Germany has urged fellow European Union member states to support its drive for a new global charter protecting personal privacy online. A letter sent by Germany's foreign and justice ministers to their EU counterparts cites the debate over U.S. intelligence-gathering on the Internet as a reason to expand a 1966 U.N. treaty guaranteeing privacy.
The new devices are likely to be the main attraction at a San Francisco event being hosted by Google executive Sundar Pichai, who oversees the company's Android and Chrome operating systems. The Nexus line of tablets that came out a year ago all run on the Android software that also powers hundreds of millions of smartphones.
The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency's surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack.
The 250 Series RF transceiver module from Linx Technologies is designed for reliable bi-directional transfer of digital data over distances of up to 4 miles (6.4 km), line of sight. Operating in the 902 to 928 MHz ISM (Industrial Scientific and Medical) frequency band, the transceiver module is capable of generating +23.5 dBm into a 50-ohm load.
Silicon Labs has introduced the industry’s most highly integrated MEMS-based oscillators designed to replace general-purpose crystal oscillators (XOs) in cost-sensitive, low-power and high-volume industrial, embedded and consumer electronics applications.
Parents will try anything to ensure their baby’s health – even if that means scanning their infant’s backside with their smartphone. At least that’s the idea behind Pixie Scientific’s “Smart Diaper” concept, which transmits health data via QR codes.
Switzerland's leading telecommunications company says its chief executive has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Swisscom says the body of 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found Tuesday morning at the CEO's home in the Swiss canton (state) of Fribourg.
Littelfuse has introduced the SRDA3.3 Series TVS Diode Array – SPA Diodes. The SRDA3.3 Series integrates low-capacitance steering diodes with an additional zener diode to protect data lines against electrostatic discharge (ESD) and high surge events.
AVX has surpassed previous milestones with the introduction of the new TCJ 100V and 125V tantalum polymer capacitors. The new surface-mount chip capacitors are the highest rated voltage tantalum capacitors currently on the market.
On this week’s episode of the HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Lilliputian Systems has created a portable power device that will power all of your CE devices; Brazilian startup Kinetics has created a new communication technology called NearBytes; InfoMotion Sports has developed the 94Fifty sensor basketball; and Seal Innovation has created the SEAL wearable swim monitor and drowning detection system.
There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.
U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also recommended that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators carry out a safety review of lithium-battery powered emergency locator transmitter systems.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday the security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we're mapping blood vessels to recognize your face, spicing up swamps with robotic frog mates, and swimming with the robotic fishes, literally, not figuratively, no one died.
Semtech has announced the general availability of the ACS9522T, the latest addition to the ToPSync platform that integrates a revolutionary new synchronization system on a chip (SoC). The ACS9522T breaks new ground in the industry by providing a complete single-chip hardware and software synchronization solution.
LTE is the latest generation mobile network technology, and the fastest growing standard in telecoms history. With the exponential increase of video-rich content and remote data storage, LTE has been designed to meet the growing demands of the internet for both human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications.
The Pebble has a lot of rough edges, but it does a good job of demonstrating the potential of "wearable" computing. Apple has filed patents that demonstrate it's working on a watch, and other "smart" watches are proliferating. The Pebble has impeccable underdog credibility as the brain child of a 26-year-old Canadian entrepreneur who struggled to find money to make it until he posted his project on the fundraising site Kickstarter.
Using carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes, researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and infrared spectrum.
The country's second-largest cellphone carrier says it's introducing an option called AT&T Next on July 26. Instead of paying, for example, $200 up front to buy a smartphone, customers would pay monthly installments of $15 to $50 on top of their service plan, depending on the device.
AVX has introduced a new series of miniature, Frameless, tantalum polymer SMD capacitors. Utilizing proprietary FRAMELESS technology, the new F38 Series surface-mount capacitors provide high capacitance in miniature M and S cases for high volumetric efficiency.
RFMW has announced design and sales support for a 2-stage, high gain, low noise amplifier from Skyworks Solutions. The SKY67161-306LF provides 35-45dB of gain with a noise figure of only 0.3dB. The Skyworks SKY67161-306LF’s active bias design enables high linearity coupled with unconditional stability for cellular infrastructure.
All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they point to a vital lesson: American information is so valuable, experts say, that no amount of global outrage over secret U.S. surveillance powers would cause Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to ditch the Five Eyes relationship.
In this episode of ECN's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, graphene gets colder; the solar-impulse airplane completes its cross-country journey; and a laser gatling gun that features six blue 1.4-W class 4 lasers.
This week in WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Pentek has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon analog and digital recording systems; Scientists have demonstrated the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing; a new satellite system covering the Arctic region; and a wireless range extender that creates wireless connectivity where ever you go.
Researchers are designing robots for the most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware, and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won't be commercially available for at least a few years.