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The Earth is Eating People

April 9, 2013 9:47 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, WDD | Comments

I’m not sure if it was the first photos of the “freak geological incident” to surface, or news of the golfer who plummeted deep into an 18-foot cavern that has made it impossible for me to make it through a full night without living through vivid nightmares in which a sinkhole opens up beneath me and the earth pulls me into oblivion.

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Looking Forward on Ethernet's 40th Anniversary

April 2, 2013 8:31 am | by John D’Ambrosia, Chairman and Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance Chief Ethernet Evangelist, CTO Office, Dell | Comments

Ethernet this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and anniversaries are typically the time to celebrate the past. But with so much innovation and development percolating across the global Ethernet ecosystem, there is little time for the technology’s vast array of stakeholders to look back on its successes.

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NASA’s Technical Reports Server Shuts Down

March 26, 2013 9:56 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

For most of its existence, the U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could be termed the fishbowl agency. Unlike the Department of Defense or nuclear-related branches of the Department of Energy, virtually everything NASA did, built, or planned has been publicly available to anybody who asked.

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The Feminine Pad (A Tablet for Women)

March 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Just as I was about upgrade to the LeapPad2, Eurostar Group has released the new ePad Femme Tablet for Women. "The Tablet comes preloaded with applications so you can just turn it on and log in to cooking recipes or yoga," says Mani Nair, Associate Vice President for Marketing at Eurostar Group.

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The New Kid

March 22, 2013 9:04 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

I feel like the new kid at school again: A bit shy, reserved, and somewhat intimidated by the veterans. But, at the same time, I am extremely excited for the change and the new adventures that lay ahead. If you’re still wondering why Janine changed her hair, let me put your minds at ease.

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With Patient Health at Stake, Medical Equipment Industry Needs to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

March 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Armin Meissner | Comments

There are few industries as tightly interwoven with life and death issues as medical equipment. Getting everything right; from adherence to regulations to on-time product deliveries to perfectly performing products, is paramount. Complete transparency throughout the medical equipment supply chain is an absolute necessity.

Lady Brains: Dumbing Down Technology for Women

March 20, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

Manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to appeal specifically to women. The justification is often that their product—be it pens, cars, or toys—sells with men, but they’re trying to attract more women. It’s a logical thought process...

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The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects

March 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Are there any of us who haven’t been assigned to the “undead” project? You know, those projects that seem to go on forever without ever possessing the priority or proper resources to get finally to launch, or the ones that are constantly re-directed or re-defined such that we never make meaningful progress.

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Marketing Schemes through the Google [Looking] Glass

February 22, 2013 2:41 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

Last June, Google announced a unique device that is supposed to incorporate their technology into your everyday life. In fact, their sights seem to be set on invading every moment your eyes are open with convenient updates, recording capabilities, and, of course, an easy-to-use search engine.

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Stores are Tracking Your Every Move

February 19, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

When you walk into a store, you basically expect that you’re going to be recorded on a security video and surreptitiously watched by sales associates lest you decide to steal anything. But did you ever stop to think what information the store is gleaning from your cell?

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A Leadership Action Anyone Can Do, and Everyone Should

February 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

The one skill every change agent needs most, and is trained in least, is interpersonal leadership. Here is a very simple leadership action that every change agent needs to practice. In fact, anyone and everyone should adopt the habit. Proactively set expectations, and then follow through.

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Engineering the Future: Do We Know What We’re Doing?

February 19, 2013 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

I assume many of my readers are either engineers, or interested in engineering and its effects on society, so what I am about to say may surprise you. It is simply this:  engineers are playing a role in American society that may end American society as we have known it up to now. Let me explain.

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Who’s Managing Your Power Management?

February 6, 2013 2:09 pm | by Bob Frostholm, JVD Inc. | Comments

Today’s complex systems employ a wide variety of semiconductor technologies. From the deepest sub nanometer processors to the Analog I/O, it’s easy to see the need for power management devices for 1.0V, 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.2V, 2.5V, 2.8V, 3.0V, 3.3V and more, all in the same box.

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Raspberry Pi Receives 'Generous' Google Grant for Education

February 4, 2013 5:37 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Google Giving, a philanthropic department of the Internet search giant, has awarded the U.K.-based Raspberry Pi Foundation with a “very generous” grant to provide better educational tools for young students in the U.K. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Cambridge this morning to help teach programming to a classroom of local students.

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How to Secure Your Devices in a Machine-to-Machine World

February 4, 2013 5:26 pm | by Peter Holmelin, VP of Development, Netop | Comments

If you mention connectivity, most people think of smartphones, PCs, web TVs, web cams, and the Internet. But soon, these devices will make up only a small proportion of the machine-to-machine (M2M) connected world.  With the number of M2M devices set to balloon over the next few years, there are some serious security ramifications for businesses.

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