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U.S.: No Plans to End Broad Surveillance Program

June 11, 2013 9:38 am | by LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is weighing whether to charge a government contractor with leaking classified government secrets while it defends a much-criticized National Security Agency surveillance program as an indispensable tool for protecting Americans from terrorists.

Journalist in U.S. Surveillance Case: More to Come

June 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenwald told The Associated Press the decision was being made on when to release the next story based on the information provided by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who has been accused by U.S. Senate intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California of committing an "act of treason" that should be prosecuted.

Is Solid-State RF the Next Energy Source?

June 10, 2013 4:48 pm | by NXP Semiconductors N.V. | News | Comments

Could radio-frequency signals become the next major energy source for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications? At the IEEE International Microwave Symposium this week, NXP Semiconductors N.V. [NASDAQ: NXPI] is introducing the industry’s first complete RF power transistor portfolio designed specifically for the 2.45-GHz ISM frequency band, enabling RF energy to be used as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat source.


MACOM’s RoadScapeTM Technology Allows Vehicles to Predict the Future

June 10, 2013 4:29 pm | by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. | News | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (MACOM) has introduced RoadScape at the Telematics Detroit Show in Novi, Michigan. RoadScape, MACOM’s innovative technology, provides highly accurate position, direction, and time information, enabling a new era of location and situational awareness for the automotive and transportation industry – allowing industrial and commercial vehicles to “predict the future.”

Popularity of Item-level Tagging Fuels Global Passive RFID Market

June 10, 2013 3:41 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

The benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID), which include better inventory management, improved operational efficiency, reduced labour, enhanced supply chain visibility, information accuracy, higher sales and better customer service, have spurred the technology’s adoption in various applications across verticals. The implementation of item-level tagging will further boost sale volumes and lend momentum to the global passive RFID.

Bringing Space Travel to the Masses

June 10, 2013 1:47 pm | by PTTOW | Videos | Comments

Virgin Galactic President & CEO George T. Whitesides talks about bringing space travel to the masses, commuting between the continents, working with Richard Branson, and changing the world. PTTOW! is an invite-only, member network and summit that brings together inspiring leaders from the world's most innovative companies, along with cultural icons, to showcase game changing projects and fuel transformational...

HotSpot Episode 16: Big Brother is Watching

June 10, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Big Brother is collecting phone records; DARPA's ADAPT program is looking to smart phone technologies and practices to create new ground sensors; HP unveils its all-in-one pc; and Italian start-up 2045Tech introduces a pocket breathalyzer.

Since 9/11, Life _ and Surveillance _ Made Easier

June 10, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Laws were passed to take up the fight against shadowy terrorists by giving authorities access to information that previously was off limits. At the same time, technologies intended to make Americans' everyday lives easier have also made it easier for corporations — and the government — to track their movements and habits.


NSA Revelations Force Question: What Do We Want?

June 10, 2013 9:48 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | News | Comments

For more than a decade now, Americans have made peace with the uneasy knowledge that someone — government, business or both — might be watching. We knew that the technology was there. We knew that the law might allow it. As we stood under a security camera at a street corner, connected with friends online or talked on a smartphone equipped with GPS, we knew, too, it was conceivable that we might be monitored.

Music Service, Mobile Software Expected from Apple

June 10, 2013 9:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers.Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. But the major announcements are expected during Monday's keynote presentation.

Cable Operators Buff Up Guides for Internet Age

June 10, 2013 9:34 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Over the past year or so, Comcast Corp., Cablevision Systems Corp. and other cable providers have introduced new program guides on television set-top boxes. These improved guides act more like websites, making it easier to find movies, live TV shows and on-demand video.

Leak of NSA Programs Tests U.S., China Ties

June 10, 2013 9:33 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

Snowden's Cautious Approach to Post Reporter

June 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Edward Snowden used the code name "Verax," truth-teller in Latin, as he made his cautious approach to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman about disclosing some dramatic state secrets on intelligence gathering. The 29-year-old intelligence contractor said he knew the great risks he was taking in exposing a phone records monitoring program and an Internet scouring program designed by the U.S. government...


