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Join the Conversation: Is Silicon Valley losing its mojo?
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3/31/2010   10 comments
Recent reports suggest Silicon Valley is slipping as a place to find a good job. What's happening from where you sit as an employer, employee or job seeker?
Opinion: What do you mean the iPad isn't the answer?
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3/30/2010   6 comments
I have no personal bias for or against the Apple iPad, which will start shipping soon. What I do object to is the breathless hype visited on this product before hardly anyone has actually used it at all, and more importantly, used it for a while.
Find out what's inside a life-changing gadget
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3/26/2010   1 comment
The FitBit is a $99 device that (hopefully) has life-altering effects. See what makes it tick at ESC.
Self-centric design — it's all about you
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Call it self-centered design, but obviating the requirement for engineers to go outside of their productive sphere to gather crucial design information delivers strong dividends throughout the design process.
Comment: Google PowerMeter is watching you
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3/24/2010   8 comments
Google PowerMeter is an ambitious project and potentially a good thing, but it is full of social implications.
ARM CTO warns of dark silicon
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3/22/2010   2 comments
Virtual Conference keynoter claims it may be impossible to utilize all the available transistors on a chip.
Embedded World and the death of the PowerPoint presentation
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3/18/2010   5 comments
The largest embedded show in Europe was well attended. And another popular event is changing its presentation format.
Rx for iPhone: Support Adobe Flash, microSD, NFC
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3/17/2010   11 comments
The Apple iPhone should embrace Adobe Flash, microSD cards, multitasking and near-field communications, according to veteran mobile analyst J. Gerry Purdy.
Email: Will the Smart Grid be worth the costs?
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
A reader writes in with some tough questions concerning the costs and benefits of the "smart grid."
Email: Is energy harvesting for WSNs overhyped?
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3/12/2010   2 comments
A marketing professional with an interest in wireless sensor networks suggests a couple of questions to be put to the panel due to take place at Embedded Systems Conference.
Comment: Surviving the mobile systems stampede
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Two words of advice for system makers who want to survive a coming stampede of new mobile systems thundering on the horizon—think different.
Email: Where's the top down view of wireless sensor networks?
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
A reader asks "What is the overall blueprint for sensor networks?"
RF meets power lines: designing intelligent smart grid systems that promote energy efficiency
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3/5/2010   1 comment
Low-power analog, mixed-signal, and RF building blocks are needed to tranform the power-grid plans into reality
Worker strife dogs tech firms in France
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
France has seen different forms of social discontent in the past week: Two bossnappings at Siemens Lyon, the occupation of premises at ST-Ericsson Caen and a letter to the press at Wipro-NewLogic Sophia Antipolis.
Atom, Tabula, Samsung lead weekly story ranking
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, March 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Save the DATE!
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
The German city of Dresden will be hosting the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE), from March 8 to 12, 2010. This breaks with a tradition that saw the conference alternate between Munich and Nice for several years.
Embedded vs. discrete processors: debate at ESC
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3/4/2010   1 comment
See two gunslingers duke it out on an ESC panel refereed by yours truly.
CeBIT trip report II: Cardboard audio, USB, 3-D
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3/3/2010   Post a comment
As someone who has had the opportunity to visit CeBIT a number of times in the past 10 years, it occurred to me that it might be interesting for those who have not, to also cover some of the things about this venue and the show that perhaps do not make the news.
CeBIT trip report: Emphasis on natural interfaces
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
What was unique and visible at CeBIT this year is a dramatic shift in the emphasis on "natural interfaces" as well as an emerging focus on high quality audio, including wireless alternatives


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Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
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Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
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David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
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