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CES 2015: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. As the premier showcase for the consumer electronics industry —and electronics in general — CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention ... 

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Never Run Out of Milk or Eggs Again

January 12, 2015 4:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

ChillHub is putting an end to the days of reaching into your fridge only to realize that you’ve run low (or completely out of) milk, eggs, or quite frankly, anything. The open-source smart refrigerator debuted last week at CES 2015. With built-in WiFi and two integrated USB hubs with 8 USB ports, your fridge can successfully ... 

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This WiFi Extending Light Bulb Will Change Your "Connected" Life

January 8, 2015 5:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Even in my less-than-1000-square-foot apartment, I often find myself cursing at my electronics when they fail to “reach” the wireless home network (aka my WiFi). I’ve considered purchasing a WiFi extender, but honestly the thought of hooking up yet another electronic device in my humble abode sounds like a ... 

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Design Guidelines for RF & Microwave Frequencies

January 8, 2015 10:29 am | by William J. Garner, Sr. Engineer, Consultant.url | Comments

Here are some guidelines and rules for that young engineers should be aware of when designing RF and Microwave circuits ...                                      

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Security Threats in LTE: Devices, Access, Core Elements & Services

January 8, 2015 10:27 am | by Robin Kent, director of European operations, Adax | Comments

As LTE is deployed worldwide, seamless communications amongst all forms of devices and access methods to the All-IP LTE core are advancing daily. There are more new services at higher speeds and with greater reliability than ever before. These advances bring new revenue opportunities as well as new and advanced security threats ... 

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If You Talk to Your Thermostat, Will it Listen?

January 7, 2015 12:07 pm | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Comments

“TV power on.” “Set thermostat to 65 degrees.” “Speaker, play classical music.” Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats ... 

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3D-Printed Robotic Spider Dress Fights Off Strangers

January 7, 2015 10:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Germaphobes rejoice! There is, at long last, a clothing option designed especially with you in mind. Well, at least if you're okay with wearing a terrifying contraption. Objectively speaking, the look of this dress alone should have people keeping their distance from you, but it also will reach out (and freak out) anyone who ... 

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You Can Now Charge Your Phone Wirelessly at Starbucks—for Free.

January 6, 2015 5:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they have begun a national rollout of Powermat wireless charging in Starbucks beginning with stores in San Francisco's Bay Area. From WiFi and the in-store Digital Network to mobile payment and digital music downloads, Starbucks hopes to anticipate their ... 

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NFV in 2015: Reducing Burn Rate for Operators

January 6, 2015 4:27 pm | by Ravi Chittimoori, Senior Product Manager, Tektronix Communications | Comments

The shift to an app-centric mobile environment has had a severe impact on the operator bottom line. No longer the masters of their own domain, they have found themselves on the back foot as subscribers are making fewer calls and sending fewer texts ...                       

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Sense by Hello: One of the Year's Most-Backed Kickstarter Projects

January 6, 2015 10:13 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it's a place where creators and "backers" make projects come to life. The creators set a funding goal and deadline and if backers like the project, they can pledge money to help get the ball rolling. Kickstarter funding is an all-or-nothing type deal, meaning if the projects don't hit ... 

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CES: A Doorway to the Future of the Smarthome and IoT

December 24, 2014 10:12 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change — this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and ...

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IoT: Ensuring Security is in Place

December 23, 2014 12:52 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Comments

As we start 2015, the forecasts and market projections for IoT are already increasing by multiple billions of devices it appears, almost on a daily basis. The industry is ramping up, and with an already initial foundation of a few billion smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the market, the next several billion ... 

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Ethernet Will Replace Legacy Industrial IoT Technologies

December 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Comments

Conceived over four decades ago as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology, Ethernet has come a long way from its humble origins. Ethernet is now the dominant standard network protocol to deliver wired and wireless high-bandwidth communications services – voice, data, video, and Internet traffic – in most of the ... 

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The Home Automation Gift Guide

December 22, 2014 4:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

In the ‘90s, installing home automation devices required a lot of hard work—and a ton of knowledge (and research, and wires). When they worked, they were very cool. But when they didn’t work, which was often, they were near impossible to fix (unless, of course, you were a dedicated geek). Omit the installation of a central hub and all ... 

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The Internet of People Before the Internet of Things

December 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague ... 

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