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Market roundup
November 27, 2014
Major U.S. stock indexes climbed back to record levels on Wednesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. Semiconductor stocks rose after a strong earnings report from Analog Devices. U.S. markets will be closed today for Thanksgiving. They will reopen for an abbreviated session on Friday.

ExtremeTech's 2014 holiday gift guide: High tech futuristic gift ideas for geeks and nerds
November 26, 2014
My fellow festive friends, writing for ExtremeTech is probably as close as we'll ever get to having an actual time machine. We write about science and technology that is so brazenly (and often bizarrely) futuristic that it's sometimes a bit of a shock to come back down to reality, to 2014, and find that I still don't have a Star Trek-like replicator in the kitchen or an implant that interfaces my brain to the world wide web. To soften that sad feeling of incessant contemporaneity - that feeling that our mundane lives could be just a little bit better with a sprinkling of futuristic tech - those of us here at ExtremeTech have now started to fill our homes, offices, and cars with high-tech gadgets and gizmos that feel like they're from the future. Now, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and the wonderfully generic holiday season fast approaching, we want to share those gadgets and gizmos with you. If you know someone who's a bit nerdy, or who's always complaining about how slow or boring or difficult real life can be, then I guarantee that our list is exactly what you need to read before heading out into the Black Friday or Cyber Monday morass.

Pakistan: Super material to enhance digital memory
November 26, 2014
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 26 -- Researchers from University of Nebraska-Lincoln have employed Nobel Prize-winning material graphene to enhance the properties of a component primed for the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity random-access memory (RAM).

Attorneys: City can’t help pay for water repairs
November 26, 2014
Evansville government officials are still researching ways to assist homeowners under a mandate to fix water lines on their properties so new “smart” water meters can be installed.

Court rejects indictment against Soma disaster suspects
November 25, 2014
İSTANBUL (CİHAN)- The Akhisar High Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected an indictment by a prosecutor implicating 45 people in connection with a mining disaster in Soma that claimed 301 lives on May 13.

Va. Tech student hit by car dies
November 25, 2014
A Virginia Tech graduate student hit by a car Thursday in Blacksburg died of her injuries Monday afternoon. Justeen Elise Olinger, 20, of Roanoke County was rushing to catch a bus when she was struck by a car on North Main Street late Thursday afternoon, according to Lt. Nathan O'Dell of the Blacksburg Police Department.

Meet Flow, the Mouse With More
November 24, 2014
Even as touch-enabled devices take over the world, along with other natural interfaces like voice and gesture, the mouse remains an integral part of computing. But what if we built a better mouse?

TWO REPORTS OF CARS WITH PUNCTURED GASOLINE TANKS
November 20, 2014
FIRE ROUNDUP There's a new way to steal gasoline and Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighters are left to clean up the mess. There have been two instances lately where someone has crawled under cars and used a drill to make a small hole in the gas tank to drain off the fuel, said Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. "It's pretty dangerous," Miller said. "You can catch yourself on fire doing something stupid like that." The first case was reported on Nov. 6. The car's owner was refilling his gas tank at the 7-11 on North Argonne Road when the method of gas theft was discovered. "While they were putting gas in, there was gas coming out," Miller said.

Recent Market Driven Filter Advances
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Recent marketplace realities have included looming budget cuts, competition with low-cost competitors and regular large program contract delays, all highlighting the increasing importance of versatile, configurable, reusable RF modules and hardware. Size, weight and power (SWaP) innovation and wider bandwidth, multimode, smaller platforms are the mantra. RECENT FILTER INNOVATIONS AND MARKET DRIVERS The history of advances in the development of RF and microwave filters is well documented, and broad innovation goals have remained essentially the same over decades. Better performance, smaller size, lower cost and greater power-handling are some of the general "wants" engineers are always working to achieve. However, certain observations about recent industry trends can be made. For instance, filter innovation in the last 10 years has been spurred by material advances and everincreasing electromagnetic simulation speeds and capabilities. Accordingly, lumped component products are supporting higher power-handling, cavity filters are shrinking in size/volume {by a factor of two or more) with little loss of Q, tunable filters are achieving higher power-handling at smaller sizes and low passive intermodulation (low PIM) products are being cost-effectively manufactured in higher volume.

Pulsed RF Power Semiconductor Device Markets to Exceed $300M by 2019
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Iarkets for pulsed RF power devices up to 18 GHz are expected to show continued growth over the next five years despite the current economic turmoil and cuts in defense spending. While association with consumer spending fuels the volatility of many global electronics markets, pulsed RF power devices are supported by quite different priorities.


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