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Why Virtual Reality Will Compete with the Real World

May 6, 2014 11:15 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Recent weeks have been good ones for people interested in virtual reality. The Facebook acquisition of Oculus has galvanized the idea that “something wonderful” will happen if we put on these strange headsets and visually enter other worlds. Of course, most people assume this means gaming...

Apple Awarded $119M, but Who's Winning the Fight?

May 6, 2014 11:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2 billion Apple demanded...

Photos of the Day: Miami is New Tech 'Hot Spot'

May 5, 2014 8:53 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

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Miami Looks Beyond Beaches, Bikinis to Tech

May 5, 2014 8:35 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun...

DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Decoding the Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple's smartphone features...

Collaborative 'Metasurfaces' Grant to Merge Classical and Quantum Physics

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has selected the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to lead a multidisciplinary effort that will merge research in classical and quantum physics and accelerate the development of advanced optical technologies...                           

Photo of the Day: Flat Lens Using a Metasurface

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The premise of nanophotonics is that light can interact with matter in unusual ways when the material incorporates tiny metallic or dielectric features that are separated by a distance shorter than the wavelength of the light. Metamaterials are engineered materials that exploit these phenomena, producing strange effects, enabling light to bend unnaturally...              

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Saelig's 3D Magnetometer Sensor

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig has announced the IST8301C - a single-chip 3-axis digital magnetometer sensor, housed in an extremely small form factor (2.5 x 2.5 x 1.0mm) 12-pin BGA package. The IST8301C is an integrated chip containing...

Loctronix's New ASR Workbench

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Loctronix has announced the availability of the ASR Workbench, a development toolset for the company’s recently released ASR-2300 software-defined radio (SDR) module.  The ASR-2300 is a function-rich SDR for high-performance positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), and communication applications...

AVX Expands the Capacitance Range for Its X7R & NP0 (C0G)

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX  has expanded the capacitance range for its High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Chip Capacitor Series. Available in both X7R and NP0 (C0G) options, the High Voltage MLC Chip Series exhibits capacitance values, low ESR at high frequencies, and performance across all voltages. The series can be used...

Microchip Introduces Power Monitoring IC with High-Accuracy Signal Acquisition and Power Calculations

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology  has announced a new power monitoring IC, the MCP39F501.  This device is a highly integrated, single-phase power-monitoring IC designed for real-time measurement of AC power.  The device enables high-performance, cost-effective designs in the commercial...

TE Connectivity’s Expanded Line of Mezalok Connectors

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has launched new extensions to its rugged, high-speed Mezalok mezzanine connector family. The new extensions include a stack height of 15mm and a new 320...

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NetHero App Enables Remote Management of Home Internet & Connected Devices

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | News | Comments

Consumers now have access to a free home network and device management app, NetHero, on iOS and Android devices, and Mac and Windows PCs. Created by the developer of cloud-based software for network and device management, Pie Digital, NetHero is the first free app to let consumers manage and optimize their home network and device...

The Installed Base of Wireless M2M Devices in the Oil & Gas industry Reached 423,000 in 2013

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Berg Insight | News | Comments

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of devices with cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil & gas applications worldwide was 423,000 at the end of 2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.4 percent...

FCI Introduces its Latest Mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cables

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has introduced its mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cable (MSHD AOC) assembly, the latest addition to its portfolio of optical and electrical cabling solutions. The MSHD AOC solution is a four-channel cable that features...

Parker’s New Low Energy Wireless Monitoring Sensors

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin has introduced a low energy wireless sensor platform for monitoring pressure, temperature, and humidity in liquid and gas applications. Parker’s SensoNODE Low Energy Wireless Monitoring Sensors and SensoNODE mobile iOS application puts data in the palms of users’ hands...

Transphorm Adds to Its 600 V GaN-on-Silicon Family

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm has announced at APEC 2014 the industry’s first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride)-based, low-profile PQFN products and the expansion of its product portfolio in the industry-standard TO220 packages...

Molex Power Connectors Fill a Critical Power Gap

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated has introduced the Mega-Fit power connector. This wire-to-board, mid-range product line fills a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering...

ON Semiconductor Introduces Efficient Battery Monitors

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a new family of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ‘battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits that provide accurate measurements of the remaining power...

RFS Introduces New Plenum-Rated Omni-Directional Antennas

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems has released the I-ATO3-698/2700 Series of plenum-rated, PIM-certified omni-directional antennas designed for broadband in-building distribution of modern wireless communication systems such as LTE, GSM, CDMA, PCS, 3G, WiFi, WLAN services...                

ACCES I/O Products Releases RS-232 Serial Adapter for Android Devices

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has released a new USB serial interface board—the ANDROID-232. Users can now control legacy RS-232 devices directly from modern Android devices. The ANDROID-232 uses the Android Open Accessory protocol to convince an Android device that its onboard USB port is an RS-232 port...

Network Problems? Never Fear…TotalTechHero is Here!

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The demand for network and cloud-based applications, entertainment, and services is growing. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Customers who count on dependable network and device performance encounter technical problems instead...

Nex-Tech Wireless Selects TrueCall RAN Geoanalytics Platform for New LTE Network

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Newfield Wireless & Nex-Tech Wireless | News | Comments

Newfield Wireless has announced Nex-Tech Wireless has deployed its TrueCall platform to support the operator’s LTE network. Nex-Tech is the 10th deployment of Newfield Wireless’ TrueCall LTE covering a combined total of more than 100 million subscribers...

Nordson ASYMTEK Wins Awards for Its Spectrum II Dispensing System

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Nordson ASYMTEK | News | Comments

Nordson ASYMTEK has announced that it received both the Service Excellence Award (SEA) and the New Product Introduction (NPI) Award at IPC APEX 2014. This is the 10th time in the 11-year history of the Service Excellence Awards that Nordson ASYMTEK has won. The NPI Award was presented to Nordson ASYMTEK for its new Spectrum II dispensing system...

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