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Mobile broadband facing spectrum crunch

Governments must make more mobile spectrum bands available if the full potential of mobile broadband services are to be realised, according to mobile specialists speaking in Cambridge this week. The warning comes less than 12 months ahead of the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva that will review the…

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Apple PC which Steve Jobs built sells for $365,000

One of the very first Apple-1 computers to be sold by Steve Jobs from his parents’ garage has been sold at auction for $365,000 at Christie’s in New York. Called the Ricketts’ Apple-1 Personal Computer after its first owner Charles Ricketts, this is the highest price…

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Bell Labs prize winners come from Europe

Bell Labs has selected the three winners of a new research prize for academics working in the field of information and communications technologies. The Bell Labs Prize attracted 500 entrants from around the world. The $100,000 first prize was awarded to Emmanuel Abbe, assistant professor at Princeton University, who…

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New Raspberry Pi-based computer stocks up for Christmas

The company behind a Raspberry Pi-based computer and coding kit for teaching schoolchildren is preparing for the Christmas sales with a $1m credit facility from Barclays to support increased stock. The Kano computer, which raised $1.5m on Kickstarter a year ago, went on sale in October. The computer…

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Mars Rover engineer designs wireless smart lock

An engineer from the Mars Rover design team has created a padlock which can be locked and unlocked wirelessly with both Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC). Created by Ryan Hyde, the lock can be activated with a smartphone, but it will also work by swiping an NFC ring or…

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Design Council launches £300k “Big Idea” Fund

The Design Council has launched a £300,000 design innovation initiative aimed at identifying young designers in the field of physical product innovation. Emily Tulloh, a final-year Brunel University London product design student, 21, was chosen to represent young British product design at the launch of the “Spark” initiative…

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Comment: Frequency-flexible timing systems reduce network complexity

Frequency-flexible timing systems reduce the complexity of converged data centre networks by Phil Callahan, Senior Marketing Manager, Timing Products, Silicon Labs. Skyrocketing network bandwidth demands driven by consumer mobile devices and cloud-based streaming services and online gaming are pushing Internet Infrastructure equipment suppliers to develop data centre systems…

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Synapse designs a server

Synapse Design, the San Jose IC design house, has branched out to produce a reference design for a server which opens up the world of customised servers to medium-sized organisations…

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