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President Johnson signs Medicare into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, former President Harry S. Truman was enrolled as Medicare's first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card.

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Stanford 'Holy Grail' Breakthrough May Triple Battery Life
Researchers at Stanford University have made progress toward designing a battery with a lithium anode, a development that could increase battery power in electronics. Reporting in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers described how they designed a lithium-metal ...
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Chinese Vendors Outpace the Market as Smartphone Shipments Grow 23.1%
The worldwide smartphone market grew 23.1% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), establishing a new single quarter record of 295.3 ...
IDC Amazon Brings Fire to Phone Market
Preliminary Teardown analysis suggests that Amazon's $649.00 phone costs $209.00 to build. Qualcomm is the primary provider of many of the key ...
EE Times
Global market share for iPad may slip to below 25% in 2H14
The global market share for iPad products is likely to drop from 26.9% for the second quarter of 2014 to below 25% in the second half of the ...
Solder Fortification with Preforms
PIP has been used for several decades, but it's not always possible to print enough paste to obtain an acceptable joint. This paper covers ...
IPC Outlook - Materials Tech
Fire Phone Hits the Sweet Spot for Hardware Costs, but Will Amazon's R&D Investment Pay Off?
From a hardware perspective, the Fire Phone carries a bill of materials (BOM) low enough to allow Amazon to cut a profit for each smartphone sold ...
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Ford to Ditch BlackBerrys for iPhones
Ford Motor Co. is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple Inc. as it seeks to lure more corporate ...
Arrow Execs: Bullish On Second Half, Positioned Well For Long Term
Arrow Electronics executives remain upbeat on their outlook for the Englewood, Colo.-based enterprise IT distributor's business after ...
What Causes Black Pad?
What is the primary cause of Black Pad and/or pad contamination during the assembly process?
IPC Outlook - Ask the Experts
Microsoft's Windows Phone dilemma: Sell cheap phones or great cameras?
A short time ago, I worried aloud that I had lost one of the Windows Phones PCWorld keeps on hand for testing. A colleague snickered. "Why would ...
PC World
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work
It's ironic that the issues that deserve the most industry cooperation tend to be the most contentious ones. Few issues have been more contentious ...
Skin-Like Stretchable Electronics Start With Molecules
A solar panel that could ball-up to the size of a grapefruit and expand to the size of a room, created from super-compliant fracture-proof ...
Explanation of PoP Inspection Techniques
Industry expert Bob Willis explains the three available options of x-ray, optical and process monitoring for inspection of package-on-package ...
IPC Outlook - Analysis Lab
Printing the metals of the future
3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need ...
Scientific American
'Bad timing' wiped out dinosaurs
The huge asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago was very bad timing for the dinosaurs, a new study says--it wiped them out, but they probably ...
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STI Electronics Releases Training Services Video
STI Electronics, Inc. produced a video about the capabilities of the Training Services department. The video can be viewed or downloaded ...
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BTU International Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results
BTU International, Inc. announced its financial results for the second quarter ended on June 29, 2014. Second quarter net sales were $16.4 million, up 40.7% compared ...
BTU International, Inc.
IPC Releases Annual Electronics Assembly Quality Benchmark Study
IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2014 is now available from IPC. The annual study provides data ...
Indium Technology Experts to Lead Technical Sessions at SMTAi 2014
Panasonic Flip Chip Bonder Garners High-Reliability Manufacturers Interest
Mike C.J. Yoo Promoted to Managing Director, Koh Young Europe
Free Impedance and Power-Handling Calculator from Isola
Ersa Appoints New Field Service Engineer in Mexico
Sono-Tek Announces New Clean Room Rated Laboratory Facility in China
Klaus Salmhofer is new Global Service Leader at Essemtec AG
Screaming Circuits Sponsorship Helps People and Sea Turtles Share the Shore
Yincae White Paper on Interconnect of Flexible/Rigid Substrates
Xytron warns of DIY data recovery in non clean room conditions
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Lead-Free Reflow Soldering
We have a 1997 reflow oven which has 5 heating & 2 cooling zones. We have gathered profiles from paste manufacturers, but we don't have data ...
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  Karl Seelig, Vice President of Technology, AIM
  Richard Burke, National Sales Manager, Datapaq
  Marc Peo, President, Heller Industries Inc.
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Optimizing an LED Curing System
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Halogen-Free Solder Paste that Goes the Distance
Alternative Pb-free Soldering Alloys
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