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Issue 12 • Date Dec. 2004

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  • Price fixing in the memory market [DRAM prices]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):18 - 20
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    This work focuses on the investigations conducted by the US Department of Justice on the allegations of price fixing in the memory industry. It discusses the details of the case against Infineon Technologies AG, which plead guilty to participating in an international conspiracy to fix prices for dynamic random access memories (DRAM) sold to certain PC and server makers in the US. Regardless of how... View full abstract»

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  • Black boxes get green light [car crash data recorders]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):14 - 16
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 65 percent of 2004 model year cars sold in the United States have some sort of event data recorder. Yet the average driver has no idea that in the event of a crash, a record of how the car was being driven in the moments just before impact has been created and is stored onboard. Often, people learn of the box's... View full abstract»

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  • Selling music for a song [online music]

    Publication Year: 2004
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    Contrary to popular belief, online music services including Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store do not turn in huge profits. In the case of Apple, out of the 99 cents that is being charged for a song, about 65 cents goes to the music label that recorded it. Another 25 cents goes for distribution costs and the rest goes to marketing, promotion, and other expenses. To make more money, many musi... View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 6
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  • Technically Speaking: No "I" in "internet"?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 92
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  • Big brother at work [workplace surveillance]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):57 - 58
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (1)
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    Newer technologies are allowing employers to keep tabs on workers as never before. These tactics range from radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags to GPS chips embedded in cellphones and company cars. Even video surveillance is being reborn, with searchable digital systems that can run over a network. Part of the reason for employer surveillance is because there are only a few laws protecting p... View full abstract»

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  • Cellphones linked to brain tumors

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):20 - 22
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    Millions of research dollars have been spent worldwide to determine whether cellphones cause brain tumors. Now, what health experts call a large-scale, well-conducted study has yielded the most conclusive evidence of such a link to date. Researchers have found an association between long-term cellphone use and a rare, benign tumor, causing concern among radiation specialists and epidemiologists, t... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: Do you know where your data are?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 8
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  • Finding the needle in the haystack [search engines]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):12 - 14
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    A new search technology could make peer-to-peer networks easier to use and help them become a legitimate online distribution channel. The decentralized designs common to public peer-to-peer networks make them resistant to legal or technological disruption, but they also create a weakness: it's hard to find anything but the most popular material, usually illegal music or barely legal pornography. N... View full abstract»

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  • Managing care through the air [remote health monitoring]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):26 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (51)  |  Patents (1)
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    This work describes the efforts of various companies to take advantage of wireless technology to develop devices that would allow remote monitoring of older people. The focus is on developing electronic devices to handle cognitive decline, cancer, cardiovascular and other aging-related diseases. The aim is to deduce the actions of older people in their homes through a network of wireless sensors a... View full abstract»

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  • Lighting up the Andes [LED lamps]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):44 - 49
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    This work relates how a pair of 62-year olds from Canmore, Alberta in Canada, have made it their mission to free remote communities from reliance on costly kerosene lighting. Anthony and Faith Harckham have developed a simple LED lamp which consumes only 1 watt and produces 30 lumens in a focused beam about as bright as the light of a 20 W incandescent bulb. The couple devised a small volunteer op... View full abstract»

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  • Photo Essay: If I Only Had a Brain...

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 24
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  • The Back Story: Lighting Up the Andes

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 5
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  • Japan cranks up download speeds [DSL technology]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):10 - 12
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    Japan has caught up in the competitive high-speed Internet technologies thanks to the efforts of billionaire entrepreneur Masayoshi Son and his Softbank Corp, by deploying ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology in its fixed-line telephone networks. Though Japan still lags far behind some other countries in broadband penetration, it now tops the world in providing the cheapest DSL ser... View full abstract»

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  • Through a lens sharply [FluidFocus lens]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):32 - 36
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (10)
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    Philips Research Laboratories has developed the FluidFocus lens that is ideal not only for camera phones but also in products whose design constraints demand a tiny but capable optical system. Like the lens of the human eye, the FluidFocus lens varies its focus by changing shape rather than by changing the relative positions of multiple lenses. The lens uses electrostatic forces to alter the shape... View full abstract»

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  • Lithium takes to the road [all electric sports car]

    Publication Year: 2004
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    This work presents an all-electric sports car, called the Fetish, unveiled in September 2004 by Venturi Automobiles of Monaco at the Paris Auto Show. Fetish relies on a lithium ion battery pack made from the type of cells normally found in portable electronics. Because of their high power density and despite concerns about flammability, lithium ion batteries are being eyed by makers of hybrid elec... View full abstract»

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  • Patent prescription: a radical cure for the ailing [US patent policy]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):38 - 43
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    This work discusses the problems with the current patent system in the US. While the US patent policy makes it easier to obtain patents, to enforce patents against others, and to extract large financial awards from such enforcement, it has become harder for those accused of infringing patents to challenge the patents' validity. To address the problem, a patent policy reform program was initiated b... View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Finding Yourself

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):51 - 54
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 0_1
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  • IEEE Spectrum - Dec. 2004 - Vol 41, No 12 - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):1 - 3
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