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Cree Licenses GaN Device Patents to Transphorm

August 5, 2013 9:54 am | by Cree | News | Comments

Cree [Nasdaq: CREE], has announced that it signed a non-exclusive worldwide patent license agreement with Transphorm, Inc. that provides access to Cree’s extensive family of patents related to GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) and GaN Schottky diode devices for use in the field of power conversion devices.

Feds, States Want Apple to Revamp e-Book Practices

August 5, 2013 9:37 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general on Friday said they want to prevent Apple from entering into contracts with sellers of e-books, movies, music, and other digital content that are likely to raise prices. The demand comes out of an antitrust suit against Apple and five e-book publishers.

Japan Launches Talking Humanoid Robot into Space

August 5, 2013 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kirobo — derived from the Japanese words for "hope" and "robot" — was among five tons of supplies and machinery on a rocket launched Sunday from Tanegashima in southwestern Japan, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said. The childlike robot was designed to be a companion for astronaut Koichi Wakata and will communicate with another robot on Earth.

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Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports of the iPhone 4 and some variations of the iPad 2. The commission ruled that the Chinese-made Apple devices violated a patent held by Samsung and couldn't be imported.

Dell CEO Ups Ante in Buyout Battle for PC Maker

August 5, 2013 9:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press PAUL WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just when it looked as if he might be vanquished, Dell CEO Michael Dell has regained the advantage in a lengthy battle to buy the slumping personal computer maker that he founded nearly 30 years ago. He did it by persuading the company's board to accept a slightly better offer that adds a one-time dividend in exchange for a pivotal change in how shareholders will vote on the deal.

Ametherm Announces Global Distribution Partnership With Mouser

August 4, 2013 7:52 pm | by Amertherm | News | Comments

Ametherm has announced a global distribution partnership with Mouser Electronics, a leading catalog and online semiconductor and electronic component distributor. Under the terms of the agreement, Mouser will carry and provide technical support for Ametherm's complete line-up of inrush current limiting solutions.

Cypress’s PSoC 3 Device Powers Griffin Technology’s Family of Digital Audio Accessories Connecting Musical Instruments to Apple iOS Devices

August 4, 2013 7:42 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced that Griffin Technology has selected the PSoC 3 programmable system-on-chip for four of its music-creation accessories. The StudioConnect, StudioConnect with Lightning, MIDIConnect, and GuitarConnect Pro each provide a digital audio interface...

Dell's Board Deals Blow to CEO's $24.4B Buyout Bid

August 1, 2013 9:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Dell's board rejected CEO Michael Dell's attempt to change the voting rules for his bid to buy the slumping personal computer maker, a decision that is likely to doom the deal. But the endangered buyout could still get a reprieve if Michael Dell and his allies accept a counterproposal that would extend the voting period for a third time and allow a bigger pool of shareholders to cast ballots.

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Discover Universal Law for Light Absorption in 2D Semiconductors

August 1, 2013 9:20 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

From solar cells to optoelectronic sensors to lasers and imaging devices, many of today’s semiconductor technologies hinge upon the absorption of light. Now, for the first time, a simple law of light absorption for 2D semiconductors has been demonstrated.

Cradle Turns Smartphone into Handheld Biosensor

August 1, 2013 9:07 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses, and other molecules.

Guided Growth of Nanowires Leads to Self-Integrated Circuits

July 31, 2013 2:49 pm | by Prof. Ernesto Joselevich, Weizmann Institute | News | Comments

Researchers working with tiny components in nanoelectronics face a challenge similar to that of parents of small children: teaching them to manage on their own. The nano-components are so small that arranging them with external tools is impossible. The only solution is to create conditions in which they can be “trusted” to assemble themselves.

Navy Turns to UAVs for Help with Radar, Communications

July 31, 2013 2:20 pm | by Eric Beidel, Office of Naval Research | Articles | Comments

Sailing off Virginia Beach, Va., from July 13 to 18, the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Research Vessel (R/V) Knorr explored ocean and atmospheric weather variations that can change the angle that radar and radio waves bend, making it more difficult for ships to remain undetected and hindering their ability to communicate or locate adversaries.

