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Old and New: 60 Years at Milwaukee Electronics

February 5, 2014 4:10 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

In 1954, one of my favorite movies, "THEM!", premiered in U.S. theatres. An even more significant (to us, anyway) event took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The founding of Milwaukee Electronics. We are excited to announce that our parent company, Milwaukee...

How outsourcing went horribly wrong

February 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

If your own organization hasn’t jumped onto the bandwagon and outsourced most or all of its manufacturing to specialty houses or to lower-cost countries, then you have been reading a great many articles and posts about the trend. There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy....

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This is what it’s like to fly a fighter jet

February 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Flying in a fighter jet isn’t an experience most of us will ever have. Personally, I’ve never had the urge, but for some, not being able to soar like Maverick is heartbreaking. Luckily for any wannabe pilots, Metropolis Entertainment — who make footage for simulators for places like this one which will show at London’s Science Museum — are more than willing to share the wealth.

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Chemical weapons: Then and now

February 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon Electronics | Comments

Sadly, human history offers all too many examples of how chemical weapons can be used to devastating effect. The employment of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) dates back to at least as far as 1000 BC, when the Chinese used arsenical smokes as weapons.

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The F-35 is "a failure waiting to happen"

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Here’s an oldie but goodie. Last year, Four Corners — an Australian current affairs program — did an expose on the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and their conclusions were ... none-too complimentary. Like their American counterparts, Australia is pursuing a one-size-fits all solution....

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How true love opened the smart bra

February 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

When Microsoft reported plans for a smart bra equipped with sensors to help keep track of your health and mood, I scoffed at the idea. The concept of smart bras seemed a passing gimmick, and the comments from other critics on my previous blog on the topic seemed to agree.

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Digital or handwritten? The note-taking debate

February 3, 2014 3:42 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

I was always that kid in school— the biggest nerd; the one whose notes were color-coded in shorthand only I could read. In college, everyone said taking notes on a laptop was superior. Recently, Princeton University teamed up with UCLA to test this scientifically, and the results are puzzling.

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Solving the supply chain bottleneck

January 31, 2014 7:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

I spent some time on the show floor at DesignCon today, and learned about some serious supply chain and manufacturing glitches when it comes to designing. It’s not something our engineers have mentioned, but it’s an interesting and potentially costly set of problems nonetheless.   

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Is the iPod's end in sight?

January 31, 2014 2:48 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

It used to be weird to meet someone who didn’t have an iPod. Now it’s weird to meet someone who does. Is this a sign? Apple’s iconic music player has been on the scene for thirteen years now, and it has seen at least as many makeovers. iPods were extremely popular when first released. Sales climbed steadily for much of their life, but various sources report the iPod’s imminent demise, now more than ever.

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Just how bad are America’s infrastructure problems?

January 31, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Collins | Comments

Ever since the financial industry pushed the economy over the cliff and into the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?

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The symbiotic relationship between editors and public relations

January 31, 2014 10:00 am | by Mark Shapiro, President, SRS Tech PR | Comments

This kind of public relations is very different than the typical public relations strategies and campaigns used to promote restaurants, politicians, movies, appliances, or even high-tech consumer products like video games, phones, and apps. How do you promote the kinds of embedded electronic and industrial products and software that are never on sale at Frys or Home Depot?

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The electronics industry does not stop in place, so let’s celebrate engineering excellence

January 31, 2014 9:50 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

The electronics industry does not stop in place. While changing times have affected industry awards and the nation is slowly shaking off its economic malaise, make no mistake that remarkable and innovative products and technology have been and continue to be unveiled all the time.

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Google makes strides toward true artificial intelligence

January 29, 2014 11:32 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

We all ask: Is the whole business of artificial intelligence indubitably creepy or sensationally cool? Google recently endorsed the “sensationally cool” side when they purchased a London startup called DeepMind, a company that strives to produce the best in artificial intelligence.

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Would Edison approve of this monumental shift to LEDs?

January 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

According to NJ.com, the 118-foot tall tower in Edison, New Jersey, where Thomas Edison revolutionized the incandescent light bulb, which is topped by a 14-foot glass replica light bulb, will no longer be lit by an array of incandescent bulbs. Instead, when renovations are completed, the replica bulb will be lit by LEDs.

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These heads-up display snow goggles could save your life (or kill you)

January 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Comments

I don’t ski or snowboard. I prefer to stay inside where it’s warm and there’s not a potential for frostbite or avalanches. So as someone who values general safety, I can approve of technology that gives people more control in their environment. Oakley, a sports equipment company, has introduced the new version 1.5 of its Airwave snow goggles....

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