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Posts posted in October 2016
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Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
Peter Clarke  
10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced it snagged a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch to fuel its work on a processor designed for machine learning.
The Advent of Human Free Logistics
Richard G. Weissman  
10/31/2016   Post a comment
The use of autonomous vehicles in logistics is being driven by economics, efficiency, and safety.
Automated Supply Chain: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Susan Fourtané  
10/31/2016   Post a comment
The Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring fully-automated supply chains creating opportunities for businesses as well as bringing safety to the production line, efficiency, and more environmentally friendly work environments.
Do Automakers Still See Hackers as a Hoax?
Junko Yoshida  
10/28/2016   (1) comment
Earlier this week, when the Department of Transportation laid out cybersecurity guidance for carmakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary called cybersecurity “a safety issue.” The latest survey, however, found that automakers still haven’t made cybersecurity a priority in vehicle development.
Procurement Faces Digital Tipping Point
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/28/2016   (5) comments
Technology trends are creating a new tipping point for procurement, in addition to offering new ways for the function to prove its worth.
Fast Charging Comes to Maturity to Support Supply Chain Tasks
Puga Sankara  
10/28/2016   Post a comment
Fast charging is going to change a lot of things in the enterprise, especially factories and the supply chain.
Qualcomm-NXP: Another Testosterone-Driven Deal?
Bolaji Ojo  
10/27/2016   Post a comment
Hard questions are arising. It comes back to finding the justification for this deal. Does this deal really make sense for Qualcomm?
OEMs Beware: These Days, Anything Can Be Hacked
Erik Kangas  
10/27/2016   (6) comments
More needs to happen on the manufacturers’ side to protect against vulnerabilities that are unintentionally built into hardware and software products. Further,, quicker responses are needed to fix the problem once vulnerabilities are identified.
Supporting Global, High Volume Barcode Label Printing
Mark Wick  
10/27/2016   Post a comment
A brief Q&A to explore printing barcode labels across a global enterprise.
Samsung's Battery Problem Highlights Broader Engineering Issues
Bill Schweber  
10/26/2016   Post a comment
Given the relative rarity of the battery problems with Samsung's smartphone, how do you determine the root cause with confidence?
Flexible Electronics Turn a Corner
Logical Link  
10/26/2016   (4) comments
Still a young market with its potential yet to be defined, the global flexible electronics market is poised to grow rapidly.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
Rick Merritt  
10/25/2016   (2) comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
Supply Chain Disruption Focuses on Emerging Risk
Richard G. Weissman  
10/25/2016   (1) comment
The sun always comes out after a storm; the snow melts and the floods dry up. But the supply chain risks we are facing today have less of a predicable outcome.
Finding the Way Out of Inventory Dilemmas
Frank Cavallaro  
10/25/2016   Post a comment
Warehouse rents are reaching record heights as inventory is building up across the country. Organizations with a flexible supply chain network are better positioned to combat the issue.
Steve Jobs Heard in Supreme Court
Steve Chang  
10/24/2016   (5) comments
In last week's Supreme Court hearing of the design patent case of Apple v. Samsung you could almost feel the presence of Steve Jobs.
Ensuring Consistency in Manufacturing PCBs Across the Global Supply Chain
Kella Knack  
10/24/2016   Post a comment
Designing and manufacturing printed circuit board (PCB) can be challenging. That’s because PCBs are the launching points for hardware product development and the laminate and prepreg materials used in designing and manufacturing PCBs are the nuclei for those boards.
8 Questions You Need to Ask Every New Customer
Nanci Churchill  
10/24/2016   Post a comment
Mobile devices are also changing the way electronics companies are selling the products that they make. Asking the right questions is important to matching product to need.
U.S. Protecting Us from AI
R. Colin Johnson  
10/21/2016   (1) comment
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
Blockchain Set to Transform Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/21/2016   (1) comment
Blockchain has supply chain aficionados excited because the technology will support new business processes that allow for assets to be transferred over the Internet without the need for a centralized third party.
The Real Problem with Digital Assistants
Puga Sankara  
10/21/2016   Post a comment
The electronic digital assistants on our mobile devices have some limitations. They could do a much better job.
LeEco, China’s Disruptive Hybrid
Rick Merritt  
10/20/2016   Post a comment
China’s LeEco is coming to the U.S. with ultra low cost smartphones and smart TVs and an R&D center for them and deep-learning services.
ISO 37001: Application in Supply Chain Risk Mitigation
Leslie Benton  
10/20/2016   Post a comment
The new ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems standard has significant implications when working with third parties.
Technology & Automation: Only Humans Need Apply
Apek Mulay  
10/20/2016   Post a comment
As a technologist, I certainly want technology to continue progressing. However, as a macroeconomist, I am equally concerned about ensuring full-employment in the economy.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
Rick Merritt  
10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
Samsung & Apple: Living in Interesting Times
Jim O'Reilly  
10/19/2016   (3) comments
In the race between Apple and Samsung for market dominance, it's a tough call to say who has the bigger troubles.
Security Risk in the Age of Cloud Computing
Chris King  
10/19/2016   (1) comment
If supply chain architecture in the cloud is not properly designed, a flaw in one client’s application would not only allow hackers to access their information, but other client’s information as well.
