Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market.
This week on Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, a robotics team create two versions of a single-use UAV; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology develops a new fish for educating 10 to 18 year olds about technology and biology; and a robotic pen that tracks spelling errors.
The new devices are likely to be the main attraction at a San Francisco event being hosted by Google executive Sundar Pichai, who oversees the company's Android and Chrome operating systems. The Nexus line of tablets that came out a year ago all run on the Android software that also powers hundreds of millions of smartphones.
Apple's latest quarterly results are likely to illustrate why investors are clamoring for the maker of the iPhone and the iPad to come out with another trend-setting device. The report, due out after the stock market closes Tuesday, is expected to show that Apple is making less money as more customers buy its lower-priced iPhones and iPads instead of the top-of-the-line models.
AVX has surpassed previous milestones with the introduction of the new TCJ 100V and 125V tantalum polymer capacitors. The new surface-mount chip capacitors are the highest rated voltage tantalum capacitors currently on the market.
On this week’s episode of the HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Lilliputian Systems has created a portable power device that will power all of your CE devices; Brazilian startup Kinetics has created a new communication technology called NearBytes; InfoMotion Sports has developed the 94Fifty sensor basketball; and Seal Innovation has created the SEAL wearable swim monitor and drowning detection system.
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.
The software giant on Thursday booked a large write-off to its Surface RT business after it slashed prices on the tablets to stimulate demand this week. Its quarterly earnings results also showed that Windows 8, an operating system designed to bridge the divide between PCs and tablets, has been so poorly received that it contributed to a revenue drop in its operating system software unit.
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.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we're mapping blood vessels to recognize your face, spicing up swamps with robotic frog mates, and swimming with the robotic fishes, literally, not figuratively, no one died.
Semtech has announced the general availability of the ACS9522T, the latest addition to the ToPSync platform that integrates a revolutionary new synchronization system on a chip (SoC). The ACS9522T breaks new ground in the industry by providing a complete single-chip hardware and software synchronization solution.
In a sign that the vote could be close, a special committee of the company's board sent a letter to shareholders emphasizing its opposition to a rival plan from activist investor Carl Icahn. Dell also said Thursday's meeting could be adjourned quickly without a formal vote to give the board more time to round up support for the $24.4 billion buyout offer from Michael Dell and other investors.
Intel, the world's largest maker of chips for PCs, put a brave face on the decline of the global PC sales earlier this year, saying it still expected its own sales to grow. On Wednesday, it backtracked, saying sales will be flat. Intel is hoping that sales of processors for servers, tablets and smartphones will compensate for the drop-off in PC sales.
The Pebble has a lot of rough edges, but it does a good job of demonstrating the potential of "wearable" computing. Apple has filed patents that demonstrate it's working on a watch, and other "smart" watches are proliferating. The Pebble has impeccable underdog credibility as the brain child of a 26-year-old Canadian entrepreneur who struggled to find money to make it until he posted his project on the fundraising site Kickstarter.
The Smart SoftPLC and Smart Gateway products from SotPLC Corporation now support up to (2) channels of Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus (DH+) protocol. This interface provides the lowest cost, most comprehensive connectivity to A-B DH+ on the market.
AVX has introduced a new series of miniature, Frameless, tantalum polymer SMD capacitors. Utilizing proprietary FRAMELESS technology, the new F38 Series surface-mount capacitors provide high capacitance in miniature M and S cases for high volumetric efficiency.
Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government's efforts to obtain data from Internet users. The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government requests to spy on individuals, ruled Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case.
South Korean investigators on Tuesday blamed rival North Korea for a cyberattack last month on dozens of South Korean media and government websites, including those of the president and prime minister. The biggest piece of evidence linking Pyongyang to the attacks on June 25.
Yahoo is hoping the inactive IDs will be claimed by people who will use them to log into its website and discover a series of changes to its email, home page, and other services that have been made since Marissa Mayer became the company's CEO a year ago.
In this episode of ECN's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, graphene gets colder; the solar-impulse airplane completes its cross-country journey; and a laser gatling gun that features six blue 1.4-W class 4 lasers.
Cypress Semiconductor has released new components for PSoC Creator 2.2, the integrated design environment (IDE) for Cypress’s PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip architectures. The Component Pack 6 update includes four new PSoC Components—pre-verified “virtual chips.”
This week in WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Pentek has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon analog and digital recording systems; Scientists have demonstrated the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing; a new satellite system covering the Arctic region; and a wireless range extender that creates wireless connectivity where ever you go.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Sunday for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs. Merkel pledged that Germany will take a "very strict position" in ongoing talks on European Union-wide data rules.
Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, a journalist close to the NSA leaker said. Greenwald said he believes the disclosure of the information in the documents would not prove harmful to Americans or their national security, but that Snowden has insisted they not be made public.
Microsoft has decided its entire business needs a new operating system. CEO Steve Ballmer is restructuring the company to cope with a quickening pace of technological change that has left the world's largest software maker a step behind its two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.