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Industry Agrees to New Mobile App Guidelines

July 26, 2013 10:43 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.

4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian Charged in Massive Hacking

July 26, 2013 10:27 am | by SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Review: Nexus 7 Good Value, Even With Higher Price

July 26, 2013 10:17 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When it comes to technology, we've been trained to expect more for less. Devices get more powerful each year, as prices stay the same or drop. With the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google hopes we're willing to pay more for more. The new tablet comes with a $30 price increase over last year's model.

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Samsung Emphasizes Components as Smartphones Peak

July 26, 2013 10:11 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth. Samsung's division that makes and sells handsets, smartphones, and tablet computers has been the motive force behind the South Korea company's run of bumper profits.

Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips

July 26, 2013 10:06 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones in the April-to-June period, according to ABI, up from 26 million in the same period a year ago. But the company's sales growth isn't keeping pace with the overall smartphone market, which grew 52 percent from last year.

A Magnetic Pen for Smartphones Adds another Level of Conveniences

July 25, 2013 10:36 am | by Lan Yoon, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

Personal Data Briefly Exposed at NYC Bike Share

July 25, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of New York City's bike-sharing program say a software glitch accidentally revealed personal and financial information of more than 1,000 of its account holders. The Citi Bike program notified affected members of the problem in a July 19 letter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed the letter.

Google Wants to Bring Free Wi-Fi to SF Parks

July 25, 2013 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google and a San Francisco supervisor announced a partnership on Wednesday to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks, plazas and open spaces. The Internet giant has agreed to provide a $600,000 grant to fund the initiative, Supervisor Mark Farrell said.

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Dell's Founder Boosts Offer to Buy the Company

July 25, 2013 10:12 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A group led by Dell's founder raised its offer for the struggling computer maker Wednesday in hopes of attracting more shareholder support for its plan to take the company private. The 10-cent per share increase came just hours before Dell's shareholders were scheduled to vote on the previous $13.65 per share offer from Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners.

Google Unveils New Nexus 7, Internet TV Device

July 25, 2013 10:10 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market.

Tech Tips: New Phone Upgrade Plans Akin to Renting

July 25, 2013 10:09 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Over the past few weeks, three major U.S. wireless providers unveiled plans to combat phone envy: Let's say you just bought a phone, and then one with better features comes out a month later. You no longer have to wait a full two years to get it. Instead, you pay a monthly fee.

Vishay Precision Group to Highlight Performance Differences of Major Resistor Types in Upcoming Free Webinar

July 24, 2013 5:13 pm | by Vishay Precision Group | News | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. has announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) and element14 will present a live webinar titled "There Is More to Resistor Precision Than Meets the Eye" on July 31. The 60-minute event, which begins at 3 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. EDT), will cover the electrical properties and stress factors of all three major resistor types...

Bluetooth Smart DSLR Camera Remote Controlled from any Bluetooth v4.0 Smartphone

July 24, 2013 5:10 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

The 'SD-100 SmartDSLR' from Korean consumer electronics specialist, Maytel, is a remote control solution that allows users to access and use a wide range of both basic and advanced DSLR digital camera features from their smartphones via a free partner app.

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ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified

July 24, 2013 9:17 am | by The ZigBee Alliance | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is fully interoperable with the earlier versions of the standard.

CTS Completes ISO 9001 Recertification

July 24, 2013 9:11 am | by CTS Corporation | News | Comments

The National Quality Assurance (NQA), U.S.A., an accredited organization under the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, has assessed and approved CTS Electronic Components, a division of CTS Corporation, for ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Hopkinton, Massachusetts USA location.

Choosing a Wave Could Accelerate Airplane Maintenance

July 24, 2013 8:59 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

Ultrasonic waves can find bubbles and cracks in adhesive bonds holding airplane composite parts together, and now aerospace engineers can select the best frequencies to detect adhesive failures in hard-to-reach places more quickly, thanks to Penn State researchers.

Polycom CEO Resigns after Expenses Questioned

July 24, 2013 8:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Videoconferencing equipment maker Polycom said Tuesday that its CEO has resigned after the board found "irregularities" in his expense submissions. Polycom said that Andrew Miller resigned on Friday and accepted responsibility for the expense reports, which the company did not detail.

Germany Lobbies for UN Online Privacy Charter

July 24, 2013 8:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has urged fellow European Union member states to support its drive for a new global charter protecting personal privacy online. A letter sent by Germany's foreign and justice ministers to their EU counterparts cites the debate over U.S. intelligence-gathering on the Internet as a reason to expand a 1966 U.N. treaty guaranteeing privacy.

Ahead of the Bell: Show Time for Google Tablets?

July 24, 2013 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The new devices are likely to be the main attraction at a San Francisco event being hosted by Google executive Sundar Pichai, who oversees the company's Android and Chrome operating systems. The Nexus line of tablets that came out a year ago all run on the Android software that also powers hundreds of millions of smartphones.

Backers of Surveillance Program Battle a Challenge

July 24, 2013 8:10 am | by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency's surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack.

Astrodyne Launches Redesigned Website with Updated Features

July 23, 2013 3:32 pm | by Astrodyne Corporation | News | Comments

Astrodyne Corporation has significantly upgraded its website with enhanced visual design and intuitive product search tool. The provider of advanced power conversion components to medical, military/aerospace, and industrial customers has updated its website to a highly visual, interactive design reflecting the Company’s message: “Now you have power.”

AVX Secures Seven Slots on the 2013 Electronic Design Top 101 Components List

July 23, 2013 3:25 pm | by AVX Corporation | News | Comments

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has announced that seven of its components have been featured on the 2013 Electronic Design “Top 101 Components” list. The annual list is a compilation of the most popular components from the previous 12 months as chosen by Electronic Design editors and readers.

Ethertronics’ New EtherChip 2.0 with Ether Switch & Tune Enables Global Roaming

July 23, 2013 3:17 pm | by Ethertronics | News | Comments

Ethertronics has unveiled the latest addition to its EtherChip line of RF silicon chips – EtherChip 2.0. Available for immediate integration by OEMs, EtherChip 2.0 is designed to add “smarts” to antenna and RF systems to deliver optimal connectivity and performance for wireless devices.

ATW Companies Announces Expansion of Metalform Manufacturing Operations

July 23, 2013 3:08 pm | by ATW Companies | News | Comments

ATW Companies, a leading provider of engineered metal manufacturing solutions, has announced that its Metalform product line has expanded its manufacturing capabilities, adding resistance welding, spot welding, and robotic plasma welding equipment, which will increase quality and improve manufacturing operations.

Beecham Research and Wearable Technologies Group Launch New Report on Wearable Tech Market

July 23, 2013 3:05 pm | by Beecham Research | News | Comments

Beecham Research and Wearable Technologies Group, authorities in the machine-to-machine (M2M) and wearable technology markets, have announced the publication of a new report on the rapidly-developing wearable technologies market. Following extensive interviews with industry leaders, the report introduces a host of new insights to aid market development.

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