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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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IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2015 Preview

April 27, 2015 11:34 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

Industry experts answer the question at hand: As the 2015 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) approaches, what exciting products or technologies do you see on the horizon?

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5 Reasons Why EMC Testing Should Start Early

April 24, 2015 4:09 pm | by Dunstan Power, ByteSnap Design | Comments

You have built a great product that meets market demands. You are confident that it radiates little energy and is not susceptible to outside interference, yet when you reach final EMC testing stage, your product fails. This is the nightmare scenario for most of us product ... 

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Photo of the Day: Hubble Celebrates 25 Years With This Incredible Photo

April 24, 2015 10:06 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th. To celebrate this momentous occasion, NASA released an absolutely stunning ... 

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Autonomous Driving: A Problem Solved?

April 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death ... 

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Why Astronomers Want to Put a Kibosh on the iRobot Lawn Mower

April 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

iRobot, maker of the Roomba, the vacuum cleaning robot, is battling astronomers due to their newly proposed product, the robotic lawn mower. Now let me make it clear, iRobot isn't the first to make (or attempt to make) a robotic lawn mower, but according to a recent FCC ... 

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Google Officially Launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 9:55 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work ... 

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Google's Wireless Service Rumored to Launch Soon

April 22, 2015 1:31 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Apparently Google, the tech giant that is dabbling in what seems like everything these days, is taking a dip into yet another market. The wireless service market. There has been no confirmation from Google yet, but a hidden app, called Project Fi, was found ... 

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Is 2015 the Year of Smart?

April 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

As if you didn’t already know, smart technology is all around us, and it’s quickly creeping into our everyday life. When I was a kid (I know, I know, it wasn’t that long ago) 2015 was one of those milestone years people made big, important predictions about (like the Chicago Cubs ... 

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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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