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NETCRACKER OSS SUPPORTS SPRINT SPARK ROLLOUT
August 01, 2014
Sprint has agreed to a multi-year agreement that will expand its use of NetCracker's OSS solutions to support its Sprint Spark enhanced LTE rollout. Sprint Spark uses next- gen wireless technology to deliver a whole new level of mobile Internet experience. Sprint is among the largest telecommunications providers in the United States, providing wireless, messaging and broadband services to nearly 55 million customers.

RESEARCHERS CREATE ALL-OPTICAL HIGH-TEMP SENSOR
August 01, 2014
By fusing together the concepts of active fiber sensors and high-temperature fiber sensors, a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh has created an all-optical high-temperature sensor for gas flow measurements that operates at record-setting temperatures above 800 degrees Celsius. This technology is expected to find industrial sensing applications in harsh environments ranging from deep geothermal drill cores to the interiors of nuclear reactors to the cold vacuum of space missions, and it may eventually be extended to many others.

NEC Display Solutions NP-M322X
July 31, 2014
The NEC Display Solutions NP-M322X ($699) is a solid data projector, for classroom or business use, that provides sharp text, loud sound, and a wide range of connectivity choices. It's a good choice if your presentations are light on video, but you still need to project 3D content. The NP-M322X is a DLP-based projector with a rated brightness of 3,200 lumens and a native XGA (1,024-by-768) resolution. It's a large model, measuring 4.3 by 14.5 by 11.5 inches, and it weighs 7.7 pounds. At that size and weight, it's best for permanent installation (NEC sells several compatible ceiling mounts) or for placement on a cart to move between rooms. Its 1.7x zoom is a nice plus, providing considerable flexibility in projector placement.

City responds to concern about wireless water meters | Some residents fear radio-frequency waves could be harmful
July 31, 2014
After receiving two complaints in the past couple months from residents who did not want Wauwatosa to install new smart water meters on their properties, city officials are considering an optout option for residents with health concerns about radiation.

Converged Technology Professionals, Inc. Delivers a Reduced Total Cost of Ownership for the Daily Herald's Telecommunication Needs.
July 30, 2014
  Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 31, 2014           Converged Technology Professionals, Inc. announced today its recognition by ShoreTel, a leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications (UC) solutions, for delivering a reduced total cost of ownership for the Daily Herald's telecommunication needs. Prompted by the unavailability of replacement parts and maintenance support, the Daily Herald began evaluating phone systems after 25 years of using an NEC phone system. The Daily Herald used consultants and a cross-functional committee comprised of operators, agents, and front-line end-users to research options to replace the aging system. Three manufacturers were vetted by the committee; ShoreTel, Mitel, and MaVI.     After several consultations with Converged Technology Professionals, Inc., the committee selected ShoreTel. Several factors influenced their decision but it was the total cost of ownership (TCO) that served as the principal reason. Irwin Lazar, VP and Service Director for Nemeretes Research states that "Among all providers for all roll-out sizes, the median cost per endpoint to deploy IP telephony was $935. Broken down to individual vendors ShoreTel ranked lowest in first-year costs at $669 per-endpoint" (Lazar 3).       The integration with their existing analog devices, best in class sound quality, and investment protection offered from ShoreTel were contributing factors for the Daily Herald.

Canon Adds PowerShot SX520 HS and SX400 IS Superzooms
July 29, 2014
Canon announced two new PowerShot compact cameras today, each with long zoom lenses. The PowerShot SX520 HS replaces the SX510 HS in the lineup, but expands upon its predecessor's 30x zoom range. The SX520 HS manages to squeeze a 42x lens (24-1,008mm equivalent) into a similar form factor. With a lens this long it's easy to lose a moving subject, so Canon has included a Zoom Framing Assist function that will zoom out a bit with a touch of a button and zoom back in to the previous position when you've reacquired your target. It also adds Creative Shot, which captures several filtered and cropped versions of a photo along with an unaltered version, but it omits built-in Wi-Fi.

Narrative Clip
July 29, 2014
For some, the best pictures are candid pictures, but even the smallest handheld cameras aren't discreet enough, nor are people ready enough, to capture truly candid moments. The Narrative Clip's ($229) small and lightweight bodyis convenient, and it may be worth capturing the shock and disbelief on people's faces when you tell them about the Clip's high price tag-which, incidentally, is still less expensive than the $400 OMG Life Autographer. But for the same money, you could get GoPro's Hero3+ White Edition, which you can set to take time-lapse stills at several more interval settings than the Clip's sole 30-second setting. And it records video, too-a must for dedicated lifeloggers. The GoPro isn't as inconspicuous as the Clip, but that still doesn't help justify the Clip's price tag.

NEC Display Solutions NP-M402X
July 25, 2014
The NEC Display Solutions NP-M402X projector($959) offers high quality for data images and support for 3D. The combination makes it a potentially attractive pick as an XGA projector for a small to midsize room.A generous 1.7x zoom, a tad greater than the Epson PowerLite 965 XGA 3LCD Projector's 1.6x zoom, allows for good flexibility inplacement. The key feature that the DLP-based M402X offers that might make you choose it over the LCD-based Epson 965 is 3D support, which is all but standard on DLP projectors but rarely available on LCD models.

Sprint LivePro
July 24, 2014
Part mobile hotspot, part projector, and part Android tablet, the ZTE-made Sprint LivePro ($449.99 or $299.99 with a two-year contract) is an audacious digital multi-tool. This Franken-device made its debut at CES, where it simultaneously left us in awe and scratching our heads. It's a self-contained, portable presentation room or home theater, depending on your needs. But is it an unholy matrimony of mobile tech, or are ZTE and Sprint onto something? For the vast majority of people, the LivePro will simply be too expensive and not useful enough to justify the cost. If you need a hotspot, grab the Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot, our reigning Editors' Choice on Sprint. If you need a portable projector, check out the AAXA P4-X Pico Projector, another Editors' Choice. But if you do find yourself constantly on the road, giving impromptu presentations or entertaining unruly kids, the LivePro could be a godsend, thanks to its no-hassle, all-in-one design.

Products: Green Scene
March 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Heat pump ClimateMaster's Tranquility Vertical Stack TSM Series heat pump units are available in 3/4- through 3-ton capacities. The units provide ener - gy-efficient heating and cooling as part of either boiler/cooling towers or geothermal heating and cooling systems. Units include a multiple- speed, permanently lubricated PSC direct-drive blower motor, full-port shutoff valves with memory stop, stainless-steel braided hose kits and an optional preprogrammed, variable-speed, high-efficiency ECM motor for optimum CFM. Field-selectable supply air openings allow for maxi - mum installation flexibility and a terminal block located inside the con - trol box facilitates simplified field wiring connections. ClimateMaster. www.climatemaster.com


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