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Loud Cellphone Talkers Next Bane of Air Travelers?

November 22, 2013 10:10 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence. The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making...           

Web Inventor: Surveillance Threatens Democracy

November 22, 2013 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says a growing tide of surveillance is threatening democracy's future. Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the Web in 1990, has been a vocal critic of Internet surveillance...               

Photos of the Day: Total Irradiance Monitor

November 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Audrey Haar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Total solar irradiance is currently measured by the Total Irradiance Monitor, deployed in 2003 on the LASP-built Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission. While SORCE was designed to last for five years, it recorded...         

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Ultrasound, Nanoparticles May Help Diabetics Avoid the Needle

November 21, 2013 5:24 pm | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

A new nanotechnology-based technique for regulating blood sugar in diabetics may give patients the ability to release insulin painlessly using a small ultrasound device, allowing them to go days between injections – rather than using needles to...

Photo of the Day: Electromagnetic Stirring and Separating

November 21, 2013 9:42 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

The semiconductor material silicon is used as very thin wafers in standard solar modules. But a substantial portion of the silicon, which was won at the expense of high energy input, is lost during production. When cutting the wafers out...

Waste that is Brimming with Energy

November 21, 2013 9:39 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Silicon is the material of choice on the fast growing solar market because it converts solar energy into electric power in a relatively efficient manner. When producing silicon wafers, though, the photovoltaic industry loses...              

Meet the Robots for Humanity

November 21, 2013 9:31 am | by TED Talk, Henry Evans | Videos | Comments

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a...               

Solar-Powered Battery Woven into Fabric Overcomes Hurdle for 'Wearable Electronics'

November 21, 2013 9:27 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands...             

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Cypriot University to Accept Bitcoin Payments

November 21, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cyprus' biggest private university said Thursday it will start accepting the digital currency Bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees. The country had been a hub for international banking before suffering a collapse in its financial system this year, leading the government...

Reagan's Role in NSA's Hack of Google and Yahoo

November 21, 2013 9:08 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas...         

LG Looking Into Claim Smart TVs Grab User Data

November 21, 2013 9:05 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in...              

NASA Diagnosing Problem on Mars Rover Curiosity

November 21, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short. The six-wheel, nuclear-powered...

Nordic Semiconductor Adds IO Components to U.K. & Ireland Distributor Network

November 20, 2013 5:28 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announced that it has expanded its U.K. and Ireland distribution network with the appointment of British distributor, IO Components Limited. The agreement covers all of Nordic Semiconductor's ISM band transceivers and supporting solutions... 

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ProTek Devices Unveils TVS Arrays for Circuit Protection in Smartphones and More

November 20, 2013 5:01 pm | by ProTek Devices | News | Comments

ProTek Devices has introduced a new series of transient voltage suppressor arrays (TVS arrays) for circuit protection in applications such as, smartphones and other portable electronics, USB interfaces, and Ethernet 10/100/1000 base T. The new GBLCxxCDN series consists of five ultra-low capacitance (3pF typical), low leakage current, TVS arrays.

X-COM Systems Application Note Describes Benefits of Dual-Channel Spectrum Recording

November 20, 2013 3:49 pm | by X-COM Systems, LLC | News | Comments

X-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies, has released a new white paper entitled “Benefits of Time-Synchronized Dual-Channel Spectrum Recording. ”Many applications such as analyzing aircraft radar cross-section and monitoring of wireless networks to find and identify interference...

Kick Start Development of High Performance Compute Systems with TI’s New KeyStoneTM SoC

November 20, 2013 3:40 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Further easing the development of processing-intensive applications, Texas Instruments (TI) is unveiling a new system-on-chip (SoC), the 66AK2H14, and evaluation module (EVM) for its KeyStoneTM-based 66AK2Hx family of SoCs. With the new 66AK2H14 device...

Intertek Selects Spirent for Verizon Wireless VoLTE/IMS Test Capabilities

November 20, 2013 3:27 pm | by Spirent Communications | News | Comments

Spirent Communications announced today that Intertek’s wireless device testing business has selected Spirent’s  8100 Mobile Device Test System for its Verizon Wireless VoLTE/IMS testing. As an authorized Verizon Wireless test lab, Intertek works to ensure...

Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Look at NSA Program

November 20, 2013 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in the controversy surrounding the National Security Agency, rejecting a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States...

Carriers Reject Kill Switch for Stolen Smartphones

November 20, 2013 10:18 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but San Francisco's top prosecutor says the nation's biggest carriers have...

Mid-Atlantic Rocket Launch Gives East Rare View

November 20, 2013 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A rocket streaked along the eastern U.S. early evening sky Tuesday in an unusual sight as NASA put a smartphone and 28 other tiny satellites into orbit...                                                

Holistic Cell Design Leads to High-Performance, Long Cycle-Life Lithium-Sulfur Battery

November 20, 2013 9:46 am | by Allan Chen, Berkley Lab | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, and that lasts for more than 1,500 cycles of charge-discharge...

EM9301 Bluetooth Smart Controller Enables “Green” Low Energy Beacons

November 20, 2013 9:45 am | by Techwire International | News | Comments

EM Microelectronic, the semiconductor company of the Swatch Group, today announced that they have successfully promoted their ultra-low power Bluetooth SmartController, the EM9301, powered only by harvested energy or low voltage, eco-friendly zinc-air batteries to send...

Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye

November 20, 2013 9:36 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer's final shareholders meeting as chief executive. The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Ballmer's replacement and he thanked him for serving as...

Nokia Shareholders Approve Microsoft Deal

November 20, 2013 9:25 am | by Matti Huutanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the sale of the ailing cellphone division and a portfolio of patents and services to Microsoft Corp. for $7.2 billion...                                              

Enhancing Battery Performance

November 19, 2013 5:24 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The ever-increasing market for portable electronic devices such as laptops, cell phones, and MP3 players has resulted in an equally heavy demand for secondary batteries - more commonly known as rechargeable batteries - Lithium-ion (Li-ion) being among the...

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