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Scooter Synchronizes with Smartphone

July 10, 2013 10:52 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple's iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

Sharp to Sell 'Talking' Home Appliances

July 10, 2013 10:50 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Sharp said Tuesday it will launch "talking" electronic appliances in Japan next month that are capable of informing users of operational status and reminding them to do daily chores. Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items.

TESEQ UK Strengthens Relationship with TATA Power Company

July 10, 2013 10:42 am | by TESEQ | News | Comments

TESEQ continues to strengthen its relationship with the TATA Power Company in India, following successful recalibration of its Bangalore 10 metre, semi-anechoic EMC chamber to the CISPR 16-1-4 standard.

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Silicon Oxide Memories Transcend a Hurdle

July 10, 2013 10:38 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | News | Comments

A Rice University laboratory pioneering memory devices that use cheap, plentiful silicon oxide to store data has pushed them a step further with chips that show the technology's practicality. A paper on the new work appears this week in the journal Advanced Materials.

BlackBerry Chief Seeks Patience with Turnaround

July 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins pleaded for patience Tuesday as the company faces questions about its growth and survival. BlackBerry shares were hammered last month after the company's financial results fell short of expectations.

UK Spies: Nations are Hiring Cybermercenaries

July 10, 2013 10:21 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A British intelligence report said Wednesday that other nations are hiring hackers to launch attacks against their enemies, a trend it described as particularly worrying. The warning over cybermercenaries came in an annual report published by Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee.

The Price of Surveillance: Gov't Pays to Snoop

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

How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged.

Scientists Spy on Lithium Ions

July 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

To wring more power out of lithium ion batteries, scientists are experimenting with different materials and designs. However, the important action in a battery occurs at the atomic level, and it’s been virtually impossible to find out exactly what’s happening at such a scale.

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Graphene on its Way to Conquer Silicon Valley

July 9, 2013 10:51 am | by Dr. Alexander Grueneis, University of Vienna | News | Comments

Graphene, a two-dimensional crystal of carbon atoms packed in a honeycomb structure, has been in the focus of intensive research which led to a Nobel Prize of Physics in 2010. One major challenge is to successfully integrate graphene into the established metal-silicide technology.

Role of Aircraft Automation Eyed in Air Crash

July 9, 2013 10:42 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash landing of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco has revived concerns that airline pilots get so little opportunity these days to fly without the aid of sophisticated automation that their stick-and-rudder skills are eroding.The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, is a long way from reaching a conclusion as to its probable cause.

Big Disconnect: Telcos Abandon Copper Phone Lines

July 9, 2013 10:35 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Verizon, the country's second-largest landline phone company, is taking the lead by replacing phone lines with wireless alternatives. But competitors including AT&T have made it clear they want to follow. It's the beginning of a technological turning point, representing the receding tide of copper-wire landlines that have been used since commercial service began in 1877.

Clearwire Shareholders Vote for Sprint Deal

July 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Clearwire says its shareholders have voted in favor of selling the rest of its shares to majority owner Sprint Nextel. Sprint offered $5 per share for the rest of Clearwire, which runs a mobile broadband network that Sprint uses to provide "Sprint 4G" service on many of its phones.

Pharad Offering New L-Band Wearable Antenna

July 9, 2013 10:31 am | by Pharad | News | Comments

Pharad has introduced a new L-band antenna into its extensive wearable antenna product line. The development of this antenna followed recent increased interest for high performance wearable antennas for new L-band Point-to-Point, Point-to-MultiPoint, and TDMA, and Push-to-Talk applications.

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IAR Systems Adds Support for Atmel’s New SAM D20 Microcontrollers Based on ARM Cortex-M0+

July 3, 2013 12:43 pm | by IAR Systems | News | Comments

IAR Systems has announced development tools support for the ultra-low power SAM D20 microcontroller series from Atmel Corporation. Support is available using the high-performance tool suite IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, which features highly optimizing build tools and comprehensive debugging capabilities, including innovative Power Debugging technology.

Anritsu Adds TD-LTE Validation Leadership to GCF Protocol Conformance Coverage Awards

July 3, 2013 12:39 pm | by Anritsu Corporation | News | Comments

Anritsu Corporation announces its ME7834 Mobile Device Test Platform (MDTP) offers the highest number of validated protocol conformance test cases for TD-LTE, including interworking with TD-SCDMA and GSM. Confirmation was provided by the Global Certification Forum (GCF)...

New Hardware Design Protects Data in the Cloud

July 3, 2013 8:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing – outsourcing computational tasks over the Internet – could give home-computer users unprecedented processing power and let small companies launch sophisticated Web services without building massive server farms.But it also raises privacy concerns.

Review: Price for Simplicity in New Google Phones

July 3, 2013 8:49 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That's because these two devices are replicas of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.

Honda's Robot Museum Guide Not Yet a People Person

July 3, 2013 8:41 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda's walking, talking interactive robot is running into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. The bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photo.

In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.S. Has Big Edge

July 3, 2013 8:38 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game. Other countries, from dictatorships to democracies, are also avid snoopers, tapping into the high-capacity fiber optic cables to intercept Internet traffic.

German Minister: Drop Google if you Fear U.S. Spying

July 3, 2013 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's top security official says Internet users worried about their data being intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies should stop using American websites such as Google and Facebook. Leaked revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's wholesale information on foreign web users has prompted outrage in Europe.

Interest in Carshare Apps Surges after BART Strike

July 3, 2013 8:34 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A small start-up rideshare company is offering free helicopter rides to commuters who downloaded its smartphone app so they can bypass traffic during the BART strike in California, which made it a struggle for 400,000 peole to get to work.

A GaN on GaN LED is now Available on the market

July 2, 2013 1:32 pm | by element14 | News | Comments

As one of the hottest topics in global technology and with the first products starting to appear on the market, element14 is challenging engineers and developers to design and develop their own piece of wearable technology. The global competition will focus entirely on technology integrated within clothing and wearable accessories, and aims to encourage a deeper level of integration...

The first GaN on GaN LED is now available on the market

July 2, 2013 1:30 pm | by Yole Développement | News | Comments

Yole Développement announces the new reverse costing study,SORAA: Tri-LED & Lightchip. This analysis has been developed by System Plus Consulting, Yole Développement’s partner. SORAA Tri LED &Lightchip analysis is a complete teardown of the LED and the package with detailed photos, material analysis, detailed structure of dies and package, manufacturing process flow...

Court: No Class-Action Status in Google Book Case

July 2, 2013 8:49 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google got a friendly ruling Monday from a federal appeals panel that stripped a group representing authors of class-action status as the search engine defends itself against claims that its plan to create the world's largest digital library will violate copyrights. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was too early for authors to be considered as a group in a lawsuit brought against the Mountain View, CA-based company.

Apple Applies for 'iWatch' Trademark in Japan

July 2, 2013 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has applied for a trademark in Japan for "iWatch" as rumors suggest it may be developing a smart wristwatch. A document obtained Monday from the Japan Patent Office's website said the application was made June 3 and made public June 27. It was not immediately clear when the application might be approved. Patent office and Apple officials in Japan were not available for comment late Monday.

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