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Whether it’s comment on a recent story, a slightly irreverent look at the latest news or an expression of complete disbelief, the New Electronics editorial team brings you their views on the latest from the electronics industry, putting these developments into context.

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All eggs in the graphene basket?

It seems there is a procession of announcements using a template that claims 'graphene can be used for (insert application here)'.

In one of the latest claims for the so called wonder material, researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have determined that graphene treated nanowires can be used to produce flexible touchscreens. Fair enough, but how much graphene research is answering real needs and how much is answering the needs of ...

ARM looks even more closely at the industrial world

The news that ARM has added another member to its highly successful Cortex-M family is not in itself a showstopper. What is of interest is the leap in performance which is likely to be available from microcontrollers built around the Cortex-M7 core.

Can the electronics industry meet ESCO’s ambitions?

When Electronic Systems: Challenges and Opportunities - aka ESCO - was launched in June 2013, it was impossible to accuse those who produced the report of lacking in ambition. Amongst the goals set out for the new organisation was to grow the sector's financial contribution from £78billion to £120bn by 2020, as well as adding another 150,000 jobs.

Perhaps government procurement people should be sacked for buying from overseas

The issue of government procurement policy has been a thorny one over the years. A decade ago, the Electronics Innovation and Growth Team noted the issue was one of importance and that a refocusing of that policy would be of great help to the UK's electronics sector. The issue has remained thorny: despite the efforts of a range of people and bodies, nothing seems to have changed.

Life changing decisions

As a member of the judging panel for the British Engineering Excellence Awards, I am sworn to secrecy as to the details of our recent deliberations that resulted in the shortlist you can see on page 7 of this issue. Beyond saying that the competition was fierce, that some of the entrants were hugely impressive and that the debate raged back and forth, my lips shall remain sealed until the Awards ceremony on the 9th October.

Shadowy activities in the cloud?

The recent news that so called 'intimate' pictures of celebrities have been stolen from cloud based storage and posted on the web raises an interesting question: just how safe is data stored in 'the cloud'?

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