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Creating Electricity with Caged Atoms

September 24, 2013 9:51 am | by Florian Aigner, Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

A lot of energy is wasted when machines turn hot, unnecessarily heating up their environment. Some of this thermal energy could be harvested using thermoelectric materials; they create electric current when they are used to bridge hot and cold objects. At the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), a new and considerably more efficient class of thermoelectric materials can now be produced.

Domain Walls as New Information Storage Medium

September 24, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

While searching for ever smaller devices that can be used as data storage systems and novel sensors, physicists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have directly observed magnetization dynamics processes in magnetic nanowires and thus paved the way for further research in the field of nanomagnetism.

Meaghan's Minute: Microsoft's New Surface Tablet

September 24, 2013 9:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 tablet has a built-in kickstand, and can be used flat on a table, or in someone's lap. It also has a 75 percent improvement in battery life.

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New Password in a Heartbeat

September 24, 2013 9:11 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators, and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked. Researchers at Rice University have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device could be altered remotely without authorization.

UCLA Engineers Develop a Stretchable, Foldable Transparent Electronic Display

September 24, 2013 9:07 am | by Matthew Chin, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a transparent, elastic organic light-emitting device, or OLED, that could one day make all these possible. The OLED can be repeatedly stretched, folded and twisted at room temperature while still remaining lit and retaining its original shape.

Former Qualcomm Exec Charged with Insider Trading

September 24, 2013 8:51 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former senior executive at Qualcomm made nearly $250,000 in illegal profits from using inside information to buy stock in the wireless technology company and an acquisition target before major public announcements, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Fairfax Reaches Tentative Deal to Buy BlackBerry

September 24, 2013 8:50 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry's largest shareholder has reached a tentative agreement to pay $4.7 billion for the troubled smartphone maker, even as many investors fret about its potential demise. BlackBerry said Monday that Fairfax Financial Holdings has signed a letter of intent that "contemplates" buying the company for $9 per share in cash in a deal that would take the company private.

Applied Materials in Takeover of Tokyo Electron

September 24, 2013 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip-making equipment manufacturer Applied Materials is acquiring Tokyo Electron, a rival maker of equipment for production of semiconductors, flat panel displays, and solar panels. The two companies said Tuesday their $9.39 billion all-stock transaction will result in the creation of a new company with a market capitalization of about $29 billion.

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New Microwave Absorber Catalog Released

September 23, 2013 11:29 am | by Leader Tech | News | Comments

Leader Tech has announced the publication of its first, full-line EA Microwave Absorber catalog. This technical guide features a large selection of narrow and broad band materials for attenuation of frequencies ranging from 500 MHz to greater than 40 GHz.

Meaghan's Minute: Fingerprint Safe

September 23, 2013 11:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

On Friday, Senator Al Franken asked Apple for more clarity on privacy and security concerns he has with its use of fingerprint recognition technology in the new iPhone 5S. Franken said that the fingerprint system could be potentially disastrous for users if someone does eventually hack it.

Ericsson and Orange Announce BSS Cooperation in Switzerland

September 23, 2013 11:23 am | by Ericsson | News | Comments

Ericsson and Orange are expanding their business together in Switzerland. As part of the new agreement Ericsson will supply core components of the new hardware and software architecture supporting Orange Switzerland’s business processes, or business support systems (BSS).

HotSpot Episode 31: Cleaning Up Space Mess

September 23, 2013 11:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a low voltage, miniature TCXO; a satellite with the mission to clean up space; EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems for $115M; and resistive switching devices.

NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars

September 23, 2013 9:38 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a question of high interest for years because methane could be a potential sign of life, although it also can be produced without biology.

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The First Google Glass Hackathon Showcase

September 23, 2013 9:27 am | by MTGx | News | Comments

MTGx and RocketSpace welcomes you to the first ever Google Glass Hackathon event. It brings together over 40 developer teams to present product ideas and solutions which explore the groundbreaking potential of Google Glass as an entertainment accessory and second screen device.

Scheme to Snag iPhones Leads to Chaos in CA

September 23, 2013 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An overnight campout for the new iPhone turned chaotic Friday morning when two men were arrested for fighting outside an Apple Store and a man's plan to hire homeless people to wait in line for the coveted devices backfired, authorities said.

New Surface Expected from Microsoft at NYC Event

September 23, 2013 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is expected to announce new Surface tablet computers, including a version with a smaller screen to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad Mini. The company has an announcement event scheduled in New York on Monday. It comes about a month before Microsoft releases an update to its Windows 8 operating system.

BlackBerry Previews Big Loss, to Cut 4,500 Workers

September 21, 2013 4:47 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry said Friday that it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of its global workforce, as it reports a nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss a week earlier than the results were expected. Shares were halted pending the news and plunged as low as $8.01 when the stock reopened for trading. Shares regained some ground to close down 17 percent at $8.72.

Enhanced SanDisk iNAND Extreme to Provide Fast Digital Storage for Tablets Enables by Intel ‘Bay Trail'

September 20, 2013 1:14 pm | by SanDisk Corporation | News | Comments

SanDisk Corporation has announced that the iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive (EFD) has been optimized to provide advanced digital storage in tablets powered by the new 22nm Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC) introduced by Intel last week. The new enhancements to the iNAND Extreme make it faster, more responsive and highly compatible...

RFMD(R) Introduces World's First 6-Inch GaN-on-SiC Wafers for RF Power Transistors

September 20, 2013 1:09 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD has introduced the world's first 6-inch GaN-on-Silicon Carbide (SiC) wafers for manufacturing RF power transistors for both military and commercial use. The company is converting all GaN production and development to 6-inch diameter wafers using its existing high-volume...

FCI Features Versatile Range of Connectors in Asia’s Leading Automation Event, Automation 2013

September 20, 2013 1:06 pm | by FCI | News | Comments

FCI will be exhibiting its latest range of automation connector solutions at Automation 2013, Asia’s leading automation event. Automation 2013 provides a platform for the best minds and leading solution providers in the industry, including FCI, to interact and drive innovations within the automation sphere.

Ixia Helps Mobile Operators Conquer VoLTE Challenges

September 20, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ixia | News | Comments

Ixia has announced today the sharing of key insights and findings with the mobile industry to help them prepare for the next major wireless technology — Voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Based on extensive work with leading mobile operators and equipment vendors, Ixia has published an industry-first book...

Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics Signs License Agreement with Neonode for Next-Generation GPS Navigation Systems

September 20, 2013 1:00 pm | by Neonode | News | Comments

Neonode has announced that it has signed a multi-year license agreement with Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd, a Tier One manufacturer and joint venture between Visteon, a Fortune 500 and Barron's 500 company, and Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. Neonode's versatile and automotive qualified Multisensing...

Ben Barnard Joins InfoComm International

September 20, 2013 12:47 pm | by InfoComm International | News | Comments

InfoComm International has announced the appointment of Ben Barnard to Account Manager, UK & Ireland. The appointment results from a recommendation by the UK Task Force for an increased local InfoComm presence. Barnard, from Hertfordshire, joins an established UK team at InfoComm International.

Sierra Wireless Launches M2M Solution Exchange, Connecting Customers with Best-of-Breed Solutions

September 20, 2013 12:44 pm | by Sierra Wireless | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless has announced the launch of the Sierra Wireless Solution Partner Program and the Sierra Wireless M2M Solution Exchange. The Sierra Wireless Solution Partner Program promotes integrated wireless solutions powered by Sierra Wireless technology. It offers a streamlined, functional way for solution partners...

LNA Front-end Modules: First Devices Compatible with China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

September 20, 2013 12:40 pm | by Skyworks Solutions | News | Comments

Skyworks Solutions has announced that its highly integrated, low noise amplifier front-end modules are being leveraged by various OEMs to enable global positioning systems (GPS) and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in emerging markets.

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