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posted in April 2014
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
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4/30/2014   4 comments
An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
IBM Shifts Cluster Tech to Cloud
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
IBM is taking distributed scheduler technology originally developed for some of its largest supercomputers and applying it to cloud computing.
Slideshow: Exhibits in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
4/28/2014   5 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case has generated thousands of pages of exhibits from which we pulled 17 pages that were widely cited or insightful.
Microsoft Pulls XP Support
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   17 comments
Thousands of industrial systems will be affected as they begin to go without security updates or technical support.
LG, Sony Disclose Smartwatch Details
News & Analysis  
4/23/2014   12 comments
LG offers more info about its upcoming Android Wear device, while Sony launches new colors and talks apps.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Blog  
4/23/2014   2 comments
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
BMW Hybrid, Apple CarPlay: 11 Trends from the NY Auto Show
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 New York Auto show, the focus turned toward hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as infotainment and smartphone integration designs, such as Apple's CarPlay.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps?
Blog  
4/22/2014   4 comments
Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables?
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   7 comments
Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots Fly on ISS
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4/21/2014   2 comments
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
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4/21/2014   22 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog  
4/18/2014   44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
IoT Requires Continuous Development
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things will add so much programmability to devices that keeping software current will become a never-ending task.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
News & Analysis  
4/17/2014   2 comments
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   5 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Galaxy 5 Shows Innovation Slowing
Blog  
4/16/2014   2 comments
Samsung's Galaxy 5 shows innovation in smartphones is shifting from revolutionary to evolutionary improvements and value is shifting to software.
Gartner: Windows XP End Boosted Q1 2014 PC Sales
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   1 comment
The ongoing move to tablets and smartphones continues, but the end of Windows XP support got many consumers to plunk down money for new PCs, which helped shipments during the first quarter of 2014.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   2 comments
The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV is packed with so many high-tech systems it can barely manage to be a car.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
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4/15/2014   1 comment
With Apple looking to enter the automobile market with CarPlay, carmakers eventually will have to make some hard choices, since the company is known to take over ecosystems with software and hardware offerings.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   7 comments
Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
Amazon’s Smartphone: A Tracking Tool in Disguise?
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   3 comments
An Amazon-branded phone could change the way we think about how sensors can affect any number of businesses, not just retail.
Heartbleed Causing More Heartburn for OpenSSL & Site Owners
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   2 comments
Certificate authorities may have to figure out how to revoke and re-issue millions of certificates after "probably impossible" private-key hack took only three hours to accomplish.
Samsung Grills Apple Expert
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   9 comments
Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
Google Glass for Parkinson's: 10 Findings
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   2 comments
Google Glass offers more health benefits than awkwardness, Parkinson's patients in UK study find. Sensors have a major role to play.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
NASA Releases 1,000 Apps to Public
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   10 comments
Space agency makes more than 1,000 free apps available for public use, covering tasks from project management to image processing.
ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
In move away from proprietary technology, ARM plans to move any future compilers it develops into the open-source community through the LLVM license.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
News & Analysis  
4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
The Man Behind pcDuino
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   10 comments
Apple examined details of Google's Android code in testimony Monday as part of its patent infringement case against Samsung.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed
News & Analysis  
4/7/2014   15 comments
An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying
News & Analysis  
4/4/2014   4 comments
Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
Windows Opens Console to Phone
News & Analysis  
4/4/2014   9 comments
Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 come with a host of new tricks and treats, including a $0 royalty licensing program for OEMs developing mobile devices with screens under 9 inches. Among Microsoft’s big reveals was a converged developer platform that allows developers to create universal Windows apps for a common Windows runtime on tablets, phones, PCs and, eventually, wearables.
Micrium Gears Up for IoT
News & Analysis  
4/3/2014   5 comments
RTOS and embedded software provider Micrium is putting partnerships and plans in place to become an end-to-end IoT software provider.
Skeds Slip for Embedded Designs
News & Analysis  
4/2/2014   13 comments
More embedded design projects are missing their schedules as the size of design teams is shrinking, according to a new study.
Apple, Samsung Patent Slugfest Returns to Courthouse
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4/1/2014   Post a comment
Apple wants Samsung to pony up $40 per smartphone for patents. Will the strategy backfire?


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Tiny Kickstarter MCU Board Provides 'Smart Fusion' for IoT Systems
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Glen Chenier
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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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