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Smartwatches, Ultra-Thin Notebooks, Odd IoT: Gadgets For Spring
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
You've heard all about the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6. But what else is new in the gadgetverse?
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members' likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
Mothers of Innovation: 12 Women Engineers and Scientists to Know
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3/23/2015   3 comments
Here are 12 women engineers and scientists who many likely will not know but should for their significant contributions to engineering, science, technology and mathematics.
14 Views of the Open Power Summit
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3/18/2015   1 comment
IBM and its partners unveiled a handful of Power-based boards and chips headed for the market, mostly from China, at its first Open Power Summit.
APEC 2015 Slideshow: Day Two of Open Exhibits
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
The Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC), held March 15 - 19 in Charlotte, NC, addresses immediate and long-term issues for power electronics engineers. EDN's Steve Taranovich reports that there are evident trends for GaN and Digital Power enhancements and solution growth.
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC
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3/17/2015   3 comments
With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
Tried and True, Old PCB Design Software Still Going Strong
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3/17/2015   17 comments
There’s nothing better than "free" when it comes to just about everything, even PCB software. Just because some software is more expensive doesn’t make it better than some of those free PCB packages found on the Internet. In this round up, we will take a look at some of the past popular platforms that are still consistently being supported and updated.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
VR is New Reality at GDC
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3/5/2015   1 comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.


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When my house was renovated several years ago, I had the electrician install network outlets in numerous places, then run the LAN cables to a wiring closet. But he didn't document the ends ...

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How to Transform a Technology University (Book Review)
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The Presiding Genius of the Place by Alison Chisolm. WPI, Worcester, Mass., 234 pp., 2016. Engineers love to discuss, and often criticize, engineering education. They often claim ...