Author archive for thelitpipe

  • Ingenuity Helicopter Successfully Makes First Flight On Mars

    Earlier today, at about 11am Mars time, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter successfully completed its very first flight on Mars. The little…

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  • This Startup is Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Brazil With Leadership Skills

    Photo: Be.Labs Maria Clara Magalhaes THE INSTITUTE Maria Clara Magalhães grew up in Arapiraca, Brazil, a small town far from…

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  • Video Friday: Aquatic Snakebotics

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Nvidia’s Supercomputing CPU Puts Intel Under Pressure

    An already-beleaguered Intel is now facing more fire, thanks to Nvidia announcing last Monday that it will start making CPUs…

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  • Why the FCC Keeps Shooting Down Requests From Companies That Want To Shoot Down Drones

    When Hawthorne, Calif.-based startup Epirus decided to test a new electronic weapon last winter, it filed an application with the…

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  • Morpheus Turns a CPU Into a Rubik’s Cube to Defeat Hackers

    Last summer, 580 cybersecurity researchers spent 13,000 hours trying to break into a new kind of processor. They all failed. The hack…

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  • Robotic Exoskeletons Could One Day Walk By Themselves

    Engineers, using artificial intelligence and wearable cameras, now aim to help robotic exoskeletons walk by themselves. Increasingly, researchers around the…

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  • Solar-to-Hydrogen Tech Sees “Remarkable” Efficiency Jump

    Converting sunlight into hydrogen is a seemingly ideal way to address the world’s energy challenges. The process doesn’t directly involve fossil…

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  • Need Seed Funding For Your IEEE Project? This Program Can Help

    Photo-illustration: iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE The New Initiatives Committee (NIC) welcomes IEEE members, volunteers, and representatives from IEEE organizational units who…

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  • Video Friday: Robotic Eyeball Camera

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Ingenuity’s Chief Pilot Explains How to Fly a Helicopter on Mars

    On April 11, the Mars helicopter Ingenuity will take to the skies of Mars for the first time. It will…

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  • Are AI Algorithms Playing Fairly with Age, Gender, and Skin Color?

    Does an algorithm treat people of different ages, genders, and skin colors equally, even under different lighting conditions? Facebook’s AI…

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  • Flywheels Turn Superconducting to Reinvigorate Grid Storage Potential

    The flywheel has fallen off many people’s radar since the industry’s leader, Beacon Power, filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Though…

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  • Are Digital Humans the Next Step in Human-Computer Interaction?

    In the fictional worlds of film and TV, artificial intelligence has been depicted as so advanced that it is indistinguishable…

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  • What Exactly Is Your Brain Doing When Reading Code?

    Coding is becoming an increasingly vital skill. As more people learn how to code, neuroscientists are beginning to unlock the…

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  • Video Friday: Festo’s BionicSwift

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • IBM Exec on Intel Chipmaking Collab: “Choose Your Strength”

    Intel and IBM—two of the titans of the U.S. semiconductor industry over the last 40 years—have joined forces to advance…

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  • Bipedal Robots Are Learning To Move With Arms as Well as Legs

    Most humans are bipeds, but even the best of us are really only bipeds until things get tricky. While our…

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  • Job For Particle Accelerators May Be Possible on Tabletop

    Testing whether gravity obeys the laws of classical physics or quantum mechanics is no easy matter. Discovering mineral deposits from…

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  • Optical Mouse Inventor Hunts for a Covid Cure—and May Have Found One

    Last March, as the Silicon Valley tech community abandoned open offices for working at home, tech entrepreneur Steve Kirsch turned…

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  • Is Cyberwar War?

    Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry for Radio Spectrum. At a conference of chief technology officers in 2016, General…

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  • Here’s What You Need to Know About China’s Mars Rover

    NASA’s Perseverance rover made its spectacular landing on Mars in February,  but there’s another spacecraft still awaiting its chance at…

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  • Privacy Entrepreneur Adrian Gropper

    Photo: Judy Fallows After graduating MIT in 1974 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Adrian Gropper spent a few years…

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  • Video Friday: Shadow Plays Jenga, and More

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • The Mars Sample Return Mission Will Be a First for Humankind

    With the Perseverance safely on Mars, now collecting rock and soil samples from the surface, it’s now time to plan…

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  • 2021’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Land Rover Defender

    Photo: Jaguar Land Rover The Defender shows its off-road powers, which include sensors that make sure the puddle you’re thinking…

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  • Today’s Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come

    Cyberattacks are no longer just a matter of cybersecurity, they directly threaten a country’s national security. Cyberattacks alter the character of warfare—much like nuclear weapons…

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  • Programming by Voice May Be the Next Frontier in Software Development

    Images: Serenade From Voice to Code: Two of the leading programming-by-speech platforms today offer different approaches to the problem of…

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  • Video Friday: Man-Machine Synergy Effector

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Can Joe Biden Deliver a Sci-Tech Renaissance?

    Photo: Doug Mills/Getty Images For good or ill, the Trump administration’s U.S. technology policy—and President Barack Obama’s tech policy before…

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  • Mojo Vision Details Low-Power Chips for Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

    A millimeter-scale microLED display that fits onto a contact lens to provide augmented reality is, frankly, amazing, but for it…

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  • The U.S. Government Finally Gets Serious About IoT Security

    Illustration: J.D. King The U.S. government is a larger customer of IoT products than you may realize. Veterans Affairs, for…

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  • Learn Who We Have to Thank for the Term Work-Life Balance

    Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images Scientific management pioneers Frank and Lillian Gilbreth with 11 of their children at…

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  • Mathematics, Politics, and Justice Denied

    Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry for Radio Spectrum. Today’s episode looks at a collision of mathematics and politics.…

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  • Training Program Aims to Boost Startups in Low-GDP Countries

    Photo: IEEE Innovation Nation Sri Lanka Budding entrepreneurs who participated at the IEEE Innovation Nation program held in Sri Lanka.…

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  • Pro Sports COVID-19 Sensors Trace Rise of Ua-Wideband Tech

    In the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, professional basketball and football seasons were made possible in part by contract tracing—specifically…

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  • Video Friday: A Walking, Wheeling Quadruped

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • This Father-and-Son Duo Was Essential to Ionospheric Research at the Arecibo Observatory

    Photos: Clinton Gilliland On the left is Theodore Gilliland at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in the 1960s. On…

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  • With This CAD for Genomes, You Can Design New Organisms

    Imagine being able to design a new organism as easily as you can design a new integrated circuit. That’s the…

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  • It’s Time to Nominate the Next Leaders of IEEE

    Illustration: iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE IEEE is governed by volunteer members and depends on them for many things including editing its…

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  • Duke University and Facebook’s Connectivity Lab Bring Better Optical Communications to Light

    It’s a simple truth that higher frequencies can inherently carry more data than lower frequencies. The more times an electromagnetic…

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  • Ultra-quick Cameras Reveal How to Catch a Light Pulse Mid-Flight

    The footage is something between the ghostlike and commonplace: a tiny laser pulse tracing through a box pattern, as if moving through…

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  • COVID’s Unlikely Offspring: The Rise of Smartwatch as Illness Detector

    Smartwatches and wearable devices have come a long way beyond counting steps. They’re getting better at detecting illness, and now they…

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  • Video Friday: Nanotube-Powered Insect Robots

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Samsung’s 3-nm Tech Shows Nanosheet Transistor Advantage

    The logic chip industry is heading toward a fundamental change in the structure of transistors. Today’s transistors, called FinFETs, will…

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  • Why Electronic Health Records Haven’t Helped U.S. With Vaccinations

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states that if you have or suspect you have Covid-19, to inform…

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  • 2D video to 3D faces: Facing down a key challenge in VR

    Creating a virtual experience that’s as close to real life as possible is one of virtual reality’s (VR’s) ultimate goals,…

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  • Review: DJI’s New FPV Drone is Effortless, Exhilarating Fun

    In my experience, there are three different types of consumer drone pilots. You’ve got people for whom drones are a…

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  • Could “Topological Materials” Be A New Medium for Ultra-Fast Electronics?

