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Health monitoring? There's an app for that

April 3, 2012 1:10 pm | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Stay in the pink with Bluetooth personal health monitoring Researchers in New Zealand have developed a prototype Bluetooth-enabled medical monitoring device that can be connected wirelessly to your smart phone and keep track of various physiological parameters, such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and movements.

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Researchers Develop Graphene Supercapacitor Holding Promise for Portable Electronics

April 3, 2012 1:08 pm | Comments

Electrochemical capacitors (ECs), also known as supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, differ from regular capacitors that you would find in your TV or computer in that they store substantially higher amounts of charges. They have garnered attention as energy storage devices as they charge and discharge faster than batteries, yet they are still limited by low energy densities, only a fraction of the energy density of batteries.

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Transparent Memory Chips Are Coming

April 3, 2012 1:04 pm | Comments

Want a see-through cellphone you can wrap around your wrist? Such a thing may be possible before long, according to Rice University chemist James Tour, whose lab has developed transparent, flexible memories using silicon oxide as the active component. Tour revealed today in a talk at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society in San Diego that the new type of memory could combine with the likes of transparent electrodes developed at Rice for flexible touchscreens and transparent integrated circuits and batteries developed at other labs in recent years.

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The Cost of Making Apple Products, At a Glance

April 3, 2012 12:46 pm | Comments

While Apple Inc.'s relationship with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. gets a lot of attention, the Taiwanese company accounts for only a fraction of the cost of each device it assembles. The Chinese factories of Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, put together iPhones and iPads, but high-cost components like chips and screens come from a range of U.

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How Chips, PCs, Services Companies are Faring

April 3, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

A look at how selected companies providing computers, components, services and related software are faring: Jan. 11: Research groups Gartner and IDC say personal computer shipments dipped during the final three months of last year amid a shortage of key parts or compelling innovations. Based on preliminary figures, Gartner is pegging the worldwide shipment decline at 1.

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EU Probes Motorola Mobility's Patent Enforcement

April 3, 2012 12:25 pm | Comments

The European Union's competition watchdog on Tuesday opened two investigations into whether Motorola Mobility, which is being bought by Google, is unfairly restricting competitors from accessing essential patents. The formal investigations were announced after Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. complained to the European Commission that Motorola Mobility was using injunctions against its rivals' key products — such as the iPhone, iPad or Xbox — as a way of gaining an edge in the market.

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RFMD Powers Flagship LG Smartphones

April 3, 2012 9:49 am | Comments

RF Micro Devices announced LG has selected RFMD to supply multiple components in support of the LG Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max smartphones. LG’s Optimus 4X HD and Optimus 3D Max are expected to be available globally in 2012. The LG Optimus 4X HD features a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display (1280 x 720), Android 4.

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One of the Industry's Broadest Lines of RFID Tags at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012

April 3, 2012 7:54 am | Comments

HID Global unveiled its expanded portfolio of radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions from its Identification Technologies division, including many new tag designs never before shown in North America at this week’s RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition in Orlando, FL. This showcase of new and existing RFID tag solutions demonstrates the company’s commitment to driving innovation through quality solutions that meet the changing requirements for a broad spectrum of industries, including logistics; automation and manufacturing; medical and health care; returnable transport items; and waste management.

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PLX Technology, One Stop Systems Join to Deliver First-to-Market PCI Express Gen3-Based Industrial-Computing Platforms

April 3, 2012 4:53 am | Comments

PLX Technology and One Stop Systems(OSS), announced a collaboration to deliver the world’s first industrial-grade high-performance computing systems and PCIe-over-cable products based on the PCIe Gen3 standard. The alliance pairs exclusive PLX ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 switches with OSS’s premium design architectures, ideal for telecom, data centers and industrial markets.

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Interconnect Solution for 4G and Beyond

April 3, 2012 4:36 am | Comments

Whether upgrading the wireless network to increase capacity, gain speed or improve efficiencies, operators often feel like they’re solving one problem only to end up with a fresh set of concerns. When it comes to the radio frequency (RF) footprint, the latest generation of HELIAX from CommScope helps eliminate worries with a single-source interconnect solution designed for outstanding performance in all types of cellular network site architectures.

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Pocket-Sized Cell Phone Detector Stops Cheating Students and More

April 2, 2012 10:50 am | Comments

Berkeley Varitronics Systems has released PocketHound cell phone detector in an effort to stop illegal and unsecure cell phone use in classrooms, courtrooms and boardrooms. PocketHound is a highly sensitive cell phone detector that is specifically tuned to the RF signature of all 2G/3G/4G cell phones (U.

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Aegis Software Wins 12th Consecutive Service Excellence Award

April 2, 2012 10:47 am | Comments

Aegis Software is honored to announce their twelfth consecutive win of Circuit Assembly Magazine’s Service Excellence award, confirming their position as the industry leader in Manufacturing Operations Software. The award, which reflects software quality, support and overall customer satisfaction, is of unique value as it is the industry’s only one to be based on actual customer feedback.

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This Company Helps Build 67% of Every iPad and Has No Relationship With Apple

April 2, 2012 9:41 am | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been traveling through China in an apparent attempt to better acquaint himself with the company’s suppliers. But there’s one company much closer to home that no one from Apple visits, but has touched every iPad, iPhone and Mac that comes out of Apple’s partners’ factories. That company is Applied Materials, and it’s in the business of building tools, not gadgets.

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Significant Breakthrough in High Temperature Voltage Accelerometer Technology

April 2, 2012 9:15 am | Comments

A new range of piezo-electric voltage accelerometers is available that works in high temperature environments - at 185°C with a further increase to 225°C just around the corner. This significant breakthrough in vibration sensor technology from DJB Instruments means that tests in challenging high temperature environments will be significantly easier, cheaper and more reliable.

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Cobham Provides Crucial Downlink for Army National Guard UH-72 Helicopters

April 2, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

Cobham is providing a crucial downlink as part of a Security and Support Mission Equipment Package designed to better support law enforcement and assist during state responses. This package includes a dual channel, high resolution Cobham tactical downlink system, with both FM and COFDM links. The High Resolution Downlink enables agents or National Guardsmen on the ground to use handheld receivers to see what the helicopter’s camera is viewing.

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