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Cloud Computing Rains Billion-Dollar Deals

June 5, 2013 10:16 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A decade ago, the mere idea of cloud computing was a difficult concept to explain, let alone sell. Today, the technology is spurring a high-stakes scramble to buy some of the early leaders in the cloud-computing movement.        

Cyber Experts Say Calling out China May be Working

June 5, 2013 10:14 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

NXP Achieves Breakthrough Noise Figure Performance

June 4, 2013 9:48 am | by NXP Semiconductors | News | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) hasannounced the availability of a new family of extreme-broadband amplifiers, applicable for CATV, broadcast TV, satellite systems, and general ISM applications – the BGA3012, BGA3015, and BGA3018.

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Silicon Valley at Front Line of Global Cyber War

June 4, 2013 9:27 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

Reshoring IT

June 3, 2013 11:32 am | by Dirk Lammers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ken Behrendt had already had his fill of the hidden costs of offshoring, but the Eagle Creek Software Services chief executive was having trouble finding enough qualified consultants to expand the company's development and technical support business in the Dakotas.

HotSpot Episode 15: Mercedes-Benz Debuts Life-Saving Codes

May 31, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Mercedes-Benz debuts life-saving codes for future cars; a perceptive radio that creates a personal theater experience in your own living room; A Universal Battery Charger that takes the weight off of soldiers; and Scanadu seeks crowd-funding for its Scout diagnostic device.

An Electrical Switch for Magnetism

May 31, 2013 9:33 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a new way of controlling the motion of magnetic domains — the key technology in magnetic memory systems, such as a computer’s hard disk. The new approach requires little power to write and no power to maintain the stored information, and could lead to a new generation of extremely low-power data storage.

GW Instek GDS-2000A Oscilloscope Teardown

May 31, 2013 9:27 am | by David Jones, EEVBlog | Videos | Comments

This week, David Jones from the Electronics Engineering Video Blog (EEVBlog), takes a look inside the GW Instek GDS-2000A series oscilloscope, which offers 2 and 4-channel configurations and wide bandwidth selections, including 300, 200, 100, and 70 MHz. Each model provides 2GSa/s maximum real-time sampling rate and 100 GSa/s high-speed equivalent-time sampling rate.

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Dell Board Recommends Michael Dell Buyout Offer

May 31, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The board at Dell said that a takeover bid led the company's founder and CEO is in the best interest of shareholders at the slumping PC maker, and asked them to approve the deal when it's put to a vote in July. The board unanimously recommended the offer from Michael Dell to take the company private for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

Microsoft Aims to Simplify with Windows 8.1

May 31, 2013 8:57 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.

SKorea Fosters Startups as it Seeks Economic Shift

May 31, 2013 8:55 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Kwon Sunbeom's future was mapped out. Talented in math and science, he attended a specialized high school and majored in electronic engineering at a prestigious university. Lifetime employment at one of South Korea's towering conglomerates beckoned.

Video of the Day: Engineering Newswire 40: First Autonomous Flight for Airborne Wind Power

May 30, 2013 12:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're pouring beers with robots, preventing disasters with a floating gate, flying autonomous wings with onboard turbines, and riding a 1.3 million-dollar motorcycle that was designed to cut cost. Do you have story ideas? Comment below and we'll cover them in an upcoming episode.

Has Apple Lost its Cool? Its Chief Executive Says No

May 30, 2013 9:16 am | by JENNA WORTHAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

It has been a rough year for Apple. The company has battled fierce competitors like Samsung, come under scrutiny for tax avoidance, and watched in dismay as its stock price took more dips and turns than a roller coaster. In a keynote interview Tuesday evening at D: All Things Digital, a technology conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook...

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Stanford Scientists Develop High-Efficiency Zinc-Air Battery

May 30, 2013 9:01 am | by Mark Shwartz, Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability than similar batteries made with costly platinum and iridium catalysts. The results, published in the May 7 online edition of the journal Nature Communications, could lead to the development of a low-cost alternative to conventional lithium-ion batteries widely used today.

Resolve Signal Integrity Issues in Cloud Computing Platforms

May 30, 2013 8:48 am | by Bill Weir, Pericom, www.pericom.com | Articles | Comments

While the cloud promises to reduce enterprise network infrastructure and operating costs, the remote execution of applications makes factors such as latency, performance, and reliability critical considerations in the design and deployment of cloud computing platforms. A key factor determining server performance, cloud or not, is maintaining a bit error rate (BER) on the order of 1.E-12 for the overall system.

May/June 2013 — The Natalia Project

May 29, 2013 5:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The May/June issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics. Check out our Brainstorm on Timing Device, and read about Smartphone Shakes from the editor.

Agilent Technologies' Newest 3-D Electromagnetic Simulation Software Release Targets EMI Compliance

May 29, 2013 4:25 pm | by Agilent Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the latest release of Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro), its 3-D electromagnetic simulation software.EMPro 2013 helps design engineers identify and resolve difficult electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems. It also offers a number of new capabilities to reduce simulation time and increase design efficiency.

InterCloud Systems Formally Launches Cloud Services Platform

May 29, 2013 4:21 pm | by InterCloud Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

The InterCloudVm is an enterprise grade platform, designed to offer both medium and large customers customizable infrastructure and applications that meet their stringent security and performance level needs without the associated capital expenditures.

Wireless History Foundation Announces 2013 Inductees for Wireless Hall of Fame

May 29, 2013 3:44 pm | by The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) | News | Comments

The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) has announced four individuals who will be inducted into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during the Foundation’s Oct. 15, 2013 dinner in San Jose, CA at the Fairmont Hotel. The 2013 inductees are...

IBM Watson At Your Service: New Watson Breakthrough Transforms How Brands Engage Today's Connected Consumers

May 29, 2013 3:15 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Ushering in a new era of cognitive computing systems, IBM has unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch big data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales.

A Guide to ZigBee Device Developers for the Smart Connected Home

May 29, 2013 1:52 pm | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

RFMW VCO Builder Highlights RFMD Oscillators and Synthesizers

May 29, 2013 12:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced a web based tool that allows designers to create semi-custom Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) and Phase Locked Loop (PLL) synthesizers. Designers can search a large database of existing products based on parametric requirements and jump directly to existing product information.

SanDisk Advances Its Manufacturing Technology

May 29, 2013 12:52 pm | by SanDisk Corporation | News | Comments

SanDisk Corporation [NASDAQ: SNDK] has announced it has begun customer sampling of flash memory products based on its industry-leading 1Ynm process technology, which represents its second generation 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology.

Facial Recognition Technology Proves its Mettle

May 28, 2013 4:20 pm | by Tom Oswald, Michigan State University | News | Comments

In a study that evaluated some of the latest in automatic facial recognition technology, researchers at Michigan State University were able to quickly identify one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects from law enforcement video, an experiment that demonstrated the value of such technology.

HotSpot Episode 14: Wearable Technology: When Will it Arrive?

May 28, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's HotSpot, researchers convert a Microsoft Kinect into a child-in-the-hot-car detector; the U.S Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducted its first touch-and-go landings; Leap Motion's ne teaser video; and the wearable tech revolution gets delayes.

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