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App creates fake boyfriends or girlfriends

January 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

The reality show “Catfish” purports to expose fraud in the online dating world — a “catfish” creates a fake online identity to fool potential suitors. But a new app takes it one step further, conjuring boyfriends and girlfriends from thin air. The company claims that ...

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Obama: Paid leave should be a right, not a privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave — which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce ...

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The myth of America's manufacturing renaissance

January 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses ..

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Data analytics lend wireless sensors power to change lives

January 20, 2015 8:54 am | by David Allan, President, Virtuix Inc. | Comments

Walking the aisles at CES, you were hard-pressed to find a single product that doesn’t contain at least one sensor. The latest iPhones add a barometric sensor to at least a dozen others. By some predictions, a trillion-sensor world is not far off. Yet what benefits ...

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How to bridge the Open Compute gap when you’re not Facebook

January 20, 2015 7:12 am | by Ward Williams, ProLabs | Comments

Engineers in the data-center business are probably following the Open Compute Project (OCP) closely. The Facebook-led project began in 2011 to build a data center from the ground up, scaling infrastructure more efficiently and economically. In short, it provides engineers...

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Don’t shake it like a Polaroid picture?

January 16, 2015 1:19 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

The Polaroid camera was my favorite camera growing up, all because of the required shake needed to expose the picture after it was taken. My friends and I took multiple photos and traded them like baseball cards when we hung out. We even wrote silly ...

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From troubled teen to future robotics expert

January 16, 2015 12:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Freya Wilhelm, a senior at Lower East Side Preparatory High School, and captain of the FRC team, 4263, the Cyber Dragons. Wilhelm: "FIRST changed my life. First and foremost, it allowed me to come clean. In my old school, I realized art just wasn't what I wanted to do as a career. I became depressed and turned to substance abuse and escapism..."

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This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

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Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

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Polarized non-polarized components: Inductors

January 15, 2015 5:07 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

We have a number of manufacturing engineers running around here at Screaming Circuits. They're very good at what they do, as are our operators and technicians. They are not, however, electrical engineers. Our parent company has a big group of...

Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

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Male readers don’t think sexism in science exists

January 14, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

There are a lot of studies that attest to the gender gap in STEM fields and the sexism that exists in the hiring process, not to mention what happens when women are actually hired. And I mean a lot of studies. In 1999, a study showed that even with ...

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Watch a drone film the Las Vegas fire show

January 13, 2015 3:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

When Las Vegas isn’t actively trying to take your money, it’s entertaining you just long enough so it can continue taking your money. One of these “interludes” is the volcano fire show at the Mirage, and the good folks at Byrobot made the experience 10x hotter....

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9 ways the White House geeked out about science & tech in 2014

January 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Becky Fried, Deputy Assistant Director of Strategic Communications in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | Comments

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House. Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned ...

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CES 2015: Sensors are everywhere ... but what products matter?

January 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs | Comments

CES 2015 was defined by more sensors, in more products, in more categories than ever before. Incredibly, one in 10 U.S. adults own an activity tracker today. The latest smartphones contain as many as 16 sensors, and with Google Fit and Apple’s Healthkit ...

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