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U.S. Satellite Lost in Failed Launch from Pacific

February 1, 2013 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said in a statement Friday the Intelsat 27 satellite was lost 40 seconds after the launch due to the failure of the Zenit-3SL rocket. The Boeing. Co-built spacecraft was launched Thursday from the Odyssey ocean platform. Sea Launch AG President Kjell Karlsen said the cause of the failure is unknown and the company is working to evaluate it.

Engineering Newswire 23: I Am Iron Woman

February 1, 2013 9:02 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re crafting magic arms, building Tony Stark’s cyber-weapon, and 3D printing for the BioCurious.

Apple Blocks Java on Macs Due to Vulnerabilities

February 1, 2013 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Mac users were taken by surprise Thursday as their computers stopped running programs written using the Java programming language after Apple blocked Java due to security problems. Java allows programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs and run them on most computers, including Apple Inc.'s Mac.

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U.S. Weighs Tougher Action over China Cyberattacks

February 1, 2013 8:31 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

High-level talks with the Chinese government to address persistent cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies haven't worked, so officials say the Obama administration is now considering a range of actions. Two former U.S. officials said the administration is preparing a new National Intelligence Estimate.

Panasonic, Sharp Expect Red Ink Despite Yen Help

February 1, 2013 8:26 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The two Osaka-based companies are among the Japanese electronics makers battered by price plunges in gadgets and hot competition from more successful rivals such as Apple Inc. and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Panasonic reported a 61.4 billion yen ($667 million) profit for the October-December period Friday.

New Semiconductor Research May Extend Integrated Circuit Battery Life Tenfold

January 31, 2013 9:02 am | by Rochester Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, international semiconductor consortium SEMATECH, and Texas State University have demonstrated that use of new methods and materials for building integrated circuits can reduce power—extending battery life to 10 times longer for mobile applications compared to conventional transistors.

Rutgers Physics Professors Find New Order in Quantum Electronic Material

January 31, 2013 8:55 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Two Rutgers physics professors have proposed an explanation for a new type of order, or symmetry, in an exotic material made with uranium – a theory that may one day lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging and levitating high-speed trains.

Review: BlackBerry Z10 is Good Stab at Rebirth

January 31, 2013 8:41 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Are you ashamed to have a BlackBerry? It's not exactly a status symbol any more, at least not in the U.S., after it got left in the dust by the iPhone. Now, there's a new BlackBerry that wants to get back into the cool club: the Z10. It's the first phone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and it is, at first blush, a very good stab at regaining at least some of the cachet of the BlackBerry.

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New BlackBerry Won't Be Released in U.S. until March

January 31, 2013 8:40 am | by PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled new, versatile BlackBerrys after excruciating delays allowed Apple, Samsung and others to build commanding leads in an industry that is redefining society. But the first phone won't come out in the United States until March, and one with a physical keyboard will take at least a month longer.

NY Times Says Chinese Hacked Paper's Computers

January 31, 2013 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated The New York Times' computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader, the newspaper reported Thursday.

FCI Electronics Appoints Alessandro PERROTTA as New CEO

January 30, 2013 3:21 pm | by FCI Electronics | News | Comments

FCI Electronics, a 555M USD leading provider of high-speed and power connectors and interconnect solutions for the datacom, consumer and industrial applications today announced the appointment of Alessandro Perrotta as Chief Executive Officer based out of Singapore, effective on February 13, 2013.

Quest’s Battery-Powered, Mobile Wireless Surgical Video Display

January 30, 2013 3:16 pm | by Quest International, Inc. | News | Comments

Quest International, Inc. has announced the availability of the AlphaView Battery-Powered Mobile Video Cart. The newly announced wireless HD video, surgical display system feature a 32 inch, 2.3 megapixel medical-grade LCD on a heavy-duty battery-powered mobile cart.

IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 Showcases the “The Magic of Global Connectivity”

January 30, 2013 2:35 pm | by IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 | News | Comments

Under the appropriately titled banner of “The Magic of Global Connectivity,” IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 recently held its 55th annual event at the fabled Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California with more than 2,500 attendees participating in 1,500 presentations focused on the “new world” of IPv6, smart grid, cloud computing and network infrastructure advancements.

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Judge Rejects Apple's Patent Award Demands

January 30, 2013 9:36 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge late Tuesday rejected Apple Inc.'s demand to increase the $1.05 billion in damages a jury ordered Samsung Electronics Inc. to pay its fiercest rival in the smartphone market. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh also rejected demands from both companies to conduct another trial on different issues over claims that Samsung unfairly used technology controlled by Apple to build its iPads and iPhones to market knockoff products.

Nintendo Returns to Profit, Lowers Sales Forecasts

January 30, 2013 9:34 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. returned to the black for the first nine months of its business year and more than doubled its profit forecast for the full year, getting a perk from a weaker yen, despite pessimism about sales prospects.

Lenovo Profit Boosted by Smartphones, Tablets

January 30, 2013 9:10 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Personal computer maker Lenovo Group said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent to a record high on strong sales of smartphones and tablet computers.The company, vying with Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's biggest PC maker.

IBM Sends Watson to NY College to Boost its Skills

January 30, 2013 9:07 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills.

Review: Microsoft Office Pricey, but Good Value

January 30, 2013 9:02 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As much as I like Google Docs for word processing and spreadsheets, I find the online software clunky at times. So I was skeptical when I heard Microsoft is trying to sell its new version of Office as an online subscription.

Microsoft Retools Office for Touch Screen, Web Use

January 29, 2013 10:01 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The revamped Office boasts touch controls, just like the redesigned version of the Windows operating system that Microsoft Corp. released three months ago. The company is trying to ensure that its products retain their appeal at a time when people increasingly rely on smartphones and tablet computers instead of PCs.

Netgear Buys Sierra Wireless' AirCard Business

January 29, 2013 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Networking equipment maker Netgear Inc. is buying Sierra Wireless Inc.'s AirCard business for $138 million in cash, the companies said Monday. Netgear will assume $6.5 million in liabilities, 160 employees and facilities in Carlsbad, Calif., and Richmond, British Columbia, where Sierra Wireless is based.

Apple Updates iPhone, iPad Software

January 29, 2013 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has released a software update for iPhones and iPads that speeds up data downloads on some major overseas telecom networks and a handful of small U.S. carriers. Apple says iOS version 6.1 adds the ability to access the "LTE" networks of 36 additional iPhone carriers.

Canada, Holland: WhatsApp Violates Privacy Norms

January 29, 2013 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators in the Netherlands and Canada say the popular messaging application WhatsApp is violating internationally accepted privacy norms by stockpiling phone numbers belonging to people who don't even use the service. Many communications services ask for access to their customer's address books to help connect them with friends.

Crucial, Long-Overdue BlackBerry Makeover Arrives

January 29, 2013 9:17 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone. It's the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.

Yahoo's 4Q Report Shows More Signs of Progress

January 29, 2013 9:12 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exceeded analyst forecasts.

Smart TVs and Unmanned Cars

January 28, 2013 11:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

New from Electronic Component News is the very first episode of our Engineering Update newscast, brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this episode, we talk about smart TVs and unmanned cars from CES; and a pill-sized device for imaging the esophagus.

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