NSA Contractor Risks Steep Jail Time for Data Leak

June 10, 2013 9:27 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The man who gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security, has revealed his own identity. He risked decades in jail for the disclosures — if the U.S. can extradite him from Hong Kong where he says he has taken refuge.

MicroWave Technology Announces Advanced GaAs pHEMT-Based Ultra-Broadband Driver MMIC Amplifier up to 50 GHz

June 7, 2013 5:20 pm | by MicroWave Technology Inc. | News | Comments

MicroWave Technology Inc. (MwT), the RF division of IXYS Corporation, announced that it offers an advanced AlGaAs/InGaAs pHEMT-based MMIC ultra-broadband driver amplifier product up to 50 GHz. The product is targeted at applications including fiber optics communications, microwave/mm-wave communications systems, microwave/mm-wave testing equipment, and military applications.

New Device Exhibits Strong EMC/ESD Behavior

June 7, 2013 5:15 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Automotive specialist Melexis has added the local interconnect network (LIN) bus to its portfolio of devices. The new MLX80030, which comes in a compact SOIC8 package, is 3rd member of the company’s next generation of system basis ICs that enable simple and effective development of LIN slaves.

MathWorks Adds Capabilities to Speed Wireless and Radar Design with MATLAB and Simulink

June 7, 2013 5:10 pm | by MathWorks | News | Comments

MathWorks has announced strengthened support for wireless communications and radar design with MATLAB and Simulink. Release 2013a (R2013a) enhancements to Phased Array System Toolbox and SimRF now allow wireless communications and radar system designers to speed up modeling and simulation within the familiar MATLAB and Simulink environments. 

Empower’s Live Demo of 20 to 1000 MHz, 1 kW PA

June 7, 2013 4:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Continuing to build momentum and recognition for their “Size Matters” HPA platforms, Empower RF Systems (Inglewood, CA) is hosting live demonstrations of their 1 kW, 20 to 1000 MHz, 5U chassis design (model 2162) at IMS 2013, Booth 1827. 

NASA Set to Launch Latest Satellite to Study Sun

June 7, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ASA is preparing to launch its latest sun-monitoring satellite on a mission to improve space weather prediction. The Iris satellite will observe a little-studied region of the sun that emits ultraviolet light. Scientists hope examining the sun's lower atmosphere would help them learn more about how this region drives solar wind and powers the corona, the sun's outer atmosphere seen during eclipses.

Microsoft to Add Outlook to Windows RT tablets

June 7, 2013 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year. The Outlook 2013 app will be given to owners of Microsoft's Surface tablet and similar devices running Windows RT. That's a slimmed down version of Windows 8, a radical overhaul of the ubiquitous operating system used on most personal computers.

U.S. Declassifies Phone Program Details after Uproar

June 7, 2013 11:00 am | by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation's top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts to collect America's phone records and the U.S. internet use of foreign nationals overseas were legal, limited in scope, and necessary to detect terrorist threats.

Is Big Data Turning Government into 'Big Brother?'

June 7, 2013 10:59 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital communications ...

NSA Whistleblowers Say Agency Casts Wide Net

June 7, 2013 10:58 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

AT&T Says it's Connecting More Devices

June 7, 2013 10:57 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The nation's second-largest cellphone company said it expects to report adding a net 500,000 new devices on contract-based plans during the April-June period. That would be the best second-quarter figure since 2010. Since most Americans already have phones, the number of new customers added every quarter has been slipping across the industry. AT&T's tallies have been propped up by the addition of tablets...

Anritsu Company Showcases Test Solutions That Address High-frequency Designs at IMS 2013

May 31, 2013 11:39 am | by Anritsu Company | News | Comments

Anritsu Company (booth #938) will display test solutions to meet the high-frequency testing requirements of engineers in the aerospace and defense, communications, and semiconductor industries at IMS 2013 in Seattle, June 4-6. Featured will be the VectorStar Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) platform, which is an ideal solution for device characterization...

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