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Three D’s of Technology Evolution

Throughout the history of technology, inventions that became foundational exhibited several attributes. Typically, these attributes became clear only after many steps or phases in their innovation, providing something of a loose maturity model that may be applied to many types of technologies.

: Strategy

Guidelines for Component Placement

Guidelines for Component Placement – EIN News.

: Notes

Textron to provide directional antennas

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 24 March 2015. U.S. Army surveillance experts needed directional antennas to help warfighters in the field access reconnaissance imagery and video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned surveillance aircraft. They found their solution from Textron Systems Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md.

: Telecom

Asustek launches new ZenFone smartphone

Asustek Computer has launched its second-generation ZenFone smartphone in China with pricing starting at CNY1,299 (US$209) and the device is expected to pose a strong threat to China-based Xiaomi’s flagship product, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

: Data, Telecom

Taiwan PC maker back to black but faces challenges

TAIPEI — After three consecutive loss-making years, Taiwan’s leading personal computer-maker Acer swung to profit in 2014, thanks to cost-savings including cuts in staff and product lines.

: Computer

Orbital ATK to build US civilian weather satellites

Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to design, produce and integrate up to three Joint Polar Satellite Systems (JPSS) spacecraft.

: Mil/Aero

Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

In a new paper, a team of Yale Univ. researchers assesses the “criticality” of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies.

: Metals