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35 People, Places & Things That Will Shape the Future
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Electronics engineers can no longer content themselves with tending to the cozy business of circuit design. We are witnessing the integration of technology with society to an unprecedented degree. In this special report, we offer a glimpse of the next 35 years--what's coming down the pike, and how we might begin to make sense of it.
TIDC 2008 notes
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
There's one trend -- or mantra -- here at the TI Developers Conference in Dallas that I keep hearing over and over among developers of embedded video applications: YouTube. Everyone, it seems, believes it necessary to incorporate YouTube playback onto their portable device or applications for inclusion in set top box or directly into TVs themselves.
Sony 2008 Open House
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Earlier this week, I went out to Las Vegas to attend Sony's annual Open House, in which all of the company's new televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, DVD players, and A/V products on display for select press and all of their dealers.
NFC on a roll
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
It's already in mobile phones and you're going to see it in a lot of other wireless stuff sooner rather than later.
More Casino News
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2/26/2008   1 comment
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Intel's PR blunder
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is getting itself sucked into a public relations mess over its business dispute with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Unfortunately, it seems top executives at the semiconductor company aren't even aware of the danger.
High def DVD
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Too bad this was just a format war, in which big bucks -- and perhaps a few careers -- but no lives were at stake. Speaking of bucks, Sony reportedly paid Warner Bros. some $400 million to get the exclusive Blu-ray release of their new films -- this was what ultimately tipped the tables.
What havoc could eAccess wreak?
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Japan's eAccess Ltd expects to nearly quadruple its wireless services subscribers with its mobile phones over the next year and eliminate monthly basic fees on its first phones available March 28.
iPhone sizzle unlocked?
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Want to know what's happening to product demand? Look at the underlying stock for hints. Shares have plummeted since the iPhone was introduced.
Yahoo needs a wakeup call
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Microsoft founder Bill Gates apparently believes the company shouldn't raise its offer price for Yahoo Inc.
DVCon Conference Sets Records
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Steve Bailey, General Chair of this year's DVCon conference, announced that both attendance and exhibition square footage have surpassed last year's figures and set a new record for the event.
Comment: Could it be another Numonyx delay?
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
Not yet formed, Numonyx is already an action-packed story. And, as the March 28, 2008 deadline is approaching, another cause of delay may arise.
My Mistake
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
I was wrong. All this time I thought casinos wanted RFID-embedded poker chips to ...
Are Sprint/Nextel and Clearwire getting together again?
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Matchmaking can be expensive in the corporate world but it can also be lucrative.
Around YouTube In NFC
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
I can't wait to grab my cellular phone and leave the purse or the wallet behind.
Camera phones, mobile TV and handset safety
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Cell phone carriers, who heavily subsidize and guide the development of handset technology, see little value in disconnecting the devices from their networks. A handset that's not connected to the network is a handset that's not making money. But it is the consumer who ultimately purchases the handset -- not the carriers -- and it is the consumer who suffers whatever health consequences result from its use.
The demise of HD DVD
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Originally, I was going to write a Blog about Wireless HD again and talk about Amimon's video modem technology that was highlighted at CES 2008. However, because of the announcements last week, I think that it more fitting to talk about the demise of HD DVD. Last week was a bad week for HD DVD as the format and Toshiba took some devastating blows. These blows were so severe that HD DVD may not recover. This is sad really.
A resource you can trust
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2/16/2008   Post a comment
EDA DesignLine, with the collaboration of Gary Smith, has launched a reference tool that you can find at the top of the Product Center section of the portal.
Opinion: A little charity, please
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
The diminishment of "charity" as a motive for Third World telecom development and the current trend toward Social Darwinism should remind us of the Biblical exaltation of charity as the greatest of all virtues.
Freescale: The next big analog player?
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Who could make a big play in analog? Try Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
700-MHz WiMAX
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
Work on the technical specifications is underway and published specifications will be unveiled as they are completed.
Web TV
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
Web TV is a new medium that is receiving lots of attention. Is it really an improvement over the written word?
Folk Artist Michelle Mangione Beats Drum
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
Are you listening? Not to Mangione, but to what consumers say about RFID.
VHS was better - Part 2: Incremental video artifacts
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Sync is not the only way in which VHS was better. VHS and other analog tape formats also had the advantage of the "soft analog look."
An Audience for Spot
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
I work from home where I share quarters with two dogs, a cat, and two birds. Most of these critters are quiet--except for Spot. Spot is a Great Pyrenees/Blue Heeler mix who, even though she has a cat that she likes just fine, is the arch enemy of any cat that enters her yard. Naturally, that happens when I'm on the phone.
Wireless convergence at ISSCC
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2/6/2008   Post a comment
It's nice to see both ST Micro and Intel offering Wi-MAX/Wi-Fi designs.
Promising Versus Emerging
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2/5/2008   Post a comment
List of promising companies in EDA and IP.
Time-Warner taking first steps towards ending TV content exclusivity
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
Time-Warner is indeed taking a baby step with their HBO-via-Internet announcement. It was designed to offend no one, and ruffle no exclusive deals -- yet. But as a first step towards the end of exclusivity, it may prove much more significant.
Commentary: Yahoo is not worth $45 billion
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
Yahoo is not worth $45 billion, and its rival Google Inc., is certainly not worth the inflated $500-plus per share investors are currently paying.


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