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Engineering Newswire 63: Space Glider Skids Off Runway

November 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, the first free-flight approach-and-landing test doesn't go so smooth; making things cooler with a microwavel; a bipedal robot that is very realistic; and a mathematical model that shows the impact of unexpected events in...

Google Releases 1st Phone Powered by 'Kit Kat'

November 1, 2013 9:06 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is selling a new Android smartphone that it hopes will become more like a clairvoyant friend than a piece of hardware.  The Nexus 5 phone unveiled Thursday is the first device to run on Kit Kat, the latest version of Google's Android operating system. As with previous Nexus phones...

U.S. Woman Questions Ticket for Wearing Google Glass

November 1, 2013 8:58 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

An early adopter of Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses may soon become a guinea pig of a different sort. Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding Tuesday evening in San Diego, and a California Highway Patrol officer noticed she was wearing Google Glass. The officer tacked on...


Dell Laptop Buyers Make a Stink Over Cat Smell

November 1, 2013 8:56 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A noxious feline odor has some Dell customers caterwauling. People who own Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining that their pricey new computers are emitting a smell similar to cat urine. Some of them said on the company's online customer forums that the odor...

Abha Dawesar: Life in the "Digital Now"

October 31, 2013 9:29 am | by TED Talk, Abha Dawesar | Videos | Comments

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?

Lenovo Hires Kutcher to Design, Pitch New Tablet

October 31, 2013 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-maker Lenovo has hired tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher to help design and pitch its latest line of tablets, dubbing the Hollywood star a "product engineer" who can bring his ideas along with his image. It's the latest tech foray for the "Two and a Half Men" performer who recently starred in a biopic about innovative giant Steve Jobs and has invested venture capital...

QuickLogic Introduces Sensor Hub

October 30, 2013 5:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic has announced the introduction of the ArcticLink 3 S1, an Ultra-Low Power Sensor Hub Solution Platform for mobile devices...

Tycon's 100 Mbps 8 Mile Point-to-Point Wireless Network Bridge System

October 30, 2013 4:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tycon Wireless announces the release of the EZ-Bridge Ultra2-LR 2.4 GHz 802.11 g/n wireless point to point plug and play bridge system...


Richardson RFPD Introduces UltraCMOS SPDT RF Switch from Peregrine

October 30, 2013 1:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new absorptive, 50 Ohms RF single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch from Peregrine Semiconductor...

New Telit CDMA Module

October 30, 2013 12:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions recently announced the company’s smallest CDMA module targeted at the North American Market. The product, which also incorporates a Python Script Language interpreter, is capable of running customer applications internally without the need for additional electronics. The CL865-DUAL delivers CDMA data rates of 153.6 kbps from a versatile VQFN package...

Infineon Broadens RF Portfolio with New Transistors

October 30, 2013 11:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies has introduced its 50V LDMOS transistors designed for use in UHF TV broadcast transmitters, including one device providing the highest peak power output available for this application. The higher power output across the entire 470 – 806 MHz TV broadcast band gives amplifier designers the option to use fewer transistors to achieve target output power, which...

Stackpole Chip Resistors Handle High Voltage Pulses of 40 KV

October 30, 2013 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole has expanded its HVC Series of thick film high voltage resistors that utilize a state-of-the-art film deposition process to achieve high voltage ratings, high resistance values, and high pulse voltage handling...

Google Glass Takes Multitasking to a Whole New Level

October 30, 2013 11:02 am | by Julia Blaikie, WDD Intern | Blogs | Comments

The newest fantasy-turned reality comes to us in the form of Google Glass, a computer headpiece which allows for hands-free operation of its camera and video, GPS, messaging, and countless other features designed to make life more hassle-free than ever. It sounds like a dream come true — the possibilities are dizzying. But in the end, attaching computers to our eyes might not be such a liberating concept after all.


Do We Need an Internet of Things? Or, When Your Fridge Gets on Your Nerves

October 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It is called “Internet of Things” or “Internet of Everything” – the idea of realizing hundreds of millions of devices communicating with each other and the humans. But would this really be useful in our daily life? Will we as consumers in the future be swamped with acoustic and visual information from thousands of sensors from refrigerators, door knobs, dog collars etc, whether we need it or not?

FCI Expands Its HPCE Product Range with Power Connectors for Thicker PCBs

October 29, 2013 5:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI increased the versatility of its popular High Power Card Edge (HPCE) product range with the new HPCE straddle mount connectors for thicker printed circuit boards (PCBs)...

Cicoil Introduces Flexible Thermocouple Cables and Assemblies

October 29, 2013 4:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil announces the introduction of its Highly Flexible Thermocouple Cables. Unlike traditional Thermocouple cables, the Cicoil version has been designed for continuous motion, tight routing, excessive temperatures (-65° to +260° C), and extremely...

Integrated Isolated Energy Measurement Chipset

October 29, 2013 4:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated’s highly adaptable, isolated energy measurement solution reduces design cost, size, and complexity...

Cypress Controllers Enable Mobile POS Device with Touch-Sensing PIN Entry

October 29, 2013 3:54 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor recently announced that Ezetap is using Cypress’ CapSense Express controllers in the capacitive-touch-based PIN-pad in its new MPOS device. The CY8CMBR2016 matrix keypad solution provides the Ezetap MPOS device with a durable user interface, helping it to pass...

HotSpot Episode 36: Smart Knockers Give Breast Implants a Brain

October 28, 2013 10:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Sandisk, a stand-alone smart sensor label; smart breast implants that make medical care easier; Google's browser extension, uPoxy, provides more secure routes to the Internet; and i-Air touch technology...

iPad Art Gains Recognition in New Hockney Exhibit

October 28, 2013 9:47 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain's most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touchscreen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests, and richly...

Crop of High-Tech Farmers Sows Results with Apps

October 28, 2013 9:45 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new cyber tool that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems came to life after a University of Vermont researcher realized farmers just weren't very good at keeping records. Department of Agriculture this spring to expand the app for use around the Northeast and California...

NYSE Holds 'Successful' Dry Run for Twitter IPO

October 28, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Stock Exchange says its test run of Twitter's initial public offering on Saturday was a success, as the exchange takes pains to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook's debut. While the NYSE frequently does testing on the weekend, this was the first time the exchange conducted...

Patent Shows Samsung's Rival to Google Glass

October 25, 2013 9:44 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

Chip Growth Leads Samsung to Another Record Profit

October 25, 2013 9:37 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $7.5 billion.

Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft

October 25, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Microsoft shares jumped 6 percent before the opening bell Friday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, marking a strong start for a major overhaul at the world's largest software company. Conditions in the PC industry, according to Citigroup's Walter Pritchard, might not look as bad as they previously did.

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