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Posts posted in December 2016
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Nokia Hits Apple With Patent Suits
Peter Clarke  
12/30/2016   Post a comment
Former phone maker files suit in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and North America, claiming that Apple products infringe some 40 patents.
Artificial Intelligence Takes to E-Commerce
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/30/2016   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to shape the consumer shopping experience.
Smart Phones Deliver Best Quality Video
Puga Sankara  
12/30/2016   Post a comment
In my quest to create the best quality video what did I find? Apple is falling further and further behind.
IoT Ready to Light Up in 2017
Rick Merritt  
12/29/2016   Post a comment
After laying foundations for the Internet of Things in security and M&A in 2016, it's time to focus on deployments in IoT in 2017.
AI Apps for the Supply Chain Make the 2017 Hotlist
B. Cameron Gain  
12/29/2016   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence has the promise of saving money for the supply chain... but it's only just emerging.
Building A Customer-Centric S&OP Plan for 2017
Sujit Singh  
12/29/2016   Post a comment
An effective supply chain planning strategy is optimal in building a customer-centric supply chain.
China Returns Navy Sea Drone
R. Colin Johnson  
12/28/2016   (1) comment
Seaglider sea drones are capable of executing sea-bottom assays and mapping at depths of up to 1,000 meters.
Tapping into the Power of IoT for Real Time Location Data
Ariella Brown  
12/28/2016   Post a comment
When it comes to improving logistics, IoT is already making a measurable difference. That’s why the companies in the logistics arena are turning to software that capitalizes on the real-time capabilities of IoT.
Predictions & Revolutions: A Conversation about Electronics & Economics
Apek Mulay  
12/28/2016   Post a comment
We caught up with Batra to talk to him about his predictions, focusing on the role of technology in the economy and history.
DARPA Funds Small Businesses with Big Ideas
R. Colin Johnson  
12/27/2016   (1) comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its answer to Kickstarter, theCommercial Performer Program that aims to harness the little guys ideas that are now being underfunded.
The Winds of Procurement Change are Blowing Strong
Patrick McCarthy  
12/27/2016   Post a comment
As supply chains stretch further around the globe, organizations are fast realizing that procure to pay has greater strategic promise than being strictly internal.
Device Testing: The Secret to Improving Chip Yield & Performance
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/27/2016   Post a comment
Using analytics to test semiconductor chips may make the difference between business success and failure.
Race for AI Chips Begins
Junko Yoshida  
12/26/2016   Post a comment
Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks.
Top 10 Hottest EBN Blogs in 2016
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/26/2016   Post a comment
EBN community members were most interested in hearing about the happenings at the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the coolest technology implementations and vertical markets, and the latest technology trends.
Computing Got Colorful in 2016
Rick Merritt  
12/23/2016   Post a comment
With the rise of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, new memory types, and 5G, computing came into a kind of brilliant autumn in 2016.
Workplace Safety Makes Productivity Soar
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/23/2016   (1) comment
Most manufacturers who implement safety programs experience increased productivity and even cost savings.
Emotional Investment Leads to Success
Puga Sankara  
12/23/2016   Post a comment
Are you emotionally invested in what you are doing? It is not just a secret to success, but also to a fulfilled life.
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
Junko Yoshida  
12/22/2016   Post a comment
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
The Driverless Supply Chain: Looking 5 Years into Logistics Future
Charles Edwards  
12/22/2016   Post a comment
Though it is inevitable, we cannot be certain when and at what rate logistics will be automated.
Living the Live Supply Chain: Why You Need Data Scientists
Hans Thalbauer  
12/22/2016   Post a comment
Let’s take a look at why data scientists will be increasingly key to supply chain success.
Dizzying Heights of Trump Tower
Rick Merritt  
12/21/2016   Post a comment
The reality distortion field Steve Jobs once deployed looks like a tiny Star Wars hologram projected by R2D2 compared to what’s on the horizon.
Continuing Education a Must for Supply Chain Professionals
Richard G. Weissman  
12/21/2016   Post a comment
There is just no excuse for not keeping up. Continuing education is available in many forms and from many sources.
25 Best Graduate Supply Chain Programs in North America
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/21/2016   Post a comment
Leading universities are offering something for every situation from those who want to be full-time students to those who want to study long distance or on evenings and weekends.
Top 10 Christmas Treats for Techno-Geeks
Max Maxfield  
12/20/2016   Post a comment
What can one give one's techno-geek engineering comrades for Crimble? Here are ten drool-worthy suggestions.
5 Strategies for Thriving in the Post-Lean Six Sigma Era
Charlie Chung  
12/20/2016   Post a comment
UPS suggests five ways to thrive in smart manufacturing.
The Future of Supply Chain is Focused on Data
Alex Peron  
12/20/2016   (2) comments
Everyone is talking about digital transformation, transparency, and disruption. Let's take a look and try to dissect some of these trending buzzwords
AI Ethics Effort Starts at IEEE
Rick Merritt  
12/16/2016   Post a comment
The IEEE is seeking feedback on a broad initiative to develop ethical standards and best practices for designing systems with artificial intelligence.
