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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.


Team Induces High-temperature Superconductivity in a Semiconductor with Scotch Tape

September 12, 2012 6:57 am | Comments

An international team led by University of Toronto physicists has developed a simple new technique using Scotch poster tape that has enabled them to induce high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor for the first time. The method paves the way for novel new devices that could be used in quantum computing and to improve energy efficiency.


Pear, Pear, Pear, Apple!

September 12, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

Fans wanting to learn more about the Apple iPhone 5 event today can check out a live blog that has been started. Appleites will be able to find out all the tidbits from Apple's press event; which begins at 1 PM EST today. The blog is posted at Gather, and will have live updates for information like features, the iPhone 5 release date , pre-order information, the iPhone 5 price, and any other new devices Apple launches.


Penn Researchers Make First All-optical Nanowire Switch

September 12, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Computers may be getting faster every year, but those advances in computer speed could be dwarfed if their 1’s and 0’s were represented by bursts of light, instead of electricity. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made an important advance in this frontier of photonics, fashioning the first all-optical photonic switch out of cadmium sulfide nanowires.


Clearer Look at How Iron Reacts in the Environment

September 12, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

Using ultrafast X-rays, scientists for the first time have watched how quickly electrons hop their way through rust nanoparticles. This gives key insight to how iron oxide, one of the most abundant minerals in soil, behaves and alters the condition of soil and water around it. This also demonstrates the potential of time-resolved X-ray and optical methods to study chemical reactions at the subnanoscale in other semiconductors.



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