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Apple Expands into Health, Home with New Software

June 3, 2014 9:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling household...

Peregrine Announces New UltraCMOS RF Power Limiters

June 3, 2014 10:53 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® RF power limiters, a turnkey, monolithic alternative to discrete PIN-diode limiters, are ideal for test-and-measurement, land-mobile-radio, wireless-infrastructure, military, and radar systems...

Photos of the Day: '3D Inking' Sensors Directly onto Parts

June 3, 2014 10:25 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you feel that the world has become a buzzing beehive of connectivity, wait a few years. A recent report from CISCO estimates that only a small fraction of the devices that could be talking to each other - 10 billion out of 1.5 trillion, or just 0.6 percent - are actually connected...

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Brilliant Machines Will Have the Industrial Internet Written All Over Themselves

June 3, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | News | Comments

If you feel that the world has become a buzzing beehive of connectivity, wait a few years. A recent report from CISCO estimates that only a small fraction of the devices that could be talking to each other - 10 billion out of 1.5 trillion, or just 0.6 percent - are actually connected...

Cree Introduces New Low Cost, High Power GaN RF Transistors

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. introduces a new family of high power GaN RF transistors based on an innovative plastic package design, which leverages the superior RF performance of GaN in a low-cost platform...

Researchers Predict Electrical Response of Metals to Extreme Pressures

June 2, 2014 5:53 pm | by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

Research makes it possible to predict how subjecting metals to severe pressure can lower their electrical resistance, a finding that could have applications in computer chips and other materials that could benefit from specific electrical resistance...

Apple Will Try to Defy Skeptics at Monday Showcase

June 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has spent most of this year promising to defy the skeptics who believe the iPhone and iPad maker lost its ingenuity when Steve Jobs died in 2011. This week should provide a better sense of whether Apple is heading down promising new avenues of growth...

TDK Announces High-Performance EPCOS PFC Thyristor Module

June 2, 2014 11:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation has extended its BR7000 series of EPCOS power factor controllers with two new types. The BR7000-I-TH controller offers 12 relay outputs for capacitor contactors and 12 transistor outputs for thyristor modules...

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Analog Devices Releases Quad IF Digital-to-Analog Data Converter

June 2, 2014 11:22 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a new quad IF D/A converter. The AD9144 4-channel, 16-bit, 2.8-GSPS D/A converter supports high data rates and ultra-wide signal bandwidth enabling emerging wideband and multiband wireless applications...

RFS Announces Low PIM Directional Couplers & Power Dividers

June 2, 2014 9:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has announced the availability of new models of its low PIM directional couplers and power dividers. Designed to support in-building and in-tunnel wireless applications using DAS systems, the latest products from RFS provide a cost-effective way to divide and distribute power as needed...

C&K Components Introduces New Series of PCB-Mounted Pushbutton Switches

June 2, 2014 9:23 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a series of PCB-mounted short-stroke pushbutton switches with an optional kinked-style termination that facilitates secure mounting on two-sided PC boards...

Rush a Light Wave and You'll Break Its Data

May 31, 2014 11:18 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Quantum information can't break the cosmic speed limit, according to researchers* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute. The scientists have shown how attempts to "push" part of a light beam past the speed...

Google Taking Requests to Censor Results in Europe

May 31, 2014 10:47 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world's dominant search engine. The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened late Thursday in response...

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Surface Mount PCB Terminal Block with Wire Release

May 30, 2014 12:59 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Due to their compact size and ease of use, WAGO Corporation's new 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks are the ideal solution for extremely small LED modules, offering a fast alternative to soldering leads. With a height of merely 2.7 mm, the extremely compact 2059...

Google Steps up Efforts for More Racial Diversity

May 29, 2014 9:14 pm | by Martha Mendoza and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel...

Apple's Beats Buy Joins Tech and Street-Wise Style

May 29, 2014 11:27 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items...

Review: New Kiddie Fitness Band More Toy Than Tech

May 29, 2014 12:39 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technology is all the rage these days for adults. Now, the concept is spreading to kids. LeapFrog, the maker of kids' tablets and other educational products, recently unveiled the LeapBand, a device worn around the wrist. It's really more of a toy...

Crow or Raven? New Birdsnap App Can Help!

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Computer Science Professor Peter Belhumeur, have taken bird-watching to a new level. Using computer vision and machine learning techniques, they have developed Birdsnap, a new iPhone app that is an electronic field guide...

Sight for Sore Eyes: Augmented Reality without the Discomfort

May 28, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Augmented reality is increasingly becoming… well … a reality. Smartphone apps can point out restaurants as you scan the street with your phone camera or even identify constellations when you point your phone at the night sky. And goggle-like devices...

Public-Private Survey Finds Cybercrime on the Rise

May 28, 2014 12:44 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday. The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers...

Google Glass Adaptation Opens the Universe to Deaf Students

May 27, 2014 2:08 pm | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can’t see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can’t see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That’s why a group at Brigham Young University launched the “Signglasses” project...

Hacker Who Helped Feds Gets No More Time in Prison

May 27, 2014 1:54 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A computer hacker who helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets and cripple the hacktivist crew known as Anonymous will serve no more time in prison after being sentenced Tuesday to time served...

HotSpot Episode 64: Broadband Wireless Connection…to the Moon

May 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and NASA have demonstrated a data communication technology that can provide space dwellers with the connectivity we all enjoy here on Earth, enabling large data transfers and even high-definition video streaming...

Knockoffs a Headache for IPO-Bound Alibaba

May 27, 2014 9:46 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

At first glance, the Monster Tron T1 headphones sold on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Taobao site are a tempting offer for audiophiles looking for state-of-the-art hi-fi equipment. But sellers omit one key detail: Monster Inc. never produced this model. "There should be none in existence but our prototypes..."

China Calls on US to Stop 'Unscrupulous' Spying

May 27, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China called for a halt Tuesday to what it called unscrupulous U.S. cyberspying, saying that a monthslong investigation into reports on the "ugly face" of U.S. espionage has concluded that China is a major target of those efforts. The complaint in the form of a government agency report comes a week after...

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