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Court Case Could Mean 'Death' of Software Patents

December 9, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or...

VPG's Through-Hole Z-Foil Resistors for Audio Applications

December 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of ultra-high-precision, through-hole Z-Foil resistors designed to provide low noise and low inductance/capacitance for high-end audio applications requiring distortion-free properties.

IAR Embedded Workbench Extracts Full Potential

December 6, 2013 2:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

As the only tools provider covering the entire range of Renesas 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontroller families, IAR Systems announces full development tools support for the RXv2 core, a new, high-performance 32-bit RX CPU core for embedded devices in the consumer, industrial, and office equipment fields...

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Small Satellite Phones Home

December 6, 2013 9:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

PhoneSat 2.4, NASA's next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are "go" for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately ...

Woman Fights Ticket for Driving With Google Glass

December 5, 2013 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The technology will not be made widely available to the public until 2014, but ...

Amazon's Delivery Drones: An Idea That May Not Fly

December 3, 2013 9:44 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle. The Amazon CEO is working on a way to use the small aircraft to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less. While flight technology makes it feasible, U.S. law and society's attitude toward drones ...

Photos of the Day: Drone Delivery

December 2, 2013 3:24 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos' proposed flying machines wouldn't need humans sitting in a distant trailer to control them. Amazon's drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings...

Amazon.com Sees Delivery Drones as Future

December 2, 2013 3:23 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But the company says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create...

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HotSpot Episode 41: Smartphone-Controlled Smartplane

December 2, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smartphone-controlled smartplane; a nano camera that can operate at the speed of light; Microsoft and Sony have delivered their newest generation of high-powered video games; and a custom Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip that enables wireless programming...

Photos of the Day: Magnetic Tongue Piercing Controls Wheelchair

December 2, 2013 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers reported Wednesday that 11 people paralyzed from the neck down rapidly learned to use the tongue device to pilot their wheelchairs through an obstacle course full of twists and turns, and to operate a computer, too...                

Tongue Piercing Lets the Paralyzed Drive Wheelchairs

December 2, 2013 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick...      

Small Company Helps Twitter Make Money

December 2, 2013 9:16 am | by P. SOLOMON BANDA, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money...                       

China Launches First Moon Rover, the 'Jade Rabbit'

December 2, 2013 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth...            

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Indian Craft Leaves Earth's Orbit on Way to Mars

December 2, 2013 9:13 am | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet...                                 

Glitches Keep Private Firm from Launching Rocket

December 2, 2013 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new communications satellite that has both public and government applications is still sitting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL...                                                  

China Claims Victory in Scrubbing Internet Clean

December 2, 2013 9:04 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity, and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party...                              

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 2, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging, and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and...

Pilot Use of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

December 2, 2013 9:02 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're sometimes unprepared to take control...                        

Amazon.com Developing Delivery Drones

December 2, 2013 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The online retailer says it's working on its Prime Air project in its research and development labs. It says the idea is that the delivery system would be able to get purchases to customers in less than 30 minutes through the use of the...                 

Anritsu Extends LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation Conformance

November 27, 2013 2:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company announced its market-leading ME7873L RF/RRM Conformance Test System and ME7834L Mobile Device Test Platform have received the most test case validations across a single platform type for...                 

Next-Gen UL Class 2/3 PC Mount Split PackTM Transformers

November 27, 2013 2:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With its advanced flexible split pack, improved split bobbin design, Class F 155°C insulation system and TUV approval for world-wide use...

GaN Systems Showcases Gallium Nitride Power Semiconductors

November 27, 2013 2:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Organized by IMAPS-UK and NMI in conjunction with the University’s Electronics, Power and Microsystems Research Group, iPower 2013 brings together leading experts from industry, science, supply an...      

DecaWave Launches Precise Indoor Location and Communication CMOS Chip

November 27, 2013 1:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

DecaWave announced its first single chip of the ScenSor wireless technology family, DW1000, which makes indoor location and communications more accurate, cost-effective and power-efficient than ever before...    

Pressure Sensors Constructed with Hastelloy Materials

November 27, 2013 12:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The increase use and development of specialty liquids and gases mandates that pressure sensors be constructed of specific materials that can withstand these elements and in accordance with industry regulations to ensure the safety of individuals.

Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market...                                                          

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