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How Wireless Charging Will Make Life Simpler (And Greener)

July 24, 2012 10:19 am | Comments

Anyone with a dying cellphone has wondered in frustration when our so-called “wireless” phones will be able to do without that umbilical cord of modern life — the power cable. After years of speculation, the solution may finally be at hand: Samsung is expected release a wireless charging kit for its Galaxy S3 phone this fall.


America Invents Act Is A Game Changer

July 24, 2012 6:00 am | by The new act, signed by President Obama on Sep. 16, 2011, contains twenty different statutory provisions and steps for the USPTO to implement in a variety of ways. Public input is valued and welcomed at stops along the way to final implementation. | Comments

In an article published in the current issue of Technology and Innovation- Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors ® ( ), Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator for the U.


Printed Photonic Crystal Mirrors Shrink On-chip Lasers Down to Size

July 24, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

Electrical engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have devised a new laser for on-chip optical connections that could give computers a huge boost in speed and energy efficiency. The team published its findings on July 22, 2012 in Nature Photonics .


World's First Violet Nonpolar Vertical-Cavity Laser Technology

July 24, 2012 5:34 am | Comments

UC Santa Barbara solid state lighting team develops the first m-plane nitride based nonpolar vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) In a leap forward for laser technology, a team at University of California, Santa Barbara, has developed the first violet nonpolar vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) based on m-plane gallium nitride semiconductors.


Solar Charger Sticks To The Inside Of A Window To Soak Up the Sun

July 24, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

The XDModo Window solar charger sticks to the inside of a glass window pane so that the PV panel gets maximum exposure to the sun.   I guess I'm lucky that I now live in a part of the world blessed with long sunny days that are perfect for juicing up the battery on my solar device charger.


STMicroelectronics Leads the Move to Next-Generation Car Infotainment Systems

July 23, 2012 6:32 am | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced the industry’s first digital radio chipset that enables simultaneous reception and processing of AM/FM and multiple digital-radio broadcasts (e.g. DAB+). Complete with full software stack and support for a number of different broadcasting standards, ST’s new digital radio chipset started volume production in Q2 2012.


IDT Acquires NXP's Data Converter Assets and Alvand Technologies

July 23, 2012 5:31 am | Comments

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. today announced that it has acquired NXP’s high-speed data converter assets and Alvand Technologies, a leading analog IP company specializing in data converters. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. These transactions solidify IDT’s leading position as a comprehensive solutions provider for wireless infrastructure.


The 5 Greatest Failures in Car Tech

July 20, 2012 12:37 pm | Comments

The 100-plus-year history of the automobile is checkered with failed technologies. Some of these features and functions are so bad that car manufacturers would rather you not recall them at all.     To suss out the most spectacular tech mistakes of yesteryear, we spoke to car experts about their all-time favorites.


Radiation Damage Bigger Problem in Microelectronics Than Previously Thought

July 20, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

The amount of structural damage that radiation causes in electronic materials at the atomic level may be at least ten times greater than previously thought. That is the surprising result of a new characterization method that uses a combination of lasers and acoustic waves to provide scientists with a capability tantamount to X-ray vision: It allows them to peer through solid materials to pinpoint the size and location of detects buried deep inside with unprecedented precision.


UCLA Researchers Create Highly Transparent Solar Cells for Windows That Generate Electricity

July 20, 2012 12:32 pm | Comments

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano . The UCLA team describes a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, not visible light, making the cells nearly 70% transparent to the human eye.


Scientists Bring Low Frequency, 'First Light' to the Jansky Very Large Array

July 20, 2012 12:30 pm | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists from the Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section of the Remote Sensing Division in conjunction with radio astronomers and engineers from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Socorro, N.M., achieve "First Light" image, May 1, 2012, at frequencies below 1-gigahertz (GHz) on the Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA).


Innovation Promises to Cut Massive Power Use at Big Data Companies in a Flash

July 20, 2012 12:26 pm | by Vivek Pai (above), an associate professor of computer science at Princeton, worked with graduate student Anirudh Badam to develop a software technique that could radically cut power use. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) | Comments

Big data needs big power. The server farms that undergird the Internet run on a vast tide of electricity. Even companies that have invested in upgrades to minimize their eco-footprint use tremendous amounts: The New York Times estimates that Google, for example, uses enough electricity in its data centers to power about 200,000 homes.


Google Acquires Sparrow, Team To Focus on ‘New Projects

July 20, 2012 12:23 pm | Comments

Google has acquired iOS and Mac email client Sparrow, with the team behind the popular app heading to Google to work with the Gmail team. “We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience,” Dom Leca, CEO of Sparrow, said in a statement on the company’s website .


Microsoft Reports First Loss in History

July 19, 2012 2:05 pm | Comments

As expected, Microsoft reported a quarterly loss for the first time in its 26 years on the market on Thursday afternoon. The tech giant had warned previously that it would be taking a $6.19 billion write-down its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, which Microsoft once hoped would help it break into the display market that continues to be dominated by Google.


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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