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Major Tech Companies Partner to Fight Government Regulations

July 26, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay are just four of the tech giants said to be in a major lobbying group formed to protect the interests of the technology industry, according to a report by The Washington Post . The group will be called The Internet Association and plans to launch in September, according to an anonymous source the The Washington Post spoke to.

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LED Display Technology Gets A Twist

July 25, 2012 7:35 am | Comments

U.S. researchers said on Thursday they have found a way to make large-scale flexible display screens that can be stretched to fit the contours of a bus yet are transparent enough so riders can see out windows. Click the image to view the slideshow. The thin, light screens might be used to make brake light indicators that follow the contours of a car, or health monitors or imaging devices that wrap around a patient like a blanket, said John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whose study appears in the journal Science.

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Chinese Solar Manufacturers Face Blowback As Trade War Escalates

July 25, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

China’s headlong rush into solar-energy equipment for export to the West has stirred global trade tensions. In May the U.S. Commerce Department said it would subject Chinese exporters to anti-dumping tariffs of up to 250% on solar panels. Last week, in an apparent retort, China said it was investigating U.

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Austin Community To Become A Volt Village To Test GM Electric Cars' Impact On Grid

July 25, 2012 5:34 am | Comments

Talk about high Volt-age. A neighborhood in Austin , Texas, designed to be a test bed for green technologies and that, according to General Motors, boasts the highest concentration of electric cars in the U.S. will become a laboratory for how the vehicles and their drivers interact with a smart power grid, homes and renewable energy systems.

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Apple Sales Miss Estimates, Shares Fall As iPhone Pause Begins

July 25, 2012 5:31 am | Comments

Apple sales, profit and Q4 forecast miss analyst estimates; board declares dividend. Says rumors about new Macs, iPhones had an effect on sales. Click here for complete coverage of Apple earnings. Apple did something today that it rarely does. It missed analyst expectations for earnings.

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Integration of Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging into Delta E-4 Coupe Electric Vehicles for London Trial

July 24, 2012 10:29 am | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated and Delta Motorsport, a leading UK automotive and motorsport engineering consultancy, announced that Delta has agreed to integrate the Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) system into its Delta E-4 Coupe electric vehicles, which are intended for deployment in Qualcomm's London WEVC trial.

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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.

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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 ® ( https://www.cognizantcommunication.com/journal-titles/technology-a-innovation?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=56&category_id=16 ), Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator for the U.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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