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Simon & Schuster to Add QR Codes to Book Jackets

July 3, 2012 8:39 am | Comments

Come fall, the glossy book jackets of every new Simon & Schuster hardcover and trade paperback will feature a QR code in an effort to bolster newsletter signups. Scanning a code will send consumers to an author’s mobile page on S&S’s website . There, they are encouraged to sign up for email alerts, browse the author’s other publications and, when available, watch a video interview with the author.

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With Nexus 7, Google Finally Gets Android Tablets Right

July 3, 2012 8:35 am | Comments

This, Android fans, is the tablet you’ve been waiting for. Google’s Nexus 7 finally nails it for Android tablets. It has an inviting design, excellent software, and the right components inside to keep it all running. Even better, it has the right price: $199, and that’s even before the $25 in downloadable media you get if you preorder one.

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Want to Avoid Your Smartphone Getting Hot Enough to Melt Butter?

July 3, 2012 8:20 am | Comments

No one likes when their phone starts overheating. It happens now and again and it’s hugely frustrating — because it’s a super indication that your battery is about to jump from 65% full to 10% in a few moments. Often I actually switch the phone off for 10 minutes — deliberately — to make sure it cools down properly, before switching it on again.

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Growing Towards the Light

July 3, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Horticulture is one of the fastest expanding application sectors for LED lighting . It is a potentially huge market worldwide, encompassing large and small-scale commercial growers including specialist chambers, greenhouses and hydroponic installations. Greenhouse cultivation is becoming more important worldwide, as there is increased demand for specialist produce, year-round production, and continuing pressure to reduce the unnecessary transportation of fresh food by instead growing locally.

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Microsoft Takes $6.2 Billion Charge, Slows Internet Hopes

July 3, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Microsoft Corp admitted its largest acquisition in the Internet sector was effectively worthless and wiped out any profit for the last quarter, as it announced a $6.2 billion charge to write down the value of an online advertising agency it bought five years ago. The announcement came as a surprise, but did not shock investors, who had largely forgotten Microsoft's purchase of aQuantive in 2007, which was initially expected to boost Microsoft's online advertising revenue and counter rival Google Inc's purchase of digital ad firm DoubleClick.

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India Telecoms Tribunal Gives Split Verdict in 3G Roaming Dispute

July 3, 2012 6:26 am | Comments

An Indian telecoms tribunal on Tuesday gave a split verdict in a case by mobile phone operators that had challenged a government order requiring them to stop offering 3G services beyond their licensed zones through mutual roaming pacts, lawyers said. The tribunal asked the operators to appeal at a higher court, one lawyer on the case said, after the tribunal split its vote with one in favor of the government and the other in favor of the carriers.

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Samsung Loses Bid to Lift Ban on U.S. Tablet Sales

July 3, 2012 6:18 am | by Erin Geiger Smith | Comments

A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a request by Samsung Electronics Co. to lift a ban on U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, dealing a third legal setback to the South Korean firm in just a week, as it braces for a make-or-break patent trial later this month with Apple Inc. Apple and Samsung, the world's largest consumer electronics corporations, are waging legal war in around 10 countries, accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.

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Plasma Startup Creates High-Energy Light to Make Smaller Microchips

July 3, 2012 6:05 am | by Hannah Hickey, News and Information | Comments

A University of Washington lab has been working for more than a decade on fusion energy, harnessing the energy-generating mechanism of the sun. But in one of the twists of scientific discovery, on the way the researchers found a potential solution to a looming problem in the electronics industry. To bring their solution to market two UW engineers have launched a startup, Zplasma , that aims to produce the high-energy light needed to etch the next generation of microchips.

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Northwestern Researchers Create "Rubber-Band Electronics"

July 3, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

For people with heart conditions and other ailments that require monitoring, life can be complicated by constant hospital visits and time-consuming tests. But what if much of the testing done at hospitals could be conducted in the patient’s home, office, or car? Scientists foresee a time when medical monitoring devices are integrated seamlessly into the human body, able to track a patient’s vital signs and transmit them to his doctors.

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New Spin on Old Method to Develop More Efficient Electronics

July 3, 2012 5:33 am | Comments

With the advent of semiconductor transistors—invented in 1947 as a replacement for bulky and inefficient vacuum tubes—has come the consistent demand for faster, more energy-efficient technologies. To fill this need, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are proposing a new spin on an old method: a switch from the use of silicon electronics back to vacuums as a medium for electron transport—exhibiting a significant paradigm shift in electronics.

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Small Form Factor Stratum 3 TCXO

July 3, 2012 4:38 am | Comments

Vectron International , a leader in the design and manufacture of Precision Oscillators and Timing Solutions for Communication, Industrial, Military & Space applications, announced its new tight stability TCXO. The TX-801 offers ±100ppb stability in a 5mm x 3.2mm footprint. This product will be showcased in Booth 1300 at the MTT-S 2012 trade show in Montreal Canada, from June 19 -21.

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M2M Communications Technology to Transform Business

July 2, 2012 12:08 pm | Comments

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications has the power to reinvent business. Transformative technologies, such as PCs, assembly lines and mobile devices, have dramatically altered the way we do business, and M2M will be one of those technologies. Political, technological and economic factors are coming together to make M2M more attractive than ever before.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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