Olympics in real-time and socialize with other fans via PlayUp .

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