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My MP3 player won't shut up
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3/26/2013   13 comments
Thanks to some type of hardware/software glitch, my inexpensive MP3 player just won't shut down.
What were they thinking: A clock
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3/22/2013   18 comments
It is amazing what some people consider simple or complex. While time is not the most rational number system and decimal might be easier, this patent has another idea…
Embedded vision: Is your smartphone watching you?
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3/18/2013   11 comments
The new Galaxy S4 smartphone from Samsung will be able to use its camera to watch you watching it.
Un-compromising a compromised iPhone?
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3/5/2013   4 comments
My friend has an iPhone, which he believes has been compromised.
PCBs help take the measure of Mars
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3/1/2013   1 comment
Determining thermal effects on general purpose pc boards is tough, but it’s another story to control PCB reliability in mission critical applications where device failure is not an option.
What were they thinking: Can a mouse be used for that
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3/1/2013   8 comments
Crazy patents are often the work of a single person who wants to become a mad inventor, but large corporations do it as well…


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