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Real Mission Impossible-style electronic circuits will self destruct on command
"This message will self-destruct in five seconds." It's the heart-racing line known to Mission Impossible fans around the world, when the details of secret assignments are handed out to undercover agents...
Billionaire Samsung heir jailed for five years
Lee Jae-yong was also found guilty by a panel of three judges of embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, concealing profits from criminal acts and perjury.The court in Seoul found Lee hoped that bribes...
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
Researchers have engineered bendable batteries that can run on body-inspired liquids such as normal IV saline solution and cell-culture medium. The authors designed alternatives to lithium-ion batteries...
Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers
Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down...
Electronics ban latest step in battle of wits between terrorists, security chiefs
A ban on large carry-on electronics on some international flights lays bare a high-stakes scientific battle between militant groups and security chiefs that has already dramatically altered airline travel,...
Uncovered iPad bomb plot blamed for electronics ban on some flights
Travis Olbrich reader comments 23 Share this story The US-UK ban on electronic devices larger than a mobile phone for some flights from Africa and the Middle East stems, in part, from the discovery of...
Electronic devices banned on US-bound flights from 8 countries
Travellers may find they can’t bring larger electronics into the cabinEyesWideOpen/Getty ImagesBy New Scientist Staff and Press AssociationPassengers travelling to the US on flights from eight different...
South Korea prosecutor says summoned Samsung Electronics executive
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Friday it has summoned a Samsung Electronics Co Ltd executive for questioning amid a widening graft scandal involving President Park...
In 2017, TV makers are really only improving what’s out there already
What’s new in television sets this year? Incrementally better pictures, larger screens and cheaper prices — and that’s about it.True, set manufacturers are bombarding consumers with a whole series of...
Feds say Chicago e-recycler faked tear-downs, then sent CRTs to Hong Kong
Enlarge / EnviroGreen's homepage. Just because a website has pictures of a lush forest doesn't mean it represents a company that does good things for the environment.EnviroGreen reader comments 18 Share...
Regulators want driver mode to block apps
Apple iPhones and other handheld devices have long had an airplane mode that shuts off wireless communications to prevent interference with the vast electronics systems that control modern aircraft. [...]...
South Korea prosecutors raid Samsung Electronics in probe over scanda: Yonhap
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics on Tuesday as part of a probe over a political scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend who is alleged...
Samsung Electronics CEO says firm must learn from crisis
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun on Tuesday said the South Korean tech giant must improve, as it reels from the costly withdrawal of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone....
2-D boron may be best for flexible electronics
Though they're touted as ideal for electronics, two-dimensional materials like graphene may be too flat and hard to stretch to serve in flexible, wearable devices. "Wavy" borophene might be better, according...
Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics
Researchers have built a record energy-efficient switch, which uses the interplay of electricity and a liquid form of light, in semiconductor microchips. The device could form the foundation of future...
Engineers discover highly conductive materials for more efficient electronics
Engineers have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric...
Texas electronics CEO sentenced as Russian spy
Alexander Fishenko, owner of Arc Electronics Inc, walks behind another inmate as they are escorted from the federal courthouse in Houston. Picture: Billy Smith/AP “I FEAR you don’t know me ... I fear that...
Electronics retailers, seeing sales bump, tap into Pokemon Go frenzy
(Reuters) - Electronics and smart-phone retailers are seeing a jump in sales of mobile charging equipment since Pokemon GO was released in the United States two weeks ago and are now looking for more ways...
Scientists develop plastic flexible magnetic memory device
Scientists have successfully embedded a powerful magnetic memory chip on a flexible plastic material. This malleable memory chip hails a breakthrough in the flexible electronics revolution, and brings...
LG, VW Collaborating on a Connected Car and Home Platform
The joint research between LG and VW aims to create a next-generation platform that better connects cars and homes for owners. Connecting cars and homes in new and innovative ways is the goal of a new...
LG Electronics says to jointly develop connected car platform with Volkswagen
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Wednesday it will work with German carmaker Volkswagen AG to jointly develop a connected car platform to enable vehicles to communicate with external...
