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Amazon, IBM Invest in IoT

April 1, 2015 9:45 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

With Amazon and IBM stepping into the Internet of Things space, now is a good time to look into the way a connected world is changing the way we shop, drive cars both new and old, and explore.This is no April Fools' Day joke: IBM committed $3 billion to working with partners like the Weather Company to provide digital information to people wherever they go. It isn't just for consumers, either: since weather affects crime rates and traffic, IBM could market their predictive cloud-based platform to municipalities and businesses as well. Amazon is looking to change the way people interact with their devices across the board too, with the Dash Button available either for consumer use or for device makers to build right inside their products.

Adhesive-Backed Nylon PCB Lock-Fit Supports

April 1, 2015 9:43 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keystone Electronics Corp. has announced an assortment of adhesive-backed nylon stacking spacers/supports. Supports are engineered to lock-fit a chassis-to-board without the use of tools. These devices have an adhesive backing for securing to a chassis while the other end easily snaps into a ...

Obama Signs Order Creating Cyber Sanctions Regime

April 1, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is creating the first sanctions program that would allow the U.S. to penalize individuals overseas who engage in cyberattacks and cyber spying. Obama signed an executive order Wednesday establishing ...

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Giant Factories Recalls Water Heaters Over Fire Risk

April 1, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Giant Factories of Canada is recalling 240 water heaters that were sold in 2014 because they could catch fire or explode. The company says that in some cases, the joint between the heater's combustion chamber and the tank that holds ...

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Scion Youth Looks to Sedan, Hatchback to Revive Sales

April 1, 2015 9:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota is turning to a sporty hatchback and a low-cost sedan to restore some hipness — and sales — to its youth-oriented Scion brand. If it snags a few baby boomers along the way, so be it. The brand, started in 2003 to lure people ...

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U.S. Auto Sales Likely to Be Flat in March

April 1, 2015 9:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales were expected to slow a bit in March, but analysts remain optimistic about the market. March sales were expected to be flat compared with last March. Car buying site TrueCar.com predicted ...

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5 Things to Know About GM's Revamped Chevy Malibu

April 1, 2015 9:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors tries again to gain traction in the popular midsize car segment with the introduction of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu at the New York International Auto Show. Based on looks the car should be up to the task, but there are a lot ...

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Surface 3 Revealed; Microsoft Donates Wi-Fi to Seattle

March 31, 2015 2:50 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Microsoft unveiled its more versatile but more expensive Surface 3 today, along with public wi-fi for the Seattle Center. Meanwhile, intelligence agencies rush to gather the best security technology they can muster ...

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Raytheon Lands $700 Million Air Force Contract

March 31, 2015 2:45 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense has sent out a bevy of big contracts, including a colossal $700,000,000 deal for Raytheon Technical Services Company...

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Brain-Machine Interface Controls Prosthetic Hand

March 31, 2015 1:32 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts. The technique, demonstrated with a 56-year-old ...

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New Discovery Leads to Soft, Energy-Efficient Robotic Wings

March 31, 2015 1:28 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Dielectric elastomers are novel materials for making actuators or motors with soft and lightweight properties that can undergo large active deformations with high-energy conversion efficiencies. This has made dielectric elastomers popular for ...

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Today in Engineering History: Eiffel Tower Opens in Paris

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1889, the Eiffel Tower officially opened in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. Gustave Eiffel, the owner of the company that built the structure, presided over the ceremony, while French Prime ...

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Hector the Robot Prepared for Self-Awareness

March 31, 2015 11:55 am | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

A year ago, researchers at Bielefeld University showed that their software endowed the walking robot Hector with a simple form of consciousness. Their new research goes one step forward: they have now developed a software architecture ...

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NASA Chooses 12 New Commercial Deep Space Partners

March 31, 2015 11:45 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

NASA has chosen 12 companies as NextSTEP partners to develop technologies for deep space exploration, the agency announced on March 30 ...  

Lockheed Develops Protection Tech for Army Vehicles

March 31, 2015 11:42 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is supporting the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) as they develop a new prototype controller for military vehicle active protection systems. The controller will allow armored ...

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