But is any of the third-party retailers willing to slash that figure down to something more tempting? Of course! Fry's Electronics is offering the Galaxy Nexus for $220 with a new 2-year contract and for $250 should you choose to renew. If patience is something you don't have much of, the smartphone can be bought at a brick and mortar Fry's Electronics outlet, or if 2 to 3 days shipping time won't hurt you, just purchase it at the retailer's online store.Alternatively, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can be purchased on Amazon where it currently bears a $200 price tag for new Verizon subscribers, while upgrades are priced at $250. Unfortunately, the smartphone is currently backordered and is expected to ship in about 8 to 9 days.Is anyone thinking of taking advantage of any of these deals? Feel free to brag about it in the comments below.Thanks goes to our tipster! … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Nexus available for $220 at Fry’s Electronics, $200 at Amazon
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) yesterday released the final results from NASA's Engineering and Safety Center's ten-month study into potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration (UA) in Toyota vehicles. As the DoT's press release states: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the study last spring at the request of Congress, and enlisted NASA engineers with expertise in areas such as computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and software integrity to conduct new research into whether electronic systems or electromagnetic interference played a role in incidents of unintended acceleration." The DoT press release goes on to state that: "NASA engineers found no electronic flaws in Toyota vehicles capable of producing the large throttle openings required to create dangerous high-speed unintended acceleration incidents. The two mechanical safety defects identified by NHTSA more than a year ago - … [Read more...] about NASA Can’t Find Unintended Acceleration Causes in Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System
There seems to be a slow but steady backlash growing among healthcare providers against the U.S. government’s $30 billion initiative to get all its citizens an electronic health record, initially set to happen by 2014 but now looking at 2020 or beyond. The backlash isn’t so much about the need for, or eventual benefits of, electronic health records but more about the perceived (and real) difficulties caused by the government's incentive program and a growing realization of the actual financial and operational costs involved in rolling out, using, and paying for EHR systems. The backlash began to publicly surface last September when the U.S. government accused healthcare providers of “upcoding,” i.e., claiming with a single click on a field in a electronic health record to have provided a medical service or procedure when it wasn’t really performed. Kathleen Sebelius, the current HHS Secretary, and Eric Holder, the Attorney General, sent a letter to five … [Read more...] about U. S. Electronic Health Record Initiative: A Backlash Growing?
When molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) entered the conversation related to two-dimensional (2-D) alternatives to graphene in electronic applications, some thought that MoS2 had an edge as a transistor material. That thought was inspired by the material's intrinsic rather than engineered band gap, unlike graphene. However, as researchers learned more about the material, clouds began to appear in the bright and sunny picture of MoS2. Among the drawbacks are less-than-ideal electron mobility and sub-threshold slope. In collaborative research between IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Yale University, the culprit behind MoS2’s underwhelming electronic properties has been revealed. The issue turns out to be traps, an issue with which people who study semiconductors are painfully familiar. Traps are impurities or dislocations that can trap an electron or hole and hold it until a pair is completed. It took decades of research to reduce the traps' density at the … [Read more...] about Cause of 2-D Molybdenum Disulfide’s Electronic Shortcomings Revealed
Graphene’s unusual electronic structure enables this extraordinary material to break many records of strength, electricity and heat conduction. Physicists at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems (PCS), in collaboration with the Research Institute for Standards and Science (KRISS), used a model to explain the electronic structure of graphene measured by a new spectroscopic platform. These techniques, published in the journal Nano Letters, could promote future research on stable and accurate quantum measurements for new 2D electronics.Recently, interest in 2D materials has risen exponentially in both academia and industry. These materials are made by extremely thin sheets, which have different physical properties compared to conventional 3D materials. Moreover, when different 2D sheets are stacked on the top of each other, new electrical, optical, and thermal properties emerge. One of the most promising and much studied 2D materials is graphene: a single sheet … [Read more...] about A new platform to study graphene’s electronic properties