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Firefox OS Smartphone, New Tablets Star at MWC 2014
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2/26/2014   14 comments
At the 2014 Mobile World Congress show in Spain, the inexpensive smartphone was in. In addition to the $25 device running the new mobile Firefox OS, Nokia rolled out new Android devices aimed at users in emerging markets.
10 Engineering Schools You Should Know But Don’t
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2/24/2014   17 comments
Here is a list of 10 of up-and-coming colleges and universities for engineers. The list includes a wide variety of schools including both liberal arts colleges and research universities. The focus is how well they prepare students for the job market.
Sochi Olympics: 6 Technologies That Caught Our Eye
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2/21/2014   4 comments
The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't still marvel at the technology under the collective hood of the competition out there on the slopes and the ice.
BeagleBone: 9 Add-Ons That Power It Past Raspberry Pi
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2/20/2014   14 comments
While the Raspberry Pi continues to dominate the world of single-board computers, the BeagleBone is looking to make up some ground in the market. Our writer breaks down 9 new add-ons to the system.
Slideshow: The Joy of Rotring
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2/20/2014   14 comments
Anyone who was involved in PCB or circuit diagram (schematic) drawing in the pre-computer era is very likely to know the Rotring name.
Slideshow: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
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2/14/2014   10 comments
Some experts believe EV batteries might one day boost the prominence of renewables by storing the energy from wind and solar farms.
5 Hot Papers from ISSCC
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2/14/2014   9 comments
More than two dozen scientific papers are on display at this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. These five technologies showcase the latest innovations from research institutions, startups, and big market players.
7 Presidents Who Thought Like Engineers
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2/14/2014   45 comments
Of the 44 US presidents to date, seven have been most like engineers -- either because they were engineers, they studied engineering in school, or some aspect of what they did reflected an engineer's mentality.
End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap
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2/14/2014   34 comments
The startup era is ending, chief executives and investors said, so the semiconductor industry has to find innovation from another source.
Techies Favor Footwear Function Over Fashion (Mostly)
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2/13/2014   17 comments
Events are great. But oh, how your feet ache at the end of each day when you aren't wearing the right shoes.
Top 10 Sensor Trends to Watch
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2/10/2014   22 comments
Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
DesignCon 2014: Test Equipment on Display
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2/5/2014   4 comments
As always, you can find the world's widest-bandwidth test equipment at DesignCon, but there's more.
12 Engineers Who Challenge Conventional Thinking
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2/4/2014   9 comments
New EE Live! speakers include co-founders and engineers from companies such as Orbotix, 8-Bit Lit, Adapteva, and Spark Business.
Slideshow: DesignCon Hits 100G Targets
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2/3/2014   14 comments
A tour of the show floor at DesignCon revealed boards, testers, and other enabling technologies for high-speed systems hitting 100G rates.


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