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China tech factory conditions fuel suicides: study

Bejing - Difficult working conditions including punishment for minor offences and high staff turnover in Chinese factories that feed the global electronics supply chain contribute to employee suicides, a study published on Wednesday said.

Time to move on from silicon based electronics?

Silicon has served the electronics sector well, but is it time to move beyond the abundant element and to consider other materials as technology advances? A research paper investigates new organometallic materials.

Q&A: Merging 3D printing and printed electronics innovations Special

Imagine a world where printed smart objects are part of our everyday lives? This type of technological innovation is getting closer, according to Dr. Paul Smith of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. He discusses how with Digital Journal.

Op-Ed: Farmers lose 'right to repair' their John Deere equipment

The "right to repair" movement suffered a serious setback this month when the California Farm Bureau Federation let the state's farmers down by signing a watered-down agreement with John Deere lobbyists.

Improving the efficiency of wearable tech clothing

Boston - Wearable technology as a form of clothing has been a little slow to take off. This is partially due to the ‘chunkiness’ of the clothes and due to a lack of consumer excitement with the functionality. A new advance could change this.

Tunable graphene can aid future electronic devices

Cambridge - Graphene, the material with many useful properties, including strength, transparency and conductivity, can be ‘tuned’ and this new ability has a potential use with next-generation electronic devices.

Altering electrons for improved quantum computing

Two new ways to manipulate electron interactions, from Purdue University, open up new possibilities for the design and scaling up of quantum computing devices.

Controlling the speed limit of smart technology gadgets

Understanding why there is a speed limit on how fast the properties of light can be changed is the way forward for the next generation of consumer electronics including smart watches, screens and glasses, according to new research.

New way to create energy-saving electronics

Scientists have discovered an alternate way of conducting electricity between transistors without energy loss. This could spur developments in energy-saving electronics and quantum computing.

Rare element helps develop high speed electronics

A rare Earth element can provide a better starting material for the development of high-speed electronics, which can be used in communication devices.

New form of electronic matter discovered

Chicago - The existence of new form of electronic matter has been reported by scientists. This new phase is called called quadrupole topological insulators, previously predicted as part of theoretical physics.

Oxide and semiconductors herald new electronic devices

New Haven - A science team has shown how bringing together an oxide and a semiconductor into a unique combination holds promise for the creation of a new generation of electronic devices.

Next generation of power electronics proposed

What will the next generation of power electronics be like and what are the key features required? One feature of interest is with reducing power loss. Aalto University researchers have a solution.

Sony revives robot pet dog

Toukyo - Japanese electronics giant Sony is marking the year of the dog by bringing back to life its robot canine -- packed with artificial intelligence and internet capability.

Improving electrical switches with a pinch of salt

Scientists have developed an atypical means to make electrical switches more effective. This process involves the application of salt. The reason is to improve electronics at the nano-scale.

Wild graphene 'tamed' for new electronic devices

A new discovery concerning the controlling of electrons in the 'super'- material graphene could lead to the future production of novel electronic devices.

Toshiba says sells chip unit to Bain Capital for around $18 bn

Toukyo - Toshiba said Wednesday it would sell its memory chip business to a group led by US investor Bain Capital, in a deal worth around $18 billion and seen as crucial to keeping the Japanese conglomerate afloat.

Disposing of unwanted electronics, with vinegar

The continual innovations with digital technology lead to a similar continual problem — the disposal of obsolescent items. Researchers have come up with a novel method, and it uses vinegar.

Holography will be the next big thing in electronics

Digital device development never stands still and the next big thing with devices could be the integrated of 3D holography. This area is attracting considerable interest from tech developers and with research centers.

Quantum technology helps prevent counterfeit electronics

Researchers have taken a major step in terms of preventing counterfeiting. This is through generating unique atomic-scale identifiers based on the irregularities found in 2-D materials such as graphene.

Thinner semiconductors from IBM help with the digital revolution

Researchers are developing a new method for creating thinner semiconductors through modifications to crystals. This promises to help ease in new generation of solar power.

Hydrogel advances wearable electronics

A polyacrylamide hydrogel has been developed. This should lead to super-stretchable and super-compressible supercapacitors for use with the growing trend for wearable electronic devices.

See why nanowires are the future of electronics

Barcelona - The current consumer demand for small-sized electronic devices requires new approaches for their design. One answer is nanowires, according to scientists from the University of the Basque Country.

Indigo pigment offers special semiconductor properties

Austrian researchers have been looking into the uses of indigo pigment in electronics. This is because of the pigment possesses special semi-conductor properties.

Sharp sues Hisense over 'shoddy' TVs that will 'destroy' its name

Sharp has claimed that Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense is ruining its brand and reputation by selling poorly built televisions that wear its name. Hisense has a license to use Sharp's brand but is allegedly putting it on poor quality products.

New generation of electronics to be ‘flexible like skin’

The future direction of electronic devices is centered on flexibility. This is a key design requirement for wearables as well as for portable devices. To achieve this flexibility needs to extend to every aspect of the device.

Gold processing bacteria help to recycle electronics

Adelaide - There are species of bacteria that efficient at processing of gold ore. Applications include recycling electronics as well as use in exploration for new deposits. A new study demonstrates the advantages.

Freezing lithium batteries makes them safer

Researchers have used a process called ice-templating to control the electrolyte structure in lithium batteries. The process is non-flammable, non-toxic and flexible, and leads to longer battery life.

Are liquid metals the future of electronics?

Melbourne - Advancements in electronics can be made through flexible and dynamically reconfigurable soft circuit systems. This involves taking electronics beyond the confines of solid state circuits, according to Australian researchers.

Breakthrough in smart-printed electronics

Dublin - Progress has been made with printed electronic circuits and these pave the way for further advances with smart devices. The flat printed circuits can be embedded into flat structures, such as plastic and cardboard.
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