Broadcom Powers Brother's First Family of NFC-Enabled Printers

July 31, 2013 2:00 pm | by Broadcom Corporation | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation [NASDAQ: BRCM] has announced Broadcom's Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi technology is powering Brother's new NFC printers. The integration of NFC into Brother's multi-function printers shows how the power of NFC is being adopted by a broader range of  consumer electronic devices.

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Georgia Tech Uncovers iOS Security Weaknesses

July 31, 2013 1:27 pm | by Jason Maderer, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered two security weaknesses that permit installation of malware onto Apple mobile devices using seemingly innocuous applications and peripherals, uncovering significant security threats to the iOS platform.

Key Factors for Wireless Power Transfer

July 31, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

What happens to a resonant wireless power transfer system in the presence of complex electromagnetic environments, such as metal plates? A team of researchers explored the influences at play in this type of situation, and they describe in the American Institute of Physics' journal AIP Advances how efficient wireless power transfer can indeed be achieved in the presence of metal plates.

Lawsuit Alleges Apple Shortchanges Store Workers

July 31, 2013 11:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is facing accusations of shortchanging thousands of employees who haven't been getting paid while being forced to wait in line to show they aren't trying to steal an iPhone, iPad, or other merchandise from the company's bustling stores.

Microsoft Office Comes to Android, but Not Tablets

July 31, 2013 11:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new offering follows the release of an iPhone version in June and brings an Office app to phones running the most widely used operating system on new smartphones. Microsoft is trying to make its Office 365 subscription more compelling, without removing an advantage that tablet computers running Microsoft's Windows system now have.

Dell Committee Rejects Michael Dell Voting Change

July 31, 2013 11:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group led by Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake Partners last week raised its bid to buy out Dell's other shareholders by a dime, to $13.75 per share. As part of that offer, the group said the bid's fate must be decided only by the shareholders who choose to vote either for or against the plan.

Senate Panel Looking at Limits on Surveillance

July 31, 2013 11:44 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

Senators are questioning top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records.

Leahy, NSA Clash Over Number of Thwarted Plots

July 31, 2013 11:40 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy and the Obama administration are clashing over how many terrorist plots might have been thwarted through the secret collection of Americans' phone records since 2006. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Vermont Democrat disputed comments by the head of the National Security Agency, who has said the phone and internet surveillance disrupted 54 schemes by militants.

Spirent Helps Accelerate Testing of TDD-LTE Performance in Mobile Devices

July 31, 2013 11:35 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Spirent Communications has announced TDD-LTE support on the Spirent CS8 Mobile Device Tester. Already recognized in the industry for its ability to enable quick configuration and easy execution of test cases, the CS8 is now able to perform data throughput, voice quality, location based services, and mobility testing for chipsets and mobile devices that support TDD-LTE.

NSA Phone Spying Document Declassified

July 31, 2013 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is declassifying documents about its telephone spying program to try to tamp down congressional opposition to domestic surveillance. The documents will provide little solace, however, to Americans hoping to understand the legal analysis that underpinned the widespread surveillance.

Ruggedizing USB Connections for Tough Environments

July 30, 2013 3:17 pm | by Brian Foster, Product Manager, Serial and USB Product Lines, B&B Electronics | News | Comments

When technician John Baker of Premier Resource Services connected his laptop to a customer’s piece of industrial machinery he got a nasty surprise. There was a quick puff of smoke, and John lost his hard drive, his USB port and the USB adapter that he’d connected to the machine.

Why Wireless Millimeter Wave Radios Will Fuel the Coming Microcell Boom

July 30, 2013 3:08 pm | by Renaissance Electronics Corporation (REC) | News | Comments

As carriers continue to roll out LTE networks to meet the overwhelming demand for mobile broadband data services, small cellular base stations called micro and picocells are expected to proliferate across the landscape over the next several years. 

TI’s SensorTag App for Android 4.3 Makes Bluetooth Smart App Development Easy

July 30, 2013 2:50 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the availability of the Bluetooth Smart SensorTag app for Android following the launch of Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” native support of Bluetooth Smart Ready. The new app, available for free removes the barriers to entry for app developers.

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