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A Nightmare Bug: Random People Listening In

Amazon has apparently had an Echo hiccup of the sort that would give customers bad dreams. It sent a random conversation to a random contact.

A couple had installed numerous Alexa-enabled devices in the home. At some point, they had a conversation – as couples are wont to do – involving, apparently, hardwood floors. No big deal, right? Except that they then got a call from one of their contacts (who is an employee of the husband) saying that they had been hacked. Why? … Read More → "A Nightmare Bug: Random People Listening In"

Happy Birthday Curiosity

Strictly speaking it is not the fifth birthday of Mars Rover Curiosity, since it had been built over many years and its journey from Earth to Mars took months but it was five (Earth) years ago that Curiosity landed on Mars for a 90 day mission. And it is still trundling around. Just shows that you can build reliable embedded systems.

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New Servers for EEJournal.com

You may have noticed a slightly different look to EEJournal.com the past couple of weeks. You may have also noticed that the site is MUCH faster! And, if you’re among the growing number of readers who access the site on mobile devices, you may have noticed that EE Journal looks much better on your smartphone.

You’re not imagining things!

We have just moved EEJournal.com over to new faster servers, a new CMS, and a new, more mobile-friendly layout. In recent months, our traffic has increased substantially and it became clear we … Read More → "New Servers for EEJournal.com"

Safety and Security Conference

With the growth of the IoT there is increased interest in the overlapping areas of safety and security. There is already a lot of knowledge on these issues and this has been shared by the IET’s International System Safety and Cyber Security Conference. The eleventh version of this conference is running from 11—13 October 2016 in London. The organisers state that it is the largest conference for system safety specialists held in the UK; and the only conference where both safety and security engineers from around the world can meet and share ideas, new research and network.
An … Read More → "Safety and Security Conference"

Use Ada and win money

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Still time to enter the Make with Ada competion

Got An idea for an embedded project that will be running on an ARM Cortex M or R? Then – if you get your skates on – there is still time to take part in AdaCore’s Make with Ada competition and as well as getting your project completed you could be in for a share of $88,000 prize … Read More → "Use Ada and win money"

ARM: We’re Turning Japanese

This is what $32 billion gets you: Almost the whole world. UK-based ARM announced last night that it has agreed to be acquired by Tokyo-based SoftBank, a large holding company that owns many technology firms as well as some technical publications. It’s also the majority shareholder in U.S. celluar carrier Sprint. It’s fair to say that SoftBank’s holdings are wide-ranging. 

What does this mean for ARM, ARM’s employees, and ARM’s customers? 

Not much, really. Under the terms of the deal, SoftBank said many reassuring things. It will keep … Read More → "ARM: We’re Turning Japanese"

Meet You in Brussels?

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Imec, the Belgian research centre for nanoelectronics has an annual programme of Technology Forums. (Fora?) The European Flagship Forum is scheduled for the end of May and will be in Brussels.

With the theme, “Daring to Take a Different View—Nanotechnology in the Hot Seat,” the programme covers a wide range of topics, as you can expect from imec, with speakers from the top levels of a range of companies including, among others, Samsung, … Read More → "Meet You in Brussels?"

An Interesting – And Challenging – Take on Tech

309px-Jekyll.and.Hyde.Ch10.Drawing2.jpgI recently stumbled upon a limited series on Netflix called Black Mirror. I’m not accustomed to doing reviews, so this is a bit unusual – yet I found this series particularly compelling and worth some comment.

While it’s not a show about technology per se, it’s a show about humans and what they might do with technology. And it felt like the writers had … Read More → "An Interesting – And Challenging – Take on Tech"

A New Step Forward for 3D Printed Fashion?

3D printed fashion is not new at this point. Printed accessories, jewelery, and even dresses have been showing up at Maker Faires, 3D Printing shows, and other technology/fashion showcases for several years now. Last year, I wrote about some of the 3D printed fashion at the 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City and the exciting intersection between art and technology being represented at that show.

This weekend, I feel like I witnessed a sign of a … Read More → "A New Step Forward for 3D Printed Fashion?"

A More Secure Time Server

We would be nowhere without clocks. So much of what we do involves timing, much of which we’re completely unaware of – in particular, electronically. Many of our systems depend on some kind of a master clock so that logging and timestamping can be done reliably. And with the advent of even more “asynchronous” systems that report events with a timestamp, soon even more systems will need access to a reliable time source.

That’s hard enough within one box, but in many cases, it must be done between two boxes on … Read More → "A More Secure Time Server"

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