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Qantek Offers New Miniature SMD 32.768 KHz Crystal Unit

September 18, 2013 1:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Qantek has introduced their new QTC3 Series Surface Mount Tuning Fork Crystal, their second smallest package in the QTC family at 32.768 KHz. The QTC3, measuring a miniature 3.2 x 1.5 x 0.65 mm, is specifically designed for high-density circuit applications, requiring a reliable and precise Time of Day frequency source, operable in wide temperature ranges.

New LabVIEW Driver Available for Elsys TraNET Devices and TPCX/TPCE Transient Cards

September 18, 2013 11:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elsys Instruments has developed a new software driver that makes its entire range of data acquisition products fully compatible with LabVIEW.

Cypress Parallel nvSRAM Nonvolatile Memory Selected by LSI

September 18, 2013 10:18 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Parallel nvSRAM chosen for best-in-class speed, reliability,  and lower voltage operation to help enable higher performance storage


UCLA Researchers’ Smartphone 'Microscope' Can Detect a Single Virus, Nanoparticles

September 18, 2013 9:51 am | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment. The device weighs less than half a pound.

Review: iPhone Fingerprint Sensor Worth Extra Cost

September 18, 2013 9:20 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Passcodes are such a pain that I've relaxed the security settings on my Android phone. I'm willing to forgo the extra safety, just so I'm asked to punch in the code less often. When I got my hands on Apple's new iPhone 5S, one of the first things I tried was a feature that allows you to bypass the passcode using a fingerprint.

Review: New iOS Software Has Features to Discover

September 18, 2013 9:17 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many of the changes in Apple's operating system for mobile devices are cosmetic. Gone are three-dimensional icons that mimic real-world counterparts, such as a magazine rack for the Newsstand app. They are replaced by larger, two-dimensional icons sporting abstract designs and pastel colors.

Microsoft Board Boosts Dividend by 22 Percent

September 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over the world's largest software company's previous dividend.

New 2 W GaAs pHEMT MMIC Power Amplifier Covers 15 to 20 GHz

September 17, 2013 4:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave has launched a new power amplifier which maintains excellent performance over its operating frequency range. The new amplifier, HMC6981LS6, is ideal for high linearity point-to-point and point-to-multi-point radios, SATCOM, military, and space applications.


Agilent's Waveform Creator, Modular Software for Development of Baseband and Vector Signals

September 17, 2013 3:50 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced the M9099 Waveform Creator, a modular software application that supports analog and digital modulation formats, for the Agilent M9381A PXIe Vector Signal Generator.

Apple Keeps Slipping as New iPhone Orders Start

September 17, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple shares continued to slip Monday on concerns about early demand for the company's newest iPhone. Apple is now taking orders for one of its newest iPhones. The stripped-down, lower-cost 5C model is expected to help boost sales in China and other areas.  

More than a Toy

September 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

Though sphero has the RC-esque appearance of a toy, the design really has tinkerers in mind. With two different layers of software programmability, the Sphero has an array of games and utilities. Sphero comes with access to an open-source SDK (software development kit) that allows users to interface with the robot at very high levels with, through an Android or iOS app.

On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing

September 17, 2013 9:26 am | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using premier beams of ultraviolet light at the ALS, a DOE national user facility for synchrotron radiation, the collaboration has reported the first demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in the surface of a topological insulator – a unique class of advanced materials that are electrically insulating on the inside but conducting on the surface.

HotSpot Episode 30: Detecting Heartbeats in Rubble

September 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, a new radar-based technology that detects heartbeats under cement; a superior technique that makes sense of the vast quantities of video; a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks; and a secure safety network for children.


Guardian, World’s First Wearable Designed Specifically for Children’s Security.

September 13, 2013 9:55 am | by BeLuvv | News | Comments

With love as its starting point, a new startup, BeLuvv has combined wearable devices with software applications and created Guardian, the world’s first wearable designed specifically for children and their safety. Featuring replaceable outer cases, Guardian wearables come in vibrant colors to match children’s clothing. Not only does Guardian represent milestone in children’s safety, it is also a fashion statement.

FTC Looking into Proposed Facebook Changes

September 13, 2013 9:23 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is looking into a set of policy changes that Facebook proposed in late August, though the agency says it's part of a routine monitoring of the company's privacy practices. The changes, which have not yet gone into effect, have drawn criticism from privacy groups concerned about how the world's largest online social network uses its members' photos and other information in advertisements.

New Voice-Enabled Remote Control Solutions for ZigBee RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart from TI

September 12, 2013 4:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New solutions powered by Nuance deliver lower cost, voice-enabled remotes with single-chip hardware and software solutions.

Engineering Newswire 55: Hotrod in the Hot Heat

September 12, 2013 1:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

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 watching Gabrielle with a hawk, calling out curiosity, testing a McLaren P1 in the Arctic Circle, and riding a motorcycle, at 400-miles per hour.

New Poll Suggests Apple iPhone 5S Fails to Get UK iPhone Users Excited

September 12, 2013 1:07 pm | by Usurv | News | Comments

According to a consumer survey conducted by Usurv immediately after news of the product was released on Monday, 31 percent of existing UK iPhone users say they want the new Apple iPhone 5S. The survey results indicate a drop in enthusiasm for the Apple phone brand since last year, when a similar survey (conducted after the iPhone 5 launch) showed that 44 percent of iPhone users were willing to upgrade straight away.

Experience the Freedom of Hands-Free Bluetooth Technology with Any Home or Business Phone with ClearSounds QH2 Bluetooth HUB

September 12, 2013 11:03 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The ClearSounds QH2 Bluetooth HUB is designed to make life just a little easier by turning almost any landline phone into a hands-free Bluetooth device.

New Telit 3G Module to Accelerate Market’s Move to Higher Speeds

September 12, 2013 10:25 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions has announced the introduction of the company’s first 3G-cellular module to employ the versatile VQFN mounting technology at this year’s M2M Summit.

iPhone Faces Challenge in Crowded Chinese Market

September 12, 2013 9:15 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Last year, eager buyers in Beijing waited overnight in freezing weather to buy the iPhone 4S. Pressure to get it — and the profit to be made by reselling scarce phones — prompted some to pelt the store with eggs when Apple, worried about the size of the crowd, postponed opening.

New Surface Mount OCXO from Fox Electronics Holds Tight Stabilities

September 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics now offers the FTM Series of surface mount OCXOs that is ideally suited as the timing reference for network synchronization.

Lantronix Launches 3.5G Wireless Solution for Connecting Remote Devices and Mobile Equipment

September 11, 2013 2:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

High-speed cellular solution provides industrial-grade intelligent gateway and ethernet to-cellular routing for rapid M2M seployment.

Frequency-Extension Modules Address Growing Needs in Millimeter-Wave Communications, Wireless Networks, and Aerospace/Defense

September 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies this week introduced a line of frequency-extension modules from Virginia Diodes Inc. (VDI), a company that designs, manufactures, and sells millimeter-wave and terahertz devices, components, and systems, for its signal generators and analyzers.

Apple's New iPhones Simultaneously Aim High, Low

September 11, 2013 9:29 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones — a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera, and fingerprint scanner for better security.

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