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Circuit Protection Initiative Helps Designers Simplify System Design While Improving Safety and Reliability

July 2, 2012 7:25 am | Comments

As consumers become more dependent on their electronic devices and manufacturers continue to increase the functionality of their end-application, there is an inherent risk that a simple error, such as incorrectly plugging in the device or a common electrical event, like electrostatic discharge (ESD) or lightning, will result in a system failure.


Telcos Back Firefox Phone Platform to Rival Android

July 2, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

Major telecom companies, including Deutsche Telekom and Sprint, will support a new Firefox smartphone platform to turn up the heat on Google and Apple in the mobile software market from next year. Mozilla Foundation, creator of Firefox Internet browser, said phone makers ZTE and TCL Communication Technology will roll out the first Firefox phones using Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors in early 2013.


IEEE ComSoc Training Offers Course on Wireless Communications Fundamentals & Practices

July 2, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the leading professional organization dedicated to the advance of communications technologies worldwide, is now offering a combination package providing seats to its next 5-day online course on “Wireless Communications Engineering Intermediate Fundamentals Review & Current Practices” to be held from 23 – 27 July 2012 and the Fall IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET®) Certification Exam scheduled from 7 September to 27 October 2012.


Murata Electronics Closes Deal to Acquire RF Monolithics, Inc.

July 2, 2012 6:14 am | Comments

Murata Electronics North America, Inc. and its parent company Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announced today that it has closed the deal to acquire RF Monolithics, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "RFM"). The cash transaction paid the holders of RFM common shares $1.78 per share. RFM will continue to market its broad range of solutions-driven, technology-enabled wireless connectivity for wireless applications-from individual standardized and custom components to modules for comprehensive industrial wireless sensor networks and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, under the RFM brand, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murata Electronics North America, Inc.


Micron to Buy Japanese Chip Maker Elpida

July 2, 2012 6:11 am | Comments

Micron Technology will buy failed Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory for about $750 million in cash, pushing Micron into second place behind market leader Samsung Electronics in the market for DRAM memory chips. Micron shares rose 5 percent in premarket trading after news of the deal, which will give it chip manufacturing assets at a heavily discounted price and boost its cashflow.


Dell to Buy Quest Software for $2.4 Billion

July 2, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

Dell Inc will buy Quest Software Inc for $2.4 billion in cash in an effort to expand its software business and decrease its dependence on the declining personal computer market. Dell said on Monday it will pay $28 per share, trumping a bid from private investment firm Insight Ventures, adding that it expects the deal to close in the third quarter.


Communication Scheme Makes Popular Applications 'Gracefully Mobile'

July 2, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

The Secure Shell, or SSH, is a popular program that lets computer users log onto remote machines. Software developers use it for large collaborative projects, students use it to work from university servers, customers of commercial cloud-computing services use it access their accounts, and system administrators use it to manage computers on their networks.


Italian Regulator Threatens Apple With New Fines

July 2, 2012 6:07 am | by In Italy consumers who buy electronic products and other durable goods have the right to get two years of free assistance, irrespective of other warranties offered by a manufacturer. | Comments

Italy's competition regulator is threatening Apple Inc with further fines of up to 300,000 euros ($381,000) if it does not offer local customers a free two-year warranty as demanded by Italian law, a source close to the watchdog said on Sunday. The AGCM competition and market authority has already imposed fines of 900,000 euros on divisions of Apple, which offers a paid technical support service, for failing to tell customers about their rights to free assistance.


New Screening Test to Help People with Hearing Loss in China

July 2, 2012 5:57 am | by This new Chinese version is based on a hearing screening test developed by the University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), which has already been taken by more than a million people across Europe. | Comments

The University of Southampton has developed a new hearing screening test which could help the estimated 100 million people suffering from hearing loss in China. The tests aim to address the fact that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have hearing loss but only a fraction obtain hearing aids that would help them to overcome hearing difficulties.


Coalition Spotlights Potential Threat To Rural America's Broadband Access

June 29, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

June 29, 2012 (PRNewswire) The newly-formed Small Company Coalition is spreading information in hopes of raising awareness regarding equal broadband for everyone. The Coalition is made up of small independent telecom carriers that serve rural America, including tribal lands and the heartlands of America.

New Interest In Century-Old Edison Battery

June 29, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

June 29, 2012 Stanford University scientists have breathed new life into the nickel-iron battery, a rechargeable technology developed by Thomas Edison more than a century ago. Designed in the early 1900s to power electric vehicles, the Edison battery largely went out of favor in the mid-1970s.

Data Transfer Method Sets New Standard

June 29, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

June 29, 2012 BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, announced today that a group of scientists and researchers successfully demonstrated genomic data transfer at a sustained rate of almost 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) over a new link connecting U.S. and China research and education networks.

Wireless Electric Acupuncture Patches

June 29, 2012 5:04 am | Comments

June 29, 2012 (PRNewswire) Lisa Pamintuan, President of New York College of Health Professions, announced that the College's Chairman, Donald Spector, a well-known serial entrepreneur inventor, has filed a groundbreaking patent on wireless acupuncture patches under the Intellectual Properties Policy of the College.

RIM Cutting 5,000 Jobs, Delaying New Phones

June 29, 2012 4:56 am | Comments

June 29, 2012 Rob Gillies, AP Struggling BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. said Thursday it will delay the launch of new phones deemed critical to the company's survival and revealed its business is crumbling faster than thought. The Canadian company posted results for its latest quarter that were worse than analysts had expected.

Scientists Twist Light To Send Data

June 28, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

June 28, 2012 A multi-national team with researchers hailing from the U.S., China, Pakistan and Israel has developed a system of transmitting data using twisted beams of light at ultra-high speeds – up to 2.56 terabits per second. To put that in perspective, broadband cable supports up to about 30 megabits per second.


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