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Top Story August 26, 2016
World's First Self-Driving Taxis in Singapore
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Singapore became the first country in the world to launch a self-driving taxi service on Thursday, beating ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. by mere days to public road tests of a technology that could revolutionize the transport industry. The trial, although small, illustrates how intense the global race to develop autonomous driving vehicles has become. The field ...
The Wall Street Journal

Industry News
Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws
Flaws in Apple's iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target's device merely by getting them to click on a link. ...
BBC News
End-to-End IoT Security Simplified
Securing an IoT device's communication with cloud services from end to end can be a daunting challenge. One of the biggest problems is the assignment, protection ...
EE Times
Apple is still damned if it does and damned if it doesn't
For years, Apple has been held to a completely different standard than the rest of the tech industry. Whereas a company like Google can pursue and then shutter any ...
BGR
 
 
US Dept. of Labor recognizes calibration occupation
On July 22, 2016 the US BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), an agency within the US Dept. of Labor, published a second federal register notification with its decisions ...
EDN
Foxconn is dissolving Japanese unit that handled research and development on OLED panel
Sharp is considering major revisions to its investment plan for organic light-emitting diode panels - Nikkei. Sharp is considering building line in plant belonging ...
Reuters
Solder Paste and the 5 Ball Rule
For either Type III or Type IV solder paste, should there be a minimum number of solder spheres deposited on each surface mount pad? The Assembly Brothers, Jim ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk

Startup Manipulated iPhone to Allow Government Spying, Report Says
Security researchers say a little-known Israeli startup exploited previously unknown bugs in Apple Inc.'s smartphone software to help foreign governments spy on ...
The Wall Street Journal
Working Hard Is Not the Same as Working Smart
Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies. The number of hours ...
Entrepreneur
Manual or Automated Assembly?
We are experiencing large reject rates due to hand soldering of components. Should we upgrade our soldering equipment, or go for automation?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
 
 
IoT Sensor Systems: Start With a Clear Vision of Success
Determining the quantities and location of sensors in an Internet of Things (IoT) application requires a thorough problem statement and a clear vision of success ...
Design News
iPhone or iExploit? Rampant Labor Violations in Apple's Supply Chain
Right now hundreds of thousands of young Chinese workers are laboring on iPhone 7 production lines. With these products set to launch in September, the final assembly ...
Truth-Out
Dielectric Material Damage vs, Conductive Anodic Filament Formation
Our objective is to establish correlation between the various types of material damage and the propensity to CAF failure.
Circuit Insight - Analysis Lab

Data architecture in IoT: Identifying and breaking down silos
The Internet of Things (IoT) will generate unprecedented amounts of data-a staggering 400 zettabytes (ZB) of data a year by 2018, according to a report from Cisco. ...
EDN
Apple may be too late to make a big social impact
Amid reports that Apple is working on a social app, if not an outright foray into a social network, analysts wonder whether the company is already too far out of ...
Computerworld
6 Automakers Will Lead the Way to EV Battery Growth
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says. Tesla, General Motors (GM), Renault ...
Design News
3 Ways to Drive Continual Improvement
Reflect on your success in business and life. Think of all you've done to get where you are. Consider the books you've read, the conferences you've attended, and the ...
Entrepreneur
Tim Cook has been running Apple for five years now. How's he doing?
On August 24, 2011, Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs as the permanent CEO of Apple. He's been in charge ever since. So how's he doing after five years? Apple's ...
Business Insider
Apple wants you to know it already does great AI - but it's 'subtle'
Apple wants you to know it's been working on AI for years now - you just didn't know it. In a new feature by Stephen Levy in Backchannel, some of the company's top ...
The Verge
From the South Pole to the science section: How ice becomes knowledge
It's -30 degrees Celsius, even though the Sun hangs ceaselessly in the sky. Dressed in puffy, insulated suits and gloves thick enough to both hinder dexterity ...
Ars Technica
 
 
Press Releases
Retrofit Advanced Precision Auger Pump for More Effective Dispensing
Europlacer Americas Showcasing Production Efficiency Solutions at SMTAi
Viscom AG Remains a Strategic AOI Supplier to Continental Corp.
Indium Technology Expert to Present at 2016 Medical Electronics Symposium
Register for BTU-Conducted Solder Reflow Fundamentals Workshop during SMTAI
Metcal to Show New Solder Wire Feeder at NEPCON South China
The Value of a UV Laser for Your PCB Manufacturing Process
Saki Demonstrates 3D AOI Systems at NEPCON South China
Techcon Systems to Show New Hot Melt Jet Valve at NEPCON South China
Nano Dimension Supplies First DragonFly 2020 System to Israeli Company
Frictionless AOI inline system in the narrowest of spaces
 
 
         
Test Your Knowledge
Which South American country lost its coastline to Chile in 1879?
See answer below.
Ask the Experts
Epoxy Wicking up Wire Insulation
We have 13 gauge insulated wires soldered directly into plated holes in a circuit board. The board is placed ...
Responses by:
Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
Greg York, Technical Sales Manager, BLT Circuit Services Ltd
Richard D. Stadem, Advanced Engineer/Scientist, General Dynamics
Wayne Wagner, President, Krayden Inc.

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Quote of the Day
Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
Andy Rooney
What Year Was It?
First Televised Major League Baseball Game
First Televised Major League Baseball Game
The first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

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Calendar
Aug 30, 2016: Capital Expo & Tech Forum
Aug 31, 2016: The Value of a UV Laser for Your PCB Manufacturing Process
Sep 12, 2016: Semiconductor Reliability and Qualification Short Course (San Jose)
Sep 14, 2016: Medical Electronics Sponsorship and Table Top Exhibit
Sep 15, 2016: LED Cleaning and Reliability Webinar
Sep 20, 2016: Additive Manufacturing Industry Summit
Sep 27, 2016: SMTA International Electronics Exhibition
Cartoon of the Day
Cartoon
"Global warming is a good thing - more hot prospects, no more frozen assets!"
Copyright © Randy Glasbergen
Test Your Knowledge Answer
Which South American country lost its coastline to Chile in 1879?
Answer: Bolivia (It still keeps its navy - on a lake)