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SpaceX launches Canadian Satellite from CA

September 30, 2013 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A SpaceX rocket carrying a Canadian satellite intended to track space weather launched from the California coast Sunday in what was billed as a test flight. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. under clear skies, eventually reaching its intended orbit.

Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, for a Fee

September 30, 2013 10:29 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them. These new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight. Extra legroom, early boarding and access to quiet lounges were just the beginning. Airlines are now renting Apple iPads preloaded with movies, selling hot first class meals in coach and letting passengers pay to have an empty seat next to them.

UK Plans New Cyber Force to Boost Strike Ability

September 30, 2013 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's defense secretary says it is recruiting hundreds of experts for a new cyber force designed to protect the nation's vital data — and stage cyberattacks if necessary. Philip Hammond says the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit aims to boost Britain's offensive and defensive capabilities in an age of increasing threats from cyberespionage and cybersabotage.

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France to Sanction Google Over Privacy Rules

September 30, 2013 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France said Friday it will fine Google up to $402,180 for breaking rules on data privacy. The French agency that regulates information technology says Google hadn't satisfactorily responded to its June decision giving the company three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users.

Build Your Own Phone

September 30, 2013 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I go through cell phones more often than the average consumer, but I blame phone companies for their clever marketing ploys. Sure, I can say no, but then I wouldn’t have a cool new toy to show off to my fiancé (iPhone's greatest and loudest champion). I know that I’m not the only one who creates any excuse possible to get the latest phone upgrade.

Etisalat Egypt and Ericsson Celebrate Successful Deployment of Customized Charging and Billing Services

September 27, 2013 5:21 pm | by Ericsson | News | Comments

Ericsson and Etisalat Egypt have announced the successful completion of their business support system (BSS) project to enhance the operator’s billing flexibility, and provide more service options to its data subscribers and enterprise customers in Egypt. A celebration was held as part of Ericsson’s Networked Society forum in Dubai.

GaN Systems and Arkansas Power Electronics International Awarded $2 Million to Develop New Transportation Technologies

September 27, 2013 5:17 pm | by GaN Systems | News | Comments

GaN Systems has partnered with Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) in a successful bid for funding from the $45M US DoE programme aimed at developing new vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce transportation costs. The APEI-led team has been awarded $2 Million as one of the 38 different projects the DoE is funding across the US.

Beijer Electronics Hosts Open House to Celebrate New US Corporate Headquarters

September 27, 2013 5:14 pm | by Beijer Electronics | News | Comments

Beijer Electronics (BELE) has announced the opening of its US headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beijer Electronics has been experiencing rapid growth and has now moved into a state-of-the-art research and development/manufacturing facility totaling over 44,000 square feet located at located at 1865 West 2100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119.

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Digital TV Transition Faces Threat of Interference from LTE Networks

September 27, 2013 5:12 pm | by MaxLinear | News | Comments

A new whitepaper from MaxLinear provides an in-depth look at the issue of television signal interference caused by proximity to 4G LTE signals, as countries around the world shut off analog terrestrial TV services and switch to all digital transmission. When digital television frequency bands are adjacent to LTE bands there is a high likelihood that LTE signals can interfere with television signals.

IAR Systems Updates Leading Development Tools for the Ultra-low-power MSP430 Core

September 27, 2013 4:50 pm | by IAR Systems | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems has introduced a new version of its world-leading development tool suite IAR Embedded Workbench for the ultra-low power 16-bit MSP430 microcontrollers. In addition to new libraries and integrations, support for numerous new devices has been added.

Intelligent Highway Solutions: The Start of the Development of the Prototype Battery-Less/Wireless Sensor

September 27, 2013 4:44 pm | by Intelligent Highway Solutions | News | Comments

Intelligent Highway Solutions has announced that it has started the prototype phase of the development of the battery-less/wireless sensor. Recently the Company announced it received its patent pending approval for a battery-less wireless sensor that can be embedded in the road and used to measure traffic flow rate, speed and approximate vehicle weight.

