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Time for smart watches
May 01, 2014
Just when it seemed that smart phones had made watches irrelevant, here comes the smart watch: wearable tech that connects wirelessly to your mobile device and receives notifications of incoming calls, texts, instant messages, social-network updates, and more. Smart watches can also run various apps, such as fitness-monitoring apps and simple games. A barrage of new smart watches from small startup companies hit the market last year, and now the big guns have joined in: Sony, Samsung, and Qualcomm all offer smart watches, and rumor has it that Apple and Google will be following suit.

@HD New Head 80 inside lead/cover;Facebook makes#124computers?Well, you would too if the machines you use #124for all that traffic keep melting down
April 20, 2014
Sarah Frier Bloomberg Hidden away in Building 17 of Facebook's headquarters is a 170-person team that's toiling away on products not usually associated with a social-networking company; hardware. Up from just seven people in 2010, the team designs, manufactures and supplies the powerful server computers that handle Internet traffic for the company in Menlo Park, California. The group has produced hundreds of thousands of the machines, with Facebook last year spending $1.36 billion (Bt44 billion) on its own data centres, compared with $606 million in 2011. Now the question is whether Facebook can make the leap from servers into consumer hardware when it completes a $2-billion deal for Oculus VR, which produces headsets that let people immerse themselves in virtual games. Consumer electronics is a competitive arena marked by narrow margins, and Facebook would be stepping into a wearables industry where Google and Samsung Electronics are playing. It also involves navigating regulatory restrictions in different countries for what materials can be used and how a product can be disposed of, says Pamela Gordon, president of design consulting firm Technology Forecasters in Oakland, California.

Babson College implements Aerva's software across digital signage network
April 18, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Aerva Inc., a software platform for managing and delivering content and experiences across digital media channels, has announced that Babson College, a private business school, has implemented Aerva's cloud-based software across its digital signage network.

NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception
April 18, 2014
NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception Media are invited to attend a breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. EDT April 23 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope's launch into space with the opening of the "Repairing Hubble" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located at 600 Independence Ave. SW in Washington.

Mouser Electronics and ADI Sponsor Design Contest
April 18, 2014
Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices are sponsoring the 12th annual NASA Tech Briefs magazine "Create the Future" Design Contest, a challenge to engineers and students to create the next great thing.

US Patent granted to Mentor Graphics Corporation (Oregon) on April 15 titled as "Accelerated analog and/or RF simulation"
April 18, 2014
United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent no. 8,700,377, on April 15, 2014, to Mentor Graphics Corporation (Oregon), titled as "Accelerated analog and/or RF simulation"

American Semiconductor selects Cypress to manufacture custom optical devices
April 17, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Cypress Semiconductor Corp., a semiconductor design and manufacturing company, has announced that American Semiconductor, which is engaged in integrated circuits and hybrid systems development, has selected Cypress Foundry Solutions to develop and manufacture custom optical devices.

Local unveils new mobile display ad network for advertisers and publishers
April 17, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Local Corporation, an advertising and technology company, has announced the launch of its new mobile display ad network for advertisers and publishers.

Masdar Institute's iMicro to Host Global and Local Industry Leaders Meet on 22 April
April 17, 2014
April 17 -- Masdar Institute of Science and Technology an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that its Institute Center for Microsystems (iMicro) will be gathering top delegates from the major global semiconductor industry leaders for an Open House in Abu Dhabi.

Masdar Institute's iMicro to Host Global and Local Industry Leaders Meet on 22 April
April 17, 2014
April 17 -- Masdar Institute of Science and Technology an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that its Institute Center for Microsystems (iMicro) will be gathering top delegates from the major global semiconductor industry leaders for an Open House in Abu Dhabi.


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