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Rakuten to Launch Data-only LTE Mobile Service in Japan

September 19, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Rakuten is following in the footsteps of Amazon, chief-rival to its Kobo e-reader, after it partnered with Internet provider eAccess to introduce a data-only LTE mobile service that will go live in Japan from October 1. Amazon leapt into the space in May when it unveiled  plans for data-only SIM cards in partnership with local MVNO Japan Communications.


Wi-Fi Alliance Announces First Miracast-certified Devices, Full Compatibility with Intel WiDi

September 19, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

Take note, because there's a new standard in realm of wireless video streaming and it's known as Miracast. Since the initial announcement , some very respectable manufacturers have chosen to support the specification , which includes Broadcom, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. Now the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the first round of products to be certified for Miracast, and as an extremely welcome bit of news, all Intel WiDi devices are supported by the latest standard.


Foxconn Set to Spend $500m on New Industrial Park in Brazil

September 19, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

Foxconn is famed for producing high-tech goods, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, from its factories in China but the Taiwanese company is poised to expand in Brazil, where it is ready to close a $500 million deal to grow its manufacturing capabilities. Parent company Hon Hai told Brazil-based news agency Estadao [ translation ] that an agreement to open a new industrial park will be announced tomorrow.


Mobile Phones and Wireless Networks: No Evidence of Health Risk Found

September 18, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

There is no scientific evidence that low-level electromagnetic field exposure from mobile phones and other transmitting devices causes adverse health effects, according to a report presented by a Norwegian Expert Committee. In addition, the Committee provides advice to authorities about risk management and regulatory practice.


Eww! Nearly Half of Business Travelers Would Skip Brushing Teeth Before Giving Up iPad

September 18, 2012 6:43 am | Comments

To sum up a new survey, many iPad owners would sooner let go of logic or hygiene than give up their their tablet. Roughly a quarter of those queried said it would be easier to shut off their water for a day than to shut off their iPad. Nearly as many — 22 percent –s aid they would go without electricity for a day.


Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset with Enhanced Voice Recognition, Improved Battery Life

September 18, 2012 6:40 am | Comments

For the most part, the headsets we've seen from Plantronics this year have been aimed at gamers, but make no mistake, the outfit is still churning out Bluetooth earpieces for road warriors: the company just announced its fifth-generation Voyager headset, the Voyager Legend . In many ways, it's an iterative product, with longer battery life (seven hours, up from six), and more mics (three instead of two).


Smartphone-Controlled Light Bulb Raises $260,000 on Kickstarter

September 17, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

A Kickstarter project to create a smartphone-controlled, Wi-Fi connected light bulb has smashed through its $100,000 goal, raising $260,000 with 58 days to go. The LIFX , as this light bulb is called, is a LED bulb that saves energy and lasts up to 25 years. It’s easy to install — you merely need to replace your current bulbs with LIFX bulb, and download an iOS or Android app, which you can use to control the lighting in your house.


Buy a Jewel-Encrusted iPhone 5 Case for $100K

September 17, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

In the market for a spiffy case to go with your brand new iPhone 5 ? The Natural Sapphire Company is offering a jewel-encrusted covering — for those who have $100,000 to spare. Crafted with 18-carat white gold, the case is set with 2,830 blue Ceylon sapphires that total 169.8 carats. It features an Apple logo set with 38 rubies totaling 2.


How Fast is the iPhone 5?s Apple A6 Processor?

September 17, 2012 5:33 am | Comments

Been wondering how fast the smartphone standard-setting Apple A6 processor is? Already, we knew the A6 is two times faster than the A5, 22 percent smaller, and has twice the GPU power, and also that it also helps with noise reduction, faster camera capture and better low light performance.


Why It Doesn’t Matter That Apple’s iPhone 5 Doesn’t Have Global LTE, Or NFC For That Matter

September 17, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

With all the new features in the iPhone 5, there have been a couple of standout omissions. Reuters, WSJ and others on Friday published articles about how last week’s iPhone 5 launch has put Europe in the slow lane and created winners and losers . Their reason: the device will not support LTE on the 2.


The Need For Speed

September 17, 2012 5:16 am | Comments

This week’s iPhone announcement and last week’s release of the new Kindle Fire, Windows 8/Nokia Phone, and Droid RAZR by Google/Motorola offer the latest evidence that, over the past few years, the U.S. has regained global leadership in key areas of communications technology. These high-powered devices, and the demands they place on our broadband networks, underscore a critical challenge.


Apple Adds Bluetooth Technology to iPod Nano

September 13, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

Apple announced the addition of three new products into the Bluetooth v4.0 ecosystem - the highly anticipated iPhone5, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The iPhone 5 and iPod touch are Bluetooth Smart Ready hubs, making it possible fora wide-range of devices from a mobile phone to a sensor device like Nike’s new Hyperdunk+ basketball shoe or Polar’s H7 heart rate strap, to connect, collect and share information in real-time.


Third Year of Virtual Power Forum with Largest Technical Offering Yet

September 13, 2012 5:12 am | Comments

The stroke of midnight EST on September 19, 2012 will mark the start of the third annual Power Forum , presented by Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc . This year's Power Forum promises to be the best yet, offering more than 30 online, on-demand webinars focused on helping design engineers with everything from choosing the right device, to decreasing noise to reducing overall engineering time.


Needle Beam Could Eliminate Signal Loss in On-chip Optics

September 12, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

An international, Harvard-led team of researchers have demonstrated a new type of light beam that propagates without spreading outwards, remaining very narrow and controlled along an unprecedented distance. This "needle beam," as the team calls it, could greatly reduce signal loss for on-chip optical systems and may eventually assist the development of a new class of powerful microprocessors.


Serious Games Could Be Integrated Into Surgical Training Subject to Validation

September 12, 2012 7:00 am | Comments

Serious gaming can be used to enhance surgical skills, but games developed or used to train medical professionals need to be validated before they are integrated into teaching methods, according to a paper in the October issue of the surgical journal BJS . Researchers from The Netherlands reviewed 25 research studies covering 30 serious games published between 1995 and 2012.



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