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USPTO ISSUES TRADEMARK: LIGHTINGSCIENCE
December 22, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 22 -- The trademark LIGHTINGSCIENCE (Reg. No. 4657140; International Reg. No 1205358) was issued on Dec. 16 by the USPTO.

GT ADVANCED: Faces "Robey" Suit Over Misleading Financial Reports
December 22, 2014
William Robey, individually and on behalf of all others similarlysituated v. Thomas Gutierrez, Kanwardev Raja Sing Bal, and RichardJ. Gaynor, Case No. 1:14-cv-00499 (D.N.H., November 6, 2014),alleges that the Defendants made false and misleading statementsand failed to disclose that there were significant risks that theCompany would be unable to fulfill the requirements of the AppleAgreement to supply sapphire material, that the Company's sapphirematerial would not be used in the Apple iPhone 6 devices, that, asa result of the Apple Agreement problems, the Company was facing aliquidity crisis.

Samsung Introduces High-Brightness Displays
December 22, 2014
Samsung Electronics America reported a new lineup of 2,500 nit high-brightness displays in screen sizes from 46- through 75-inches. Designed to deliver consistently brilliant performance, Samsung said the OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays convey easily readable text and bright graphics in high ambient light environments and outdoor applications, including transportation facilities, banking and retail storefront windows, sports arenas, quick service restaurants and convention centers (outdoor use requires custom-designed weatherproof enclosure).

Cypress Unveils USB 3.0 Hub Controller
December 22, 2014
Cypress Semiconductor has launched a small package option for its EZ-USB HX3 USB 3.0 hub controller. According to a release, the 6 mm x 6 mm ball grid array (BGA) package saves board space for Ultrabook devices, tablets, portable port replicators, and other mobile and consumer devices, adding to the HX3 controller's best-in-class feature set that includes interoperability, charging support and full configurability.

LED street lights launched in Delhi
December 22, 2014
New Delhi, Dec. 22 -- Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Saturday inaugurated LED street lights in the capital that consume 50 percent less energy compared to conventional ones.

Researchers build room-temperature memory that doesn't need a current to retain data
December 19, 2014
All modern computer memory works on basically the same principle - an electrical current is used to change the charge state of a cell. That charge state is then "read" by the memory controller. Whether we're talking about NAND flash or RAM, this basic property is identical between them. Now, researchers at Cornell have announced and demonstrated a device based on bismuth ferrite that can store data and retrieve data without needing an electrical current to do so. The implications of such a room-temperature breakthrough could be profound - a long time from now. Magnetoelectric memory is attractive precisely because it removes the electrical currents that currently (pun intended) account for a substantial fraction of power consumption in a system. If the DRAM or cache subsystems could draw less electrical power, total device battery life would increase. The impact of shifting to alternative ferroelectric or magnetoelectric memory systems could be substantial - more than equal to the traditional gains of adopting new process nodes.

ViewSonic PLED-W800
December 19, 2014
The ViewSonic PLED-W800 ($709.99) offers easy portability, a good set of connection choices, and solid data-image quality for an LED-based mini projector. Its main weakness is poor video quality. As the higher-end model of a pair of new ViewSonic mini projectors, the PLED-W800 has higher brightness (800 lumens) than the ViewSonic PLED-W600 (600 lumens), plus more connectivity choices and a more powerful audio system. Design The DLP-based W800 has a native WXGA (1,280-by-800) resolution, at a 16:9 aspect ratio that's good for widescreen presentations. It's reasonably bright for an LED projector, though a bit short of the 1,000 lumens we've seen in some recent models, such as the Editors' Choice InFocus LightPro IN1146 .

ViewSonic PLED-W600
December 19, 2014
The ViewSonic PLED-W600 ($599.99), an LED mini projector, can connect to a smartphone or tablet and project the contents of the device's screen, thanks to the model's Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)-enabled HDMI port. It is the projector's only input port, though, so the PLED-W600 is a good choice only if you're okay with using it over an HDMI connection. As the lower-end model of two new ViewSonic DLP-based LED projectors, the PLED-W600 has lower brightness (600 lumens) than the ViewSonic PLED-W800 (800 lumens), a weaker audio system, and fewer connection choices, at a somewhat lower price. The PLED-W600 has native WXGA (1,280-by-800) resolution, at a 16:10 aspect ratio that's suitable for widescreen presentations. Its LED lamp should last the lifetime of the projector, up to 30,000 hours.

Samsung Electronics unveils new OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays
December 18, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has unveiled the OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays, a new lineup of 2,500 nit high-brightness displays in screen sizes from 46- through 75-inches.

2014 Range Rover Sport Road Test Review
August 01, 2014
FULL TEXT On the St. Helena Highway in California's Napa Valley, we're goosing the go-pedal but holding a legal rein on more than 500 horses hitched beneath the hood of a super-powerful new vehicle from Britain's Land Rover: It's the 2014 Range Rover Sport Supercharged, a fancy 4-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle in new generational design featuring components and unibody structure composed of lightweight aluminum rather than weighty steel. Appearing seemingly as a cross between Land Rover's full-size premium luxury flagship Range Rover SUV and the compact and curvy-tailed Evoque model, new Range Rover Sport emulates the 6-inch-longer Range Rover in powertrains, structural composition and lengthy list of luxurious cabin appointments.


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