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Amazon's Drone Delivery Service Cleared for Testing (Again)

April 13, 2015 | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Remember last July when Amazon petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to begin testing its drones? Well it might actually be happening (this time). Last month, the FAA gave Amazon the OK to start testing a delivery drone prototype for its Prime ... 

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Wearable of the Week: Moto 360 Android Wear Watch

April 8, 2015 4:48 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Before I even starting reviewing the Moto 360 I had to attempt to "build mine," per Motorola's suggestion on the website. The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch is lighter than I thought it was going to be, at 1.7 ounces. It sits nicely on your wrist and is actually pretty ...

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International Approvals Corner

April 6, 2015 9:16 am | by Lina Kwee-Nguyen, Manager, Market Access Group, TUV Rheinland | Comments

When selling products in multiple markets, manufacturers must comply with each market’s regulations: from designing and testing the product to the specific standards to following each country’s customs and shipment rules. Following is an update on the major ... 

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Keeping Engineers Better Informed

April 2, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process ...

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EMC Trends and Solutions to Reduce or Eliminate EMI

April 1, 2015 4:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

The 2015 IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal Integrity (EMC&SI 2015), held in Santa Clara, covered topics from EMC measurements, EMC management, and EMI control, to low frequency EMC, electromagnetic environments, and ... 

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When Is the Right Time for Parents to Buy Their Children A Smartphone?

March 30, 2015 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

My daughter Annabelle is at the age (11-years-old) where she needs to have everything that her friends have, including a smartphone, or her social status will suffer and the world will come to an apocalyptic end. Her dad and I keep telling her that if she learns more responsibility – e.g. picking up her room without me screaming at her – then maybe we’ll think about getting her a phone ...

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New Law Requires Solar Panels (or Plants) on all Commercial Buildings

March 24, 2015 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Though the Step In Time dance from Mary Poppins is not longer an accurate depiction of the world above us, roof tops still play an interesting role in society. They're used as bars, patios, and places to hang out, but they can also serve as much better purpose. A new law ... 

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Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Global Warming, Cool Down Cities

March 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

We’ve heard the claim (and I stress claim) that gas-guzzlers contribute to global warming, but hybrid and pure electric vehicles could reduce an entirely different sort of heat. According to researchers, electric vehicles (EVs) emit only 19.8% of the heat spewed by conventional ... 

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I Was Kidnapped at South by Southwest

March 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Okay, so I wasn’t really kidnapped, but I was picked up by a white van with tinted windows on the corner of a city that I’ve never been to before. The experience was organized by Vinli and Gemalto to promote the innovative Vinli aftermarket device that plugs into an OBD-II port ...

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Live from the EMC 2015 Symposium

March 18, 2015 3:29 pm | by Janine Mooney, Editor in Chief, @JMooneyWDD | Comments

I'm writing live from the 2015 EMC Show in Santa Clara. First perk--the weather. Boy is it beautiful! On the show floor are some very nice looking booths, and even nicer people ...

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Inflatable Satellite Antennas Reduce the Military’s Burden

March 18, 2015 2:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

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Data Privacy, Artificial Intelligence & Mind Clones

March 16, 2015 9:15 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

My first time at South by Southwest (SXSW) and I am happy to report, I survived. I didn’t spend much time in the exhibitor area, but I did sit in on some interesting discussions that highlighted data privacy, artificial intelligence, and mind clones. Check them out ... 

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One Million Kids Learn to Code

March 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

The UK is currently facing a skills shortage with a projected need for 1.4 million digital professionals over the next five years. Because of this, a new BBC initiative has been launched. BBC's Make it Digital initiative is providing all year 7 students across the UK with a ... 

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Ford Debuts App-Powered E-Bikes

March 12, 2015 2:06 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Ford debuted its smart e-bike prototypes at the 2015 Mobile World Congress last week as a part of its "Smart Mobility Plan." The MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro connect to your smartphone and give toy navigation feedback via the handlebar grips. The grips vibrate ...

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Hackaball Inspires Kids’ Creativity & Imagination

March 11, 2015 10:45 am | by EditorMeghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

I keep telling my daughter how jealous I am of all her generation’s toys. From the Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to LEGO Mindstorms, toys from my generation look pathetic, to say the least ...

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Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word for Today’s STEM Talent

March 9, 2015 5:03 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce. For whatever reason, these stereotypes persist, and they are antiquated ... 

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