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Posts posted in December 2013
Sports Should Adopt Real Technology
Ransom Stephens  
12/31/2013   (5) comments
Technology and sports -- should they be allowed to mix?
Readers’ Choice 2013: Apple Lessons, Chinese Counterfeiting, 4D Printing
Suzanne Deffree  
12/31/2013   (25) comments
EBN showcases its most-read 15 pieces of content as we review 2013.
How Embedded Electronics Elevates Winemaking
Brian Fuller  
12/30/2013   (14) comments
Wine & technology come together in winning ways.
Taiwan's Future Offers Challenge & Opportunity to OEMs
Marc Herman  
12/30/2013   (2) comments
If Taiwan is to really get in the game, it will have to catch up to competitors not just on capacity, but also on research and development.
The Automotive Electronics Revolution Is Here
Brian Fuller  
12/27/2013   (5) comments
Open standards are helping quicken the pace of automotive innovation and at the same time are giving OEMs and car manufacturers an opportunity to move their R&D dollars into new and exciting areas.
Innovate in Limiting Supplier Risk
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/27/2013   (24) comments
Supplier risk goes far beyond finding an alternate source. It's time to shore up other parts of your risk management program.
11 Commandments of a Decision-Making Culture
Frank Cavallaro  
12/27/2013   (7) comments
How are decisions made within your company? Here is how to foster a decision-making culture that is easier, faster, and more defined.
LPDDR4 Remains a Work in Progress
Gary Hilson  
12/26/2013   (1) comment
JEDEC is targeting a 2014 release for a specification that will double its speed and cut power consumption in half, and LPDDR3 has yet to fully supplant its predecessor.
Saving Supply Chain Mid-Management Talent
Susan Fourtané  
12/26/2013   (35) comments
Many companies today seem to be focused on college recruiting, but the ongoing great shortage of middle-management positions needs to be promptly addressed.
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi
R. Colin Johnson  
12/24/2013   (5) comments
Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
Saving the USPS
Jim O'Reilly  
12/24/2013   (21) comments
The solution lies in embracing the technological challenges and reinventing the mission.
Amazing Race Toward Autonomous Car Design
Junko Yoshida  
12/23/2013   (7) comments
Chip companies are finding 2014 a critical year to drive their technology into semi-autonomous car platforms, which are currently in development by a number of different carmakers.
Amazon's Gray Market May Give OEMs a Black Eye
Marc Herman  
12/23/2013   (10) comments
For dozens of OEMs and their supply chains, if Amazon starts to seem unreliable, so will everyone upstream along the retailer’s supply lines – fair or not.
CB Materials: Recycle, Reuse, Dispose?
Nicole Faubert  
12/20/2013   (7) comments
After all, consumer demand for electronic devices is at an all time high, and each device contains one or more PCBs, therefore disposal of waste PCBs is a growing concern.
Set Pricing for Customer Loyalty & Long-Term Profitability
Frank Cavallaro  
12/20/2013   (18) comments
Here’s how to set pricing so that your customers will keep coming back again and again, and help you realize long-term profitability.
The Evolving Supply Chain Conscience
Susan Fourtané  
12/19/2013   (18) comments
The new corporate social responsibility is becoming mainstream, and the supply chain needs to react accordingly.
Delivery by Drone: Logistics Helper or Hype?
Jim O'Reilly  
12/18/2013   (54) comments
Technology can do wonderful things, but will drones solve the last-10-miles problem of product delivery?
Flexible Electronics Stretch the Limits of Imagination
Janine Love  
12/18/2013   (10) comments
Collaborations between chemists, physicists, and electrical engineers are are yielding inspiring new bendable materials.
The 3D Printer Supplier Shakeout
B. Cameron Gain  
12/17/2013   (10) comments
Things are moving fast in the 3D printing markers. More changes are on the horizon.
Is It Time for Your Watch to Get Smarter?
Jessica MacNeil  
12/17/2013   (22) comments
Smart watches could be the next big thing in consumer electronics, but they need to get smarter to really take off.
Live Chat 12/18: A Look Ahead at the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2013   (3) comments
Product supply, on-shoring, and new technologies will be hot topics in the coming year. Let's start talking now!