Large Flexible Fingerprint Sensor Reaches 500dpi
Julien Happich  
10/18/2016   Post a comment
FlexEnable together with ISORG have jointly launched a flexible fingerprint sensor with an image resolution of 500 dots per inch (dpi). Only 0.3mm thick, the flexible optical sensor is suitable for applications requiring standard-compliant fingerprint enrolment and/or identification.
Autonomous Car Mobility Shifts Electronics Industry
Pablo Valerio  
10/18/2016   (2) comments
By 2025, automated mobility services could be a $120 billion business in the United States alone. The impact on companies in mobile technology, connected vehicles, and wireless infrastructure could be as important as the arrival of the smartphone last decade.
Avnet Completes Acquisition of Premier Farnell
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/17/2016   Post a comment
Avnet has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Premier Farnell in an all cash merger.
Germany Hits Tesla, Raises Bigger Issues
Junko Yoshida  
10/17/2016   (1) comment
The German Transport Minister requested Tesla to stop advertising its EV’s Autopilot function. The question is whether this is a result of concerted efforts by German automakers “looking for a way to ‘clip Tesla’s wings,’ asked one analyst.
Electric Bicycles: The Race with Electric Cars Begins
Logical Link  
10/17/2016   Post a comment
The e-bike revolution, while quieter than the electric car push, is likely to impact the electronics supply chain.
NAFTA: In Defense of the Idea
Dana Martin  
10/17/2016   (1) comment
The U.S. and Mexico have strong relationships when it comes to tech companies. These businesses—and the innovative products they create—are set to suffer if NAFTA is eliminated.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
Junko Yoshida  
10/14/2016   Post a comment
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
M-Commerce Emerges as Critical Component to Online Sales
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/14/2016   (3) comments
With the explosive growth of mobile devices as an e-commerce tool, online retailers need to start thinking hard about providing the right kind of mobile experience to customers.
Storytelling: The Secret Weapon of Great Organizations
Puga Sankara  
10/14/2016   (1) comment
The stories of great people have the potential to inspire us to do great things with our lives… and in our organizations.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
Rick Merritt  
10/13/2016   Post a comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
6 Biggest Supply Chain Boons of Enterprise Labeling
Josh Roffman  
10/13/2016   Post a comment
The case for enterprise barcode labeling is compelling. With the right enterprise labeling solution, organizations benefit in a variety of ways.
Heavyweight Logistic Providers Match Startups’ Tech Spend
B. Cameron Gain  
10/13/2016   Post a comment
Logistics providers are spending on tech, but is it enough to disrupt the industry?
Samsung Needs to Get Transparent
Rick Merritt  
10/12/2016   Post a comment
Samsung owes its customers and the tech community a clear explanation of what happened with the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
A Roadmap to Implementing 3D Printing Today
Charles Edwards  
10/12/2016   Post a comment
Now more than ever, organizations must innovate within their supply chains to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. 3D printing offers a great place to start.
5 Hot Topics in Home Delivery this Season
Chris Jones  
10/12/2016   Post a comment
This slideshow unwraps the biggest topics in home delivery for retailers this season.
Autonomy Isn't Just About Cars Anymore
Junko Yoshida  
10/11/2016   Post a comment
Autonomy Paris is an antidote to classic automotive fair, the Paris Auto Show. Autonomy reflects the yearning of those who prefer to live in cities, without the burden of owning cars.
Apple & iAuto Rumors Suggest Possibilities
Logical Link  
10/11/2016   Post a comment
Few doubt that Apple is looking for new worlds to conquer. The question remains whether the company has set its sights on the auto industry.
Most Common Mobile Security & Network Requirements Logistics Encounters
Nanci Churchill  
10/11/2016   Post a comment
When it comes to mobile security and network requirements, logistics experts have a lot of elements to consider.
BrainChip Appoints Former Exar CEO to Lead Company
Peter Clarke  
10/10/2016   Post a comment
Louis DiNardo, formerly CEO of Exar Corp. has been appointed CEO of BrainChip Holdings Ltd., a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and the parent of BrainChip Inc. (Aliso Viejo, Calif.).
Get Yourself Named Procurement MVP
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2016   Post a comment
Every procurement should work to stand out as the most valuable player (MVP) in the organization. Here are a few tips on how to get started.
Digital High Performers Rare in Tech Industry
Sami Luukkonen  
10/10/2016   Post a comment
New evidence suggests that few in this industry are generating financial success from their extensive digital investments.
Google Does Consumer Electronics
Rick Merritt  
10/7/2016   Post a comment
Google rolled out its new hardware group and its first products—two smartphones, an Amazon Echo-alike, a VR headset and Wi-Fi access point.
Let's Celebrate Manufacturing Day
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/7/2016   Post a comment
Today, around the United States, over 2,500 events have been scheduled to raise awareness about manufacturing and the opportunities for people who want to work there.
The Startup Phenomenon: How 3PLs Can Use it to Increase Value & Capture Market
Puga Sankara  
10/7/2016   (24) comments
True innovation is rarely comes without persistence, need, and creativity.
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