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Do you need PCB Assembly Services?

February 9, 2015 5:39 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Do you need PCB Assembly Services, or do you not? That is the question. Well, it's A question. Just one of many, I suppose. One of many, but it is a question just about every electronics developer needs to answer...

Laptop bag lets your electronics "float" above the ground

February 9, 2015 4:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

One of the more intriguing items I saw at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show wasn’t some new technology or widget but something to hold those items — a backpack with a “floating pocket” to protect your sensitive electronics from harm. STM designed “The Drifter” ...

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The drone delivery system is officially here (sort of)

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The drone delivery service that everyone has been dreaming of (or dreading) is finally here. Well, sort of. Though Amazon was the American front runner in the drone delivary world, it's Alibaba via their online marketplace Taobao that has taken the steps to becoming the world's first drone delivery service.

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Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

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This is what it's like to intern at NASA

February 6, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Lauren Prox, a senior at Denbigh High School - Aviation AcademyShe hasn't quite decided what the rest of her life will look like, but she's narrowed it down to Aerospace, Optical, or Electrical Engineering. We think she has some good options.

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Cloud-bursting tech guarantees a sunny wedding day

February 4, 2015 10:17 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

The luxury travel site Oliver’s Travels is now offering a “cloud-bursting” service that guarantees clear skies for your wedding day. But the sun comes with a price tag, with a cost of more than $150,000. According to the company’s blog, “the service employs the talents of ...

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Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it's great)

February 4, 2015 9:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The Autobahn, arguably one of the the most famous roads in the world, is about to welcome a new technology to its 8,216 miles and it's very exciting. For the first time, this highway will be home to not just crazy drivers going whatever speed they want, but it will also welcome ...

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Driverless cars are not high-speed trains

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars not driven by human beings would be much safer than those operated by machines...

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Smart clothing could take over the wearables market

February 3, 2015 1:08 pm | by Martine Escoffier, Mass Market and On Line Channel – Volume MEMS division, STMicroelectronics | Comments

In the realm of wearables, smart watches and fitness wristbands seem to rule the day. But a new legion of wearables is strutting to the stage. Here comes Smart Clothing. We’re not talking about exotic couture like the robotic spider dress created by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht recently ...

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The wonderful world of Internet of Things

February 3, 2015 10:52 am | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are becoming smarter and smarter. Enormous tasks ...

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British Army uses old Soviet tactics with "Facebook Warriors"

February 3, 2015 8:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

The British Army is creating a battalion of "Facebook Warriors" who will spread disinformation and propaganda through social media. Seriously, the definition of “warrior” is changing by the minute. The “Facebook Warriors” will take their cue ...

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Kickstarting IoT in 2015

February 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Iain Galloway, Manager Technology Strategy, Global Sales and Marketing | Comments

As analysts had anticipated, IoT technologists are keeping the sector’s innovation engine strong in the first quarter of 2015. At this year’s CES and across the globe, IoT ecosystem developers brought exciting new products to the launch pad....

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This is the only advice for girls who want to be engineers

February 2, 2015 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

There is a constant discussion in STEM about what we should do about the gender gap. The conversation ranges from, 'Should we be doing anything?' to 'What types of toys will teach my children the skills they'll need to succeed as an engineer?'

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The Super Bowl is a "No Drone Zone" (really?)

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Just in case you wanted to try something dumb in front of the largest audience in the world, the FAA is here to tell you ... no. I’m not sure why this needed clarification in the first place, but the FAA has clarified that Super Bowl XLIX is a “No Drone Zone”....

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Why hard work is the best part of engineering

January 30, 2015 8:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Erin Conklin, a senior at Syracuse University (Editor: Go Orange!), studying aerospace engineering and psychology with a  minor in mathematics. When Erin was a child, she wanted to be a paleontologist. But as she grew older, her thoughts turned towards a very different career....

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