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'Boyfriend Tracker' App Raises Stir in Brazil

August 22, 2013 10:02 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press | Comments

Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program. Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching philandering lovers, all high-tech weapons appear to be fair game.

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Lab-Made Complexes are 'Sun Sponges'

August 22, 2013 9:57 am | by Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

A ring of protein and pigments, half synthetic and half natural, can be used to quickly prototype light-harvesting antennas that absorb more sunlight than fully natural ones. In diagrams it looks like a confection of self-curling ribbon with bits of bling hung off the ribbon here and there. In fact it is a carefully designed ring of proteins with attached pigments that self-assembles into a structure that soaks up sunlight.

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DfR Solutions and Dassault Systèmes Announce Strategic Alliance

August 21, 2013 4:35 pm | by DfR Solutions | Comments

DfR Solutions announced a strategic alliance with Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software will integrate with Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA)...

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Integrated Solution from Spirent Addresses Industry’s Challenge of Ensuring VoLTE Voice Quality and Call Performance

August 21, 2013 4:08 pm | by Spirent Communications | Comments

Spirent Communications announced the integration of its field-based Nomad HD solution with its CS8 Mobile Device Tester and 8100 Mobile Device Test System to assess VoLTE call performance and voice quality in the lab. Now carriers and mobile device suppliers can apply the same voice quality measurement system in live networks...

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Skyriver Adds New Broadband Coverage to Meet Demand for Business Broadband

August 21, 2013 4:01 pm | by Skydriver | Comments

Skyriver has launched new service areas for Southern California businesses. The newly added coverage includes parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, plus the eastern portion of Orange County. Since its inception in 2000, Skyriver has delivered broadband service engineered for reliability and performance...

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Wi-Fi Connectivity Will Allow Robonaut to Move

August 21, 2013 9:55 am | by Digi International | Comments

NASA’s Robonaut currently exists on the ISS as a torso, bolted to a pedestal, and is connected to the station with wires for power and control. The robot will be upgraded soon with legs and batteries that will allow it to move freely through the station.But that free movement will only be possible if all of the wires are gone – including the ones used for control and monitoring.

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Facebook Aims to Get More People Online

August 21, 2013 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's 7 billion people online through a partnership with Samsung, Nokia and other large mobile technology companies. Facebook announced a partnership called Internet.org on Wednesday. The company says its goal is to "make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected."

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Redesign for Sudden Autopilot Disconnection Needed, Say Flight Safety Experts

August 21, 2013 9:45 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomics | Comments

Flight safety experts studying recent high-profile plane crashes found sudden autopilot disconnection to be a design flaw that creates unnecessary emergencies by surprising pilots during critical, high-workload episodes. Eric E. Geiselman, along with coauthors Christopher M. Johnson, David R. Buck, and Timothy Patrick, have combined expertise as pilots, crew resource management instructors, and human factors researchers.

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NASA Accepts Next Gen Satellite after Successful Orbit Testing

August 21, 2013 9:43 am | by Dewayne Washington, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

The TDRS fleet provides communications support to an array of science missions, as well as several launch vehicles. The network has provided critical real-time communication with NASA’s human spaceflights since early in the Space Shuttle Program. TDRS network operations continue to provide support for International Space Station activities.

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Manning Faces Sentencing for WikiLeaks Disclosures

August 21, 2013 9:37 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | Comments

More than three years after his arrest in Iraq, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to learn the price he'll pay for leaking an unprecedented volume of classified information to a once-obscure, anti-secrecy website. Manning's sentencing Wednesday in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, caps a 12-week trial and a much longer legal battle over the former intelligence analyst's intentions when he reached out to WikiLeaks.

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Maxim Integrated Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Volterra Semiconductor

August 20, 2013 5:06 pm | by Maxim Integrated Products | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Volterra Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:VLTR) for $23 per share, which represents a 55% premium to Volterra Semiconductor's closing share price on August 14, 2013.

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Beckhoff to Showcase New Solutions for eXtended Automation at Pack Expo 2013

August 20, 2013 4:54 pm | by Beckhoff Automation | Comments

Continuing to push the multi-tasking performance of powerful PC-based controllers and software, Beckhoff Automation will exhibit expanded eXtended Automation solutions, a refreshed range of stainless steel automation devices, industrial multi-touch technology and the landmark TwinCAT version 3.1 software at Pack Expo 2013.

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Ametherm Receives UL Recognition for MegaSurge Series Inrush Current Limiting NTC Thermistors

August 20, 2013 4:44 pm | by Ametherm | Comments

Ametherm has announced that its MegaSurge series of inrush current limiting NTC thermistors has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification. In addition to recognition per UL file number E209153, the devices are the industry's only inrush current limiters certified to UL 1434 for single- and three-phase input voltages up to 480 VAC.

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Agilent Technologies Announces Expanded Business Relationship with Gradient Design Automation

August 20, 2013 4:39 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced a new agreement that expands its business relationship with Gradient Design Automation, a leading provider of electro-thermal simulation technology used to identify hazards and improve performance in integrated circuits that will be subject to temperature variations during operation.

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Freescale Kinetis KL3/KL4 Low-Power MCU Now Available at Mouser

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics has immediate stock availability of Freescale’s Kinetis L KL3/KL4 family of flexible low-power MCUs with LCD controllers with up to 376 segments. Freescale has expanded their Kinetis L Series Microcontrollers to now include the Kinetis KL3 and KL4 families.

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