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ANT Makes Inroads into Smartphone Market

June 13, 2013 6:41 pm | by Jack Shandle, freelance writer, Nordic Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Convergence is a hot topic again. But this time its impact on people’s everyday lives will dwarf the computer-communications-consumer (3C) version of the 1990s. Today, the design community is being challenged to find ways to link any device that potentially can draw electric current with the rest of cyberspace. Watches, toasters, weight scales, and thermostats; bicycles, blood pressure monitors...

RFID Journal Presents RFID in High Tech 2013

June 13, 2013 5:57 pm | by RFID Journa | News | Comments

RFID Journal has announced that registration is now open for its RFID in High Tech conference and exhibition. The event, focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the high-tech value chain, will be held on Oct. 2-3, 2013, at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel, in San Francisco, CA.

Engineering Newswire 42: Futuristic Airplanes Carry Passenger Pods

June 13, 2013 2:01 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re building Hyperloop transportation, putting paralyzed people behind the wheel, and riding futuristic airplanes that carry passengers in pods. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today.

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M2M: A Growing Need for Reliable, Secure Data Communications

June 13, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

The first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications can be traced back to World War II, and the ability to have machines “talk” to each other (via data communication networks) is essential for monitoring and controlling assets within homes, businesses, and even critical national infrastructure projects of today.

HotSeat Episode 3: Rugged WSNs for Harsh Environments

June 13, 2013 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Bill Conley, the Cellular and Proprietary RF Systems Engineering Manager at B&B Electronics, is in the HotSeat this week, demonstrating a well monitoring system out in the Sonora Desert. The sensor network edge is expanding, and sensors are not only being asked to function in increasingly harsh environments, but they are also expected to report their data to ever more distant control centers.

Leaker Snowden Alleges NSA Hacking on China, World

June 13, 2013 9:08 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For months, China has tried to turn the tables on the U.S. to counter accusations that it hacks America's computers and networks. Now, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may have handed Beijing a weapon in its cyber war of words with Washington.

Privacy _ the Online Generation Wants It

June 13, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer | News | Comments

That attitude showed up most recently in a poll done over the weekend for the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post. The poll, tied to the disclosure of broad federal surveillance, found that young adults were much more divided than older generations when asked if the government should tread on their privacy to thwart terrorism.

Lawmaker Accuses Google of Dodging Taxes

June 13, 2013 8:55 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.

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Utah Home to NSA's New Mega-Warehouse for Data

June 13, 2013 8:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails.

Panel Backs Introduction of Digital Learning in U.S.

June 13, 2013 8:44 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after President Barack Obama's call for U.S. schools to be outfitted with high-speed Internet within five years, an independent panel that studied the lack of technology at school says digital learning, including the super-fast Internet connections, can be introduced even sooner.

Microchip Technology Subsidiary SST and Novocell Semiconductor Announce Acquisition of Novocell by SST

June 13, 2013 12:15 am | by Microchip Technology Inc. | News | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, and Novocell Semiconductor, Inc. (Novocell) has announced that Microchip and SST have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Novocell.

GreenPeak Enables Low Power and Low Cost ZigBee Smart Home Applications

June 12, 2013 11:57 pm | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies, a leading low power RF-semiconductor company, today announced the availability of a low cost and low power ZigBee solution for end nodes in the Smart Home, allowing Operators to further accelerate market adoption and enabling ZigBee Smart Home solutions that cover the full home and last for up to 10 years without battery replacement.

The Lighting Quotient Updates and Expands its EnOcean Energy Harvesting Wireless Offering

June 12, 2013 11:46 pm | by Lighting Quotient, EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

The Lighting Quotient, a leading architectural lighting manufacturer and member of the EnOcean Alliance, announced today additions and enhancements to its intelligent lighting solutions based on the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard. The portfolio enables luminaires in buildings and plug load circuits in modular office furniture to communicate wirelessly and to respond in accordance with occupancy patterns...

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Macro Sensors Appoints CMG Sales as LVDT Linear Position Sensor Rep In Midwest

June 12, 2013 10:51 pm | by Macro Sensors | News | Comments

Macro Sensors announces the appointment of CMG Sales, Inc. as representative for the company’s entire line of linear and rotary position sensors as well as support instrumentation throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. CMG Sales, Inc. is a recognized leader of measurement solutions to manufacturers throughout the Midwest.

KATHREIN TechnoTrend Presents New Generation of Hybrid Receivers

June 12, 2013 10:27 pm | by KATHREIN TechnoTrend (KTT) | News | Comments

Rohrdorf-Thansau – KATHREIN TechnoTrend (KTT), one of the leading international developers and suppliers of innovative digital technology, is presenting for the first time its new TT-smart device series at this year’s ANGA COM trade fair from 4th to 6th of June in Cologne.

HotSeat Episode 2: ZigBee for Home Automation & Lighting

June 12, 2013 4:28 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Wireless mesh networking technology is not just about smart meters and saving energy anymore. Recent innovation in low power wireless control are making their way into appliances, lighting, security, and home entertainment applications. Through smartphones and tablets, users can now control their devices over ZigBee or other "Internet of Things" wireless technologies.

The Body Electric: Researchers Move Closer to Low-Cost, Implantable Electronics

June 12, 2013 10:11 am | by Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University | News | Comments

New technology under development at The Ohio State University is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body. The first planned use of the technology is a sensor that will detect the very early stages of organ transplant rejection.

Lawsuits over Government Surveillance Languish

June 12, 2013 10:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants.

2D Electronics Take a Step Forward

June 12, 2013 9:58 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

The Rice labs of lead investigator Jun Lou, Pulickel Ajayan and Boris Yakobson, all professors in the university’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, collaborated with Wigner Fellow Wu Zhou and staff scientist Juan-Carlos Idrobo at ORNL in an unusual initiative that incorporated experimental and theoretical work.

Google Asks to Publish More U.S. Gov't Information

June 12, 2013 9:54 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a show of unity, Google rivals Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. also supported the attempt to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to loosen the legal muzzle that limits disclosures about government surveillance authorized by courts to protect national security.

Waze Sale Signals New Growth for Israeli High Tech

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press MAX J. ROSENTHAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waze's popular smartphone application combines GPS navigation software with social networking features, allowing users to improve the service's directions and traffic reports with their own data. This crowd-sourcing aspect enables the service to adapt to changing road conditions, such as accidents and speed traps, in real time.

Hands-Free Texting Still Distracting for Drivers

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza. The pitch has been that hands-free devices are safer because they enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Building a Movement

June 11, 2013 4:32 pm | by PTTWO | Videos | Comments

Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing & Advertising for AT&T, talks about how the dangers of texting and driving fell on deaf ears when AT&T first started its campaign to change people's behaviors. Two years in, they've made significant headway in changing this deadly habit and learned some valuable lessons about how to start a movement along the way.

Protection against the Elements

June 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

Demand for wireless communications has created an increase in telecommunications equipment, as well as a need for advanced, high-quality infrastructure to help prevent product failure, especially in hash environments. Outdoor telecommunication devices experience severe weather and daily temperature fluctuations, causing strong pressure differentials inside the equipment, which can stress and damage housing seals, allowing leaks to occur.

Private Contractors' Key Role at Issue in NSA Leak

June 11, 2013 9:42 am | by ADAM GOLDMAN,Associated Press JONATHAN FAHEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

When Snowden, an employee of one of those firms, Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, he spotlighted the risks of making so many employees of private contractors a key part of the U.S. intelligence apparatus.

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