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Samsung responds to Note7 problems with 8-point battery safety check

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Samsung has commented on the results into its investigation into overheating and fires that led to the recall of its Galaxy Note7 smartphones. “We learned from the Galaxy Note7 issues and have made changes as a result,” the company reports. “From reassessing every step...

Tufts engineers develop modulator to help fill the terahertz gap

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Engineers at Tufts University are looking to fill the terahertz gap—the band of frequencies between microwaves and infrared for which practical applications remain elusive. The engineers put the have invented a chip-sized modulator that operates at terahertz frequencies at room temperature with low drive...

Charting the course of 5G in 2017

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Development work on 5G has been continuing since our August 2016 article on the topic. For example, Leti announced it will deploy a 5G framework on the MINATEC campus in Grenoble to demonstrate a new post-OFDM multicarrier waveform. In addition, Keysight Technologies and the...

Vehicle makers seek business models to contend with the future of transportation

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Organizers of the Future of Transportation World Conference, scheduled for July 5-6 in Cologne, Germany, have issued a final call for speakers to address the future of vehicle ownership and business models for manufacturers. The organizers suggest manufacturers will have to contend with probable reductions...

Chipmakers pursue new architectures to address deep learning

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The semiconductor industry is pursuing new architectures as Moore’s Law begins offering diminishing returns. Options highlighted last November at the International Test Conference ranged from heterogeneous integration to FPGA-based hardware inference accelerators. Now in The Wall Street Journal Don Clark notes that the pressures facing...

Smithsonian curator looks at TV program’s effect on scientists’ image

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How do shows like The Big Bang Theory affect people’s perceptions of scientists, and do they encourage in interest in science? The actress Mayim Bialik, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, may offer her opinion in her keynote address at IPC APEX...

Waymo builds sensor package to complement self-driving-car AI-compute platform

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Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, doesn’t want to build its own cars, but it does seem interested in supplying hardware and software to the companies that do want to build cars. Tim Higgins at The Wall Street Journal reports that Waymo,...

Norway says goodbye to FM radio in move to DAB

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Norway is set to begin switching off its FM radio network this week, although 66% of Norwegians oppose the move, according to Reuters. One concern is that 2 million cars on Norway’s roads are not equipped with the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receivers that...

Investment in dedicated lanes for self-driving cars makes sense

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David Dayen writing in The Fiscal Times thinks self-driving-car proponents are self-serving. He begins with criticism of Uber, which attempted a trial of its self-driving cars in San Francisco until California government opposition prompted the company to move its trial to the more welcoming...

imec collaborates with Antwerp to establish smart-city living lab

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The Belgian nanoelectronics R&D center imec announced that it has joined forces with the city of Antwerp to transform the city into a living lab in which businesses, researchers, and local residents, will experiment with smart technologies that aim to make urban life more...