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The Best DIY Gadgets For Securing Your Home

By Chris Wiltz | November 15, 2017


Three IoT Predictions for 2018: Fog Computing, Security, and Smarter Decisions

By Rob Spiegel | November 15, 2017

As companies shift to digital systems on the factory floor the first step is often preventive maintenance. In previous years, highly experienced factory hands would go around and listen to the motors and drives. They could hear the health of the machines. They could smell it. Those folks are retiring, and they’re being replaced with sensors and alarms tied into IoT systems.

NXP's New Automotive Computing Platform Targets Scalable Software Development

By Charles Murray | November 15, 2017

A new computing platform from NXP Semiconductors promises to simplify software development and speed creation of innovative electronic features for next-generation vehicles.

Uber Open-Sources Its AI Programming Language, Encourages Autonomous Car Development

By Chris Wiltz | November 14, 2017

Uber's self-driving car ambitions have been an open secret surrounding the company for some time now. If the ride share company's ambitions are met, someday when you hail a ride using its app it'll be an autonomous car that shows instead of a human looking to supplement his income.

Expert Tells Robot Makers to Focus on the ‘Good’ of AI

By Charles Murray | November 13, 2017

Engineers should concentrate on building "ethical robots," and not get too hung up on the potential threats of artificial intelligence, a robotics expert told attendees at ATX Minneapolis last week.

Smart Fabric Uses Magnetic Fields to Store, Transmit Data Without Electronics

By Elizabeth Montalbano | November 13, 2017

One limitation to wearable technology is the need for electronics and wiring that make so-called “smart” clothing not so comfortable to wear.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have found a way to make clothes smarter without on-board electronics using a new type of data-storing fabric that leverages technology already found in smartphones.

iPhone X Teardown: Take a Bite of a Glass Sandwich

By Chris Wiltz | November 10, 2017

Look ma, no Home button!

With the iPhone X Apple has gone for more than fancy Roman numeration in the name. The new flagship smartphone is the first to feature an exterior that has no buttons or framing. This phone's front is all-screen, specifically a 5.8 inch OLED multitouch Super Retina HD display with 2436 × 1125-pixel resolution (458 ppi). The iPhone X also features dual 12-megapixel cameras, a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera for video and the phone's new facial recognition unlock feature (Face ID), and support for Qi wireless charging.

Leading Companies, Design Teams, Executives Among Finalists in 2017 ACE Awards

By Jennifer Campbell | November 10, 2017

A panel of top industry experts has spoken – the full list of finalists in the Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards has been chosen.

AI Will Get Smarter When We Better Understand Our Brains

By Chris Wiltz | November 9, 2017

The holy grail for AI research has always been creating machines that can think like (or better than) humans.