I didn't know Britain's wildlife had so much talent, not only can they forage for nuts and hibernate for winter and stuff, but they can play brass instruments and mime better than Britney !! Remarkable achievement, it really is !
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced LabVIEW 2010, the latest version of the graphical programming environment for design, test, measurement and control applications. LabVIEW 2010 delivers time savings with new features such as off-the-shelf compiler technologies that execute code an average of 20 percent faster and a comprehensive marketplace for evaluating and purchasing add-on toolkits for easily integrating custom functionality into the platform. For field-programmable gate array (FPGA) users, LabVIEW 2010 delivers a new IP Integration Node that makes it possible to integrate any third-party FPGA IP into LabVIEW applications and is compatible with the Xilinx CORE Generator. National Instruments also implemented more than a dozen new features suggested by lead users through the LabVIEW Idea Exchange, an online feedback forum that marks a significant new level of collaboration between NI R&D and customers.
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Drew Rouse is a fiercely independent singer-songwriter who has toured extensively throughout North America and now has his eyes on Europe. This acoustic messenger has captured the hearts of audiences from coffee houses to hot spots and festivals from the east coast to the west coast. The Gathering is a blend of musicians and fans that get together at Drew's performances to celebrate and listen to live original music. Drew performs with many different arrangements of musicians and instruments. He usually calls on local musicians when on tour to accompany him on local stages. This provides for an ever-evolving live show. Courtesy of Drew Rouse on MOLI.com
It all begins in a sleek warehouse where 122 percussion instruments are arranged to create a precision-driving course full of angles and straightaways. Each instrument has a tiny lever. An Ultrasonic Blue 2011 Lexus IS sport sedan revs its engine, wheels spinning as it roars to life to debut its musical prowess. The vehicle navigates the raceway, precisely tripping each and every drum lever on the track, creating a beat as it speeds by, igniting the base, snare, toms and cymbals. Through it all, the IS doesn’t knock over a single instrument. As it comes screeching to a halt, the final drum beat is triggered. The new 2011 IS has just laid down its first custom track.
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Mobile software developers now have an accessible, well-equipped open source development tool based on the high performance OMAP™ 4 platform in the form of PandaBoard. This new, low-cost board provides unprecedented access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), which is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on various mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.
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Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced the CC2567 device, the first wireless, single-chip solution that enables direct short-range communication between ultra low-power, ANT™+-enabled devices and commonly used mobile devices relying on Bluetooth® technology such as PCs, Smartphones and tablets. The industry’s first dual-mode device, the CC2567 requires 80 percent less board area than a design with two single-mode solutions (one ANT+, one Bluetooth), enables simultaneous operation over a shared antenna with built-in coexistence, and increases the wireless transmission range up to two times the distance of a single-mode ANT+ solution.
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Imagine a device worn on your finger that allows intuitive, touch-free interaction with the digital world. Imagine a solar panel the size of a microcontroller that enables environmental intelligence in any building. Imagine integrating carbon monoxide sensing, thermostat control and biometric security capabilities to a smoke detector without increasing its size. This smarter, greener, battery-free world is fast becoming a reality with the world’s lowest-power microcontroller platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN). Codenamed “Wolverine” for its aggressive power-saving technology, this ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontroller platform offers at least 50 percent less power consumption than any other microcontroller in the industry (360 nA real-time clock mode and less than 100 µA/MHz active power consumption). The first devices based on this platform will be the MSP430FR58xx microcontroller series with expected availability in June 2012.
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Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced delivery of a mobile-grade, battery-optimized Wi-Fi solution to the open source Linux community as part of the OpenLink™ project, focused on providing a wide range of wireless connectivity solutions for native Linux. Customers and developers targeting battery-powered Wi-Fi products can now use TI’s OpenLink drivers, gaining native kernel benefits such as tested technologies, faster time-to-market, and simplified re-integration when upgrading from one kernel version to the next. In addition to Wi-Fi, the OpenLink project includes native Linux solutions for Bluetooth® and FM technologies, and will expand to support other technologies such as ANT, Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee®. TI will also introduce additional low-power features to the kernel when possible. Visit www.openlink.org for source code, development projects, community support and more.
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Are you ready to rock? It’s show time as Hasbro Inc.’s (NASDAQ: HAS) iconic PLAYSKOOL brand introduces the LET’S ROCK! ELMO interactive plush, the most innovative Elmo toy yet. Joined by music industry veteran and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson, LET’S ROCK! ELMO made his official debut at a private event yesterday at the Empire Hotel in New York, NY. Known for his ability to guide the next generation of music superstars into the spotlight, Jackson was on hand to offer advice as LET’S ROCK! ELMO takes the stage at retail this fall. The truly interactive LET’S ROCK! ELMO plush character sings, plays instruments, and invites little musicians to rock out with him!
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Me playing my own arrangement of "Time on my hands" on the Stockport town hall Wurlitzer organ. The day before I listened to a recording I made playing this very piece on the Southampton Guildhall Compton organ and was amazed at how similar I made two very different instruments sound particularly between 0:46 and 1:00.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today the next generation of its popular OMAP™ family: the OMAP 5 mobile applications platform, which is positioned to transform how mobile devices, such as Smartphones, tablets and other mobile form factors are used, making them even more valuable in our daily lives. More information on the OMAP 5 platform can be found here: www.ti.com/wbu_omap5_pr_lp.
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Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) expands its portfolio of industry-leading Sitara™ ARM® microprocessors (MPUs) with new AM389x Sitara ARM MPUs that dramatically boost performance and integration. Offering the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex™-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz, the AM389x Sitara ARM MPUs also integrate peripherals that make them perfect for applications such as single-board computers, gateways, routers, servers, industrial automation, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and point-of-service data terminals. These newest high-performance AM389x Sitara ARM MPUs enable faster end products that include network connectivity, graphical user interfaces and display capabilities and the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously for multiple operating systems, such as Linux, Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Compact 7 and Android.
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