Apple Chip Suppliers Feel iPhone Love; New Products Give Big Boost; Avago, InvenSense, NXP, Maxim, Synaptics among firms seen in coveted roles
September 19, 2014
When Apple fans get their first up-close looks at the new iPhone 6 smartphones, a bevy of chipmakers hope that the fans will like what they see. Just which chipmakers have components inside the new products won't be entirely known until sales start on Friday and research firms do their first tear-downs. Apple, as per its custom, declined to identify any suppliers. But analysts say that likely suppliers include InvenSense, Avago Technologies, Maxim Integrated Products, NXP Semiconductors and Synaptics.

Ericsson to discontinue development of modems
September 18, 2014
Ericsson today announced it will discontinue future development of modems and shift parts of resources in modems to radio network R&D to better capture growth opportunities in this area.

Pipeline Safety: Guidance for Pipeline Flow Reversals, Product Changes and Conversion to Service; Federal Register Extracts
September 18, 2014
SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to alert operators of hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipelines of the potential significant impact flow reversals, product changes and conversion to service may have on the integrity of a pipeline. Failures on natural gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines have occurred after these operational changes. This advisory bulletin describes specific notification requirements and general operating and maintenance (OandM) and integrity management actions regarding flow reversals, product changes and conversion to service. This advisory bulletin also recommends additional actions operators should take when these operational changes are made including the submission of a comprehensive written plan to the appropriate PHMSA regional office regarding these changes prior to implementation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Halliday by phone at 202-366-0287 or by email at julie.halliday@dot.gov Information about PHMSA may be found at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

MISSING WATER METERS; Water official strikes back at audit
September 18, 2014
Atlanta Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina is taking aim at City Auditor Leslie Ward over a recent report that said the department can't account for 10,000 water meters. Macrina said Ward's findings were "misleading" and "disingenuous" in stating the department can't account for the meters between 2006 and 2013. Macrina said the bulk of the missing meters went unaccounted for between 2006 and 2009, long before Mayor Kasim Reed took office. The commissioner also disputed Ward's assertion that Watershed has failed to put "consistent processes in place" to guard against loss.

Micross Components Appoints Greg Hodges to Director of Sales.
September 17, 2014
  Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) September 17, 2014             Micross Components, a global provider of specialty electronic components with a 35 year history in supplying authentic, high-reliability products, has appointed Greg Hodges as Director of Sales.           Previously, Greg was Director of Sales at Cirrus Logic, where he achieved numerous new design wins with strategic customers and developed a domestic and international sales representative network, resulting in millions of dollars of annual revenue.

NEC Display Solutions NP-PE401H
September 16, 2014
With its 1,920-by-1,080 resolution and 4,000-lumen rating, the DLP-based NEC Display Solutions NP-PE401H ($1,999) is of obvious interest if you need to show images with lots of fine detail at an image size suitable for a midsize room. It's a little short on convenience features; for instance, it has a 1.1x zoom. But that's why NEC calls it an entry-level, professional-installation projector. More important is that it does a good job on all the basics, making it worth considering. The NP-PE401H is a step up in resolution from our Editors' Choice for high-resolution projectors. The 1,400-by-1,050 Canon REALiSSX80 Mark II offers other advantages that make up for the slightly lower resolution, including unusually capable color management. However, if you're more concerned with showing a lot of clearly readable detail at once, the NP-PE401H's higher resolution can make it the better fit.

Vacutec Smart Pressure™ High Pressure Smoke Machine Wins 2014 MOTOR Magazine Top 20 Tools Award: 5th Time A Product Containing STAR EnviroTech Technology Has Won.
September 16, 2014
  Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 17, 2014         Vacutec's High Pressure Smoke Machine (WV711) is recipient of MOTOR Magazine's 2014 Top 20 Tools Award. Designed for turbo engines, the WV711 uses STAR EnviroTech's patent pending Smart Pressure™ digital microprocessor technology with special Honeywell(R) flow device. This overcomes the typical thinning smoke at higher pressures, which plagues conventional analog high-pressure machines, by delivering the densest smoke at any pressure. And with contaminant-free UltraTraceUV(R) dye, it finds high-pressure leaks that smoke alone simply can't find.       Easy digital controls allow for precise pressure adjustments without fumbling with analog regulators: "Just set it and forget it." The all-digital unit comes standard with remote control and is self-calibrating and fully adjustable from 1-43.5 psi (69 mbar-3 bar). It also quantifies leaks with pressure decay (PSI/bar) and flow rate.         The award-winning WV711 smoke machine marks the 3rd generation and 20th year of high pressure smoke machines for Vacutec.

Canon's Photokina Rollout Highlighted by EOS 7D Mark II
September 15, 2014
Canon is announcing more than half a dozen new products at Photokina, but none are more anticipated than the EOS 7D Mark II SLR.The camera's release has been rumored ahead of every major trade show in recent memory, but it's now a reality. The replacement for the company's flagship APS-C SLR includes a new 20-megapixel image sensor with Dual Pixel Phase AF, a 65-point focus system with all cross-type sensors, and 10fps burst shooting. There are a lot of focus points, so Canon is using a lever system to move the active point, a departure from the more typical directional pad. The new 7D is powdered by dual Digic 6 image processors and supports a native ISO 100-16000 range, with sensitivities as high as ISO 51200 available in extended mode. Its body is sealed against dust and splashes, the shutter is rated to 200,000 cycles, and GPS isbuilt in.

News Quiz
September 07, 2014
1. AAA was expecting 2014 to see the biggest Labor Day travel weekend since 2008. How many Americans were expected to travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday?

Xiaomi Mi Band vs. Fitbit Flex Fitness Band Price And Specifications Comparison [WATCH VIDEOS].
August 22, 2014
  The Xiaomi Mi Band and the Fitbit Flex Fitness Band are two wearable fitness trackers that have similar features including sleep tracker. Read on for the Xiaomi Mi Band vs. Fitbit Flex Fitness Band price and specifications, or "specs"comparison.       (https://www.facebook.com/xiaomichina/posts/735249586510637) According to the Xiaomi Facebook page, below is a list of the Xiaomi Mi Band specifications and its price.     The Xiaomi Mi Band Specifications:           - Fitness level monitor and sleeping quality tracker   - Sleep-cycle smart alarm         - 30-day standby power           - Water resistant (IP67)         - Can be used to unlock your Mi phone without a password (Bluetooth 4.0 enabled)           - Various stylish band options (including wrap-around and leather bands)         The Xiaomi Mi Band (Length: 157-205 mm, Net Weight: 13 g) also has LED light, 41mAh lithium-ion battery and a USB cable included with it.             The Xiaomi Mi Band Price:         Approx. $13           Click (http://www.xiaomishop.com/134-mi-band.html) HERE to see more photos of the Xiaomi Mi Band from the Xiaomi Shop.       On the other hand, below are the Fitbit Flex Fitness Band specifications, which are (http://www.fitbit.com/flex/specs) from the official Fitbit website .       The Fitbit Flex Fitness Band Specifications:           - Colorful wristbands including tangerine, navy, teal and violet


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