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Photos of the Day: Turkey Inspired Bio Sensors

January 22, 2014 10:19 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

The turkey-inspired biosensors were exposed to a range of volatile organic compounds, including hexane, isopropyl alcohol and methanol, as well as vapor of the explosive chemical TNT, at concentrations of 300 parts per billion...                 

Texas Instruments Cutting 1,100 Jobs; 4Q Profit Up

January 22, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments said Tuesday that it will cut 1,100 jobs worldwide, about 3 percent of its workforce, to trim costs and will reduce its investments in certain markets...                                 

Ohio Man Questioned over Google Glass in Theater

January 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device....                               

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Verizon Buys Intel Unit, Preps Mobile TV Service

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Someday, the full lineup of channels from Verizon's FiOS TV service may be available on your phone. That's the vision outlined Tuesday after telecommunications giant Verizon Communications announced that it's buying Intel Media...                                   

VMware to Buy AirWatch for $1.18B in Cash

January 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cloud computing company VMware says it is buying mobile computing company AirWatch for about $1.18 billion in cash. The deal also includes about $365M million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity...                                    

Experts: Target Hackers Will be Tough to Find

January 22, 2014 9:52 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It doesn't surprise experts that some debit and credit card numbers stolen from Target's computer systems may have surfaced among nearly 100 fake credit cards seized by police in Texas this week...                         

Central Semiconductor Expands Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics

January 22, 2014 9:26 am | by Central Semiconductor, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Central Semiconductor has announced that it has expanded its Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics, one of the top worldwide broadline distributors of electronic components, headquartered in Montreal Canada, into EMEA...                 

Miniature Pressure Sensor Eliminates Zero Shifts

January 21, 2014 5:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has released the rugged XP5, a miniature pressure sensor with SanShift technology that eliminates zero shifts caused by installation torque. Designed for use in environments involving measurements in corrosive liquids and gases...

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Richardson RFPD Introduces Two New Hybrid Amplifiers from TriQuint

January 21, 2014 4:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new hybrid amplifiers for CATV applications from TriQuint...

Photos of the Day: Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Wake Up Signal

January 21, 2014 8:52 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at 7:18 p.m. (1818 GMT; 1:18 p.m. EST) — a message that had to travel some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles)...                             

Comet-Chasing Probe Wakes Up, Signals Earth

January 21, 2014 8:50 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet...                 

Slumping Intel to Cut More than 5,000 Jobs in 2014

January 21, 2014 8:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips...                                  

Snowden Could Use a Trial to Showcase Spy Claims

January 21, 2014 8:35 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about National Security Agency surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open court that...             

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Richardson RFPD Introduces Two New Devices from MACOM

January 20, 2014 4:34 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two devices for 802.11ac applications from M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM). The MAMF-010614 is a multi-function MMIC that includes a single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch and low noise amplifier (LNA) with bypass mode for the receive (Rx) path.

Strengthening the Electrotechnical Sector by Participating in IEC Standardization

January 20, 2014 3:32 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Blogs | Comments

Nearly every aspect of modern life is connected to the electrotechnical industry. From telecommunications, multimedia, medical equipment, and energy production and distribution, to e-mobility, fiber optics, nanotechnology, and consumer ...

Researchers Develop Tools to Make Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient

January 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Mobile devices are now so ubiquitous that they outnumber the human race, but most remain expensive to operate, consume gobs of scarce energy resources and compete for sparse spectral access on the airwaves...                             

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

Photos of the Day: Broadband THz Wave Generation

January 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jigang Wang and Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab | News | Comments

Terahertz electromagnetic waves occupy a middle ground between electronics waves, like microwave and radio waves, and photonics waves, such as infrared and UV waves. Potentially, THz waves may accelerate telecom technologies and break new ground in...                               

Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials

January 20, 2014 10:09 am | by Jigang Wang and Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have demonstrated broadband terahertz (THz) wave generation using metamaterials. The discovery may help develop noninvasive imaging and sensing, and make possible THz-speed information communication, processing, and storage...                     

GPS Loggers Reveal Aerodynamics of Birds Flying in a V-Formation

January 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Researchers using custom-built GPS and accelerometer loggers, developed with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (EPSRC), and attached to free-flying birds on migration, have gained ground-breaking insights into the mysteries of bird flight formation...                  

High Court Takes Cases on Cellphone Searches

January 20, 2014 9:36 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they have arrested. The court will hear two cases in which criminal defendants were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms at least in part on the strength of evidence obtained by...             

Vietnam's 'Cyber Troops' Take Fight to U.S., France

January 20, 2014 9:32 am | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Working on her blog in California one day, Vietnamese democracy activist Ngoc Thu sensed something was wrong. It took a moment for a keystroke to register. Cut-and-paste wasn't working. She had "a feeling that somebody was there" inside her computer. Her hunch turned out to be right...                 

Scientists Hope Comet-Chaser Spacecraft Wakes Up

January 20, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet...                           

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series

January 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

ArlThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading universities, more than a dozen industry trade...            

Europe Launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots'

January 17, 2014 10:08 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications...           

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