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Phones to TVs: The future of tech is flexibility

January 7, 2014 3:10 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Comments

I would never dream of bending my laptop, camera, television, or any of the other electronic devices cluttering up my apartment. But LG’s G Flex Android smartphone, which the company is displaying at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this month in Las Vegas, is a curved device meant to be flattened....

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This is what a backwards keyboard looks like

January 6, 2014 4:41 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

The TrewGrip backwards keyboard looks like a toy, but it’s a lot more expensive than your average LeapFrog. The Mobile QWERTY keyboard from TrewGrip will set you back anywhere from $250 to $350 when they hit the market later this year. This keyboard seems one of those advancements that’s just “technology for the sake of new technology” instead of something that will actually be useful and popular. At least it looks kind of cool.

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Would you mortgage your home for a TV?

January 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Because the forthcoming 105-inch curved Ultra-HD OLED TVs from Samsung and LG can’t possibly fit any reasonable definition of “affordable.” But then, CES — the “global stage for innovation” — is no stranger to expensive toys that no one can afford (check out last year’s 110-inch 4K monstrosity from Samsung). This year, the two South Korean entertainment conglomerates outdid themselves....

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Top 10 must-see posts of 2013

December 30, 2013 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Here’s the top 10 most popular, compelling, controversial, and highly-trafficked stories from 2013. These were the posts that led the most discussions, excited the most readers (for better or worse), and caught your collective eyeballs. So check out some old favorites, or catch up on a post you may have missed — and find out what all the fuss was about!

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As kids plug in, parents should not tune out

December 27, 2013 4:40 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

Nowadays Santa gets scorned when he leaves a cheap gift or, even worse, a book! Children have been getting gifts that are increasingly expensive and inappropriate, and experts in child-development are concerned. Tablets and smartphones were usually reserved for adults and older kids in the past, but some as young as three have been unwrapping electronics.

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Your smartphone will now self-destruct

December 23, 2013 4:53 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

It may sound like a line out of a spy movie, but this is a real advancement in the quest for security in electronic devices. Thefts of smartphones have risen over the last few years, and politicians are scrambling to find a solution. A new measure might render the stolen devices useless.

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These vintage tech ads are insulting, awkward, and completely real

December 23, 2013 10:06 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Comments

Oh, old tech ads. You’re so embarrassing — so silly and mildly sexist. Yet, you’re proof that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to how we relate to technology. Take this goofy picture of a Biblical Adam holding an Apple computer over his privates. Our early attempts at making technology look “sexy” were laughable....

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Hacking through your computer’s noises

December 20, 2013 1:22 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

Every development in the world of hacking prompts a collective sigh and a defeated “Aww, really?” as we proceed to create complex four-mile long passwords that we’ll never remember in order to protect ourselves. Well, there’s a new threat in town. Surprise! We’re all aware of the hums and whirrs our computers make, and they’re usually pretty annoying. But guess what — it’s music to a hacker’s ears.

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Corporate Cats

December 19, 2013 2:14 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Here at Screaming CIrcuits, we're all busy making sure to get everyone's assembly orders shipped off on time so here's a picture of one of our corporate kitty cats. We have a pair that live on campus here. They seem...

Outlook for 2014 in the electronic components industry

December 19, 2013 2:01 pm | by Anne Tine, EVP of Marketing at Components Direct, an Avnet company | Comments

The electronics industry is one characterized by constant change as new business opportunities and end user needs are driving growth in new applications and new markets. As a result, the electronic components industry must adapt — even embrace — this change, as companies that don’t are in danger of being left behind.

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SALT advances African science and economy

December 18, 2013 3:47 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

We’re not talking about the seasoning, though I’d think more than just African economy would benefit if salt was still used as currency. SALT is an acronym for the South African Large Telescope — not the most creative name, but very simple and direct. Advancements in the field of astronomy are being seen in several different countries on the vast continent....

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Making the most of flat growth

December 17, 2013 1:27 pm | by Michael Knight, Senior Vice President, TTI Americas | Tti, Inc. | Comments

I have fond memories of 2010 when our industry catapulted out of the recession. Distribution and component suppliers were in flat-out growth mode as all struggled to deal with rapidly rising demands that rapidly swamped capacity levels that had been hastily reduced the year before.

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The pushback against the NSA we’ve been waiting for

December 16, 2013 3:57 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Politics often makes for strange bedfellows. So when you see the logos of Facebook, Google and Yahoo along with Microsoft and tech companies side-by-side and consider the vast amount of users they serve, there’s a good chance it pertains to a matter of importance to both Washington and just about everyone in our connected world.

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You won’t find selfies on this Instagram account

December 13, 2013 3:26 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Comments

Drones are becoming almost as prevalent in the skies as they are in the news. From “Amazon Prime Air” to military drones in overseas conflict, it seems like these are devices that aren’t going away any time soon. For London-based artist and activist, James Bridle, this is a troubling fact. One of Bridle’s most well-known endeavors is Dronestagram: an Instagram account that posts pictures of drone strike locations...

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How Internet TV will impact the electronics industry

December 13, 2013 1:00 pm | by Jonathan Rodriguez, Founder and CEO, BitMar Networks | Comments

The Internet has become our way of life. It connects us like never before. As such, it is no wonder that so many industries have resorted to the Web as their main distribution channel -- and the Television industry is not the exception. But what do all the changes, taking place within the TV realm, have to do with the rest of the electronics industry?

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