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Apple of Greenpeace's Eye?
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9/9/2014   1 comment
Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Aging Brass: New Book Explains All
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/9/2014   16 comments
A new book -- Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths -- contains page after page of pictures and descriptions of the treatments that were used to get the effects you see.
Wearables Wrapup: IFA, Unpacked & Motorola Launch Announcements
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9/8/2014   Post a comment
Last week was a whirlwind of product launches for wearable tech as a couple of big events were held around the world. Asus, Sony, Samsung, and Motorola unveiled technology you can wear on your wrists, your face, and even your ears. We recap the wearables you can expect from these companies this year.
Introducing Flexoelectricity
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9/8/2014   5 comments
Flexoelectricity is a rather obscure effect whereby a dielectric can become electrically polarized when bent and, conversely, can bend when polarized -- sort of like the piezoelectric effect, but different.
RPiSoC: PSoC-Based Board Boosts Raspberry Pi's Capabilities
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/8/2014   6 comments
The RPiSoC, which is based on the PSoC 5LP, can be used to off-load a Raspberry Pi while also working with Arduino shields and Digilent Pmods.
In Pseudoscience Grounding Trend, EEs Unintentionally Lead the Way
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9/8/2014   21 comments
Some companies think you need to personally be at equipotential with Earth for better health and a sense of well being, but electrical engineers have always used grounding straps.
Apple iPhone: 12 Pivotal Moments
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9/8/2014   Post a comment
With Apple expected to announce iPhone 6 on September 9, 2014, we look back at some key milestones in iPhone history.
PSoC-Based Audio Spectrum Analyzer Using Adafruit NeoPixels
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9/8/2014   2 comments
Controlling a string of NeoPixels can be a little tricky due to their constrained timing requirements. Fortunately, a UDB-based driver is available for use with Cypress Semiconductor's PSoC devices.
Tuning in Spectrum's White Space
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9/8/2014   3 comments
Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies have evolved significantly in and out of the lab in the past decade, but more work remains to bring the approach to mainstream use.
Hamfests & Electronic Flea Markets: What's Not to Love?
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/5/2014   34 comments
Visiting a Hamfest started Max Maxfield on a series of electronic projects that show no signs of ending soon.
Moto X Smartphone, Moto 360 Smartwatch Debut
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9/5/2014   1 comment
Motorola reveals two new smartphones, a Bluetooth headset, and its long-awaited smartwatch.
Is There Life After Touchscreens?
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9/5/2014   5 comments
At the Touch Taiwan show, I saw many display vendors deeply mired in the battle over ever-narrowing bezels, and the never-ending pixel-per-inch war.
Friday Quiz: Bit Errors & Jitter
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9/5/2014   3 comments
Test your knowledge of a major source of problems in high-speed digital communications.
4 Hurdles to Securing Internet of Things
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9/4/2014   2 comments
Why locking down even the tiniest embedded devices is a tall order.
Aging Brass: The Secrets of the Ancients
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/4/2014   33 comments
The book Machinery's Shop Receipts boasts 600 useful compositions and formulas that will surely answer Max Maxfield's questions about aging and etching brass.
Testing for Security: Key to Automotive Development
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9/4/2014   Post a comment
Safety has always been a key concern for automotive companies, and safety specifically related to electronic systems has been a strong focus for semiconductor, Tier 1, and OEM companies in the past decade.
Review: Kickstarter Board Is Processor Chameleon
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9/4/2014   3 comments
PIEP Board, still in its Kickstarter funding campaign, is a new compact, modular, embedded development tool that allows a convenient way to combine the choice of different processor architectures. Here's a sneak peek.
Top 10 Reasons Why Hardware Emulation Is Must-Have Tool for Chip Design
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9/3/2014   1 comment
Lauro Rizzatti implores designers to follow the crowd, defying moms everywhere.
Moore's Lag Shifts Paradigm of Semi Industry
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9/3/2014   15 comments
According to Zvi Or-Bach, president and CEO of MonolithIC 3D Inc., 28nm will be the last process node following Moore's Law for most designs.
Optimizing Dynamic Response via Digital Control
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9/3/2014   Post a comment
With digital control it becomes possible for the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application and significantly improve and optimize the dynamic response performance and/or reduce required decoupling capacitance.
3G/4G Rising for M2M
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9/3/2014   2 comments
3G and 4G cellular networking is on a rapid rise in machine-to-machine applications, according to an analyst with market watcher Berg Insights.
Trillion Sensors Not Likely
Break Points  
9/2/2014   14 comments
The trillion-sensor world is not going to happen anytime soon. Just do the math.
IoE: Internet of Earthquakes?
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9/2/2014   9 comments
Wakeup call: Data scientists at Jawbone recently published findings on the quake’s effect on sleep. Ninety-three percent of Jawbone UP wearers in Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield -- all less than 15 miles from the epicenter -- woke up at 3:20 a.m. when shaking began.
Apple iPhone 6: Mobile Payments Pioneer?
