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    Europe Vs. Google: Wrong on break up; right on privacy

    By Girish Mhatre | November 29, 2014

    In a historic, but mostly symbolic, vote on Thanksgiving, the European Parliament (EP) moved to break up Google. The EP wants Google to hive off its search engine business for fear that the company is abusing its dominant market position by displaying search results that favor its other interests, like YouTube. In Europe, Google commands a staggeringly high share of search at 90%, compared to 68% in the US.

    The Smarter Grid

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      Maxim’s NFC tag authenticator doubles as energy harvesting device

      By Majeed Ahmad | November 27, 2014

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      The new chips integrating energy harvesting capability can now be used to power surrounding hardware like a temperature sensor while also providing the energy source to the client device and gathering data from it. Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has recently launched such device—the MAX66242—which is an advanced tag authenticator that combines a wireless NFC/RFID interface with an I²C interface.

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        Raspberry Pi tablet opens access to the masses

        Developers, hobbyists, makers and engineers who enjoy using Raspberry Pi might find a new Kickstarter project for an open Raspberry Pi tablet called Raspitab worth further investigation.

        As a target platform for personal computing the tablet has long shown great promise as a robust form factor, well suited as the logical, potential delivery point/control console for all of the essential technology services and network transactions we engage in daily.

        The Connected Automobile

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          Vishay extends resistance range of AEC-Q200-qualified PAT automotive thin film chip resistors

          By Jack Matthew Klein | November 20, 2014

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          Vishay Intertechnology has enhanced its PAT series of AEC-Q200-qualified precision automotive thin film chip resistors with an extended resistance range from 2.5 Ω to 3 MΩ. Designed to meet automotive industry requirements for temperature and humidity while offering consistent repeatability and stable performance, the Vishay Dale Thin Film devices feature a standard TCR of ± 25 ppm/°C and laser-trimmed tolerances down to ± 0.1 %, according to the company.

          The Connected Automobile

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            Honda launches developer studio in Silicon Valley to grow road-ready apps

            By Jack Matthew Klein | November 20, 2014

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            As part of an ongoing effort to elevate the connected automobile experience, Honda has unveiled the Honda Developer Studio, an online portal and open innovation workspace in Silicon Valley. The portal and garage will enable developers to work directly with Honda engineers to create apps that are road-ready more quickly. The announcement comes on the heels of Google’s debut release of the Android Auto software developer kit (SDK), which allows Android developers to easily extend their apps to the in-vehicle environment.

            The Connected Automobile

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              Queensland University of Technology breakthrough could mean body panel powered cars within five years

              Researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed lightweight supercapacitors–a sandwich of electrolyte between two all-carbon electrodes—in the form of a thin and strong film with a high power density. The film could be embedded in a car’s body panels, roof, doors, hood and floor,- storing enough energy to turbocharge an electric car‘s battery in just a few minutes.

              Smart Wearable Things

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                Wearable tech’s goofy look belies industry progress

                Wearable devices of tomorrow will not only have to be smart, they will also need to be small-to-invisible, as well as hyper-connected to an intelligent ecosystem that totally encompasses our personal data environment.  But will future wearable tech devices have to look so goofy? Perhaps not.

                Groundbreaking advances are now now taking place to develop a new standards framework for networking mobile sensing devices.

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                  Wearable tech’s goofy look belies industry progress

                  November 19, 2014

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                  Wearable devices of tomorrow will not only have to be smart, they will also need to be small-to-invisible, as well as hyper-connected to an intelligent ecosystem that totally encompasses our personal data environment.  But will future wearable tech devices have to look so goofy? Perhaps not.

                  Groundbreaking advances are now now taking place to develop a new standards framework for networking mobile sensing devices.