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3D-printed guns lead the open-source revolution

August 6, 2013 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

3D-printed guns are the precise exegesis of the open-source movement. Blueprints for 3D-printed guns are freely available on P2P networks and other sources. Short of a complete federal seizure of the World Wide Web, the flow of information cannot be stopped. Does this prove the ultimate futility of gun control? Does information truly want to be free?

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10 must-read posts from July

August 5, 2013 11:41 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

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Odds and ends

August 5, 2013 9:59 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

Here are some things I recently found interesting and useful. You might like them too. NXP customer service. They are a little hard to reach but they do get back to you pretty quickly by e-mail and the service is outstanding. I needed some help getting LPC1114FDH28 samples.

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Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

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Engineers killed Detroit

August 1, 2013 11:01 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

Since Detroit pleaded bankruptcy, we have been hearing all kinds of things about what killed Detroit. For one thing, high labor rates in Detroit have been touted. Another theory is that the government of Detroit killed Detroit. But the theory I like best is that engineers killed Detroit.

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Solving wind energy storage problems

July 31, 2013 8:41 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

When it comes to alternative energy, I have been a big fan of storage. Alternative energy will not be viable for large-scale power delivery to the grid without storage. My friend Clyde knows of my obsession with storage. He suggested I look into GE's new wind turbines that come with storage attached.

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The ridiculous amount of stuff happening in 60 seconds on the internet

July 30, 2013 2:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Ever wonder what happens in just one minute on the internet? Qmee, an internet ad agency of sorts, created a great infographic so you can see exactly what everyone else is looking at on the internet and maybe check some out for yourself.

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First drone landing on carrier forecasts the future of aerial warfare

July 30, 2013 10:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Forget fancy, 5th-generation manned stealth jets. The future of aerial warfare is unmanned, with fighter jockeys shelved in favor of cold, robotic precision. Look no further than the X-47B: Last month, the autonomous drone became the first unmanned jet to land aboard a moving aircraft carrier.

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Patch makes you "invisible" to mosquitoes

July 29, 2013 2:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Mosquitoes are a serious health problem (and genuine pain) around the world.  Not only can their bites result in painful, itchy marks, their presence can be the harbinger for outbreaks of diseases like malaria and West Nile. It’s a persistent and problematic challenge for health officials, both in the US and in third world countries.

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Data collection disclosures have app developers thinking outside the box

July 29, 2013 11:30 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Last week, some of the players in the mobile app world announced an agreement to test a voluntary code of conduct requiring app developers who participate in the program to disclose what types of personal information the app collects about the user.

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Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

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Designing The Future: The Automobile

July 26, 2013 6:09 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Here's a small glimpse into the future of the automobile. Granted,these guys had to take the dash off and hard wire in, but imagine this with a not-secure-enough wireless access. Duane Benson And... some of us here are helping to...

Beach-goers: You're standing in a key ingredient for semiconductors

July 26, 2013 12:37 pm | by George Karalias, Rochester Electronics | Comments

As temperatures in Newburyport, Mass., skyrocket to triple digits and the humidity has us gasping for air; it is hard not to find yourself adhering to the beach-seeker mentality. As members of the semiconductor industry, we look at the beach a little differently than most.

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ZigBee home automation: Transforming home security

July 25, 2013 11:55 am | by Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing, ZigBee Alliance | Comments

A transformation is taking place in home networks as the number of communicating devices increase dramatically. Low power technologies like ZigBee are now connecting devices in ways that provide unprecedented control to consumers. For many years, home automation solutions had focused on enabling comfort and convenience in affluent homes, a la Jetsons’ home.

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Oh, the humanity! Army to deploy military blimps

July 25, 2013 11:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The military is going decidedly low-tech with its latest experiment – blimps. The Army’s anti-missile blimp system, JLENS, will make its way to the East Coast next year. The high-tech/low-tech radar system can detect cruise missiles, light planes, drones, boats and vehicles on the ground....

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