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RFID Market Reaches $7.67 Billion in 2012

July 17, 2012 9:59 am | Comments

The latest RFID market research from IDTechEx finds that in 2012 the value of the entire RFID market will be $7.46 billion, up from $6.37 billion in 2011. This includes tags, readers and software/services for RFID cards, labels, fobs and all other form factors. It includes passive and active RFID. Detailed forecasts are now available in the recently updated RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2012-2022 .

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Mobile Audio Solution Delivers Over 5 Times the Power to Micro Speakers

July 17, 2012 9:41 am | Comments

A revolutionary embedded algorithm in a new audio system from NXP Semiconductors N.V. boosts the output power of micro speakers by over 5 times, vastly improving the sound quality of mobile devices. By driving over 2.6 watts RMS into micro speakers that have previously been limited to 0.5 W, the NXP TFA9887 IC will give mobile phones, portable music players and tablets much louder sound, deeper bass, and higher sound quality – without risking speaker damage.

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Symantec Advances Mobile Productivity with New Android and iOS Protection Capabilities

July 17, 2012 9:36 am | Comments

Building on its success of facilitating mobility initiatives for enterprise customers, Symantec Corp. today announced significant mobile portfolio updates to enable secure mobile email deployments, mobile application initiatives and Bring Your Own Device programs. With these updates, Symantec now offers the most comprehensive enterprise-grade platform with enhanced capabilities in device management, application management and threat protection.

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Wi-Fi Blocking Wallpaper Could Improve Wireless Security

July 17, 2012 7:42 am | Comments

The answer to better Wi-Fi security could lie on the surfaces of a wallpaper. A team of French researchers at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble was able to develop a wallpaper that can allegedly block Wi-Fi signals. Working together with Centre Technique du Papier, the researchers claim that the wallpaper prevented Wi-Fi signals from being transmitted beyond the confines of an office or apartment.

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Agilent Technologies Signs Agreement to Acquire AT4 Wireless' Test Systems Business

July 17, 2012 6:20 am | by The acquisition is expected to be completed by early August, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed. | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. and AT4 wireless today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Agilent to acquire the assets of AT4 wireless’ Test Systems business. Privately held AT4 wireless, based in Malaga, Spain, is a global provider of testing services and solutions for wireless communications.

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Partnership to Extend Fast Write, Higher Density Memory to Standard RFID Readers

July 17, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International and Module Technology announced that they have entered into a technology partnership. Under the partnership, Ramtron and Module Technology will enhance Module Technology’s standard RFID reader hardware to support the faster and higher memory array of the Ramtron MaxArias wireless memory.

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Taking Lighting to the Next Level with Open, Standards-based Wireless Lighting Controls

July 17, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

Daintree Networks, Inc ., and Philips today announced an agreement to develop advanced lighting controls products for commercial buildings through the use of open standards such as ZigBee®, helping customers to avoid vendor lock-in and ensure that their lighting systems are interoperable today and well into the future.

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Extracting Multiple Anodes from a Single Wafer for Lithium-Ion Batteries

July 17, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. The process uses simple silicon to replace graphite as an element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries , laying the groundwork for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries for such applications as commercial electronics and electric vehicles.

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Human Eye Inspires Clog-free Ink Jet Printer Invented by MU Researcher

July 17, 2012 5:42 am | by Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye. | Comments

“The nozzle cover we invented was inspired by the human eye,” said Jae Wan Kwon, associate professor in the College of Engineering. “The eye and an ink jet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry while, simultaneously, they must open. We used biomimicry, the imitation of nature, to solve human problems.

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Researchers Almost Double Light Efficiency in LC Projectors

July 17, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new technology to convert unpolarized light into polarized light, which makes projectors that use liquid crystal (LC) technology almost twice as energy efficient. The new technology has resulted in smaller, lower cost and more efficient projectors, meaning longer battery life and significantly lower levels of heat.

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Pioneering Self-Contained 'Smart Village' Offers World Model for Rural Poverty Relief

July 17, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

An innovative, high-tech "smart village" built in Malaysia provides a potential global template for addressing rural poverty in a sustainable environment, say international experts meeting in California's Silicon Valley. Rimbunan Kaseh, a model community built north-east of Kuala Lumpur, consists of 100 affordable homes, high-tech educational, training and recreational facilities, and a creative, closed-loop agricultural system designed to provide both food and supplementary income for villagers.

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There's a New Twitter for BlackBerry, But Does it Matter?

July 17, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

Parent company R esearch In Motion (RIM) may be hemorrhaging cash and fighting rumors of impending doom , but BlackBerry’s remaining users can still enjoy a new version of Twitter on their smartphones. Twitter for BlackBerry version 3.1 adds more detail and context to tweets, according to a corporate blog post that announced the update on Monday.

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Workout Gadgets Will Soon Be Battery-Free and Powered by You

July 17, 2012 5:11 am | by Enter battery-free gadgets powered by body heat. If you run hard, bike for miles or work up a daily sweat, TEGwear technology will reward you with power. | Comments

Lightweight, wearable gadgets have changed our workout routines. Some of us consider it an integral part of every workout to monitor our heart rates, activity and calories burned in real time. Future devices may become even more enmeshed in our fitness routines. Perpetua , a company that specializes in renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors, is marketing an insertable chip that converts body heat into electric energy.

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Standex and MEDER Electronics Establish a Global Presence for Electronics Group

July 17, 2012 4:50 am | Comments

Standex International Corporation today announced that it has acquired MEDER Electronic Group (“MEDER”), which designs, manufactures and distributes a broad offering of magnetic reed switch , reed relay and reed sensor solutions in an all-cash transaction. MEDER offers significant sales synergies as well as cost synergies resulting from expected procurement and infrastructure savings.

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Phoenix Convention Center Awards Contract for Technology Services to Smart City Networks

July 16, 2012 10:47 am | Comments

Smart City Networks announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide client technology and telecommunication services at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., for the next 5 years. Beginning this month, Smart City Networks will maintain the convention center’s phone system, wired and wireless Internet networks and cable television service.

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