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Agilent Technologies Enhances X-Series Signal Analyzers with Improved Phase-Noise Performance, Sweep Speed

August 7, 2013 2:40 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced greater core performance in two of its X-Series signal analyzers, the midrange MXA and general-purpose EXA. The respective improvements in phase noise allow engineers to more precisely characterize the frequency stability of oscillators and synthesizers.

Cell Phones & Cancer

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

About nine months ago, after years of struggling and prolonged lecturing from my family (particularly my daughter) and doctor; and the overload of statistical information, creepy commercials, and high taxes, I was able to give up smoking. I do have to admit, I still would like to light one up at times, but the thought of lung cancer and dying a slow agonizing death is helping me keep the cigarette demons at bay.

Energy Harvesting Wireless Standard for M2M

August 6, 2013 10:34 am | by Frank Schmidt, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting wireless technology is important for realizing interconnected M2M systems more reliably, conveniently, and economically while utilizing existing communication technologies. Machine-to-Machine communication enables equipment to interact with other equipment without human intervention, creating an intelligent network that automatically manages everyday tasks in production, logistics, monitoring, or smart buildings.

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Understanding Interface Properties of Graphene Paves Way for New Applications

August 6, 2013 8:58 am | by Matt Shipman, Dr. Yong Zhu, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas have revealed more about graphene’s mechanical properties and demonstrated a technique to improve the stretchability of graphene – developments that should help engineers and designers come up with new technologies that make use of the material.

Reliable Communication, Unreliable Networks

August 6, 2013 8:56 am | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Now that the Internet's basic protocols are more than 30 years old, network scientists are increasingly turning their attention to ad hoc networks — communications networks set up, on the fly, by wireless devices — where unsolved problems still abound.

IDC: Tablet Shipments Slow with No New iPad

August 6, 2013 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn't release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday. Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year.

Several Airlines See Delays from Computer Outage

August 6, 2013 8:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

everal airlines are experiencing flight delays nationwide because of a problem with a computer system they use for services such as reservations, check-ins, and online booking. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says about 50 of its flights departing Monday night were delayed by an hour or less due to the outage.

Gemalto and KORE Enable Global Connectivity and M2M Applications with Cloud-based Service Platform

August 5, 2013 5:26 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto joined forces to offer global M2M application enablement services with the Cinterion solution. The cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform transforms real-time data from equipment and device sensors into actionable intelligence that improves operational efficiency and optimizes costs for better business outcomes.

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Averna and National Instruments Team up to Offer a Cost-Effective Solution for Recording and Playback of RF Signals

August 5, 2013 5:19 pm | by Averna | News | Comments

Averna has announced the availability of RF Studio for National Instruments Software Defined Radio Platform (USRPTM), converting the USRP into a portable and cost-effective RF system for the recording and playback of real-world GNSS signals.

Agilent Technologies Releases Application Note on Techniques for Precise Power Measurements with FieldFox Microwave Handheld Analyzers

August 5, 2013 4:57 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent released  the application note,“Techniques for Precise Power Measurements in the Field Using FieldFox handheld analyzers.” The application note discusses techniques for measuring average and peak power and references the associated equipment options for field testing.

Rogers Selects Tangoe’s Managed Mobility Service Offering to Support its Enterprise Customers’ Mobile Strategies

August 5, 2013 4:47 pm | by Tangoe | News | Comments

Tangoe, a leading global provider of Communications Lifecycle Management software and related services, has announced that Rogers Communications, Canada’s leading wireless carrier, has agreed to add Tangoe’s Managed Mobility Service offering to its Managed Mobility Service Portfolio of solutions.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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