Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents, it cleared the South Korean company on four other patents in dispute.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re digging ditches with Big Bertha, using self-cleaning super glass, making a mini Mona, and electrifying hydrogels to make soft robots.
Samsung has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business. Samsung described "Samsung Galaxy Gear" as a wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle in its July 29 application with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Now that the Internet's basic protocols are more than 30 years old, network scientists are increasingly turning their attention to ad hoc networks — communications networks set up, on the fly, by wireless devices — where unsolved problems still abound.
Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn't release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday. Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year.
In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a smart home security device controlled from an iPhone; Telemakus USB range of USB controlled RF products; an iPhone biosensor that detects toxins; and a space laser communication system.
The Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general on Friday said they want to prevent Apple from entering into contracts with sellers of e-books, movies, music, and other digital content that are likely to raise prices. The demand comes out of an antitrust suit against Apple and five e-book publishers.
Just when it looked as if he might be vanquished, Dell CEO Michael Dell has regained the advantage in a lengthy battle to buy the slumping personal computer maker that he founded nearly 30 years ago. He did it by persuading the company's board to accept a slightly better offer that adds a one-time dividend in exchange for a pivotal change in how shareholders will vote on the deal.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we're embedding sensors in your teeth to help track unhealthy acts; using the patch to help quit mosquitoes; designing temporary tattoo bio-sensors to warn extreme athletes when they are about to 'bonk'; and building the world's largest functioning brain ... model.
FCI has introduced its storage line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connectors with the launch of 12 Gb/s SAS receptacles for the enterprise storage and server industry. This latest range of SAS connectors provides the IT sector with high performance storage interface that can perform up to12 Gb/s of data speed and accelerate server applications’ ability to access data.
IAR Systems has launched its new Experiment! starter kits. The kits are aimed at creative evaluation for a low price. Developers can use the Experiment! kits to evaluate the embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench and the included microcontroller.
Dell's board rejected CEO Michael Dell's attempt to change the voting rules for his bid to buy the slumping personal computer maker, a decision that is likely to doom the deal. But the endangered buyout could still get a reprieve if Michael Dell and his allies accept a counterproposal that would extend the voting period for a third time and allow a bigger pool of shareholders to cast ballots.
Apple is facing accusations of shortchanging thousands of employees who haven't been getting paid while being forced to wait in line to show they aren't trying to steal an iPhone, iPad, or other merchandise from the company's bustling stores.
The new offering follows the release of an iPhone version in June and brings an Office app to phones running the most widely used operating system on new smartphones. Microsoft is trying to make its Office 365 subscription more compelling, without removing an advantage that tablet computers running Microsoft's Windows system now have.
A group led by Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake Partners last week raised its bid to buy out Dell's other shareholders by a dime, to $13.75 per share. As part of that offer, the group said the bid's fate must be decided only by the shareholders who choose to vote either for or against the plan.
Microchip Technology has announced its third-generation USB3 Controller Hubs (UCH3s)—the four-member USB553xb-5000 family, which is SuperSpeed Logo Certified by the USB Implementers Forum and is the world’s first to integrate OTP Flash configuration memory.
Cypress Semiconductor has announced the availability of a new development kit that speeds design of digital audio accessories for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod products. The CY8CKIT-033A PSoC 3 MFi Digital Audio Development Kit for Lightning includes license-free reference hardware, firmware, and iOS app software.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices.
Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, has died, the company said Sunday. He was 48. Segalovich died Saturday at a London hospital, Yandex director general and fellow founder Arkady Volozh said. Volozh said in the company's blog that Segalovich was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year.
Icahn and the investment firm Southeastern Asset Management said in a letter to a special committee of Dell board members that Michael Dell wants to circumvent the voting process behind the deal by preventing stockholders from passively dissenting on the offer.
In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Leap Motion has launched their 3D motion control software; a brain for your barbecue; a way of charging mobile phones using urine as the power source to generate electricity; and internal tags called InfraStructs.
Semtech Corporation has announced the availability of a multi-standard silicon IP (SiIP) PHY that supports the latest new standards for high-speed wireline and wireless networks. The new SBMULTR2T2812G SiIP PHY is silicon-proven and was developed by Semtech’s Snowbush IP Group, which is focused on designing high-speed serial interface IP.
Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.
Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.
When it comes to technology, we've been trained to expect more for less. Devices get more powerful each year, as prices stay the same or drop. With the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google hopes we're willing to pay more for more. The new tablet comes with a $30 price increase over last year's model.