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Privacy _ the Online Generation Wants It

June 13, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer | News | Comments

That attitude showed up most recently in a poll done over the weekend for the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post. The poll, tied to the disclosure of broad federal surveillance, found that young adults were much more divided than older generations when asked if the government should tread on their privacy to thwart terrorism.

Lawmaker Accuses Google of Dodging Taxes

June 13, 2013 8:55 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.

Utah Home to NSA's New Mega-Warehouse for Data

June 13, 2013 8:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails.


Panel Backs Introduction of Digital Learning in U.S.

June 13, 2013 8:44 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after President Barack Obama's call for U.S. schools to be outfitted with high-speed Internet within five years, an independent panel that studied the lack of technology at school says digital learning, including the super-fast Internet connections, can be introduced even sooner.

Microchip Technology Subsidiary SST and Novocell Semiconductor Announce Acquisition of Novocell by SST

June 13, 2013 12:15 am | by Microchip Technology Inc. | News | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, and Novocell Semiconductor, Inc. (Novocell) has announced that Microchip and SST have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Novocell.

GreenPeak Enables Low Power and Low Cost ZigBee Smart Home Applications

June 12, 2013 11:57 pm | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies, a leading low power RF-semiconductor company, today announced the availability of a low cost and low power ZigBee solution for end nodes in the Smart Home, allowing Operators to further accelerate market adoption and enabling ZigBee Smart Home solutions that cover the full home and last for up to 10 years without battery replacement.

The Lighting Quotient Updates and Expands its EnOcean Energy Harvesting Wireless Offering

June 12, 2013 11:46 pm | by Lighting Quotient, EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

The Lighting Quotient, a leading architectural lighting manufacturer and member of the EnOcean Alliance, announced today additions and enhancements to its intelligent lighting solutions based on the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard. The portfolio enables luminaires in buildings and plug load circuits in modular office furniture to communicate wirelessly and to respond in accordance with occupancy patterns...

Macro Sensors Appoints CMG Sales as LVDT Linear Position Sensor Rep In Midwest

June 12, 2013 10:51 pm | by Macro Sensors | News | Comments

Macro Sensors announces the appointment of CMG Sales, Inc. as representative for the company’s entire line of linear and rotary position sensors as well as support instrumentation throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. CMG Sales, Inc. is a recognized leader of measurement solutions to manufacturers throughout the Midwest.


KATHREIN TechnoTrend Presents New Generation of Hybrid Receivers

June 12, 2013 10:27 pm | by KATHREIN TechnoTrend (KTT) | News | Comments

Rohrdorf-Thansau – KATHREIN TechnoTrend (KTT), one of the leading international developers and suppliers of innovative digital technology, is presenting for the first time its new TT-smart device series at this year’s ANGA COM trade fair from 4th to 6th of June in Cologne.

HotSeat Episode 2: ZigBee for Home Automation & Lighting

June 12, 2013 4:28 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Wireless mesh networking technology is not just about smart meters and saving energy anymore. Recent innovation in low power wireless control are making their way into appliances, lighting, security, and home entertainment applications. Through smartphones and tablets, users can now control their devices over ZigBee or other "Internet of Things" wireless technologies.

The Body Electric: Researchers Move Closer to Low-Cost, Implantable Electronics

June 12, 2013 10:11 am | by Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University | News | Comments

New technology under development at The Ohio State University is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body. The first planned use of the technology is a sensor that will detect the very early stages of organ transplant rejection.

Lawsuits over Government Surveillance Languish

June 12, 2013 10:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants.

2D Electronics Take a Step Forward

June 12, 2013 9:58 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

The Rice labs of lead investigator Jun Lou, Pulickel Ajayan and Boris Yakobson, all professors in the university’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, collaborated with Wigner Fellow Wu Zhou and staff scientist Juan-Carlos Idrobo at ORNL in an unusual initiative that incorporated experimental and theoretical work.


Google Asks to Publish More U.S. Gov't Information

June 12, 2013 9:54 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a show of unity, Google rivals Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. also supported the attempt to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to loosen the legal muzzle that limits disclosures about government surveillance authorized by courts to protect national security.

Waze Sale Signals New Growth for Israeli High Tech

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press MAX J. ROSENTHAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waze's popular smartphone application combines GPS navigation software with social networking features, allowing users to improve the service's directions and traffic reports with their own data. This crowd-sourcing aspect enables the service to adapt to changing road conditions, such as accidents and speed traps, in real time.

Hands-Free Texting Still Distracting for Drivers

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza. The pitch has been that hands-free devices are safer because they enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Building a Movement

June 11, 2013 4:32 pm | by PTTWO | Videos | Comments

Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing & Advertising for AT&T, talks about how the dangers of texting and driving fell on deaf ears when AT&T first started its campaign to change people's behaviors. Two years in, they've made significant headway in changing this deadly habit and learned some valuable lessons about how to start a movement along the way.

Protection against the Elements

June 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

Demand for wireless communications has created an increase in telecommunications equipment, as well as a need for advanced, high-quality infrastructure to help prevent product failure, especially in hash environments. Outdoor telecommunication devices experience severe weather and daily temperature fluctuations, causing strong pressure differentials inside the equipment, which can stress and damage housing seals, allowing leaks to occur.

Private Contractors' Key Role at Issue in NSA Leak

June 11, 2013 9:42 am | by ADAM GOLDMAN,Associated Press JONATHAN FAHEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

When Snowden, an employee of one of those firms, Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, he spotlighted the risks of making so many employees of private contractors a key part of the U.S. intelligence apparatus.

Apple Revamps Look of iPhone, iPad Software

June 11, 2013 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007. The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for a clean, simple, translucent impression. Apple is redesigning all its applications and icons to conform to the new look, driven by long-time hardware design guru Jony Ive.

Microsoft Hypes Next-Gen Xbox One Games at E3

June 11, 2013 9:40 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The company focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show. Microsoft announced last week that the successor to the Xbox 360 must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online.

Search for 1st Web Page Takes Detour into NC

June 11, 2013 9:40 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, are searching for the first Web page. It was at CERN that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1990 as an unsanctioned project, using a NeXT computer that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs designed in the late 80s during his 12-year exile from the company.

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.

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