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Reader poll: Obama tops McCain
Blog  
10/31/2008   1 comment
Democratic Senator Barack Obama outpolled GOP Senator John McCain in our reader survey.
Nobel Laureates back Obama. Do you agree?
News & Analysis  
10/29/2008   13 comments
Seventy-six U.S. Nobel Laureates have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama as the U.S. presidential candidate who best understands the importance of science and technology in boosting U.S. competitiveness.
Qualcomm faces $1bn GPS patent lawsuit
News & Analysis  
10/29/2008   Post a comment
Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has become embroiled in yet another patent litigation battle, this time focusing on assisted-GPS technology and against U.S. homeland security company Gabriel Technologies.
First REACH list "a drop in the ocean" warns environmental lobby
Design How-To  
10/29/2008   Post a comment
A group of European pressure groups focusing on environmental issues have welcomed the publication of the first REACH "candidate list" of hazardous chemicals by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) but warned the list is merely a "drop in the ocean".
Opinion: Tech needs R&D funds, not government handouts
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Technology companies don't need a cash handout. What they really need is government support for risky basic research that will yield big dividends for the entire ecomony down the road.
Opinion: Tech won't be starved for investment
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10/16/2008   Post a comment
Funding isn't going to trip up tech companies in the current credit meltdown. What could leave them reeling is being unprepared either for a softening market or the eventual economic upturn.
Analysis: AMD stops bleeding, but still has long way to go
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
AMD's decision to spin off its manufacturing facilities in a joint venture qualifies as the most significant event in its history. It's debatable, as company executives contend, that deal rises to the level of other seminal events in the history of the semiconductor industry.
Toshiba executive rules out bid for SanDisk
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10/3/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. is unlikely to make a counter-bid for flash memory card maker SanDisk that would challenge Samsung's offer on the table, the Japanese company's Chief Executive Officer Atsutoshi Nishida has said.
Clouds loom over solar panel ramp up
Design How-To  
10/3/2008   Post a comment
In the face of uncertain markets and policies, solar panel makers are ramping up factories in hopes of driving costs down to a competitive level.
Analyst: PC demand slipping broadly
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
PC demand started falling in emerging markets including China in mid-August and has been on the decline globally most of September, adding a major economic headache for the electronics industry to the existing U.S. financial worries, according to one market researcher.


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Book Review: Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler
Max Maxfield
11 comments
Generally speaking, when it comes to settling down with a good book, I tend to gravitate towards science fiction and science fantasy. Having said this, I do spend a lot of time reading ...

Martin Rowe

No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
Martin Rowe
1 Comment
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Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
13 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Martin Rowe

Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
Martin Rowe
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Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design, Third Edition, by Michel Mardiguian. Contributions by Donald L. Sweeney and Roger Swanberg. List price: $89.99 (e-book), $119 (hardcover).