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Bluetooth Developer Training—Application Accelerator

September 24, 2013 3:51 pm | by Steve Hegenderfer, Director of Development Programs at the Bluetooth SIG | Comments

Bluetooth Smart technology is becoming the de facto standard for a new generation of devices looking to connect to the Internet of Things. ABI Research expects nearly a billion Bluetooth Smart devices to ship by 2016. Because of this proliferation, Bluetooth Smart opens many doors for developers...

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$150,000 Car of the Future: Driver Not Needed

September 12, 2013 9:37 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Technology is getting closer and closer to making this a possibility. Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news.

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Your Data is Only as Secure as Your Device

September 6, 2013 8:49 am | by Alan Grau, CEO, Icon Labs | Comments

The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password, creating a huge security loophole. With so many medical devices now collecting and storing patient data, this raises the question of how secure is the data stored on these devices?

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ZigBee and the Smart Home: Is Security An Issue?

September 4, 2013 10:48 am | by Cees Links, Founder and CEO, GreenPeak Technologies – www.greenpeak.com | Comments

In one of my earlier blogs I shared that today maybe around 600 million homes have WiFi. People share their lives with their family and friends, and execute their financial transactions wirelessly over the Internet without being overly worried about security, and, despite the recent NSA disclosures, I wonder whether many people have changed their online behavior.

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IT Certification – Driving Competitive Edge in a Global Marketplace

August 29, 2013 1:07 pm | by Julie Gaudet, Senior Director, Customer Operations of Gilmore Global | Comments

The US currently has the largest IT certification market in the world. However, others are catching up fast. For example, growth is rapid in the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China and in Eastern Europe – all regions where the overall expansion of the IT market has accelerated dramatically over recent years.

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Besides Device Interoperability, What Else Should the M2M Industry Demand?

August 26, 2013 12:16 pm | by Bill Conley, M2M Business Development Manager, B&B Electronics TIA Delegate to oneM2M | Comments

My company, B&B Electronics, is a machine-to-machine device manufacturer, so I have first-hand experience 1) putting M2M devices through the North American cellular network certification process, and 2) helping customers provision and connect their M2M devices so they’re usable on cellular networks.  And, I have some ideas to simplify these processes.

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Why Use an AC LVDT versus a DC LVDT Linear Position Sensor?

August 15, 2013 1:07 pm | by Macro Sensors | Comments

The introduction of high-density microelectronics enabled the incorporation of signal conditioning and processing functions inside the LVDT housing rather than requiring an external box. The DC-operated LVDT maintains all the desirable characteristics of the AC-operated LVDT, but has the simplicity of DC operation.  It is comprised of an AC-operated LVDT and a carrier generator/signal conditioning module.

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This is What Happens in One SECOND on the Internet

August 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet?

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Cell Phones & Cancer

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

About nine months ago, after years of struggling and prolonged lecturing from my family (particularly my daughter) and doctor; and the overload of statistical information, creepy commercials, and high taxes, I was able to give up smoking. I do have to admit, I still would like to light one up at times, but the thought of lung cancer and dying a slow agonizing death is helping me keep the cigarette demons at bay.

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New Kind of Optical Storage could Last a Million Years

July 31, 2013 3:12 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

A new kind of optical storage is being developed. With this new technology, a DVD-sized optical memory could hold 360 Terabytes, and the memory would be good for about a million years. Longevity and capacity are the key factors to consider in terms of data storage, but existing options are limited.

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FirstNet: Public Safety’s Tipping Point

July 25, 2013 10:45 am | by Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, Harris RF Communications Division | Comments

As FirstNet looks to set the framework to build out a nationwide network for first responders, and wireless broadband technology becomes increasingly pervasive, the use of wireless communication in public safety starts to mirror our own commercial experience.

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'Smart Diapers' Perform High-Tech Urinalysis

July 23, 2013 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Parents will try anything to ensure their baby’s health – even if that means scanning their infant’s backside with their smartphone. At least that’s the idea behind Pixie Scientific’s “Smart Diaper” concept, which transmits health data via QR codes.

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

July 18, 2013 3:31 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

If I didn’t recycle or throw them away in the trash, my old cell phones became the property of my daughter’s imagination. Old laptops found their way into Goodwill boxes, and my cassette players and portable cd players from high school are squirreled away in the corner of my closet.

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No Girls Allowed: 'Nerd' Stereotype Means Fewer Female Engineers

July 15, 2013 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor ECN | Comments

In 1972, women accounted for 3 percent of full-time science and engineering professors; by 1998, the number was at just 10 percent, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2010, the last year the NSF has data for, 51 percent of scientists and engineers working in science and engineering occupations were white males. Women made up just 28 percent of the total and minority women just 10 percent.

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Self-Healing Circuits: A Living Immune System for ICs

July 12, 2013 10:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.

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