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Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 10:21 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is...                   

Loud Cellphone Talkers Next Bane of Air Travelers?

November 22, 2013 10:10 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence. The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making...           

Web Inventor: Surveillance Threatens Democracy

November 22, 2013 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says a growing tide of surveillance is threatening democracy's future. Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the Web in 1990, has been a vocal critic of Internet surveillance...               

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Photos of the Day: Total Irradiance Monitor

November 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Audrey Haar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Total solar irradiance is currently measured by the Total Irradiance Monitor, deployed in 2003 on the LASP-built Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission. While SORCE was designed to last for five years, it recorded...         

Building TCTE: The Perfect Combo of Enthusiasm, Spare Parts & Resources

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by Audrey Haar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Building and delivering an instrument ready for spaceflight in five months was achieved with a little bit of luck, ingenuity, determination, and available spare parts. Scientists had to act quickly in order to find a way to continue the total solar energy...

Ultrasound, Nanoparticles May Help Diabetics Avoid the Needle

November 21, 2013 5:24 pm | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

A new nanotechnology-based technique for regulating blood sugar in diabetics may give patients the ability to release insulin painlessly using a small ultrasound device, allowing them to go days between injections – rather than using needles to...

Keep Your Head in the Cloud: Rethinking BSS Systems in the Era of Hyper-Innovation

November 21, 2013 3:07 pm | by Alam Gill, senior vice president of global managed services, CSG International | Blogs | Comments

Remember the days when outsourcing meant giving “non-core” systems and processes to third-party “consultants” who promised to save you money while allowing you to focus on whatever they thought was your core business...                 

Photo of the Day: Electromagnetic Stirring and Separating

November 21, 2013 9:42 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

The semiconductor material silicon is used as very thin wafers in standard solar modules. But a substantial portion of the silicon, which was won at the expense of high energy input, is lost during production. When cutting the wafers out...

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Waste that is Brimming with Energy

November 21, 2013 9:39 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Silicon is the material of choice on the fast growing solar market because it converts solar energy into electric power in a relatively efficient manner. When producing silicon wafers, though, the photovoltaic industry loses...              

Meet the Robots for Humanity

November 21, 2013 9:31 am | by TED Talk, Henry Evans | Videos | Comments

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a...               

Solar-Powered Battery Woven into Fabric Overcomes Hurdle for 'Wearable Electronics'

November 21, 2013 9:27 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands...             

Cypriot University to Accept Bitcoin Payments

November 21, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cyprus' biggest private university said Thursday it will start accepting the digital currency Bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees. The country had been a hub for international banking before suffering a collapse in its financial system this year, leading the government...

Reagan's Role in NSA's Hack of Google and Yahoo

November 21, 2013 9:08 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas...         

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LG Looking Into Claim Smart TVs Grab User Data

November 21, 2013 9:05 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in...              

NASA Diagnosing Problem on Mars Rover Curiosity

November 21, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short. The six-wheel, nuclear-powered...

Sierra Wireless Delivers Flexibility to Essential Wireless Connectivity for M2M

November 20, 2013 5:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New AirPrime HL Series modules are small embedded wireless modules, completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. They offer choice of snap-in connectivity or solder-down for scalable production, and are future-proof, thanks...

RFMW Announces 125W SPDT from Skyworks Solutions

November 20, 2013 4:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for Skyworks SKY12215-478LF, a 125W SPDT switch...

New Square Gas Discharge Tube from Littelfuse

November 20, 2013 12:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse has introduced the SE Series of Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) devices in a square, miniature EIA 1206 package. The ultra-low capacitance of SE Series GDTs helps ensure high transmission speeds in broadband applications...

Carriers Reject Kill Switch for Stolen Smartphones

November 20, 2013 10:18 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but San Francisco's top prosecutor says the nation's biggest carriers have...

Holistic Cell Design Leads to High-Performance, Long Cycle-Life Lithium-Sulfur Battery

November 20, 2013 9:46 am | by Allan Chen, Berkley Lab | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, and that lasts for more than 1,500 cycles of charge-discharge...

EM9301 Bluetooth Smart Controller Enables “Green” Low Energy Beacons

November 20, 2013 9:45 am | by Techwire International | News | Comments

EM Microelectronic, the semiconductor company of the Swatch Group, today announced that they have successfully promoted their ultra-low power Bluetooth SmartController, the EM9301, powered only by harvested energy or low voltage, eco-friendly zinc-air batteries to send...

FEI Announces New ExSolve High-Throughput TEM Sample Preparation Workflow

November 19, 2013 2:30 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FEI recently released ExSolve, an automated, high-throughput sample preparation workflow for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis...

HotSeat Episode 12: Doherty Power Amplifiers

November 18, 2013 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Mario Bokatius, Product Manager for small signal and low power RF products at Freescale, will be discussing Doherty amplifiers in today's HotSeat interview. Mario has been involved with the design of LDMOS, Gallium Arsenide, and Gallium Nitrate power transistors and amplifiers, and...

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API's Spectrum Control Line of Standard Circular Connectors

November 18, 2013 10:49 am | by API Technologies | Videos | Comments

API Technologies has developed their Spectrum Control line of standard circular connectors for commercial, industrial and military applications that are completely intermateable with MIL-DTL-38999 Series III compact shell connectors. These EMI filtered or unfiltered circular...

Columbia Engineers Make World's Smallest FM Radio Transmitter

November 18, 2013 10:43 am | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

NA team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Mechanical Engineering Professor James Hone and Electrical Engineering Professor Kenneth Shepard, has taken advantage of graphene's special properties—its mechanical strength and electrical conduction—and created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM signals...

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