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Vishay Intertechnology's Silicone Cemented, Fusible Wirewound Safety Resistor

January 23, 2014 10:23 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

introduced a 5 W axial silicone cemented, fusible wirewound safety resistor for electric appliances, energy meters, and power supplies designed to ensure safe and silent fusing operation during overload conditions while offering surge voltage withstanding capability up to 6 kV (1.2 / 50 µs). Additional features of the Vishay Draloric AC05 include...

How to Build an Information Time Machine

January 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Frederic Kaplan, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers...                      

Nighttime Smartphone Use Zaps Workers’ Energy

January 23, 2014 9:02 am | by Andy Henion, Russell Johnson, Michigan State University | News | Comments

Using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day, indicates new research co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar...                                            

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Icahn Raises Apple Stake, Now Owns $3B in Stock

January 23, 2014 8:30 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far below their peak price...                           

Verizon Reports 1,000-1,999 Security Data Orders

January 23, 2014 8:27 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Verizon Communications says it received between 1,000 and 1,999 government requests for customer information related to national security last year...                               

App Watch: Will You Be My Between? App for Lovers

January 23, 2014 8:25 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people...                             

Lenovo Buys Part of IBM Server Business for $2.3B

January 23, 2014 8:24 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets, and smartphones...                                            

Ohio Man Questioned over Google Glass in Theater

January 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device....                               

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Central Semiconductor Expands Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics

January 22, 2014 9:26 am | by Central Semiconductor, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Central Semiconductor has announced that it has expanded its Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics, one of the top worldwide broadline distributors of electronic components, headquartered in Montreal Canada, into EMEA...                 

Loctronix's New ASR Workbench

January 21, 2014 2:00 pm | 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...

RacoWireless, B&B Electronics Team Up to Offer Pre-Packaged Connectivity

January 21, 2014 1:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics and RacoWireless have announced that they have teamed up to offer a Spectre cellular router with a prepaid wireless data plan. The B&B Electronics Spectre 3G cellular router, together with RacoWireless network services, provides everything customers need to connect, develop, deploy, and use M2M applications on the secure USA T-Mobile 3G cellular data network...

RFS Introduces New Plenum-Rated Omni-Directional Antennas

January 21, 2014 12:55 pm | 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...                

Times Microwave Systems' Unique Times-Protect LP-SPT RF Lightning Protection Tester

January 21, 2014 11:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Times Microwave Systems  has introduced the new Times-Protect LP-SPT RF surge protection tester, which provides the user with the capability to test any lightning protection device or component to ensure its proper functioning and capability to protect critical and expensive RF equipment...

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Virginia Tech Researcher Develops Energy-Dense Sugar Battery

January 21, 2014 9:00 am | by Zeke Barlow, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable...                       

Slumping Intel to Cut More than 5,000 Jobs in 2014

January 21, 2014 8:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips...                                  

Strengthening the Electrotechnical Sector by Participating in IEC Standardization

January 20, 2014 3:32 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Blogs | Comments

Nearly every aspect of modern life is connected to the electrotechnical industry. From telecommunications, multimedia, medical equipment, and energy production and distribution, to e-mobility, fiber optics, nanotechnology, and consumer ...

Researchers Develop Tools to Make Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient

January 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Mobile devices are now so ubiquitous that they outnumber the human race, but most remain expensive to operate, consume gobs of scarce energy resources and compete for sparse spectral access on the airwaves...                             

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

High Court Takes Cases on Cellphone Searches

January 20, 2014 9:36 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they have arrested. The court will hear two cases in which criminal defendants were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms at least in part on the strength of evidence obtained by...             

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series

January 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

ArlThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading universities, more than a dozen industry trade...            

Europe Launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots'

January 17, 2014 10:08 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications...           

Google Contact Lens Could Be Option for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:04 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors...                  

Photos of the Day: Contact Lens for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Researchers also had to build in a system to pull energy from incoming radio frequency waves to power the device enough to collect and transmit one glucose reading per second. The embedded electronics in the lens don't obscure vision because they lie outside the eye's pupil and iris...            

What’s Next for Wireless Networks in 2014?

January 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President, CommScope | Blogs | Comments

The continued implementation of LTE and the ongoing data boom mean that most wireless operators are focused on modernizing and enhancing the capacity of their networks with the most efficient architectures and equipment. Increasing network capacity also intensifies their focus on metrocells and indoor coverage. With that said, here’s what I see as the major trends in wireless infrastructure for 2014...

Apple Agrees to Refund $32.5M for Kids' Purchases

January 16, 2014 8:16 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plenty of parents have been there — handing over the iPhone or iPad to a child while waiting in the doctor's office, standing in line at Starbucks or sitting in the car for a long road trip with the family. The youngster is playing a game on a fun mobile app and then hands you the phone saying he needs your password...        

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