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Digi-Key Expands Value Added Services Offering

July 22, 2013 2:33 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, has announced a broadened selection of value added services. In response to a growing demand for customization, the services help customers accelerate time-to-market and reduce total cost of ownership.

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Pasternack Enterprises Appoints New Distributor for the Benelux Territory

July 22, 2013 2:27 pm | by Pasternack Enterprises | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave products, announces the appointment of RIMARCK as the exclusive distributor for the Benelux territory, encompassing Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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GIV Mobile Officially Launches Service Dedicated to Giving to Non-profit Charity of Customer's Choice

July 22, 2013 2:23 pm | by PTEL Mobile | Comments

PTel Mobile, one of the pioneers in no-contract wireless, has launched GIV Mobile, the first consumer conscious no-contract mobile service that is dedicated to donating 8% of monthly “Unlimited Everything” plans to a non-profit charity of the customer’s choice...

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China Leads as World Experiences Steady M2M Growth

July 22, 2013 12:57 pm | by Informa Telecoms & Media | Comments

In the second half of 2012, the number of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) connections reported by China Mobile had increased by nearly 5.5 million. That’s as many as the UK had in total at the end of last year. This outstanding growth has helped to propel China forward to become the single largest national market.

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Agilent Technologies Receives Global Growth Leadership Award for Oscilloscopes

July 22, 2013 12:49 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced it has received Frost & Sullivan’s Global Growth Leadership Award for Oscilloscopes. Frost & Sullivan’s independent analysis of the oscilloscopes market showed that Agilent demonstrated significant growth over the past two years, outperforming all other market participants and gaining significant share.

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On-Ramp Wireless Expands Series C Funding to $31M

July 22, 2013 12:42 pm | by On-Ramp Wireless | Comments

On-Ramp Wireless, developer of wireless solutions for energy automation and M2M communications, announced it has secured an additional $15 million in its Series C funding round from new investor Enbridge, a leader in the safe and reliable delivery of energy in North America, and existing investors.

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Paper-Thin e-Skin Responds to Touch By Lighting Up

July 22, 2013 11:53 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | Comments

A new milestone by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can help robots become more touchy-feely, literally. A research team led by Ali Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic.

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Apple Buys 2 Startups to Improve its Mobile Maps

July 22, 2013 11:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple has bought online mapping services HopStop and Locationary as part of its ongoing effort to create a more formidable alternative to Google's navigation system. The acquisitions confirmed Friday give Apple Inc. more tools to round out the maps that it embeds in the mobile operating system running its iPhones and iPads.

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NSA Revelations Reframe Digital Life for Some

July 22, 2013 11:34 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | Comments

News of the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs that targeted phone records but also information transmitted on the Internet has done more than spark a debate about privacy. Some are reviewing and changing their online habits as they reconsider some basic questions about today's interconnected world.

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Google Invests in Glass Chipmaker Himax

July 22, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake in the Himax Display Inc. subsidiary in the form of preferred shares.

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Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 11:25 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | Comments

There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.

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UK investigators: Disable Locator Beacon on 787s

July 18, 2013 3:25 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, Associated Press JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press | Comments

U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also recommended that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators carry out a safety review of lithium-battery powered emergency locator transmitter systems.

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Security Experts to Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

July 18, 2013 2:58 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday the security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.

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Computer System Automatically Generates TCP Congestion-Control Algorithms

July 18, 2013 2:45 pm | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

One of TCP's main functions is to prevent network congestion by regulating the rate at which computers send data. In the last 25 years, engineers have made steady improvements to TCP's congestion-control algorithms, resulting in several competing versions of the protocol: Many Windows computers, for instance, run a version called Compound TCP, while Linux machines run a version called TCP Cubic.

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Britain to Review Huawei's UK-Based Cyber Center

July 18, 2013 9:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review the operation of a U.K.-based cybersecurity center run by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following a critical report from lawmakers. The government was thrown onto the defensive last month when senior parliamentarians criticized the deepening links between British telecommunications firms and Huawei Technologies Ltd.

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