Don't Panic: 4 Easy Steps to Getting Started on Con Min Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2013   Post a comment
Adhering to the Dodd-Frank Act has some organizations scrambling or stalled with confusion. However, a few simple steps are all it takes to get started.
Building a Culture of Innovation
Brian Fuller  
12/15/2013   (1) comment
If you build innovation, great ideas will come.
Slideshow: 2014 CES: Cool Gadgets for Fit Fashion
Junko Yoshida  
12/15/2013   (3) comments
The past year has produced an onslaught of new (and sometimes odd-looking) wearable devices, which as fueled the growing hype around wearable devices in the consumer market.
Key to Innovation? Onshoring Manufacturing of Course
Brian Fuller  
12/14/2013   (6) comments
A new study hopes to revitalize American innovation by better understanding how design and manufacturing are symbiotic.
Energy Storage Devices Are Powering Up
Steve Taranovich  
12/14/2013   (2) comments
Energy storage devices are key components for a successful and sustainable energy system.
3D Printing Expands Beyond Makers
Suzanne Deffree  
12/13/2013   (3) comments
Open-source designers have a love affair with 3D printers. That's going to translate to 3D printing going mainstream next year.
Con Min Certification Drags in Central Africa
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/13/2013   (2) comments
Even as manufacturers scramble to meet the demands of compliance with the Dodd Frank Act by May 2013, lack of certification of mines may slow down efforts to identify mines that meet conflict mineral requirements.
3 Hallmarks of a Top Performer
Frank Cavallaro  
12/13/2013   (5) comments
Want to be a top performer? You have to have these three characteristics to make it happen.
Google Searches for Robots' Home
Rick Merritt  
12/12/2013   (22) comments
As it tries to make robots mainstream, Google has the cash, as well as a smart, passionate, and experienced enthusiast in Andy Rubin, to potentially make it happen.
Space Station: Benefit of Sharing Engineering Know-How
Caleb Kraft  
12/12/2013   (3) comments
Dan Harman, deputy program manager for the IS, offers some great insight into the current state of the International Space Station.
Get Beyond the Crystal Ball: Leverage Big Data in B2B
Lalit Wadhwa  
12/12/2013   (1) comment
Organizations used to have little real usable direction in making important decisions. However, big data and analytics begin to offer a solution.
Bitcoin: A Technological & Economic Game Changer?
Rich Pell  
12/11/2013   (13) comments
Bitcoin is hot. And it's going to change the electronics industry.
Sweden: Europe's Most Innovative Country
Logical Link  
12/10/2013   (39) comments
Innovation -- developing it, using it, and harnessing it to drive economic growth -- has come to the forefront lately as companies and countries try to rebuild after a long, dark recession.
Industry 4.0 Is Closer Than You Think
Carolyn Mathas  
12/10/2013   (2) comments
The next industrial revolution is starting right now and it's called Industry 4.0.
Invest Again in Innovation
Logical Link  
12/9/2013   (53) comments
Perhaps the supply chain world can learn a thing or two from the STEM educators.
Live Chat 12/10: 3 Simple Steps to Tighten Supply Chain Security
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/6/2013   Post a comment
We've got a security expert on the line who will be sharing best-practices on supply chain security at a live chat on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Why Whining Won’t Get You Anywhere
Frank Cavallaro  
12/6/2013   (19) comments
Whining is often used to avoid responsibility and place blame -- traits which are inherently unattractive and ineffective.
Automotive Supply Chain Falling Short
Logical Link  
12/5/2013   (2) comments
Despite positive trends in demand, the automotive sector's supply chain needs to get its house in order, a report finds.
Integration: The Key to Simplified Accrual Rate Calculations
Revving Revenue  
12/4/2013   (6) comments
In every industry, accrual calculation confusion can lead to chaos... but there are ways to make things go more smoothly.
‘Tis the Season for Reflection, Speculation
Lynn Torrel  
12/3/2013   (15) comments
Clearly, no one can say with certainty what lies ahead for our industry, but a quick look back at EBN Velocity through 2013 lets us identify some standout topics.
The How Behind IDEA-ICE-3000 Certification
The Big IDEA  
12/2/2013   (3) comments
This is the final post in a two-part series on the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam.




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