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.

PANASONIC CORP: Capacitors Actions Consolidated in California
September 19, 2014
Plaintiffs Chip-Tech, Ltd. and Dependable Component Supply Corp.asked and received an order from the United States Judicial Panelon Multidistrict Litigation transferring to the U.S. DistrictCourt for the Northern District of California three lawsuits aswell as any later-filled cases that assert similar or relatedclaims, thereby, centralizing all these cases for coordinated orconsolidated pretrial proceedings.

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:

SMI Launches Digital MEMS Low Pressure Sensor.
September 18, 2014
  Milpitas, California (PRWEB) September 18, 2014         SMI (Silicon Microstructures, Inc.) introduces the SM9541 MEMS low pressure sensor Series designed especially for cost sensitive applications that need very high accuracy. The unique gage and differential offering allows for optimal signal resolution and diagnostics capability. The 14-Bit resolution and 1% accuracy provide the user high performance while the 0.2% full-scale offset stability per year provides the reliability and long-term reliability needed for critical applications. Available in low pressure ranges of 10, 20, 40, and 100 cm∙H2O (0.14, 0.3, 0.6, and 1.4 PSI). The SM9541 stands to revolutionize the low pressure sensor market with an I2C digital interface coupled with the highest accuracy and stability in the industry. Custom solutions are available for custom pressure and temperature ranges.

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?

International Business Times - US ed.
February 26, 2014
  World smartphone leader Samsung on Monday (24 February) unveiled the company's 2014 marquee phone Galaxy S5 in Barcelona a few days ago.           With the launch of Samsung's new flagship smartphone, we have an opportunity to draw comparisons between the device and its rival Apple iPhone 5S.

Google Nexus 5 Rumour Roundup: Expected Features, Price and Launch Details.
October 20, 2013
  Just a few days ago, search engine giant Google did a little goof-up by accidently revealing the price of the company's upcoming smartphone Nexus 5 on the official Google Play store.           We are not sure if (http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/514965/20131018/lg-nexus-5-google-play-price-specifications.htm) Google's faux paus was a genuine accident or an intentional gimmick but it has certainly gained interest among fans. With the rumoured launch of Nexus 5 set for 30 October, many would be enthusiastic to know about the features of the LG-Google smartphone.     Here are the latest reports regarding Nexus 5's features and price details:     Display and Design:

Google Nexus 5 Video Leaked Ahead of Launch.
October 13, 2013
  France-based online retailer 'Club SFR Smartphones' has released a video, purported to be of the upcoming Google Nexus 5 running on the Key Lime Pie (aka v4.4 Kit Kat) OS, just days ahead of the official launch.       In the seven-minute long video, an anonymous user shows the alleged Nexus smartphone from different angles, some of the applications (Camera, Google Earth and more) and the settings configurations.       Even though it looks credible enough to believe that this handset might be Nexus 5, there are few anomalies in the video which suggest this may be a prototype model. For instance, the phone's back-cover does not feature the 'Nexus' logo embellishment carried by the smartphone on the Google Kit Kat statue unveiling video. As the user goes through the settings options, we can see that the OS version says Key Lime Pie, not v4.4 Kit Kat.           Adding weight to the argument, certain applications (Google Photos, app drawer, search app and others) were missing some additional features which were rumoured to come in the new OS, reported Android Police. [To view the video, c(http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/12/breaking-nexus-5-bares-all-in-leaked-crystal-clear-7-minute-hd-video/) lick here ]

International Business Times - US ed.
October 11, 2013
  Popular smartphone-case maker Spigen SGP has leaked a picture of the rumoured Google Nexus 5.         Details regarding the battery-type and pricing of the new Nexus gadget had surfaced online earlier this week and Spigen SGP has now posted the back-panel image of the smartphone.     The photograph, with a tag-line "Nexus 5 Revolution Be Ready", was also accompanied by a question, "Where will you be when the revolution begins?" However, the company refrains from revealing the release date of the phone. Google is reportedly planning to launch the new Nexus smartphone, along with the newly unveiled Android v4.4 Kit Kat OS on 15 October.           The snapshot by Spigen (https://plus.google.com/116452280548684420467/posts/gBu2KJUp891) reveals Nexus 5's back-panel flaunting a big-camera sensor with an LED flash below it. The camera module is strikingly similar to the one seen on the recently released Nexus 7 (2013 edition) tablet.           According to latest reports, Nexus 5 will also see a major bump in screen size, as well as internal hardware. And as an icing on the cake, the prices of the handset variants are said to be customer-friendly like its predecessor.             The Google smartphone reportedly comes in two variants with different battery capacity: the 16GB (with 2300 mAh battery) model is expected to sell for $299 (a[sup.1]18, 500), whereas the 32GB (with 3000 mAh battery) variant is said to hold a price-tag of $399(a[sup.1]24,700).        

Google Nexus 5 Pricing Details Leak Ahead of Launch.
October 08, 2013
  In the countdown to the rumoured Google Nexus 5 launch (31 October), pricing details of the Nexus 4 successor has been leaked online.   Technology website PhoneArena citing a source has revealed that Nexus 5 would come in two storage models - the 16GB with a price-tag of $299 (a[sup.1]18,500) and the 32GB model which is said to cost $399 (a[sup.1]24,700).         The leaked price details of Nexus 5 seem credible considering the fact that Nexus 4, despite featuring high-end specifications which are on par with rivals, was sold for almost half its original price. Nexus 4's 8GB and 16GB variants (unlocked) were priced $299 and $349 (a[sup.1]21,600) respectively. In comaparison, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 had expensive price-tags.     The tipster also (http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-Nexus-5-pricing-leaks-different-battery-size-for-each-model_id48068) claimed the Nexus 5 models would come with a different battery capacity. The 16GB variant is said to feature a 2300 mAh battery, while the 32GB model would boast a 3000 mAh cell.           According to latest reports, Nexus 5 would feature a 4.97-inch full HD display with pixel density of 442 ppi (pixels per inch) and is touted to be the first Android smartphone to run on the recently unveiled v4.4 Kit Kat, out-of-the-box.


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