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Bruce Gain
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Examining the iPhone 6 Supplier Hit Parade
Bruce Gain  
10/13/2014   (3) comments
Apple's component procurement strategy shows a tendency to stick with known and trusted suppliers, with a few new ones thrown in for good measure.
Apple Smart Watch Assault Good News for the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
9/11/2014   (1) comment
Consumers are atwitter about the newest product offerings from Apple, but it may be even better news for the electronics supply chain.
Local Distributors Take a Bigger Slice of the Pie in China
Bruce Gain  
8/14/2014   (5) comments
While the majority of components used in Chinese electronics assembly plants come from outside the country, the trend is moving toward locally sourced parts.
Google Set to Kick-Start the Driverless Car Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
8/1/2014   (28) comments
Not satisfied with just doing the tech research, Google is backing industry groups and promotional efforts to get driverless cars adopted sooner rather than later.
Laying Down the Law Against Counterfeiters
Bruce Gain  
7/17/2014   (4) comments
The use of new harsher penalties for trafficking in counterfeit technology for military use shows the feds are serious about a crackdown.
Death, Injury & Supply Chain Security
Bruce Gain  
5/28/2014   (3) comments
With the evolution of the Internet of Things, the electronics industry needs to take a good hard look at managing security concerns.
Accusations in GM Scandal Trickle Down the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
5/15/2014   (1) comment
GM has been in the cross hairs for not bringing product failures to light. Further down the supply chain, though, partners may be deemed equally at fault.
All-in-One Mobile Security Set to Make Ripples in the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
4/28/2014   (1) comment
Security is a critical component for any of today's IT systems, but it can lead to sourcing headaches. An all-in-one solution may be just what the doctor ordered.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
Bruce Gain  
4/14/2014   (10) comments
Apple is making some noise in the automotive industry with its CarPlay infotainment operating system, making tier-1 suppliers nervous about the potential of an industry takeover.
Fighting Back Against Embedded System Attacks
Bruce Gain  
2/13/2014   (9) comments
Increasingly, hackers and malware makers are targeting the firmware of electronic devices. Organizations across the supply chain need to band together to mitigate those risks.
OEMs Face a Virus Dilemma
Bruce Gain  
1/22/2014   (6) comments
Cybercriminals follow the money… and getting malware installed at the OEM products promises them a huge potential win.
Times Are A-Changin' in the DRAM Market
Bruce Gain  
1/9/2014   Post a comment
DRAM sales are on the rise. However, the market may have matured to the point of more stability in pricing and availability.
The Driverless Car Revolution Begins Now
Bruce Gain  
1/2/2014   (26) comments
The march toward self-driving cars has begun, and the electronics industry has to get its supply chain ready.
The 3D Printer Supplier Shakeout
Bruce Gain  
12/17/2013   (10) comments
Things are moving fast in the 3D printing markers. More changes are on the horizon.
Europe's Renewable Energy Is Costly -- for Now
Bruce Gain  
11/20/2013   (13) comments
In the near term, the scenario would be bad for those whose livelihoods depend on the European supply chain, but the shift out of Europe because of high renewable energy costs would have little impact (if any) on global supply chain costs.
The NSA: Just One Threat to Supply Chain Security
Bruce Gain  
11/5/2013   (12) comments
The recent Le Monde report has certainly added flames to the fire for those concerned about the potential security risks that the NSA poses to supply chains, especially for organizations with direct business ties to the United States.
Auto Infotainment Hits the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
6/3/2013   (14) comments
Mass-volume carmakers are rolling out in-car infotainment systems that were previously luxury car-only offerings.
The Perils of Cyberwar Rhetoric
Bruce Gain  
3/27/2013   (3) comments
Rattling the sabers more vigorously over alleged Chinese hacking could backfire on US companies.
America's Declared (& Undeclared) Cyberwar
Bruce Gain  
2/20/2013   (16) comments
Few governments are innocents on the hacking battlefield because the consequences of laziness are enormous.
Auto OEMs Battle Distracted Driving
Bruce Gain  
1/28/2013   (11) comments
Automakers are working closely with suppliers to reduce distracted driving and improve vehicle infotainment experience.
Nuke Free? Not France, Not Soon Anyway
Bruce Gain  
6/7/2011   (18) comments
The French public wants to reduce dependence on nuclear energy, but the politicians are for now ignoring the request.
Can Smart Phones & Smart Driving Coexist?
Bruce Gain  
5/27/2011   (42) comments
Automakers are integrating smartphones into cars despite lack of standards, and safety concerns will have to be addressed soon.
Winning in Tablets Requires More Than Just Great Hardware
Bruce Gain  
4/15/2011   (21) comments
OEMs offering tablet devices need to include great software because it takes more than just the hardware to win in today's market
GPU War Goes Mobile, Pitching AMD vs. ARM vs. Intel
Bruce Gain  
4/11/2011   (9) comments
Graphics processor suppliers are battling for dominance and relevance in the mobile war as the market expands for portable devices
Auto OEMs Dial-Up 'Infotainment' Connection
Bruce Gain  
1/26/2011   (4) comments
Automotive OEMs are taking advantage of smartphone applications to improve in-car communications and 'infotainment'
Supply Chain Alert: Take Hackers Very Seriously
Bruce Gain  
12/16/2010   (20) comments
The electronics supply chain and IT systems are as vulnerable to hackers as are those companies recently attacked by virtual vigilantes
A New PC OEM, a Tired Business Model
Bruce Gain  
12/9/2010   (9) comments
French startup Jolicloud is launching a netbook it says offers Intel's Atom dual-core n550 in a box that retails for less than competing PCs – because it does not run Windows as its operating system




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