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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...

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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...

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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...

Exclusive: External Impacts on Touch Panel Design and Performance

November 19, 2013 4:17 pm | by Shahna Kothapally, Vice President of Engineering, Ocular | Articles | Comments

Projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels are the touch panel of choice. Research has shown that resistive touch panel sales are significantly lower than PCAP, and this trend is...                           

Diamond Materials for Semiconductor Applications

November 19, 2013 3:14 pm | by Yole Développement | News | Comments

Yole Développement announced its Diamond Materials for Semiconductor Applications report. Yole Développement’s report provides a complete analysis of the different diamonds materials including their characteristics, equipment and manufacturing processes, applications in semiconductor devices, main players.

Sequans Announces New LTE Design Wins

November 19, 2013 3:09 pm | by Sequans Communications | News | Comments

Sequans Communications S.A. announced that its pre-certified EZLinkLTE modules have been selected by three manufacturers, all first-time customers for Sequans, to power new tablet and mobile PC devices for the US market. EZLinkLTE is the family name for Sequans’ single-mode LTE module product line.

World's First Multiprotocol PC Mouse is Launched by Lenovo Using Nordic Semiconductor

November 19, 2013 3:06 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announced that the world's first dual-operating Bluetooth v4.0 and proprietary 2.4GHz wireless mouse has been launched by award-winning PC giant Lenovo Group and benefits in both use cases from Nordic's class-leading, multi-protocol nRF51822 SoCs.

EnOcean Alliance Takes Interoperability to the Next Level

November 19, 2013 3:02 pm | by EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance has specified the first generic language for the communication of energy harvesting wireless solutions: Generic Profiles. These enable product manufacturers (OEMs) to develop new interoperable EnOcean-based solutions easier and faster; for example a greater variety of multi-purpose wireless sensors.

Intertek Selects Spirent for Verizon Wireless VoLTE/IMS Test Capabilities

November 19, 2013 2:57 pm | by Spirent Communications | News | Comments

Spirent Communications announced 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 mobile devices comply with industry standards and operator certification requirements.

Lantronix's New xPico Wi-Fi Tower Module for Freescale Tower System

November 19, 2013 2:54 pm | by Lantronix | News | Comments

Lantronix announced it has collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor to demonstrate a new evaluation board for its xPico Wi-Fi OEM module, designed specifically for the Freescale Tower System. The companies provided live product demonstrations on October 24, 2013 at the "Designing with Freescale Seminar Series."

Equinox Payments Partners with Infinite Peripherals to Offer Mobile iOS Payment Solution

November 19, 2013 2:49 pm | by Equinox Payments | News | Comments

Equinox Payments has partnered with Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC), the leading developer of mobile point-of-sale (POS) devices. Equinox can now offer a mobile payment solution that is compatible with Apple iOS by integrating IPC’s Linea Pro for the iPod touch or iPhone, or the Infinea Tab for the iPad.

CA Man Says Google Maps Image Shows Slain Son

November 19, 2013 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A San Francisco Bay Area man wants Google Maps to remove an aerial image that shows the body of his 14-year-old son, who was shot and killed in 2009. Jose Barrera told KTVU-TV over the weekend that he became aware of the image of his son Kevin earlier in the week. He said he wants...

Google to Pay $17M to Settle Safari Privacy Case

November 19, 2013 10:26 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader's snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012...                                         

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