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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.”

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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.

absolute Ttechnologies: Latest Calibre UK Distributor

July 23, 2013 2:54 pm | by Calibre | News | Comments

Following the success of InfoComm 2013, the international audio-visual and communication industry’s largest annual event, the latest company to join Calibre UK’s distribution partner program is collaboration, virtual reality, and visualization system providers, absolut technologies.

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Brainstorm: Electromagnetic Compatibility

July 23, 2013 11:14 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

In this brainstorm, experts William Stumpf (D.L.S Electronics Systems), Chandarasekaran Krishnan (Cima NanoTech), and Ryan Sadonis (Leader Tech, Inc.)  are discussing the most popular trends they see in electromagnetic compatibility, and how do these trends pave the way for the reduction in electromagnetic interference.

Will Apple's Latest Results Be Latest Letdown?

July 23, 2013 10:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's latest quarterly results are likely to illustrate why investors are clamoring for the maker of the iPhone and the iPad to come out with another trend-setting device. The report, due out after the stock market closes Tuesday, is expected to show that Apple is making less money as more customers buy its lower-priced iPhones and iPads instead of the top-of-the-line models.

Swisscom CEO Found Dead in Home at Age 49

July 23, 2013 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Switzerland's leading telecommunications company says its chief executive has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Swisscom says the body of 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found Tuesday morning at the CEO's home in the Swiss canton (state) of Fribourg.

Chips that Mimic the Brain

July 23, 2013 10:22 am | by Giacomo Indiveri, University of Zurich | News | Comments

No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time.

Digi-Key Expands Value Added Services Offering

July 22, 2013 2:33 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, has announced a broadened selection of value added services. In response to a growing demand for customization, the services help customers accelerate time-to-market and reduce total cost of ownership.

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Pasternack Enterprises Appoints New Distributor for the Benelux Territory

July 22, 2013 2:27 pm | by Pasternack Enterprises | News | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave products, announces the appointment of RIMARCK as the exclusive distributor for the Benelux territory, encompassing Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

GIV Mobile Officially Launches Service Dedicated to Giving to Non-profit Charity of Customer's Choice

July 22, 2013 2:23 pm | by PTEL Mobile | News | Comments

PTel Mobile, one of the pioneers in no-contract wireless, has launched GIV Mobile, the first consumer conscious no-contract mobile service that is dedicated to donating 8% of monthly “Unlimited Everything” plans to a non-profit charity of the customer’s choice...

China Leads as World Experiences Steady M2M Growth

July 22, 2013 12:57 pm | by Informa Telecoms & Media | News | Comments

In the second half of 2012, the number of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) connections reported by China Mobile had increased by nearly 5.5 million. That’s as many as the UK had in total at the end of last year. This outstanding growth has helped to propel China forward to become the single largest national market.

Agilent Technologies Receives Global Growth Leadership Award for Oscilloscopes

July 22, 2013 12:49 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced it has received Frost & Sullivan’s Global Growth Leadership Award for Oscilloscopes. Frost & Sullivan’s independent analysis of the oscilloscopes market showed that Agilent demonstrated significant growth over the past two years, outperforming all other market participants and gaining significant share.

On-Ramp Wireless Expands Series C Funding to $31M

July 22, 2013 12:42 pm | by On-Ramp Wireless | News | Comments

On-Ramp Wireless, developer of wireless solutions for energy automation and M2M communications, announced it has secured an additional $15 million in its Series C funding round from new investor Enbridge, a leader in the safe and reliable delivery of energy in North America, and existing investors.

Paper-Thin e-Skin Responds to Touch By Lighting Up

July 22, 2013 11:53 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A new milestone by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can help robots become more touchy-feely, literally. A research team led by Ali Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic.

Apple Buys 2 Startups to Improve its Mobile Maps

July 22, 2013 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has bought online mapping services HopStop and Locationary as part of its ongoing effort to create a more formidable alternative to Google's navigation system. The acquisitions confirmed Friday give Apple Inc. more tools to round out the maps that it embeds in the mobile operating system running its iPhones and iPads.

NSA Revelations Reframe Digital Life for Some

July 22, 2013 11:34 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

News of the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs that targeted phone records but also information transmitted on the Internet has done more than spark a debate about privacy. Some are reviewing and changing their online habits as they reconsider some basic questions about today's interconnected world.

Google Invests in Glass Chipmaker Himax

July 22, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake in the Himax Display Inc. subsidiary in the form of preferred shares.

Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 11:25 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.

Microsoft Skids on Surface, Earnings Disappoint

July 22, 2013 11:22 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The software giant on Thursday booked a large write-off to its Surface RT business after it slashed prices on the tablets to stimulate demand this week. Its quarterly earnings results also showed that Windows 8, an operating system designed to bridge the divide between PCs and tablets, has been so poorly received that it contributed to a revenue drop in its operating system software unit.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

July 18, 2013 3:31 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

If I didn’t recycle or throw them away in the trash, my old cell phones became the property of my daughter’s imagination. Old laptops found their way into Goodwill boxes, and my cassette players and portable cd players from high school are squirreled away in the corner of my closet.

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