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MathWorks Adds Capabilities to Speed Wireless and Radar Design with MATLAB and Simulink

June 7, 2013 5:10 pm | by MathWorks | Comments

MathWorks has announced strengthened support for wireless communications and radar design with MATLAB and Simulink. Release 2013a (R2013a) enhancements to Phased Array System Toolbox and SimRF now allow wireless communications and radar system designers to speed up modeling and simulation within the familiar MATLAB and Simulink environments. 

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NASA Set to Launch Latest Satellite to Study Sun

June 7, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

ASA is preparing to launch its latest sun-monitoring satellite on a mission to improve space weather prediction. The Iris satellite will observe a little-studied region of the sun that emits ultraviolet light. Scientists hope examining the sun's lower atmosphere would help them learn more about how this region drives solar wind and powers the corona, the sun's outer atmosphere seen during eclipses.

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Microsoft to Add Outlook to Windows RT tablets

June 7, 2013 11:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year. The Outlook 2013 app will be given to owners of Microsoft's Surface tablet and similar devices running Windows RT. That's a slimmed down version of Windows 8, a radical overhaul of the ubiquitous operating system used on most personal computers.

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U.S. Declassifies Phone Program Details after Uproar

June 7, 2013 11:00 am | by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation's top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts to collect America's phone records and the U.S. internet use of foreign nationals overseas were legal, limited in scope, and necessary to detect terrorist threats.

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Is Big Data Turning Government into 'Big Brother?'

June 7, 2013 10:59 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital communications ...

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NSA Whistleblowers Say Agency Casts Wide Net

June 7, 2013 10:58 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

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AT&T Says it's Connecting More Devices

June 7, 2013 10:57 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The nation's second-largest cellphone company said it expects to report adding a net 500,000 new devices on contract-based plans during the April-June period. That would be the best second-quarter figure since 2010. Since most Americans already have phones, the number of new customers added every quarter has been slipping across the industry. AT&T's tallies have been propped up by the addition of tablets...

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Photos of the Day: Earth-Observing Microwave Radiometer

June 6, 2013 2:12 pm | by NASA | Comments

Building the new radiometer took years to accomplish and involved the development of advanced algorithms and an onboard computing system capable of crunching a deluge of data estimated at 192 million samples per second.        

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Photos of the Day: Earth-Observing Microwave Radiometer

June 6, 2013 2:11 pm | by NASA | Comments

Building the new radiometer took years to accomplish and involved the development of advanced algorithms and an onboard computing system capable of crunching a deluge of data estimated at 192 million samples per second.        

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NASA Builds Sophisticated Earth-Observing Microwave Radiometer

June 6, 2013 2:08 pm | by NASA | Comments

A NASA team has delivered a sophisticated microwave radiometer specifically designed to overcome the pitfalls that have plagued similar Earth-observing instruments in the past. Literally years in the making, the new radiometer is designed to measure the intensity of electromagnetic radiation, specifically microwaves.

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API Technologies Receives $1.0 Million Follow-On Order to Support Major Electronic Defense Platform

June 6, 2013 1:04 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

API Technologies has announced that it has won a follow-on order, valued at $1.0 million, to provide critical electronic assemblies for a major electronic defense platform. This joins the competitively won $6.2 million order, from a leading prime contractor, announced last month.

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Toshiba Adds High Gain 200W GaN HEMT Power Amplifier for C-Band RADAR Applications

June 6, 2013 1:01 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components and its parent company, Toshiba Corp., have announced the addition of a 200W C-Band gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor High Electron Mobility Transistor to its power amplifier product family. The new device was shown during the conference exhibition portion of the 2013 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium from June 4-6 in Seattle, Washington.

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Amplifier for Military, Commercial High-Power Amplifier Needs

June 6, 2013 12:54 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corporation has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company.

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Aviation Radio Maker Turns to MtronPTI for RF Design Expertise

June 6, 2013 12:48 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

MtronPTI has announced the TF0111 Tunable Filter for aviation radio. Paul Dechen, Vice President of Aero/Defense Sales, says, “Commercial aircraft radio makers increasingly prefer to focus their energies on architecture and data integration, turning to MtronPTI for RF design help."

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Casinos Ban Gamblers from Using Google Glass

June 6, 2013 12:44 pm | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | Comments

Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games.

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