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How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

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China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

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5 questions OEMs should ask a chip maker

April 1, 2014 10:15 am | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is not an easy one, and requires a significant amount of research, time and resources....

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TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

April 1, 2014 8:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds and grandparents....

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The best internship I’ve ever had

March 31, 2014 1:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and editor, but before working here I was ready to shelve that dream. I came to ECN from several solid months of terrible luck on the job front. Before my interview, I remember painstakingly researching the magazine and feeling my knees shake....

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Beginning FPGAs

March 31, 2014 1:36 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

An hour later, you can join me to explore the very basics of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in FPGAs - Light at the End of the Learning Curve. The session is on Tuesday, April 1st, from 3:30 - 4:30, in...

Best Practices in PCB design

March 31, 2014 12:01 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

If you do happen to end up at the EE Live show, be sure to catch my session: Best Practices in Circuit Board Design. I'll show the most common traps we see that can cause manufacturability issues. The session is...

Screaming Circuits at EE Live

March 31, 2014 11:53 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

If you're in San Jose, CA this week, stop by and see us at the EE Live show. We'll be in booth 927 - just a short walk, and a laft turn from the entrance. Show hours are: Tuesday, April...

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Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

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Obama’s proposal to end NSA bulk phone data collection still presents a disconnect

March 28, 2014 1:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

If the President has his way, the NSA’s ability to reach out and touch your phone data will be curtailed a bit, or so it seems. It’s been nearly a year since the public was made aware of the government’s widespread collection of communications data, and President Obama is looking to strike a balance between

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What is the state of the supply chain? Your chance to speak out

March 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Editor | Comments

ECN has always positioned itself at the forefront of the supply chain. From anti-counterfeiting features to the latest trends in distribution and design services, we continually make the designer’s ability to procure components smarter, safer and more efficiently a top editorial priority. In conjunction with our EDS show coverage, we’re letting you, the reader, speak out about the supply chain.

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Chemicals not in your line of sight? RFID gives you a clear view

March 27, 2014 1:24 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff....

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Help NASA pick the next space suit

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Last time America was allowed to vote on something online, we ended up with a cat as the new piece to Monopoly. (Thanks, America.) Absolutely no one was surprised because when you count on the internet to select things, you’re playing with fire....

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Top three reed switch no-no's

March 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch. Although simple in nature and application, we engineers sometimes can get a little creative....

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Solar…toilet?! Zap waste into fuel

March 26, 2014 8:04 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

Human excrement is probably one of the most embarrassing and least glamorous topics out there. But the Sol-Char Toilet is starting a conversation that’s hard to miss. That’s right, it’s a solar-powered toilet. This toilet turns poo into power, and the most astounding part is that it’s 100% sanitary.

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