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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

UK investigators: Disable Locator Beacon on 787s

July 18, 2013 3:25 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, Associated Press JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also recommended that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators carry out a safety review of lithium-battery powered emergency locator transmitter systems.

Security Experts to Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

July 18, 2013 2:58 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday the security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.

Computer System Automatically Generates TCP Congestion-Control Algorithms

July 18, 2013 2:45 pm | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of TCP's main functions is to prevent network congestion by regulating the rate at which computers send data. In the last 25 years, engineers have made steady improvements to TCP's congestion-control algorithms, resulting in several competing versions of the protocol: Many Windows computers, for instance, run a version called Compound TCP, while Linux machines run a version called TCP Cubic.

Measurable Skill Development

July 18, 2013 1:51 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

InfoMotion focuses on the repetitive motions seen in a variety of sports to build algorithms around them, pattern them, and create small sensors that can measure point-of-force activities in a variety of sporting drills.  The 94Fifty sensor basketball also utilizes technology from Texas Instruments including Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy dual-mode connectivity.

Shareholders Voting on $24.4B Dell Buyout

July 18, 2013 9:23 am | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In a sign that the vote could be close, a special committee of the company's board sent a letter to shareholders emphasizing its opposition to a rival plan from activist investor Carl Icahn. Dell also said Thursday's meeting could be adjourned quickly without a formal vote to give the board more time to round up support for the $24.4 billion buyout offer from Michael Dell and other investors.

Britain to Review Huawei's UK-Based Cyber Center

July 18, 2013 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review the operation of a U.K.-based cybersecurity center run by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following a critical report from lawmakers. The government was thrown onto the defensive last month when senior parliamentarians criticized the deepening links between British telecommunications firms and Huawei Technologies Ltd.

Intel Cuts Sales Outlook as PC Sales Slump

July 18, 2013 9:17 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel, the world's largest maker of chips for PCs, put a brave face on the decline of the global PC sales earlier this year, saying it still expected its own sales to grow. On Wednesday, it backtracked, saying sales will be flat. Intel is hoping that sales of processors for servers, tablets and smartphones will compensate for the drop-off in PC sales.

Review: Pebble Watch is a Great Way to be Bugged

July 18, 2013 9:15 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Pebble has a lot of rough edges, but it does a good job of demonstrating the potential of "wearable" computing. Apple has filed patents that demonstrate it's working on a watch, and other "smart" watches are proliferating. The Pebble has impeccable underdog credibility as the brain child of a 26-year-old Canadian entrepreneur who struggled to find money to make it until he posted his project on the fundraising site Kickstarter.

Envelope Tracking Technology

July 17, 2013 1:59 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Pete Cain, the wireless solution planner for the Microwave and Communications division of the Electronic Measurements Group at Agilent Technologies, discusses the benefits of using envelope tracking, an approach to RF amplifier design in which the power supply voltage applied to the power amplifier is constantly adjusted to ensure that the amplifier is operating at peak efficiency for the given instantaneous output power requirements.

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