Hurricane Sandy filmed from space
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/30/2012 7 comments
NASA released a video of post-tropical cyclone Sandy, shot from the International Space Station, this morning, as many cities in the Northeast U.S. began picking up the pieces after the destruction.
Steve Jobs’s 260-foot iYacht sets sail
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/30/2012 3 comments
A little more than a year after Apple co-founder’s death, a yacht he helped design has been spotted floating in Dutch waters, near the city of Aalsmeer.
Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/22/2012 17 comments
The Redmond-based software giant is blazing a new trail in an attempt to stay relevant in an increasingly Apple/Google-centric device world. While the rationale for Microsoft’s change is sound, the two divergent paths being taken is turning the PC eco-system on its head, as the firm prepares for war not only with Apple, but with the very customers who helped build its software empire.
A finer body of men…
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/19/2012 8 comments
Well, things are certainly bouncing along merrily here in the pleasure dome (my office). In fact, I just took place in a jolly interesting email exchange…
Mega-cool audio reality costume
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/16/2012 2 comments
The people at Think Geek keep on coming up with things I never knew I wanted (until I see them) and that I cannot afford, like...
Why can't good engineers get good jobs?
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/10/2012 66 comments
Are online job applications more of a hindrance than a help? Was your dream job easier to land before the Monster.com’s, Careerbuilder’s and Google got involved? And is job software filtering good people out for the most minor reasons?
Xi3: Most un-boring desktop PC ever
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/8/2012 12 comments
If you thought the desktop computer was dead, think again.
Hardware startup Xi3 says it’s on a mission to “change the way computers are built, serviced and upgraded,” by eliminating obsolescence and stuffing as much into a tiny, gorgeous little cube as it can. Welcome to modular computing at its cutest.
Will crowdfunding solar projects work?
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 10/3/2012 6 comments
Mosaic, an online marketplace connecting investors to solar projects, announced it has come up with funding for its 6th large solar project in rather unusual fashion… by crowdsourcing it, Kickstarter style.
Facebook, Verizon and Samsung back NFC hackathon
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 9/24/2012 1 comment
In the technology industry, trends come and go, buzz increases and decreases, fashions fall in and out of favor. Two crazes that don’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, however, are the movements towards near field communication and hackathons.
Survey claims over half of Americans "disappointed" by iphone 5
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 9/13/2012 17 comments
It has not even been 24 hours since Apple released its latest iteration of the now iconic iPhone, yet according to flash polls and several press releases cluttering up my inbox, “over half of Americans are ‘disappointed’ with the iPhone5,” and believe it brings “nothing new” to consumers.
SARAH 0.5 - Smart carpet
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 9/6/2012 5 comments
Much to the joy of any Eureka fans out there, we are one step closer to SARAH (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat) becoming a reality. A team at the University of Manchester has developed a carpet that can detect the walking patterns of those who use it.
Human hotspots – wireless for your body
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/29/2012 8 comments
Wireless connectivity is already fairly ubiquitous, but with ever more devices getting hooked up to the net, will the final frontier become the human body?
Will there be a Nokia Win8 tablet?
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/24/2012 8 comments
When Microsoft first announced the Surface, everyone was overwhelmed, Microsoft for the first time, would be building a complete experience, combining both hardware and software into one holistic product.
Today’s special: 3D printed meat
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/15/2012 23 comments
Fire up the grill for the latest in 3-D printing. Modern Meadow, a Missouri-based start-up has secured backing from billionaire Peter Thiel’s philanthropic foundation to create printable meat.
T-Shirt OS – wearable, shareable, programmable clothing
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/15/2012 22 comments
T-shirts have long been vehicles of personal expression. Be it your faded old Slayer T, your snippet of snark brashly emblazoned across your chest, your favorite comic book character set to fabric, or just your plain old white vest complete with a few coffee stains; your t-shirt tells people something about who you are. So what if you could change it, constantly, by making it digitally interactive?
Qualcomm Now Has Intel Inside
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/10/2012 13 comments
This week the semiconductor industry saw two high profile pieces of career news; Anand Chandrasekher (former senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group) was hired by Qualcomm as chief marketing officer, and John Byrne was promoted to chief sales officer at AMD.
Solar powered soldiers
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/2/2012 3 comments
MC10, a startup specializing in flexible electronics, has signed a one year contract with the US Army to develop and test solar cell technology for military use.
AMD, who will buy?
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 7/31/2012 17 comments
With money still slipping through its fingers, yet another quarter of sequential revenue decrease, slowing growth and declining sales figures, it’s been another bum quarter for AMD.
Microsoft Office Gets Better, But…
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 7/17/2012 3 comments
In previewing Office 2013, Microsoft did not disappoint. With the upcoming release, Microsoft will continue the transition of Office from a suite of traditional native applications (running solely on the computing device) to suite of hosted applications and services running in the cloud or what the company calls “the modern office.”
Show me the hardware says Dallas tech investor
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 7/17/2012 6 comments
Over 300 investors and corporate development teams turned out to hear pitches from the 10 latest graduates of two-year old Dallas-based b2b startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters on Wednesday.
NYC to London on a 4,000 mph vacuum train
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 7/16/2012 62 comments
Supersonic transport, like retired turbojet Concorde, can officially be considered old-school. Especially now that engineers have figured out a way to shuttle people across the Atlantic at hypersonic speeds of over 2,500 mph. Through vacuum suction tubes.
What the heck is a Higgs Boson?
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 7/6/2012 41 comments
It’s not every day theoretical physics becomes a news sensation.
Indeed, it’s downright odd to hear “The God Particle” being discussed by people in supermarket queues, or exchanging pleasantries on the treadmill at the gym.
Tech 2025; from sci-fi to the new horizon
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 6/26/2012 7 comments
“How will online technologies impact our lives and careers in 2025?”
That’s the question being posed today and tomorrow (June 26/27) at the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC) 2025 conference, a global online event attempting to divine technology’s future.
Reading the economic tea leaves
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 6/26/2012 2 comments
As the saying goes, hindsight is 20-20 and the same can be said about economic predictions. Unfortunately, with the size and global reach of the electronics industry, the economic outlook has become just as important as capacity and competitive forces.
It truly is a different world…
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 6/15/2012 12 comments
While driving home from work yesterday, I heard a report on the NPR (National Public Radio) that made me think "We truly do live in a different world…"
Hurray! I saw the Transit of Venus!
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 6/6/2012 20 comments
When I arrived home, bits of blue sky were visible here and there, but these bits of blue sky were not in the same place as the setting sun...
Video: Hover car concept lifts off
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 5/29/2012 17 comments
In 2011, Volkswagen launched its "People’s Car" project, soliciting ideas for futuristic visions and concepts that could be made into reality.
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 5/16/2012 Post a comment
Is this cool, or what? As you know, sensors are increasingly taking over our five senses in an ever-growing number of applications.
The fascination of Max
The Engineering Life--Around the Web 5/12/2012 10 comments
In which a reader asks ... a lot of questions pertaining to the "Magnificence of Max"