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Toyota Case: Inside Camry’s Electronic Control Module
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10/30/2013   45 comments
In many recent Toyota cases, one nagging question recurs: If software bugs are in the system, why have millions of owners never experienced unintended acceleration? The trial transcript explains the complexity.
Mobile Phones Too Crowded: Nobody Goes There Anymore
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10/29/2013   14 comments
More than 3.4 billion people -- nearly half the world's population -- own mobile phones, a Worldwatch Institute study.
Toyota Trial: Transcript Reveals 'Task X' Clues
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10/29/2013   37 comments
Expert witness Michael Barr said he’s not allowed to talk about specifics on Task X. However, the trial transcript offers ample clues about what it does.
Wearable Display Goes 1 Step Beyond Google Glass
News & Analysis  
10/28/2013   8 comments
The i-Air Touch glasses from Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute go one step beyond Google Glass by tracking hand movements to enable touch-activated interaction with a virtual display.
Rambus Pursues Disposable PicoCam
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10/25/2013   8 comments
New diffraction gratings promise ultra-low-cost, tiny, disposable imagers for a broad range of applications, said a Rambus researcher.
Oracle Laser Lights Way to Silicon Photonics
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10/22/2013   18 comments
Oracle is working on a low-power laser that it hopes will drive the next-generation silicon photonics needed for high-end servers.
Nokia Guns for 6-Inch Phablets
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10/22/2013   16 comments
Nokia showed off its first tablet (10-inch screen) and two six-inch screen 'phablets' at the company's annual event in Abu Dhabi.
Slideshow: ITS Touts Automation & Big-Data
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10/17/2013   9 comments
ITS World Congress turns out to be a confluence of disparate industries -- foremost among them automotive, mobile, telecommunications, and computers.
Applied Materials Hawks Metal-Oxide Displays
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10/16/2013   6 comments
The ultra-high-res displays of the future are switching to metal oxide thin-film transistors, prompting Applied Materials to release chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition systems specialized for producing metal-oxide backplanes.
Are You Ready When Your Google Car Freaks Out?
News & Analysis  
10/16/2013   90 comments
There is one question everyone seems to avoid asking and answering: How does a self-driving car, when faced with a crisis beyond its program, hand control back over to the driver?
Panasonic Kisses Plasma Goodbye
News & Analysis  
10/10/2013   46 comments
Panasonic will stop producing plasma TV panels by March 2014 -- a year sooner than predicted.
High-Power LEDs: Hotter Than You Think
News & Analysis  
10/8/2013   9 comments
For the past several years, we've thought that LEDs provided light, not heat. We were wrong.
Researcher Eyes Display on Contact Lens
News & Analysis  
10/8/2013   17 comments
An IMEC researcher demonstrated prototypes of an artificial iris, a first step on the way to a contact lens display.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   19 comments
Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
Mellanox Preps Silicon Photonics, 100G Switch
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   8 comments
Aiming to drive 100G comms gear into broader markets, Mellanox said it will ship systems using silicon photonics as soon as the end of 2104.
Test Production AOC Cables
News & Analysis  
10/3/2013   5 comments
Multilane combines test equipment into a system that lets you measure BER and jitter.


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