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Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 28, 2014 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

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STEM Student of the week: Ryan James Milcarek

October 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Meet Ryan James Milcarek, a Research Assistant at the Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab at Syracuse University. (Editor's note: Go Orange!) Ryan caught our attention here at ECN when he was selected to attend a prestigious event at NASA as a 2013 to 2014 NASA Scholar.

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Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

October 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement about their Executive Master of Science in Health Systems, which is based in Manhattan, has had a 50 percent female enrollement since the program started three years ago

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Why solar power is the future

October 30, 2014 4:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

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Army "smartsuit" would create stronger, faster soldiers

October 30, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

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Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect us all

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Ohio University: Russ College of Engineering and Technology | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world....

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3D-printed gun includes the Declaration of Independence

October 30, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

3D-printed guns are the vanguard of a political movement which rejects any and all attempts at gun control. They’re as much a political statement as an engineering marvel. So if you want to speak loudly and carry a big stick, why not inscribe the Declaration of Independence on the grip?

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How do we make the breast pump 'not suck'?

October 29, 2014 1:50 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular breastfeeding regimen ...

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AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

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Infographic: Security of Cloud Services

October 29, 2014 8:53 am | by NJIT | Comments

With the recent security breaches involving the cloud, consumers are naturally concerned about the privacy and security of information stored there. Though the cloud offers a easy-to-use solution for data storage, it comes with the inherent risks involved in storing information outside of your own harddrive.

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Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400 ...

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A farewell to Forget Me Not

October 28, 2014 1:06 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Comments

Over the past few months, element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge has brought home automation into the forefront, asking its Community of engineers to design and construct IoT devices that allow homeowners to remotely control and manage everyday tasks....

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Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 28, 2014 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years. Having used a number of high-end Android phones, I know what first to market means....

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5 keys to engaging a product development partner

October 27, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management....

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Freescale KL03 and PCB123 at 0.4mm pitch

October 25, 2014 5:27 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Small component packages seem to be a recurring theme with me. It's understandable, I guess. Super tiny packages are becoming more and more common and we build a lot of product with them. The smallest we've built is 0.3mm pitch....

Why being a female writer in tech doesn’t make me an idiot

October 24, 2014 4:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Today, engineers, we’re going to have a lesson about what’s an acceptable attitude to have and what’s not an acceptable attitude to have. For example, it’s perfectly acceptable to think my opinion is dead wrong because you’re a diehard Android fan. It’s not okay to think I’m an idiot because I’m a woman.....

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