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Unintended consequences

UK ministers recently confirmed that, from this summer, consumers will have a right to repair on goods they buy in what is being described as a major step in cutting down on the estimated 1.5 million tonnes of electronic waste that the UK generates each year.

Global chip shortages point to a ‘serious imbalance’

The global chip shortage appears to be getting worse, before there are any signs of it getting better, as Samsung has now warned that it's causing disruption in sectors other than automotive, and has warned that it might have to postpone the launch of the next Galaxy Note smartphone.

Addressing the e-waste mountain

With 6 million people saying the majority of their home appliances break within just two years, the ‘Right to Repair’ law that’s due to come into effect in the summer will have a significant impact on consumers and their bank balances.

That’s the way to do it

The news that China is set to increase its annual research and development spending by more than 7% every year over the next five years, brings into stark contrast the announcements, or lack of them, in this week’s UK Budget.

Changing perceptions

Just 15% of academic staff in Computer Science faculties across the UK’s leading universities are women, according to research by recruitment platform CodinGame.

Big tech set to face greater scrutiny?

Over the past six years Apple has acquired around 100 companies. At a time when the company is generating a mountain of cash – almost £80bn alone in its first-quarter of 2021 – the signs are that this rate of acquisition is likely to continue.

Green and pleasant land

A team of engineers have developed a hydropower system that uses gentle slopes rather than steep dams or mountains to store electricity.

More companies turn to AI

New research, conducted by Fountech Solutions, has shown that a growing number of UK businesses are turning to AI to build back from Covid-19.

Electronic industry trends for 2021

The world has never experienced such a year. With the global pandemic have come new norms for how we live such as a proliferation of remote working and our changed interaction with technology.

Digital transformation

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching into almost every aspect of our lives, it’s not surprising that recent figures show that investment in robotics has surged over the past twelve months.

Data Loss Prevention: AI vs Human Insight

Oliver Paterson, Product Expert VIPRE Security Awareness Training and SafeSend, explains where Artificial Intelligence can play an effective part in a cyber defence strategy and where it can present challenges to the user.

Digitalisation set to accelerate in 2021

Hannes Niederhauser, CEO of S&T, has identified five defining trends in the industry for the coming year: Predictive Maintenance, High Performance Computing/AI, 5G and 10G-PON, Functional Safety and the SDC standard in the medical sector.

Record year for chip M&As

A new report from IC Insights shows that 2020 was a record year for M&A among chip companies, with total deals valued at $118bn breaking the previous record set back in 2015 when total deals were valued at $108bn.

AI trends for 2021 and beyond

Johanna Pingel and David Willingham, deep learning product managers, MathWorks take a look at some of the AI and electronic engineering trends for 2021, and beyond.

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