Engage Employees in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2016   (10) comments
Employee disengagement is a bigger problem than you may think. Here's a way to maximize your supply chain results by getting workers on their best behavior.
Your A List for CES 2017
Junko Yoshida  
12/15/2016   Post a comment
Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the CES next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive.
A New Use for High-Speed Fiber Optics: Connecting Smart Factories
Logical Link  
12/15/2016   Post a comment
As M2M and IoT shape business and operations strategies, influence product design and compel companies to re-examine how suppler and customer data is collected and used, a question begs: How will companies pool together all their internal factory.
Envisioning the Future of Supply Chain
Abe Eshkenazi  
12/15/2016   Post a comment
One of the best ways to prepare for supply chain’s dynamic and exciting future is to examine the megatrends that are impacting, improving, and reshaping our industry.
Lurking Behind Every M&A Is China
Junko Yoshida  
12/14/2016   Post a comment
Despite all the buzz in the global semiconductor industry about the accelerated consolidation of chip vendors, the biggest story this year goes untold — the presence at the negotiating table — in almost every M&A deal — of Chinese investors
Engaging Millennials: How to Get America’s Largest Workforce Invested, Retained & Performing to Full Potential
Karen Leland  
12/14/2016   Post a comment
Millennials are not only here to stay, but they are becoming a huge piece of the workforce. Keeping them engaged and interested is critical to business success.
Living the Live Supply Chain: Why You Need Data
Hans Thalbauer  
12/14/2016   Post a comment
We often talk about a live supply chain, but getting there taks some work. Let's explore the essentials of deploying a live supply chain
The Future of 3D Printing Starts with Business
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/13/2016   Post a comment
3D printing technology at the business level, particularly in manufacturing, is quickly emerging as the place where the real promise lies at least in the near future.
Canadian Startup Aims to Connect Everything With Style
Julien Happich  
12/13/2016   (5) comments
Recently founded Canadian startup Ubiqweus Inc. is launching a Kickstarter campaign for a set of super easy to deploy Wi-Fi-enabled one-inch cubic sensors, packaged attractively and made to last.
Robots & Automation: Debunking the Myth
Susan Fourtané  
12/13/2016   Post a comment
In the process of change, we should be cautious of the hype around the AI trend. The best decisions come from looking at the trends with clear eyes.
Sourcing Electrical & Mechanical Design Services: Coordination Has Benefits
Michael Allen  
12/13/2016   Post a comment
Why you should look for a supplier with both electrical and mechanical design skills when sourcing PCB design services.
Lawmakers Urge Rejection of Lattice Semi Takeover
Dylan McGrath  
12/12/2016   Post a comment
Congressman urge Treasury Dept. to reject $1.3 billion acquisition by investment firm with ties to the Chinese government.
Customer Demand for Faster Service Reshapes Last-Mile Delivery
Logical Link  
12/12/2016   Post a comment
Today's business-to-consumer dynamics are in a sweet spot of change--and may have a big impact on business-to-consumer trends of the near future.
Automating the Growing Warehouse: From Spreadsheets to Daily Processes & Beyond
Dave Williams  
12/12/2016   Post a comment
Automation in the warehouse isn't an all or nothing proposition. Starting small and making a long-range plan is a good way to start.
High Visibility Counteracts Supply Chain Drama
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/9/2016   (1) comment
A new infographic details how supply chain visibility can prevent unforeseen issues to become big calamities.
Trump Needs to Embrace Industrial Revolution
Pablo Valerio  
12/8/2016   Post a comment
Industrial jobs policy is important for many millions of Trump supporters, especially those who lost jobs when factories downsized or closed. But can Trump's U.S. really compete with Asia and Europe?
EBN@C-Level: Risk & Resiliency Top New Year’s Resolution List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/8/2016   Post a comment
Risk is everywhere and resilience is paramount. We asked an industry expert to talk about how leading companies prepare thrive in hard times.
International Dragnet Cracks Down on Darknet Trade
B. Cameron Gain  
12/8/2016   Post a comment
"Operation Hyperion" seeks to slow down illicit trade. The dragnet found several electronic components destined for the U.S. military.
Bluetooth Beams New Spec, Chips
Rick Merritt  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG ratified its version 5 spec, enhancing range, throughput, and beacon support.
3D Manufacturing Offers Effective Way of Creating Integrating Circuits
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
3D printing should be on the technology roadmaps of electronics manufacturers. It has the potential to provide an agile approach to the more complex geometries and materials that are likely to be required for electronics in future advanced manufacturing environments.
10 Hottest Electronic Supply Chain Slideshows of 2016
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
Whether we were talking about the people, places, or things of the electronics supply chain world, readers agreed that these slideshows were their favorites.
Virtual Reality Group to Define APIs
Rick Merritt  
12/6/2016   Post a comment
A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.
Samsung Electronics Set to Split into Two Companies
Pablo Valerio  
12/6/2016   Post a comment
The family-controlled Korean giant is expected to split its consumer business from its components and manufacturing business in order to clean house and please investors.
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