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The Home Automation Gift Guide

December 22, 2014 4:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

In the ‘90s, installing home automation devices required a lot of hard work—and a ton of knowledge (and research, and wires). When they worked, they were very cool. But when they didn’t work, which was often, they were near impossible to fix (unless, of course, you were a dedicated geek). Omit the installation of a central hub and all ... 

Editor's Letter: New Year, Better You

December 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

With 2014 wrapping up, we’re gearing up to bring you another year full of great things! That...

The Best Apps for Holiday Shopping

December 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps...

Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They...

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Top 5 Turkey Day Trinkets

November 26, 2014 7:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means stores are prepping their shelves with Black Friday specials. Preparing for the big meal isn’t always an easy task, especially if are cooking for a large group, so here are five turkey day trinkets to help make the process easier ...        

5 Kitchen Gadgets You Need for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 3:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is the best time of year for friends, family, cooking, and technology. Yes—you read that right. Thanksgiving obviously revolves around the food, and, of course, what you're thankful for—like Grandma's stuffing, Mom's pecan pie, and Aunt Ginger's homemade Limoncello. Right. So back to the food ... 

Wanderung Electronica

November 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For my very first time outside of the United States I had the privilege to attend electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. While I experienced many many great new designs, here are some of the best new products that I saw on my trip overseas ...                           

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3 Reasons Why You Should Use Apple Pay

October 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Could Apple Pay really be as revolutionary as it sounds? Is it going to work? Will it even catch on? Here are three reasons why you should use (or at least try) Apple Pay today.  

Next Stop, Planet e!

October 3, 2014 9:42 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I’ve never traveled outside of the United States, and I’m excited that my first time will be for Electronica 2014 in Munich. The mere thought of the show’s overall size is very intimidating, but I must say, I am really interested to see all of the technological innovations...              

Police Body Cams: An Invasion of Privacy or a Life-Saver?

August 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the wake of the recent Ferguson, Missouri shooting, there is a major civil liberty debate occurring, amid proposals for widespread adoption of police body cameras. In my home state of Wisconsin, and across the country, there is a growing push for the mandatory implementation of body cams...

Look What’s Coming to Dinner

August 21, 2014 10:40 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend; it was a chance to catch up and treat our daughters. Before we sat down, the girls noticed the kiosk at our table and instantly started playing games. They assured us that nothing popped up on the screen concerning charges, so we allowed them to continue playing whatever word game caught their attention...

GaN, 5G & IoT Big at IMS2014

July 9, 2014 11:32 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that the dust has finally settled, I am able to gather my thoughts on this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014). I was impressed with everything that I saw...                            

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Bumble Bee, Herbie & K.I.T.T. Cruise into a Bar

May 14, 2014 9:03 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Connected cars, is receiving a lot of attention from design engineers and OEMs due to the safety possibilities and travel efficiencies Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) presents. This technology gives cars the ability to exchange data and interact with one another and...             

Live Panel Discussion at IMS2014

April 1, 2014 9:48 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, June 3rd, I will be hosting a live panel discussion at the 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Tampa Bay, FL. Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel will focus on the wireless technologies and...                          

All a Board to 2014

February 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

2013 was a very exciting year. After I joined the Wireless Design & Development (WDD) team, we launched three new video products, and created a fresh look for our daily newsletter and print issue. But we aren’t finished yet as WDD has great things in store for...

Falling in Love With Your Phone

January 10, 2014 10:13 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Nowadays, users are consumed by technology. It’s on our clothes, in our cars, and making appearances in our home appliances, so maybe it is possible for some of us to develop deeper emotional attachments with certain technological advances...                         

Breast Implants and Grave Robbers

December 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

From tracking devices to medical innovations, RFID is gaining popularity among those craving convenience and efficiency. No more struggling to find keys in the couch cushion; no more frantic searches for loose change to pay for tolls...              

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Lapse in Federal Government

October 14, 2013 11:23 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As an editor who is constantly searching for the latest innovational news, the above subhead greatly annoys. I encountered during a daily search for the “Photos of the Day” spot in WDD’s daily newsletter, typically, NASA.gov is doing some amazing satellite work. I’ll refrain from describing my hand gesture I made towards the screen when the message popped up.

It's a Man's World

October 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The lack of women in engineering has been an ongoing issue for some time. In terms of progress, we have seen some marvelous improvements and change for the better. But according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent statistics, an astonishing gender disparity remains...

Sacrificing Conversation for Connection

September 30, 2013 2:05 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We now expect more from technology and less from each other. We’re satisfied with “collecting friends like stamps” and substituting quality with quantity. While I appreciate and praise the creature comforts technology provides us, I still prefer ...

Build Your Own Phone

September 30, 2013 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I go through cell phones more often than the average consumer, but I blame phone companies for their clever marketing ploys. Sure, I can say no, but then I wouldn’t have a cool new toy to show off to my fiancé (iPhone's greatest and loudest champion). I know that I’m not the only one who creates any excuse possible to get the latest phone upgrade.

Cell Phones & Cancer

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

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

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

Smartphone Shakes

April 23, 2013 1:53 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I recently attended a concert in Madison, WI. I placed my phone in my back pocket to avoid carrying a purse and to have it easily accessible when I wanted to update my status and snap a few photos. Unfortunately, after a visit to the facilities and a horrifying plop, I knew that I was in trouble. 

The New Kid

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

Why Android is Beating Apple.

November 29, 2012 4:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It wasn’t so long ago the Apple was the phone to have. Yes, there were the holdouts who took a dislike to the brand’s smartphone monopoly, but for the most part, if you wanted a phone that worked, you took a trip to Steve Jobs land. It seems, however, that the tide is now changing and according to Karl Volkman, Chief Technical Officer at the SRV Network, it was really only a matter of time.

electronica 2012 Wrap-Up

November 16, 2012 4:26 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Wireless Design & Development | News | Comments

Okay, so it’s no surprise that the engineering community is continuing to be taxed by a need to shrink both the number of components housed on the board, as well as the size of them. So it’s been great to see how a number of semiconductor, power supply, and connector companies are working to provide these solutions.

electronica 2012 Promotes Greater Connectivity, Immense Power

November 15, 2012 4:58 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Wireless Design & Development | News | Comments

I’m at the midway point during my first trip to electronica and it has proven both awesome and challenging. Awesome in the number of new technologies that are on display; challenging in navigating a show that is so expansive. Awesome in how much I love Munich; and challenging (to my body) with the amount of beer consumption.

Showering You With Tech

October 17, 2012 8:01 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Blogs | Comments

For some, the shower is a sacred place to escape the world for a while and wash all your worries away. For others, the shower is a necessity – an in-and-out in five minutes type deal. Either way, you might get some use – or just a kick – out of some of these shower gadgets and accessories.

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