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New Version of Google Maps Brings Indoor Floor Plans to Your Phone

November 29, 2011 11:52 am | Comments

Google’s Maps team has made fantastic advances in surveying and mapping seemingly every square inch of navigable ground on the planet. But for mobile users, those maps have always stopped just short of indoor spaces — until now. Google Maps 6.0 for Android launched Tuesday with a bold initiative: indoor mapping.

Mall Owners Pull Plug on Cellular Tracking (For Now)

November 29, 2011 10:57 am | Comments

You may now shop two malls again without fear of individualized tracking—at least by your cell phone signal. Privacy concerns raised by US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) have ended plans by malls in southern California and Virginia to “survey” customers’ shopping habits by tracking their cell phone signals.

Partnership To Power TD-LTE Mobile Hotspot

November 29, 2011 7:08 am | Comments

Altair Semiconductor,a leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets, and AsiaTelco Technologies, a leading supplier of wireless terminal products, announced that Altair's chipset has been integrated in AsiaTelco's TD-LTE Mobile Hotspot product, the ALM-F190.

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Multilayer Capacitor Addresses DC Blocking Applications

November 29, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

AVX, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded on its miniature ultra-broadband capacitors, GX Series, to include the GX01 ultra-broadband capacitor that addresses DC blocking issues from 160kHz (-3dB roll-off) to 40GHz. The GX01 capacitor provides a low insertion loss value of 0.

Collaboration to Provide Landslide Detection for Governments

November 29, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

On-Ramp Wireless today announced its integration with Green Life Networks (GLN), a department of Gemtek, the world-leading provider of wireless broadband solutions. Working together, On-Ramp’s award-winning Ultra-Link ProcessingTM (ULP) wireless system and GLN’s remote sensor platform will provide a landslide sensor for local, state and federal governments.

Collaboration Addresses Next-Generation Android-based In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

November 29, 2011 5:35 am | Comments

Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, announced that Clarion, a leading manufacturer of high-performance in-car entertainment systems, is collaborating with Wind River to develop Android-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. Wind River is creating a custom Android software platform for an automotive environment and providing software integration services to ensure Clarion delivers a reliable and high quality device.

Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why.

November 28, 2011 10:42 am | Comments

Millions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: "Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff." And absolutely everyone obeyed. I know they did because no planes fell from the sky. No planes had to make an emergency landing because the avionics went haywire.

ECIA To Partner With FIRST Robotics Competition

November 28, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

The Electronic Components Industry Association ( ECIA ) is proud to announce that it will partner with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology ( FIRST ) to support the FIRST® Robotics Competition.  Inspired by scientist, inventor and event founder Dean Kamen’s passionate presentation at the recent ECIA Executive Conference, the association has agreed to work with FIRST to provide the BOM for the kits used by student teams in the Robotic Competition, beginning with the 2013 competition.

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US Amateur Radio Now 700,000 Strong!

November 28, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

( AARL ) - As the third quarter of 2011 came to a close, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, began calculating the number of licensed Amateur Radio operators in the US, as well as the number of new licensees. “At the end of September, I saw that the number of hams in the US was high,” she said. “When I started comparing that number with other years, I found that it was an all-time high.

Ortho-tag, Inc. & the University of Pittsburgh Enter Into a Global Licensing Agreement of Transcutaneous Near Field Communication Technology

November 28, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

Ortho-tag has signed a global licensing agreement with the University of Pittsburgh to utilize Transcutaneous Near Field Communication (TNFC) technology in "smart" medical devices for orthopaedic implants and recipient patients. In addition, Ortho-tag and the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering entered into an agreement for the on-going research for future Ortho-tag technologies and products.

SATCOM Antenna Selected for Boeing 747 Upgrade

November 28, 2011 4:47 am | Comments

Cobham’s HGA-7001 SATCOM high gain antenna subsystem has been selected by Virgin Atlantic for the airline’s Boeing 747 cabin upgrade programme to commence in 2012. Virgin Atlantic will retrofit seven of its Boeing 747 aircraft with the Cobham antenna, which will enable Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) SATCOM connectivity into the cockpit and cabin.

Datalogic Group Integration to Address Automatic Data Capture Market

November 28, 2011 4:18 am | Comments

As part of its drive to capture the ADC market, Datalogic, a leader and total solutions provider of bar code readers, data collection mobile computers, RFID, and vision systems, has announced that Datalogic Scanning, Datalogic Mobile, Enterprise Business Solutions and Evolution Robotics Retail will be integrated to form Datalogic ADC (Automatic Data Capture) as of 1st January 2012.

Exar Selects Magma's Tekton and QCP to Accelerate Sign-Off of 40-nm SoCs

November 23, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

Magma Design Automation announced Exar Corporation has adopted the Tekton static timing analysis and QCP extraction software to accelerate sign-off and engineering change order (ECO) flows for 40-nanometer systems on a chip (SoCs). Exar selected the Magma solution after an extensive evaluation in which Tekton and QCP were shown to efficiently perform multi-mode multi-corner analysis and extraction, to deliver 5X faster runtime than traditional tools, and to provide sign-off quality results.

Direct, Low Latency Connectivity Route between North America and Ireland

November 23, 2011 9:30 am | Comments

Interxion Holding NV announced an agreement with Hibernia Atlantic to host a Point of Presence (POP) for its high-capacity fibre optic cable system at Interxion’s Dublin 2 (DUB2) data centre. Hibernia’s presence will leverage Interxion’s high-specification infrastructure and diverse customer communities within its financial, digital and cloud hubs.

Fractals Get Great Reception with Do-it-yourself TV

November 23, 2011 9:15 am | Comments

Growing interest in free HDTV has created a new problem for millions: how to get better reception. Do it yourself (DIY) experimenters have embraced the problem with an exotic new technology using fractals— intricate self similar shapes--as antennas. And along with better TV reception, they inadvertently explore the frontiers and marriage of mathematics and art with high tech, built on fractals.

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