This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Skyworks Solutions (,  an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors. In this week's headlines:

There's no life on Mars
After more than a year of testing, the Mars Curiosity Rover has detected no methane on the planet. This finding is key to discovering if life exists on the red planet as methane is a key indicated for biological activity.

Apple's latest security failure
The security concerns about the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner appear to be legitimate with the first report of hackers beating the system.

And the rising cost of memory chips
Memory chips hit a two-year high recently due to a major fire at the SK Hynix plant in China. The plant is the world's second largest producer of memory chips and the fire is being blamed for causing a 42 percent rise in memory prices.

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