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It’s been a long time coming, but M2M is breaking through

The recent spike of interest in all things to do with the Internet of Things masks the fact that this general move to improve connectivity between all kinds of 'things' has been slowly gathering momentum for at least 15 years.

Originally, this technology was known as M2M – machine to machine – communications. When the concept of M2M first appeared, it often looked a technology ahead of its time, with issues surrounding cost, data rates and general applicability. ...

Avoid epic failure

Consumers expect today's electronics to be faster, smaller and highly reliable. This is a challenging combination for design engineers that are expected to deliver on time and within budget. Safety is also highly important, making things more complex. Ultimately, to please their end users, designers and manufactures must deliver products that are both fully functional and safe.

French government tackles planned obsolescence

Planned obsolescence occurs when a product is designed with the intention of it breaking, failing or becoming unfashionable after a predetermined period. A new French government decree (2014-1482), which came into force in March 2015, is aimed at fighting this practice in the appliances industry. This is part of a larger movement against planned and built in obsolescence across the European Union.

Unicorns could be heading for a fall

Are we in a tech bubble and is it going to end badly? Recent analysis of a host of Unicorn businesses -- tech start-ups in private hands that are valued at more than $1billion -- suggests we could very well be heading for a bust.

Auto makers start slamming those stable doors as the hacking horse bolts

You can imagine there's more than a bit of running around going on at car manufacturers as they struggle to deal with the latest hacking revelations. Those about to unveil their latest models will be keen to demonstrate to potential customers that their vehicles are secure, but how can anyone be entirely sure? How can your showroom demonstrate confidently that someone couldn't take control of your shiny new car?

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