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2D Electronics Take a Step Forward

June 12, 2013 9:58 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

The Rice labs of lead investigator Jun Lou, Pulickel Ajayan and Boris Yakobson, all professors in the university’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, collaborated with Wigner Fellow Wu Zhou and staff scientist Juan-Carlos Idrobo at ORNL in an unusual initiative that incorporated experimental and theoretical work.

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Waze Sale Signals New Growth for Israeli High Tech

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press MAX J. ROSENTHAL, Associated Press | Comments

Waze's popular smartphone application combines GPS navigation software with social networking features, allowing users to improve the service's directions and traffic reports with their own data. This crowd-sourcing aspect enables the service to adapt to changing road conditions, such as accidents and speed traps, in real time.

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Hands-Free Texting Still Distracting for Drivers

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza. The pitch has been that hands-free devices are safer because they enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

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Private Contractors' Key Role at Issue in NSA Leak

June 11, 2013 9:42 am | by ADAM GOLDMAN,Associated Press JONATHAN FAHEY,Associated Press | Comments

When Snowden, an employee of one of those firms, Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, he spotlighted the risks of making so many employees of private contractors a key part of the U.S. intelligence apparatus.

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Search for 1st Web Page Takes Detour into NC

June 11, 2013 9:40 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | Comments

The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, are searching for the first Web page. It was at CERN that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1990 as an unsanctioned project, using a NeXT computer that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs designed in the late 80s during his 12-year exile from the company.

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Journalist in U.S. Surveillance Case: More to Come

June 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Greenwald told The Associated Press the decision was being made on when to release the next story based on the information provided by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who has been accused by U.S. Senate intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California of committing an "act of treason" that should be prosecuted.

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Is Solid-State RF the Next Energy Source?

June 10, 2013 4:48 pm | by NXP Semiconductors N.V. | Comments

Could radio-frequency signals become the next major energy source for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications? At the IEEE International Microwave Symposium this week, NXP Semiconductors N.V. [NASDAQ: NXPI] is introducing the industry’s first complete RF power transistor portfolio designed specifically for the 2.45-GHz ISM frequency band, enabling RF energy to be used as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat source.

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MACOM’s RoadScapeTM Technology Allows Vehicles to Predict the Future

June 10, 2013 4:29 pm | by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (MACOM) has introduced RoadScape at the Telematics Detroit Show in Novi, Michigan. RoadScape, MACOM’s innovative technology, provides highly accurate position, direction, and time information, enabling a new era of location and situational awareness for the automotive and transportation industry – allowing industrial and commercial vehicles to “predict the future.”

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Popularity of Item-level Tagging Fuels Global Passive RFID Market

June 10, 2013 3:41 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | Comments

The benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID), which include better inventory management, improved operational efficiency, reduced labour, enhanced supply chain visibility, information accuracy, higher sales and better customer service, have spurred the technology’s adoption in various applications across verticals. The implementation of item-level tagging will further boost sale volumes and lend momentum to the global passive RFID.

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Power Consumption Drives RF Amplifier Development

June 10, 2013 1:28 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

The demand for wireless technologies continues to increase at rapid speeds, making RF power amplifiers a crucial component in wireless infrastructure equipment. Feedback from Wireless Design and Development's (WDD) readers suggests how power consumption, energy efficiency, and sustainability are important drivers in base station design for RF amplifiers.

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Since 9/11, Life _ and Surveillance _ Made Easier

June 10, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Laws were passed to take up the fight against shadowy terrorists by giving authorities access to information that previously was off limits. At the same time, technologies intended to make Americans' everyday lives easier have also made it easier for corporations — and the government — to track their movements and habits.

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Leak of NSA Programs Tests U.S., China Ties

June 10, 2013 9:33 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

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Snowden's Cautious Approach to Post Reporter

June 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Edward Snowden used the code name "Verax," truth-teller in Latin, as he made his cautious approach to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman about disclosing some dramatic state secrets on intelligence gathering. The 29-year-old intelligence contractor said he knew the great risks he was taking in exposing a phone records monitoring program and an Internet scouring program designed by the U.S. government...

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MicroWave Technology Announces Advanced GaAs pHEMT-Based Ultra-Broadband Driver MMIC Amplifier up to 50 GHz

June 7, 2013 5:20 pm | by MicroWave Technology Inc. | Comments

MicroWave Technology Inc. (MwT), the RF division of IXYS Corporation, announced that it offers an advanced AlGaAs/InGaAs pHEMT-based MMIC ultra-broadband driver amplifier product up to 50 GHz. The product is targeted at applications including fiber optics communications, microwave/mm-wave communications systems, microwave/mm-wave testing equipment, and military applications.

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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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