Integrated trio of 2D nanomaterials unlocks graphene electronics applications
Graphene has emerged as one of the most promising two-dimensional crystals, but the future of electronics may include two other nanomaterials, according to a new study. In new research, the researchers...
3D-printed phones herald world of instant electronic everything
Start of the 3D printing revolutionBloomberg/Getty ImagesBy Hal HodsonFOR the past few months, a factory in China has been spitting out a new kind of smartphone. Inside each is an antenna that was 3D-printed...
‘Weak’ Materials Offer Strong Possibilities for Electronics
New fundamental research by physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers. The scientists are investigating materials called topological insulators, whose...
A switch for light wave electronics
Light waves might be able to drive future transistors. The electromagnetic waves of light oscillate approximately one million times in a billionth of a second, hence with petahertz frequencies. In principle...
Self-healing, flexible electronic material restores functions after many breaks
Electronic materials have been a major stumbling block for the advance of flexible electronics because existing materials do not function well after breaking and healing. A new electronic material created...
Engineers create a better way to boil water, with industrial, electronics applications
Advances in this technology have been published in Scientific Reports and a patent application filed. The concept could be useful in two ways, researchers say -- either to boil water and create steam...
Cooling graphene-based film close to pilot-scale production
Heat dissipation in electronics and optoelectronics is a severe bottleneck in the further development of systems in these fields. To come to grips with this serious issue, researchers have developed an...
How to Recycle Old Electronics
We love our devices—our TVs, laptops, tablets, and perhaps most of all, our mobile phones, those pocketable miracles of computing power. In fact, Gartner, a tech research company, estimated that 1.9 billion...
LG Electronics tips January-March profit to be best quarter in nearly two years
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said its first-quarter operating profit likely rose 66 percent, pointing to its best quarter in nearly two years with earnings apparently lifted by healthy...
From the lab: A graphene shot for the electronics industry
Comments Published:April 10, 2016 12:48 am It is not very well-known, but India’s import bill for electronic items is next only to petroleum products. And by 2020, the value of electronic imports is likely...
Gone launches marketplace for verified, used electronics
Gone, the on-demand service for selling all your old crap, is making some changes to its business today. Most importantly, Gone is launching a verified second-hand electronics marketplace. Usually,...
Vietnam PM approves $300 million R&D investment by Samsung Electronics
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist...
My Uber driver apparently moonlights as an underground electronics dealer
Have you ever been riding in an Uber and become suddenly overtaken by the immediate need for a new Android tablet or a Dell Latitude E6420? Yeah, me neither. But that did’t stop an enterprising Uber driver...
Liquid metal runs through new flexible circuits
Before things like touch-sensitive robot skin or prosthetics skin can become commonplace, we first need to develop robust and reliable flexible electronics. Researchers from Switzerland's EPFL research...
Samsung, LG unveil new devices in bid for smartphone recovery
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Smartphone rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc unveiled their latest flagship devices on Sunday, seeking to revive sales momentum and buck slowing industry growth....
LG Electronics unwraps first G5 modular smartphone
BARCELONA LG Electronics showed off its first modular smartphone, with its B&O sound system and wide-angle lens, at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.A modular smartphone is made out of separate...
Delta Electronics plans to quadruple revenue from India
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Taiwan-based Delta Electronics Inc expects to quadruple annual revenue from India over the next three years as it makes more power components in the country, in tune with Prime Minister...
Chance discovery puts graphene electronics closer to mass production
We've heard plenty on the wonderful properties of graphene, but the supermaterial par excellence still hasn't found its way to commercial products because it is too delicate for real-world conditions....
Electronic luggage tag lets travelers check-in bags from home
Expensive travel bags should do more than look good, and German high-end luggage manufacturer Rimowa would seem to agree. The company has developed an electronic luggage tag which displays baggage info...
Using LEGO blocks to develop stretchable electronics
A new article shows how toy bricks, such as LEGO blocks, are not only for children—in the hands of engineers, they can become a powerful laboratory tool for conducting sophisticated tasks. Researchers...