Agilent Technologies to Demonstrate Newest Design and Test Solutions at European Microwave Week

September 27, 2013 12:22 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced it will demonstrate a wide range of new high-performance, flexible test solutions for designing and testing components for radar systems, antennas and next-generation wireless devices at European Microwave Week (Booth 105) Oct. 6-11 at the Nürnberg Convention Center in Nuremberg, Germany.

GIGAVAC Power Products Now CE Compliant

September 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by GIGAVAC | News | Comments

GIGAVAC announced that their line of Power Products, including contactors and battery disconnect switches, are now CE approved. The approval includes standard GIGAVAC EPIC sealed contactors both GX, industrial, and MX, hi‐reliability series. Other GIGAVAC products covered under the CE mark are the BD and HBD manual switch series...

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IBM and Deutsche Telekom Launch Mobile App Cloud Service for Midmarket Customers

September 27, 2013 12:14 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM and Deutsche Telekom have announced a collaboration to provide the IBM MobileFirst platform in the cloud to small and medium sized (SMB) customers in Europe. Deutsche Telekom has launched the new cloud service, Developer Garden powered IBM Worklight, which allows developers to cost-effectively and quickly create apps for all mobile platforms and bring them to market faster than ever before.

Agilent Technologies Accelerates Smartphone, Defense Simulations by a Factor of 64

September 27, 2013 12:10 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced that SystemVue, its premier platform for communications and aerospace/defense systems design, supports high-performance distributed computing. System architects of wireless, 4G smartphone and radar applications can now verify next-generation system performance...

NuWaves Engineering Expands International Sales Representative Network with Castle Microwave

September 27, 2013 12:07 pm | by NuWaves Engineering | News | Comments

NuWaves Engineering has announced that the company has added Castle Microwave as an authorized representative of its commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and design services for the United Kingdom and Ireland. “As a specialist electronics distributor in the UK and Ireland for over 30 years, Castle Microwave has an impressive track record..."

Meaghan's Minute: Bluetooth-Enabled Bath Fan

September 27, 2013 10:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Homewerks Worldwide has introduced a Bluetooth enabled ventilation bath fan that streams music wirelessly in home bathrooms. It connects to most Bluetooth enabled smartphones, tablets, and laptops from up to 30 feet away.

Google's 'Hummingbird' Hatches New Search Formula

September 27, 2013 9:17 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called "Hummingbird" that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.

Baseball Demos Location Tech with Apple's iBeacon

September 27, 2013 9:16 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is trying to improve that with a new iBeacon system, which comes with last week's iOS 7 software update for iPhones and iPads. Better location information will improve a range of features, including recommendations based on what's popular nearby.

BlackBerry Posts Loss, Steep Revenue Drop for 2Q

September 27, 2013 9:14 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry said Friday that it is committed to completing a series of major changes quickly after posting a nearly billion-dollar loss and a 45 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter. The troubled smartphone company reported a loss of $965 million and revenue of $1.6 billion, in line with what it warned when it surprised the market by releasing dismal earnings projections last week and announcing 4,500 layoffs.

7 Cars Get Top Rating in High-Tech Safety Test

September 27, 2013 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

With Carbon Nanotubes, a Path to Flexible, Low-Cost Sensors

September 27, 2013 9:02 am | by Patrick Regan, Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.

On the Journey to the Internet of Things: An Insight into the Future of Energy Harvesting

September 27, 2013 8:59 am | by Laurent Giai-Miniet, CEO of EnOcean | Articles | Comments

Energy is everywhere within reach, it just needs to be harvested: this is the principle of energy harvesting. Today, energy harvesting wireless solutions are already well established in the commercial building automation sector. But the technology is just getting started. Tomorrow, new application fields for batteryless wireless communication will be found to further enhance the world around us.

Photo of the Day: Sensing Heartbeat Beneath Rubble.

September 26, 2013 5:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Researchers performed a test of the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) prototype technology -- which can locate individuals buried in disasters -- at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility in Lorton, VA. The device uses radar technology developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

NASA Homeland Security Test Disaster Recovery Tool

September 26, 2013 5:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster. The prototype technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) can locate individuals buried as deep as 30 feet (about 9 meters) in crushed materials.

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