Who (secretly) run the world? Algorithms

February 13, 2017

It is likely that everything and anything you do online, from streaming a movie, to browsing for a new handbag, to even applying for a car loan, is slightly controlled by an algorithm. They will always have a say on the outcome. The complex mathematical formulas are playing a growing role in all walks of life: from detecting skin cancers to suggesting new Facebook friends, deciding who gets a job,…

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Counterattacking the counterfeit

February 10, 2017

Everyone loves a bargain, so I am sure from time to time; we have all bought a cheaper version phone charger for your mobile. However a massive problem nowadays is counterfeit chargers for portable electronic devices. At the end of last year, Apple claimed that of 100 Apple-branded charging accessories it bought on Amazon, 90 were counterfeits. Around the same time, Britain’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute reported that of 400…

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Renewable energy too slow to cap global warming

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February 8, 2017

Scientistt have reported in the journal Nature Climate Change that even if solar and wind capacity continues to grow at breakneck speed, it will not be fast enough to cap global warming under 2°C (3.6°F), the target set down in the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty. “The rapid deployment of wind, solar and electric cars gives some hope,” lead author Glen Peters, a researcher at the Center for International Climate…

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FBI locks down how it unlocked an iPhone

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February 8, 2017

The FBI has defended its decision to withhold documents on how it unlocked an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, saying the information could be exploited by “hostile entities” if released to the public. The Justice Department earlier this month released heavily censored records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA…

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Indium features InFORMS reinforced solder preforms at APEC 2017

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February 8, 2017

Indium will feature its reinforced solder alloy fabrications, InFORMS, at APEC 2017, March 26th-30th, in Tampa, Fla. InFORMS are reinforced solder preforms that increase lateral strength and stability. As a result, improved thermal cycling reliability can be achieved. In one study where InFORMS were used to solder a DBC to the baseplate of an IGBT, the following were achieved: Four improved thermal cycling reliability compared to a solder preform-only approach Two improved…

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Whitepaper released on ‘Making the case for edge data centers’

EdgeConneX, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, has announced the availability of a new whitepaper, ‘Making the Case for Edge Data Centers’, documenting the benefits of Edge Data Centers (EDCs) as a means to combat the negative effects of exploding internet traffic and congestion. This whitepaper, prepared by Heavy Reading contributing analyst, Alan Breznick, examines the latest trends in the broadband and video space…

February 7, 2017
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3D printing produces gas turbine blades

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February 6, 2017

Siemens has run a successful test of power generation gas turbine blades produced wholly by metal-based 3D printing by UK-based Materials Solutions, which it bought last year. Siemens said on Monday it was the first to test such blades under full-load engine conditions at 13,000 revolutions per minutes and temperatures above 1,250°C (2,282°F). It called the test a “breakthrough”. 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, involves making a three-dimensional object…

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Japanese mission to clear ‘space junk’ results in more

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February 6, 2017

Officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo, an experimental Japanese mission to clear ‘space junk’ or rubbish from the Earth’s orbit has ended in failure. Over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of rocket, which experts say could pose risks for future space exploration. Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were trying…

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Executives to help build ‘Pulse-of-the-Industry’ data service

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced plans to develop a new statistical service designed to give members timely insight on the state of the electronics industry. IPC member-company executives are invited to help build this program by participating in an organizational meeting at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego on Thursday, February 16th. With the working title ‘Pulse of the Industry’, the new service will be a survey-based…

February 3, 2017
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Synopsys announces earnings release date for Q1 2017

Synopsys has announced that it will report results for the first quarter fiscal year 2017 on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, after the market close. A conference call to review the results will begin at 2:00pm PT (5:00pm ET) and will be hosted by Aart de Geus, chairman and co-chief executive officer, and Trac Pham, chief financial officer. Financial and other statistical information to be discussed on this conference call will…

February 3, 2017
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