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Robots Are Unlikely to Hurt Employment Opportunities


Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics imply that machines will soon be performing many of the tasks currently handled by human workers. These tasks will not just be blue-collar jobs in manufacturing, but white-collar jobs as well, such as lawyers, doctors, and even journalists. According ...

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Bad USB — Can Be a Disaster in Your Pocket


Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB ...

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Taking Printing to the Next Dimension


Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did. Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750 or the ...

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Material Trends for BIPV Glass


In order to move beyond a niche product, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) will need to demonstrate both improved efficiency and lower cost. NanoMarkets believes that BIPV should be able to benefit from the growth that we expect to see in the PV market as a whole, but the degree to which it ...

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Taking The Next Step Towards Online Security


Online banking and business invites millions of customers and creates the associated need for protection against cyber attacks and online criminal activity. The Risk Based Security and Open Security Foundation reported a record number of 2,644 breaches in 2012 where 70 percent was due to external ...
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Neah Power's BuzzBar Recharging Suite


Tremendous strides have been made in fuel-cell technology in recent years, with product offerings across the spectrum from very low power fuel cells to large power ranges in the hundreds of kilowatts for backup and/or emergency power, and/or grid augmentation. Fuel cells are generally considered to ...
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3D Rapid Prototyping Changing Manufacturing


Faster. better. cheaper Is the new mantra of today's manufacturing companies, which are using innovative methods to get their products to market faster, better and cheaper than ever before. Who would have thought these words would be used to describe manufacturing?
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ASM SIPLACE: Meeting Tomorrow’s Assembly Challenges


During Productronica, we were given the very special privilege of touring the ASM SIPLACE production plant in Munich — a relatively short drive from the Munich Trade Fair Center. This historic city of 1.5 million people is a wonderful combination of the very old and the ultra-modern ...

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In Korea: Fuel Cells to Replace Nuclear Power Plants


Seoul, South Korea — It's a worldwide phenomenon: nuclear power plants are being viewed with increased suspicion and unease — especially in the wake of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan. The mood in South Korea is increasingly moving away from favoring nuclear ...

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Modular Design Redefines High-Speed Dispensing


As electronics technology advances, the level of customization in consumer products has skyrocketed. At present, customizable features can be found in almost every electronic purchase. Through a wide range of electronic products, from personal computers (PCs) and cellular telephones to liquid-crystal ...

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Dealing With A Different Medical Safety Standard


The third edition of the EN60601-1 safety standard for medical devices and systems has been in force in Europe since mid-2012, and has resulted in disharmony with power module manufacturers. This newest version of the medical safety standard was not nearly as uniform as it might have been, and those ...

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Raspberry Pi Computers Can Sweeten The Workplace


Raspberry Pi computers were nominally developed for schools and hospitals in Great Britain as low-cost teaching vehicles for students to improve their programming skills. These single-board computers are equipped with a secure digital (SD) memory card socket but no internal memory, ...
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Advanced Content Networking ICs: Transforming Multiscreen Content Delivery


Consumers are increasingly demanding content anywhere and at any time on their wireless devices. Yet, while newer smartphones and tablet devices have been designed for maximum productivity, they often fall short of providing a full entertainment experience. To support this growing market and demand ...

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Who Will Support and Refurbish Your UPS?


Uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) are designed and built to provide years of reliable service. But even the most rugged products meant for military and industrial environments won’t last forever. When a UPS fails, due to abuse, human error, or even normal wear and tear, it must be repaired or replaced ...

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Preparing Your Network for Migration to the Cloud


By now, you've heard so much about the cloud, you're probably wondering if the sun will even come out again. The cloud is the answer to all of your IT problems, right? Well, it can certainly solve many current IT challenges, but with migration comes additional challenges. Moving all of your data to ...

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Is the Cloud Really Serving Us?


The most exciting part of the computer and consumer electronics industries is also one of the dullest — storage. Oh sure, we like the new smartphones, tablets, ultra ultra HDTVs and ultrabooks they showed at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and all the bling folks come up with to personalize them ...

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Solving UL Approval Needs of Rigid Flex Circuits


The use of rigid flex in military, avionics and aerospace applications has grown steadily since the 1990s, and it is particularly valuable in high stress, high vibration, or thermal excursion environments that would disrupt connectivity in traditional rigid boards with flex/connector junctions. Rigid ...

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Lessons from the Hurricane


Hurricane Sandy made fools out of some hospital administrators in New York City, where absolutely vital emergency generators came up short, forcing massive evacuation of patients from four hospitals to hospitals that had generators that worked. Today's hospitals cannot operate without electricity ...

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Why Whole Building Surge Protectors Don't Work


Whole building surge protectors (SPDs: Surge Protection Devices) often claim to be a "first line of defense" against surges. A review of their performance ratings, however, shows this claim is inaccurate. It is acknowledged that supplemental lower clamping level point-of-use products (SPDs) are still ...
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Solving the Portable Data Security Headache


Protecting intellectual property and sensitive information is a major security concern for any business today — especially against the backdrop of workers needing to share documents and files with their colleagues, customers, and partners on a daily basis.
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