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Debate on Plane Phone Calls Moves On, Gets Bigger

December 13, 2013 9:58 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Just because it's safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn't mean that passengers should call just to say hello. That argument played out across Washington Thursday as one government agency moved a step closer to removing its prohibition of in-flight calls while another considered a new ban of its own...

Protest Apps Bring High-Tech Flair to Thai Rallies

December 13, 2013 9:50 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations...

Israeli Start-Up Seeks to End Roaming Charges

December 13, 2013 9:49 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli startup is trying to combat a common fear for international travelers: getting socked with hundreds or thousands of dollars in unexpected roaming charges for using cellphones away from home. Cell Buddy aims to turn any smartphone into a local one...              

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Tadiran Introduces Long-life Rechargeable Lithium-ion Cells

December 12, 2013 5:09 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran Batteries now offers an expanded line of TLI Series, a new family of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells designed specifically for use in harsh environments...        

Hittite Expands GaN MMIC Product Line

December 12, 2013 5:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave announced a new Gallium Nitride (GaN) MMIC power amplifier product which offers significant performance, size and durability advantages for communications, test instrumentation and radar systems. The HMC7149 is a 10 W GaN MMIC Power Amplifier which operates...

GIGAVAC Announces Compact High Voltage Contactor

December 12, 2013 4:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC announced a new addition to their extensive line of Advanced Switching Solutions. The HX22 is the smallest UL508 recognized contactor for high current switching at 1,000 VDC. Designed and manufactured in the USA by GIGAVAC, the HX22 exceeds IP67...      

Low-Power Tunneling Transistor for High-Performance Devices at Low Voltage

December 12, 2013 3:36 pm | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

A new type of transistor that could make possible fast and low-power computing devices for energy-constrained applications such as smart sensor networks, implantable medical electronics and ultra-mobile computing is feasible, according to Penn State...           

Photo of the Day: NASA Shines a Spotlight on a Webb Telescope Test

December 12, 2013 3:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The James Webb Space Telescope is a large space telescope, optimized for infrared wavelengths. It is scheduled for launch later in this decade. Webb will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way galaxy. Webb will...   

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Meaghan's Minute: Advancing the Internet of Everything

December 12, 2013 10:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, tech giants are coming together to form the AllSeen Alliance, which will enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services and support broadest cross-industry effort to...       

Photos of the Day: Learning to Fly Drones

December 12, 2013 10:12 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two student pilots are seated shoulder to shoulder before a bank of video monitors, maneuvering an unmanned aircraft by keyboard and mouse as the drone descends toward a virtual runway in a suburban landscape...              

Aviation Schools Prepare for Boom in Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 10:11 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aaron Gabrielson and Andrew Regenhard, aviation students at the University of North Dakota and self-proclaimed video-game junkies, could just as well be sitting on a couch playing Xbox. But instead of tapping their fingers on a controller, they're learning to fly the plane and use...   

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work....

SKorea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets...             

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NASA Audit Finds Google Execs Saved on Jet Fuel

December 12, 2013 9:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report...             

Next Generation Wireless: Riding On the Back of Millimeter Waves

December 12, 2013 9:21 am | by Rec-USA | News | Comments

Of all the wavelengths in the spectrum used for wireless data transmission, perhaps the least well known is the millimeter wave band. However, it is precisely this band (and the continuous bandwidth it provides) that enables wireless data transmission at speeds and bandwidth that compare to the...

Chelton Receives 2013 Award for Achievements in Ocean Remote Sensing

December 11, 2013 4:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented the 2013 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing to Dudley B. Chelton, distinguished professor of Earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University...            

Magnemount Antenna System Solves Problem after Southern CA Water Distric Bans Welding & Epoxy on Tanks

December 11, 2013 4:23 pm | by Metal & Cable Corp., Inc. | News | Comments

The Otay Water District in southern California has thirty nine water tanks to service its 200,000 customers. Thirteen of those tanks have wireless communication antennas attached. Due to environmental and safety issues and concerns about damage to its tanks from welding and epoxy...

New WiBox 1.5 Wireless MDC/DNC Released

December 11, 2013 12:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum CNC Technologies announced the release of its newest WiBox, wireless (or wired) machine data collection and bi-directional CNC machine communication device. The new WiBox 1.5 supports all the features of its predecessor with one very distinct improvement; it is capable of capturing machine signal intervals as small as 1 millisecond...

Tool Upgrade Would Have Prevented Train Crash

December 11, 2013 12:20 pm | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a technology upgrade they've been recommending for years would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York. The National Transportation Safety Board said a tool called ...                      

RFID Enables Omniscient View of Whirlpool's Parts

December 11, 2013 12:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space...                        

OEM Prototype for Long Distance Vertical Antennas

December 11, 2013 11:57 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyprobes can engineer solutions and ship ISM, VHF or UHF vertical antenna prototypes within 3 weeks for only a $250 prototype cost without any added engineering charges. They can provide custom long distance high gain ISM, VHF or UHF verticals optimized for your application...

Low Profile Box PC from MEN Micro Incorporates Multiple Inputs

December 11, 2013 11:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has further expanded its line of maintenance-free box PCs with the BL50W for wireless applications. The compact, rugged structure of the new unit ensures reliable operation in a wide range of mobile environments including trains, buses, construction and agricultural machines...

New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

December 11, 2013 11:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq now offers a double-ridged horn antenna that has a frequency range of 6 GHz to 18 GHz. The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 dB/m to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements...

Meaghan's Minute: Wireless Power Transfer Technology

December 11, 2013 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, wouldn’t it be great is our mobile devices charged themselves without ever being plugged in, or if we could hang our ridiculously over-sized flat screen TVs on...               

Photo of the Day: Polymers Behave like Insulators, Semiconductors & Metals

December 11, 2013 10:26 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

A thermoelectric material undergoes a diffusion of electronic charge carriers to the cold region when the material is submitted to a temperature gradient. As a result an electric potential is created between the cold and hot side of the material...

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