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CO2Meter Secures Contract from United States Navy
October 23, 2014
The United States Navy recently contracted with CO2Meter, Inc. to provide carbon dioxide monitoring devices to measure ambient CO2 levels in expeditionary shelters. According to a release from the company, the CO2 monitors were designed under the direction of the U.S. Navy for meeting their required data logging and battery life criteria. The monitor will measure air quality over several weeks inside the portable shelters to give the Navy accurate data on CO2 exposure of military personnel.

Network-1 Technologies Reports US Patent Office Issues Reexamination Certificate
October 23, 2014
Network-1 Technologies, Inc. said that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a Reexamination Certificate for Network-1's Remote Power Patent (U.S Patent No. 6,218,930). In its release on Oct. 20, the Company said that the Certificate confirms the patentability of the challenged claims of the Remote Power Patent (claims 6, 8 and 9) without any amendment or modification. The USPTO also allowed fourteen new claims, bringing the total number of claims in the Remote Power Patent to 23 claims. No claims were rejected. The Remote Power Patent was reexamined by the USPTO based on an unknown third party's request for ex parte reexamination of certain claims of the Remote Power Patent. The request was granted by the USPTO in September 2012. The reexamination was stayed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in December 2012 pending the PTAB's Inter Partes Review of the Remote Power Patent.

CO2Meter Garners U.S. Navy Contract
October 23, 2014
CO2Meter reported that the United States Navy has contracted the company with provide carbon dioxide monitoring devices to measure ambient CO2 levels in expeditionary shelters.

Mid-South Memories / Favorite Waitress
October 22, 2014
Oct. 22 25 years ago: 1989 Sidney Shlenker sold the Denver Nuggets basketball team to two Chicago businessmen for $65 million Saturday, making them the first minority owners of a major league sports franchise. Shlenker is manager of The Great American Pyramid and Mud Island. The extent to which completion of the sale may free up Shlenker's personal funds for investment in the pyramid is unclear. With the purchase of the Nuggets, Bertram Lee and Peter Bynoe received financial backing from media executive Robert Wussler.

Wearable Sensor Market Set to Explode
October 21, 2014
The market for sensors used in wearable technology is set to grow sevenfold over the next five years, according to a new report from IHS Technology. The research firm said the "worldwide market for sensors in wearables will expand to 466 million units in 2019, up from 67 million in 2013." That's great news for makers of motion sensors like gyroscopes and accelerometers, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), sensors driving user interfaces, and health and environmental sensors, IHS said. But shipments of those parts could "climb much more quickly" than sales of the devices, like smartwatches, which use them, according to the research firm.

Iron Man-Inspired Prosthetic Hand Now Available
October 19, 2014
Prosthetic hands inspired by the armored gauntlet of Marvel's Iron Man and designed to be fashioned by 3D printers are now available to children, in lieu of more expensive alternatives which can cost tens of thousands of dollars-and don't look nearly as cool.

AAXA P3X Pico Projector
October 17, 2014
The small, lightweight AAXA P3X Pico Projector ($249) can project media files from a memory card or USB thumb drive, or mirror what's showing on your computer's display. It's a good choice if you need to show content when you're out of reach of a wall socket, but overall image quality is merely adequate. This DLP-based projector has an LED light source, rated at 70 lumens of brightness, and a native wide 480p, aka WVGA (854-by-480) resolution. It can be powered either from the included AC adapter or its built-in lithium ion battery, which according to AAXA should last at least 2 hours on a single charge.

NARROWING THE POSSIBILITIES
October 01, 2014
FULL TEXT SMART DIAGNOSTIC TECHS MAKE THE PROBLEM COME TO THEM. It's not unusual to encounter a System Lean Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) on a vehicle if you routinely work on Check Engine light problems. Vacuum leaks and fuel delivery problems are common causes for these common codes, and you might be tempted to focus immediately on these. But there are many other causes that can illuminate the MIL for the P0171 and P0174 DTCs that you also need to consider. Additional causes that can lead to these particular codes include Mass Airflow (MAF) sensor signal problems, voltage drop anywhere in the fuel delivery circuit, problems in the oxygen sensor inputs to the Engine Control Module (ECM), Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) problems, exhaust leaks, Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve calibration, dipstick sealing (mostly on European vehicles), engine mechanical problems and faulty ECMs. With so many possible causes to consider, you would think that it would take some time to find the cause of the P0171 - P0174 DTCs.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
October 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Murata Electronics North America Inc. and Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata, for $12.50 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of $471 million ($465 million excluding Murata's existing holding). Upon closing of the transaction, Peregrine will become part of Murata s strategy to expand its core business. Peregrine will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata and continue with its current business model of solving the world's toughest RF challenges.

PEOPLE
October 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Ethertronics Inc. announced the appointment of Vahid Man?an as chief operating officer. In his new role with the company, Man?an will be responsible for Ethertronics' Chip and Systems Divisions, and will lead all global manufacturing, supply chain, quality, sales, technology design, marketing and business development efforts. Man?an joins Ethertronics from Entropie, where he served as senior vice president of global engineering and operations. A seasoned semiconductor executive with more than 30 years of proven business, technology and operations experience, Man?an was responsible for Entropies global engineering and operations organizations, including hardware and software product development, technical operations, quality and supply management. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc. announced that Thomas Hwang has agreed to join the company as senior vice president of global sales. Hwang spent the last 10-plus years at Hittite Microwave Corp. in a variety of positions including VP of sales, and helped grow that company's annual revenues from $30 to $274 million prior to its acquisition by Analog Devices Inc., earlier this year.


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