    Illustration: Ames Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy Schematic of light-induced properties of the “topological material” zirconium pentatelluride (ZrTe 5) Potential future transistors…

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  • Libertarians Were Wrong to Cheer Sweden’s Laissez-Faire COVID-19 Response

    This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions…

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  • Meet Catfish Charlie, the CIA’s Robotic Spy

    Photo: CIA Museum CIA roboticists designed Catfish Charlie to take water samples undetected. Why they wanted a spy fish for…

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  • Video Friday: A Blimp For Your Cat

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Treat Smart City Tech like Sewers, or Better

    Illustration: Greg Mably Smart cities, like many things, took a beating in 2020. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, pulled its Sidewalk…

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  • AI Recodes Legacy Software to Operate on Modern Platforms

    Last year, IBM demonstrated how AI can perform the tedious job of software maintenance through the updating of legacy code. Now Big…

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  • Reversing Climate Change by Pulling Carbon Out of the Air

    Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry for Radio Spectrum. Let’s face it. The United States, and, really, the entire…

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  • Onboard Video of the Perseverance Rover Landing is the Most Incredible Thing I’ve Ever Seen

    At a press conference this afternoon, NASA released a new video showing, in real-time and full color, the entire descent…

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  • Soft Legged Robot Uses Pneumatic Circuitry to Walk Like a Turtle

    Soft robots are inherently safe, highly resilient, and potentially very cheap, making them promising for a wide array of applications. But development…

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  • How IEEE Conferences Thrived Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Illustration: IEEE Spectrum THE INSTITUTE If you have enjoyed attending any of the thousands of IEEE virtual conferences and events…

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  • Video Friday: Perseverance Lands on Mars

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • A 150kph Boat Powered by Wind Only

    The sailing speed record has been held for 8 years. A team of students and young engineers is in the…

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  • How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars

    Tucked under the belly of the Perseverance rover that will be landing on Mars in just a few days is…

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  • Darpa Hacks Its Secure Hardware, Fends Off Most Attacks

    Last summer, Darpa asked hackers to take their best shots at a set of newly designed hardware architectures. After 13,000…

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  • Two Health Sensors Unite in One Powerful Gadget

    What’s not to love about a good flexible health sensor? Someday technology based on such bendable electronic tech might well replace some…

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  • Coronavirus latest: UK will ‘study data’ before plotting route out of lockdown, says Hancock

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  • Arnault and Mustier join the $100bn Spac boom

    LVMH founder and ex-UniCredit CEO launch vehicle to invest in European financial companies

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  • Brexit trade disruption fuels boom at French and Irish ports

    Customs paperwork diverts trucks from UK ‘land bridge’ on to EU-Ireland sea routes

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  • ‘Green steel’: the race to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries

    After the intense pressure on oil and gas, heavy industry’s role in the climate crisis is now under growing scrutiny

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  • Brussels to allow data to continue to flow to UK

    Ruling means police can continue to co-operate and businesses transfer information

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  • ‘Authentic’ leaders who lack skill are doomed to fail

    The late Gareth Jones’s ideas on how to lead are needed more than ever as companies plot a path out…

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  • Apple approached Nissan to work on autonomous car project

    Talks ended after disagreement over branding of iPhone maker’s secretive effort

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  • Senate acquittal exposes deep Republican rifts over Trump

    Party is engaged in a civil war over how to recover from November’s election losses

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  • The First Battery-Powered Tanker is Coming to Tokyo

    A new ship powered only by lithium-ion batteries is coming to Japan’s coastline. The 60-meter-long tanker will be the first…

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  • Are You Brave Enough to Eat 3D-Printed Steak?