How to make cleaning slime for electronics - CNET
Letting cleaning slime sit in one spot can ruin your laptop. Alina Bradford/CNET Lately, there have been articles all over the Internet talking about the newest electronics cleaning trend: slime. This...
Intelligent electronics to become durable, flexible and functional through new technology
With the roll-to-roll overmoulding manufacturing process developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, components can be easily overmoulded into durable electronics products such as wearable sports...
Arduino & Raspberry Pi builds that don't require a PhD in electrical engineering
If you're a hardcore DIYer, an electrical or mechanical engineer, or the kind of all-around science ninja who can hack, code, or build whatever she sets her mind to, Thimble probably isn't for you.But...
LG Electronics to invest $436 million on new solar capacity in South Korea
SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc on Wednesday said it will invest 527 billion won ($435.67 million) on new solar panel production facilities in South Korea over the next three years, aiming to triple...
3D Printers, Robots on Display at Vegas CES Show
Three-dimensional printers and robots for personal use are rapidly growing sectors of the consumer electronics market. Both were on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas,...
The coolest tech you missed at CES 2016
LG Electronics USA invites CES 2016 attendees to be totally immersed by 112 LG OLED displays Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas.(Photo: Jack Dempsey, AP Images for LG Electronics) USA TODAY's Tech team was all...
20 cool gifts for the women in your life
Microsoft Band 2(Photo: Microsoft) It’s almost Christmas and you still have no idea what to get that special gal in your life. Whether she's your wife, girlfriend, mom, daughter, or BFF, here are 20 quick...
Gadget overload! Gizmos lose their appeal
Dverse CEO and Founder Shogo Numakara's image is captured at the SXSW Trade Show wearing a 360-degree panoramic movie headset designed to utilize ten GoPro devices attached to a helmet to record panoramic...
The next phone you need to buy
You might be surprised by what your smartphone is made of. One Dutch company called Fairphone is seeking to create the world's first ethical phone. Reporter Carl Naisman has more. The Amsterdam-based company...
9 affordable Arduino-powered robot kits
Why not be official? The official Arduino Robot is a great way to learn about electronics, mechanics, and programming with no soldering required. It's a tiny computer on wheels that you can hack to perform...
Chipmakers look to autos for demand, deals and disruption
BERLIN (Reuters) - Faltering demand in computer and phone markets, once semiconductor industry mainstays, have fueled a year-long merger wave as firms look to formerly unloved areas like auto electronics...
New process could see "white graphene" pairing with graphene in ultra-thin electronics
Monolayer-thick sheets of hexagonal boron nitride, or "white graphene," share many of the properties of graphene, including exceptional mechanical strength and thermal conductivity. But one important...
New process removes defects in molecule-thick films for use transparent LED displays
A new process in the development of atomically thin materials could advance the development of transparent LED displays, efficient solar cells and tiny transistors. Engineers at UC Berkeley and Lawrence...
Self-healing gel to repair and connect electronic circuits
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a solution to one of the key problems holding back flexible, bendable electronics and soft robotics from mass production. Electronic circuits...
New 'self-healing' gel makes electronics more flexible
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities...
Samsung Electronic says to provide memory chips to automaker Audi
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will provide memory chip products to Volkswagen's Audi after entering into a strategic partnership with the luxury German automaker, the South Korean electronics...
Cyborg rose has electric circuits running through polymer veins
A rose by any other name would… conduct electricity? The worlds of botany and consumer electronics don’t typically overlap. But a new device has merged electronics with biology, taking a step towards...
LG Electronics to develop own mobile payment system
SEOUL LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday it signed an agreement to develop its own mobile payment service called LG Pay.LG, which signed the agreement with South Korea's largest and second-largest credit...
PowearIN jacket wires your torso with a kitchen sink of tech
Battling the likes of the Tec Jacket 2.0 for the title of "world's most high-tech jacket," the all-new PowearIN jacket gives you surplus pocket space for gadgetry, integrated gadget charging, a built-in...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark