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Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

October 24, 2013 11:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey.

Dolphins Inspire New Radar System to Detect Hidden Surveillance & Explosive Devices

October 24, 2013 9:42 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Inspired by the way dolphins hunt using bubble nets, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives.

Detecting Bombs with Sound Waves

October 24, 2013 9:29 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | Videos | Comments

That capability -- never before reported in a remote bomb detection system -- was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conferenceon Oct. 23 in Stanford, CA.

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Using Sound Waves for Bomb Detection

October 24, 2013 9:22 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability – never before reported in a remote bomb detection system – was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams.

Smartphone Competition Weighs on LG Earnings

October 24, 2013 9:10 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market. The result shows the challenges faced by handset makers trying to break into the premium smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

Activist Investor Icahn Reconnects with Apple CEO

October 24, 2013 9:08 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn may be putting more pressure on Apple CEO Tim Cook to get more aggressive about boosting the iPhone maker's stock price.Icahn posted on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had sent Cook a letter in the afternoon.

T-Mobile to Offer Free Data Service for Tablets

October 24, 2013 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about 800 Instagram photos or listen to more than three hours of streaming music, the company said.

Review: Refinements Add Up In New Mac System

October 24, 2013 9:05 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks — and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — even if Apple weren't giving it away for free.

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Germany Summons U.S. Envoy over Alleged NSA Spying

October 24, 2013 9:01 am | by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador Thursday following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. At the same time, a senior lawmaker expressed concern at the White House's statement that it isn't monitoring and won't monitor Merkel's communications.

Empower RF Systems: 'Size Matters'

October 23, 2013 4:06 pm | by Empower RF Systems | News | Comments

Empower is once again conducting a “live” demonstration of an ultra broadband (20 to 1000 MHz), high power (1 kW CW) amplifier platform which is housed in an industry leading 5U chassis. The fact that we are controlling this amplifier through a wireless connection and highlighting diagnostics and remote control features through an iPad is equally impressive and, we believe, also industry leading.

Nordic Semiconductor Supports Canadian University Embedded Program

October 23, 2013 3:54 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announced that it is supporting a unique embedded systems education program being run at various Canadian universities with a large donation of its class-leading nRF51422 ANT+ systems-on-chip (SoC). The program is run by a non-profit educational group called MPG (MicroProcessinG)...

Skyworks Front End Solutions Support Broadcom 5G WiFi Platforms

October 23, 2013 3:50 pm | by Skyworks Solutions | News | Comments

Skyworks Solutions announced that its industry leading wireless connectivity front-end modules (FEMs) are being leveraged by Broadcom Corporation for use in several of the company’s 5G WiFi solutions, enabling some of the fastest download speeds available in access points, routers, DSL/cable gateways, PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Cypress Announces Countdown to 1 Billionth CapSense Capacitive Touch-Sensing Controller Shipped

October 23, 2013 3:43 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced it is nearing the shipment of its 1 billionth CapSense capacitive touch-sensing controller. Cypress has launched a counter on www.cypress.com to track the approach to the milestone, which the company will commemorate by recognizing the customer receiving the 1 billionth unit. 

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Supercharged 'White Space' Technology from Redline Communications Wins FCC and Industry Canada Certifications

October 23, 2013 3:38 pm | by Redline Communications | News | Comments

Redline Communications Group announced its wireless broadband system for the sub-700 MHz frequency bands – the so-called television white space –has been certified by both the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada. Built on Redline’s recently announced Universal Wireless Transport (UW) platform...

CDM Electronics Awarded Quality Management Standard AS9100 Rev. C Certification

October 23, 2013 3:31 pm | by CDM Electronics | News | Comments

CDM Electronics announced that its Turnersville, NJ facility has achieved accreditation to the AS9100 International Aerospace Quality System Standard.  The AS9100 standard incorporates the entirety of ISO 9001:2008 along with approximately 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace product safety and reliability.

Anritsu Introduces PIM Master Options for ‘Top of the Tower’ Testing of Key LTE and UMTS Bands

October 23, 2013 3:29 pm | by Anritsu Company | News | Comments

Anritsu Company has introduced three frequency options for its industry-leading PIM Master MW82119A Passive Intermodulation (PIM) high-power, battery-operated, portable PIM test analyzer. The new options provide wireless field engineers and technicians with the first battery-operated handheld analyzers...

High-Performance Wi-Fi in Large Venues Now Enabled by Next Generation of TerraWave High-Density Antennas

October 23, 2013 3:25 pm | by Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | News | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure announced its new line of TerraWave Solutions High-Density Antennas that reliably addresses the ever-increasing challenges of Wi-Fi deployment in stadiums, convention centers, campuses, city centers, airports, manufacturing facilities, and other locales with high densities of wireless clients.

AVX MLO Capacitors Exhibit Lowest Dielectric Absorption at 0.0015%

October 23, 2013 3:22 pm | by AVX | News | Comments

AVX Corporation has published a new technical paper, “Dielectric Absorption of Multilayer Organic (MLO) Capacitors,” announcing that its MLO capacitors have been shown to exhibit the lowest dielectric absorption (DA) of any comparable technology, making them ideal for use in sample and hold (S/H) circuits.

HGI and the Broadband Forum Agree to Work Together on Smart Home

October 23, 2013 3:18 pm | by HGI | News | Comments

HGI and the Broadband Forum have agreed to jointly specify requirements for the Smart Home. Two projects are under way – one clarifying performance and co-existence requirements for wireless home area networks (WHAN) and the other specifying requirements for interworking between various home devices and home automation systems (abstraction layers).

HTC Signs Agreement with SRCH2 to Bring Instant Search to Smartphones

October 23, 2013 1:34 pm | by SRH2 | News | Comments

SRCH2 and HTC have teamed up to bring lightning-fast “search-as-you-type” to HTC devices. SRCH2 is collaborating with HTC to provide industry-leading advanced search capability. This faster, better solution is planned to be incorporated in HTC’s next generation of market-leading devices.  

Nokia Unveils New Windows Phones, First Tablet

October 23, 2013 10:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Nokia is expanding its lineup of Windows phones and introducing its first tablet computer, all sporting the powerful camera technology found in its flagship Lumia 1020 smartphone.                                           

Corning Shares Jump on LCD Glass Deal with Samsung

October 23, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Corning jumped Tuesday after it announced a new tie-up with a Samsung Electronics subsidiary that will boost the glass maker's earnings immediately and guarantees that it will supply Samsung with liquid crystal display glass through 2023.

Sony Hopes Sharable Clips, Extras Aid Movie Buying

October 23, 2013 10:21 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. At least that's the intention behind a new initiative it's calling Vudu Extras+.                     

At a Glance: New Apple Product Specs

October 23, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple unveiled a pair of new iPads and new MacBook Pro computers, among other products, at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday.                                                             

Photo of the Day: Graphene-Coated Porous Silicon Wafer

October 23, 2013 9:54 am | by David F Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

The first supercapacitor made out of silicon can be built into a silicon chip along with the microelectronic circuitry that it powers. It should be possible to construct these power cells out of the excess silicon that exists in the current generation of solar cells, sensors, mobile phones, and a variety of other electromechanical devices, providing a considerable cost savings.

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