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Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

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QFN? QFP? QFwhat?

September 9, 2014 12:27 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

The QFN (quad flat pack, no leads) has become my favorite integrated circuit package. It's very compact, yet is easier to use than a micro BGA. Micro BGAs of 0.5mm and smaller pitch become a bit more difficult and costly...

Top technological discoveries of humankind

September 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Comments

Ever wonder what discovery or inventions created or started the foundations for today’s society? How far do we have to go back in our history to find the first person to use ideas that we take for granted today? How many things are just refinements....

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Google Glass could detect, diagnose emotion

September 8, 2014 3:40 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things, augmented reality, and generally freaking everyone out within a 50-yard radius. Actually, medical applications like BioGlass could finally move this $1,500 widget....

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ECN Time Warp: May 1999

September 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to May 1999. That month, a major change in the way we communicate was born with the announcement of Bluetooth 1.0....

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Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

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Does anybody really care?

September 5, 2014 5:47 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

The upside of a visible identity is that people who can see you might possibly care and understand. The downside is that people can find you. Today, I'm sort of treading the line between the two. I'm testing out some Twitter ads at the moment....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

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Part 2, Screaming Circuits and the maker community

September 3, 2014 7:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

My last post mused on the affordability of assembly at Screaming Circuits for the maker/very small business/kickstarter community. My hypothetical Arduino-compatible dual motor driver Kickstarter came out to $9.81 per board at a quantity of 250. That's probably more than ...

The advanced materials revolution

September 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

The invention of advanced materials is an area where the U.S. has not only been dominant, but has led the world through out the twentieth century. The creation of advanced materials has launched entirely new industries. Here are just a few of materials created by the U.S....

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Why "killer robots" are nothing to worry about

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

It seems like every new development in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems dredges up the same tired (and slightly paranoid) fears of “killer robots” run amok — the product of a steady diet of dystopian literature and Hollywood blockbusters starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder....

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How much does fantasy football cost employers?

September 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby — it’s a mega-revenue generating business....

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Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

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ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

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Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

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