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Top Story August 31, 2016
Apple, Congress and the Missing Taxes
Apple and the United States are crying foul over the ruling in Europe that Apple received illegal tax breaks from Ireland and must hand over $14.5 billion, a record tax penalty in Europe. But Apple and the United States have only themselves to blame for the situation. Apple has engaged in increasingly aggressive tax avoidance for at least a decade, including stashing some ...
The New York Times

Industry News
China Grants Clearance for Dell-EMC Merger
Dell Inc. Tuesday said it received regulatory clearance from China and intends to complete its merger with EMC Corp. on Sept. 7. The $60 billion deal will be the largest ...
The Wall Street Journal
Worldwide tablet shipments drop to 40 million units in 2Q16
Worldwide tablet shipments dropped 9.4% sequentially and 13.2% on year to reach only around 40 million units in the second quarter of 2016. This was due to overall ...
Self-Installing Automotive Driver Assistance System
My eyes water in the hot afternoons while sitting in city traffic. This often proves to be a problem when the traffic is moving along at 70 mph and then suddenly stops ...
EE Times
Maybe Drone Privacy Shouldn't Be a Federal Case
Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's new drone rules went into effect. While many drone enthusiasts were pleased to see some long-awaited progress ...
IEEE Spectrum
Are Silicon Circuit Boards in our Future?
In IFTLE 300, we commented that the imminent end to scaling will force changes in how we approach the development of new integrated circuits and systems. Subramanian ...
The Biggest Obstacles to Our Driverless Future
By far the biggest opportunity for AI, ubiquitous computing, and robotics to transform our lives and economy is the driverless automobile. But this transition appears ...
Circuit Insight - Technology Briefing

If You Work From Home, Do This Every Day
Some studies have found that working from home leads to greater productivity and higher morale. Others suggest that those benefits are at best temporary, and that ...
Why Barcode Labeling Matters in Electronics, Part 2
The ubiquitous labels that accompany electronics shipments are more complicated than most people imagine. Barcodes on these labels are packed with standard information ...
Electronics Purchasing Strategies
Solution for Grape Effect
Our smaller parts are showing the 'grape' effect. What is the best solution for this since we cannot increase the conveyor speed or lower temperatures?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
How Innovative Ideas Arise
In 2010, Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to build a toaster from scratch. He walked into a shop, purchased the cheapest toaster he could find and promptly went ...
Low-Silver BGA Assembly
This study characterizes the influence of alloy type and reflow parameters on low-silver SAC spheres for BGA assembly.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
How Driverless Cars May Interact With People
There are plenty of unanswered questions about how self-driving cars would function in the real world, like understanding local driving customs and handing ...
The New York Times

6 Measurable Ways Equipment Maintenance Training Benefits Your Factory
They're like the fire department or your friendly neighborhood locksmith: you don't often think about your equipment repair technicians, but you're sure glad they're ...
Intel Debuts 14nm+ Processors
Intel Corp. officially announced Kaby Lake, its seventh-generation Core PC processors made in a 14nm+ process and focused on delivering better 4K video. The family ...
EE Times
Optimize Product Offerings Using Behavioral Clustering
Consumers now have increased choice, and demand a shopping experience that is personalized to them. This means retailers need to stay ahead of the game and adopt ...
Alliance Seeks to Boost Indoor LTE
Six wireless technology leaders have banded together to create an industry alliance that will drive deployment of LTE-based communications using the US Citizens ...
EE Times
As 5G heads for IoT, 4G is far from done
The iPhone 7 expected to debut on Sept. 7 may offer a glimpse into the future of smartphones, but it won't have 5G. And even though the next generation of cellular is ...
What Robots Can Learn from Babies
Children quickly learn to predict what will happen if they turn a cup filled with juice upside down. Robots, on the other hand, don't have a clue. Researchers at ...
MIT Technology Review
Expect an Apple 'Back to the Mac' event this year
Reports of the death of the platform have, it seems, been exaggerated and Apple is about to answer the prayers of millions of Mac users with a rash of significant ....
Press Releases
Alpha to Feature Material Set Combinations at SMTA Guadalajara Expo
Indium Corporation Experts to Present at IEMT--EMAP 2016
MIRTEC to Exhibit Its Award-Winning 3D AOI and 3D SPI Systems at SMTAI
Master Bond New Product: EP21TDCN-LO
Nordson DAGE to Show the Ultimate Flexible X-ray System -- the Quadra 5
NEO Tech Enters into Successful Partnership with Cephasonics
Vi TECHNOLOGY to Show Its SPI System w/ Automatic Programming @ ENOVA Paris
Cogiscan Will Exhibit at SMTAI and Discuss Track, Trace & Control
North American PCB Sales Growth Continues, Orders Decline in July
Innovative Machine Technology: SEHO Ensures Higher Productivity at SMTAI
Rework, Inspect, Solder and Reflow with Ersa at SMTAI
Test Your Knowledge
What is another name for a millimicron?
See answer below.
Ask the Experts
How to Gauge Solder Paste Volume
How much solder paste should be applied when running a stencil printing system? Should you print a PWB on the first ...
Responses by:
Georgian Simion, Engineering and Operations Management, Independent Consultant
Doug Dixon, Global Marketing Director, Henkel Electronics
Bill Coleman, Vice President Technology, Photo Stencil
Mark J. Curtin, President, Transition Automation, Inc.
Brian Smith, General Manager - Electronic Assembly Americas, DEK International

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Quote of the Day
Natural ability without education has more often raised a person to glory and cirtue than education without natural ability.
What Year Was It?
Polish Government Signs Accord with Shipyard Workers
Polish Government Signs Accord with Shipyard Workers
Representatives of the communist government of Poland agree to the demands of striking shipyard workers in the city of Gdansk. Former electrician Lech Walesa led the striking workers.

The day was Aug 31. What year was it?
Aug 30, 2016: Capital Expo & Tech Forum
Aug 31, 2016: The Value of a UV Laser for Your PCB Manufacturing Process
Sep 12, 2016: Semiconductor Reliability and Qualification Short Course (San Jose)
Sep 14, 2016: Medical Electronics Sponsorship and Table Top Exhibit
Sep 15, 2016: LED Cleaning and Reliability Webinar
Sep 20, 2016: Additive Manufacturing Industry Summit
Sep 27, 2016: SMTA International Electronics Exhibition
Cartoon of the Day
"I pruned a tree once, so technically I'm allowed to put 'branch manager' on my resume."
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
What is another name for a millimicron?
Answer: Nanometer