    Israeli company Aleph Farms is the first to 3D-print a ribeye steak using proprietary bioprinting technology and cultured animal cells.…

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  • Elon Musk Wants the Tesla Roadster to Hover, Hopefully without Killing You

    If you have more money to spend on cars than many people spend on houses, Tesla’s upcoming Roadster looks better and better…

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  • How to Mute Your Google Smart Speaker or Display’s Microphone

    Google Assistant smart speakers and displays are designed to listen to voice commands and respond with answers. However, you may…

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  • How Microsoft Could Redefine the Power Industry with Quantum Computing

    THE INSTITUTE Governments and tech companies have been investing heavily in quantum computing in the hopes that it will revolutionize…

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  • Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS

    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are fundamentally driven by multiphysics phenomena, and as such, they require a modeling approach where the relevant…

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  • Video Friday: Digit Takes a Hike

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Altran and Blue Planet join forces on automation for 5G, cloud and IoT

    Altran and Blue Planet join forces on automation for 5G, cloud and IoT mrobuck Fri, 02/12/2021 – 11:58

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  • Multi-cloud and 5G drive service providers’ use of AI-based closed-loop automation

    Multi-cloud and 5G drive service providers’ use of AI-based closed-loop automation mrobuck Fri, 02/12/2021 – 10:52

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  • Get started with our IoTConnect® Platform today

    Bringing an IoT-enabled product to market is no easy task. Fortunately, the balance of Avnet’s IoTConnect® Platform and ON Semiconductor’s…

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  • The biggest RDOF winner LTD Broadband responds to naysayers

    The biggest RDOF winner LTD Broadband responds to naysayers lhardesty Thu, 02/11/2021 – 14:05

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  • Hyundai Motor Group Introduces Two New Robots

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a couple of new robots from Hyundai Motor Group. This is a couple…

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  • Openreach connects first fiber customer using Adtran’s GPON solution

    Openreach connects first fiber customer using Adtran’s GPON solution mrobuck Thu, 02/11/2021 – 12:35

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  • Industry Voices—Kerravala: SD-WAN provider Masergy launches Cisco’s Webex

    Industry Voices—Kerravala: SD-WAN provider Masergy launches Cisco’s Webex mrobuck Thu, 02/11/2021 – 11:40

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  • 3D-Printed Thruster Boosts Range of CubeSat Applications

    A new 3-D printed electric thruster could one day help make advanced miniature satellites significantly easier and more affordable to…

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  • Lumen execs: Fiber builds a bigger bang for the buck than RDOF

    Lumen execs: Fiber builds a bigger bang for the buck than RDOF mrobuck Thu, 02/11/2021 – 10:43

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  • Storage Options for the Distributed Enterprise

    Enterprises are more distributed than ever—and really, a better term now might be dispersed. Large enterprises have operations in multiple…

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  • OpenVault: Covid-19 pandemic drives 51% spike in broadband traffic in 2020

    OpenVault: Covid-19 pandemic drives 51% spike in broadband traffic in 2020 mrobuck Wed, 02/10/2021 – 11:38

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  • Ekinops gives 5G business connectivity tests a trial run with Orange Labs

    Ekinops gives 5G business connectivity tests a trial run with Orange Labs mrobuck Wed, 02/10/2021 – 10:45

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  • Cisco CEO: Work-from-home a struggle mentally for people

    Cisco CEO: Work-from-home a struggle mentally for people mrobuck Wed, 02/10/2021 – 09:22

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  • Object Storage Is Heating Up

    If you’ve followed my work in the last few years, you know I’m a fan of object storage. I always…

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  • What’s New at DRYiCE? How Do They Fit In the Emerging Multi-Cloud Enterprise?

    I attended the DRYiCE analyst day to look in on the progress of this relatively young part of HCL. Clearly,…

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