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

March 30, 2015 | 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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This Star Wars Drone Might Be The Coolest Thing Ever

March 6, 2015 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

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Database Management in the IoT: Relational, NoSQL…or Both?

March 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Tom Gregor, KORE Wireless Group | Comments

Interested in the Internet of Things (IoT)? Who isn’t these days? For application developers, it’s a chance to chart new territory and design apps that can bring new efficiencies to their favorite vertical markets ...

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Ensuring Reliable Protection Without Compromising Sound Quality

March 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Susan Chambers, UK Sales, GORE® Portable Electronic Venting, W. L. Gore & Associates | Comments

Sepura plc, Cambridge, England, is a global leader in digital radio products, systems and applications for business and critical communications. Customers include emergency services and users in the public safety, transport, utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and ... 

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly with Ikea’s New Furniture Collection

March 2, 2015 2:07 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, has unveiled a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots for your smartphone. The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual ... 

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Ensuring the Usability of your Design: The Case for User Research

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Victor Yocco, PhD vyocco@intuitivecompany.com | Comments

Wireless product design is complex and constantly evolving. The usefulness of any wireless product only extends as far as its usability. User research allows wireless design and development teams to ensure products are usable, and to identify trouble areas that might require redesign or more focused user training ...        

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How U.S. Immigration Laws Affect Engineering

February 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

As I’ve stated in previous blogs, I’m not one for arguing politics – meaning, I’m good at keeping my mouth shut on issues concerning personal beliefs; however, this particular topic caught my attention after conducting an interview with the alumni members of the Falcon robotics team at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, AZ, who provided the inspiration for the movie “Spare Parts ...”

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Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 19, 2015 3:59 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes ...

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Capture and Stream Whiteboard Notes Using the Equil Smartmarker

February 19, 2015 2:18 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Picture this: you're in a meeting or lecture listening. JUST listening. No notebook or pen to take notes, no phone to take a picture of what the speaker or teacher is jotting down on the whiteboard. But how on earth will you ever remember everything, the key points, the ... 

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