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Electric and Electronic (E/E) Systems and Functional Safety have been present in different markets like defense, aerospace, and medical for some time now. However, the growing relevance of Functional Safety within the automotive market is pushing the semiconductor industry nowadays to drive innovations faster —at almost the same pace of consumer electronics.   Engineers are being required to trade off between cost and safety while developing E/E systems: making design-constrained comp ...
Broadcom Ltd has been trying to take over Qualcomm Inc without any real answer from the Qualcomm, but all might change at Qualcomm’s next shareholders meeting. (Images via their respective companies.) Two rival companies are fighting over the market for wireless products. On one hand, Broadcom Ltd, a company well versed in the art of making wireless products, seems to be thriving since the creation of the company. On the other hand, Qualcomm Inc is recognized for its contribution to the e ...
Talk about inspiring... all of this is great.   The story behind the creation of sticky notes is incredible given that they have changed the way we plan our daily activities or do the simplest task like reading a book. The story goes that in 1968, DR. Spencer Silver, a chemist at 3M, was looking to create a strong-hold glue, but failed and was left with a weak-hold glue he had no application for. For the following 5 years, he tried to promote his new invention, but nobody really knew what ...
Mixed reality using a virtual reality headset. (Image credit: Pierre-faure via Wikipedia)   Time to invest!   Mixed reality is on the fast track to rival AR and VR but still lags behind regarding development. There are far more applications for the latter even though the first mixed reality system came out in the early 1990’s with the US Air Force’s Virtual Fixtures platform. A novel system that featured a pair of robotic arms controlled by the user wearing an exoskeleton ...
Prof. Con Slobodchikoff. In about a decade, pets' owners will have the tools to converse with their pets in a year that will revolutionize humans and animals' interactions. (Image via Conslobodchikoff)   Decoding the secret meaning behind every single noise pets make has always been humans fantasy dreams. Pets' parents have made it their mission to build a better relationship with their pets, in an attempt to "read the mind" of their furry babies. Hollywood has made movies about animals wh ...
KODAK seems to be interested in the world of cryptocurrency. The legendary company is planning to launch its own crypto-money while providing others with means to harvest their own. (Logo via Kodak)   Is this the future for all business?   Who hasn't heard of the company Kodak? The company was reputed for its cameras but faded away as the world saw cameras in cellphones. How many people have bought a separate camera machine to take photos? As a matter of fact, a study showed that th ...
   (Image credit: Pixabay)   When it comes to predicting the future, you can look at the Quatrains from Nostradamus, read the predictions from Bulgarian bling mystic Baba Vanga or merely trust those from renowned analytics firms such as Alteryx, Forrester, and Gartner. For me, my money is on the latter three, especially when it comes to technology trends and predictions and since we are just entering 2018, it will be interesting to see what direction those patterns will go.  ...
(Image credit: Consumer Electronics Show)   The wrap up of this year’s CES marks 51 years since the famous trade show began back in 1967, and like all others before them, companies pack the halls with their latest innovations in consumer technology. It’s interesting to see how far technology has evolved over that half century- 1967 saw the emergence of pocket radios and TV’s with integrated circuits, 1982 saw the unveiling of the Commodore 64, and in 2005 Microsoft’ ...
  The key word here is ‘might.’ It’s more probable that while some jobs will become obsolete, others will take their place, according to a report from McKinsey Global Institute. Their key findings state that while there may be enough work for full employment up to the year 2030, in most cases the transition to new jobs as the old become automated will be very challenging. McKinsey estimates that almost a half of all work activities on a global scale have the ability to be ...
(Image credit: HM Government)   The UK government has recently partnered with a ton of industry, academic and corporate leaders for the 2018 Year of Engineering campaign, designed to bring awareness and understanding about the world of engineering. According to a report from EngineeringUK, there is an annual shortage of engineering graduates (an estimated shortfall of 20,000 per year), outlining that only 80% of engineering enterprises have just four or fewer employees, making up 19% of th ...
Edward Snowden has teamed up with two groups to develop a new, free app that turns smartphones into surveillance beacons for journalists seeking to secure sensitive laptops or parents seeking a more advanced baby monitor. (via Freedom.press)   Edward Snowden's journey has been remarkable, and it seems he is continuing the mission. (See my Snowden movie review)   Whether you are a journalists seeking a tool to protect sensitive electronic information from compromising physical attacks ...
(Image credit: Public Domain Pictures)   How do we get this kind of job? I’d search for extraterrestials all day!   According to a story from the New York Times, government research into unidentified flying objects didn’t end with the cancelation of Project Blue Book back in 1970. The Times stumbled onto the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification” program while perusing the Defense Department’s $600-billion annual budget, which the Time’s quoted a ...
CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image credit: James Gathany via Wikipedia)   Not to be confused with George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” the CDC were supposedly given their own seven-word/phrase list from the Trump administration the agency couldn’t cite on official documents according to the Washington Post. Those words and phrases were listed in the documentation for next year’s budget and included- vulnerable, enti ...
  In a 3-2 vote last week, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules enacted in 2015 to keep big telecoms from capping internet usage, throttling bandwidth and charging more for services such a streaming media. Most tech companies and the public, in general, were against the repeal, and the ruling left a bad taste in the mouths of some but seen as an opportunity by others such as Vice and Motherboard, who have decided to build their own community-driven internet network.   Vice Medi ...
Thirteen of those climate scientists are from the US, where budget cuts have stifled projects after the US pulled out of the Paris Global Warming Accords. (Image credit: Joint Chiefs of Staff)   It’s no secret that the Trump administration doesn’t believe in global warming, or rather they believe it’s happening naturally and not manmade even though they released a report in November stating otherwise. We’ve also pulled out of the Paris Global Warming Accords and the ...