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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.

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.

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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.

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)...

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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.

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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.

Nokia Buys Network Operations from Siemens

July 2, 2013 8:45 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia is turning to the stronger-performing parts of its business to help bolster its struggling smartphone arm, as it offered Siemens $2.22 billion for its half of the networks joint venture. Finland's Nokia said Monday that the transaction will be completed during the third quarter this year, meaning that the company formed in 2007 — Nokia Siemens Networks — will become Nokia's wholly owned subsidiary.

Zynga CEO Steps Down, Microsoft Exec to Take Post

July 2, 2013 8:45 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

He's not heading out to pasture, but the CEO of "FarmVille" maker Zynga is stepping aside as the troubled online game company looks to revive itself and lift its stalled stock price. Mark Pincus will be replaced on Monday, July 8, by Don Mattrick, who was most recently head of Microsoft's Xbox division.

Snowden Hits Hurdles in Search for Asylum

July 2, 2013 8:44 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | News | Comments

NSA leaker Edward Snowden's best chance of finding refuge outside the United States may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela told Russian reporters on Tuesday that his country has not received an application for asylum from Snowden and dodged the question of whether he would take Snowden away with him.

Tribune Bulks Up In Broadcasting in $2.73B Deal

July 2, 2013 8:44 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tribune on has announced a deal to buy Local TV and its 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion. The acquisition makes the media conglomerate the nation's No. 1 local TV broadcaster and broadens its reach to nearly half the country, or more than 50 million households. The deal is the latest in a wave of consolidation sweeping the industry as TV station owners gird for battle in contentious fee negotiations with cable and satellite TV companies.

Tech Valley Communications Complete Acquisition og TelJet Longhaul Assets

July 1, 2013 7:42 pm | by Tech Valley Communications | News | Comments

Tech Valley Communications (TVC), a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating advanced fiber networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England, have announced it has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Vermont-based TelJet Longhaul, LLC, including TelJet’s Vermont and New Hampshire fiber networks and its recently built colocation facility  As a result of this transaction.

FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd Partner to Provide GPS Signal Inside Crossrail Tunnels

July 1, 2013 7:16 pm | by FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd | News | Comments

When faced with an unusual and challenging technical requirement, FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd partnered to design and install a system to monitor the integrity of large-diameter water main pipes deep under the capital’s landscape. FalTech’s GPS repeater systems are deployed in a wide variety of locations where GPS satellite signals are required inside a building,

Large-Scale Quantum Chip Validated

July 1, 2013 9:47 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

A team of scientists at USC has verified that quantum effects are indeed at play in the first commercial quantum optimization processor. The team demonstrated that the D-Wave processor housed at the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center behaves in a manner that indicates that quantum mechanics plays a functional role in the way it works. The demonstration involved a small subset of the chip's 128 qubits.

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