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9/2/2014   Post a comment
Apple's latest iPhone could help bring mobile payments to the mainstream.
How to Fly Without Catching the Dreaded Lurgy?
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/2/2014   80 comments
On returning from his trip to Brazil, Max Maxfield was diagnosed with bronchitis, which he thinks he caught on the plane. Is there any way to prevent this?
D-PHY, M-PHY & C-PHY? First Look at Testing MIPI’s Latest PHY
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9/2/2014   2 comments
One of the significant advantages of MIPI Alliance standards is the separation of the physical or PHY layer from the protocol layer.
Homeless in Silicon Valley
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9/2/2014   20 comments
Over Labor Day, I thought about the situation for the many, often unseen, homeless and the working poor in the Jungle and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train
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9/2/2014   3 comments
The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
Ethernet Links Go Green
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9/1/2014   1 comment
Everything that uses energy uses too much if it. Energy Efficient Ethernet reduces power in wired networks.
Intel Wearables Contest Goes New Age
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9/1/2014   Post a comment
Emotional prosthetics, modular smartbands and sixth sense necklaces make up finalists for Intel’s Make It Wearable Challenge.
The Internet of Things Versus Slumlords
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8/30/2014   8 comments
Smart thermostats are not only for the well-to-do. One group is developing them to help keep tenement dwellers warm.
LG, Samsung Debut Smartwatches, Apple Lurks
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8/29/2014   Post a comment
LG's G Watch R and Samsung's Gear S do little to shake up the wearable market. Perhaps Apple's upcoming device will.
California Smartphone Kill-Switch Law: What It Means
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8/29/2014   2 comments
Do you understand the consequences of California's new smartphone anti-theft law? Our FAQ will clear up the confusion.
Friday Quiz: Forgotten T&M Companies
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8/29/2014   22 comments
Remember the names of these test-equipment companies? Most are long gone, but a few remain.
Indoor Navigation: The Next Big Thing
Blog  
8/28/2014   5 comments
Custom system-on-chip from parent company mCube enables Ten Degrees to tackle indoor navigation with higher probability of success.
Product Compatibility Is a Constant Dilemma
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8/28/2014   14 comments
Because most new products are based on previous ones, engineers and product managers must decide the importance of new features versus compatibility.
How I Hacked My Home, IoT Style
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8/27/2014   3 comments
It didn't take long to find a score of vulnerabilities in my home entertainment, gaming, and network storage systems.
The Internet of Overhyped Things
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8/27/2014   10 comments
Vendors and analysts would have us believe that the Internet of Things is imminent. In fact, it will be years before the obstacles it faces can be surmounted.
Apple's iPhone 6: What to Expect
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8/27/2014   3 comments
What will the iPhone 6 look like? And when will it be available? Current rumors and supposed-part leaks are incomplete and sometimes even contradictory. Here's another best guess.
Windows Threshold May Merge Windows Phone, RT
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8/27/2014   Post a comment
Microsoft's upcoming Windows Threshold operating system reportedly will merge Windows Phone and Windows RT into one user interface for ARM-based mobile devices.
Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/27/2014   53 comments
There are myriad ways to artificially age brass, including the use of salt, vinegar, ammonia, and temperature. The more daring among us may also consider cow and/or horse manure.
Getting Your First Sales Pick Right
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8/27/2014   5 comments
A company needs to create a repeatable sales process to grow and thrive. This means a template for a successful customer engagement can be described and taught to new team members, who are expected to become productive in a few months.
The People Who Created Our Jobs
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8/27/2014   11 comments
Without the likes of Ohm, Faraday, Henry, and many others, we would not have the electrical engineering jobs we have today.
Live Chat Wednesday, Aug. 27: Is iPhone Relevant?
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Join industry analysts and EE Times editors for a live online chat on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, to discuss the iPhone 6 announcement and whether Apple phones are still relevant in a growing, Android-based, inexpensive market.
Memory Design Articles: DDR4, LRDIMMs, MBIST, Embedded Flash
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8/26/2014   2 comments
A roundup and summary of memory design articles across the network this month.
IoT Needs Open Discovery Scheme
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8/26/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things will require an open-source self-classification scheme if it is to scale to its full potential of trillions of nodes.
Bitcoin Bill Begs Questions
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8/26/2014   1 comment
A California law passed in late June attempted to legalize the use of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, but the law falls short in at least one area and raises questions in others.
Breadboard for Lunch, Conclusion
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8/26/2014   Post a comment
In the conclusion, you'll see why there's a difference between short-term and long-term variations in a clock's edge.
Making Wearable Tech Tactile
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8/25/2014   Post a comment
The Creators Project is back with its Concept Video Series for wearables, and this one is all about haptic feedback.
In Search of Bleriot’s Plane and Foucault Pendulum
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8/25/2014   23 comments
The Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris should delight every engineer. It's focused on materials, mechanics, and scientific instruments, and how technological advances have been applied to the development of energy, transportation, construction, and communication systems.
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