Featured in this issue:      Hoffman  |  Schroff  |  Unipower, LLC  |  M2 Optics, Inc.  |  Tripp Lite  |  Carling Technologies, Inc.
 
1 August 2014
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The Trouble with Connectivity
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The Trouble with Connectivity
 
Smartphones, tablets, and even desktop computers increasingly interrupt your daily activities with buzzing, chimes, and vibrations, announcing that you have received an e-mail or text message. Features like "push notification" only make matters worse by displaying alerts on the screen on which you are working. Unfortunately, all this "connectivity" takes a toll on your productivity. Studies indicate that these distractions can reduce your productive time by 40%. Facebook alone accounts for 20% of the time Americans spend on their mobile phones. So why do people accept these interruptions? They are afraid they are going to miss something.
 
 
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Rugged Enclosures for Distributed Networking Applications
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Rugged Enclosures for Distributed Networking Applications
Hoffman
 
Hoffman® PROTEK™ Series enclosures are designed to provide protection, support, thermal management, and easy access to rack-mounted, 19 in. panel and other sensitive electronics. Available in a wide selection of sizes, materials, and configurations, PROTEK delivers solutions for applications where space constraints or aesthetics demand wall.
 
 
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
Siemens PLM Software
 
Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Self-health Monitoring
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Self-health Monitoring
 
Growing evidence indicates that wearable technology has found a home in healthcare. People in developed countries show an increased awareness of health issues, and healthcare providers now operate on the premise that keeping a person healthy costs less than paying for hospital care. Wearable devices provide a way in real-time to help people have healthier lives.
 
 
 
 
Guess Who's Using Your Router Now
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Guess Who's Using Your Router Now
 
To create a nationwide Wi-Fi network of more than 1 million hotspots, Comcast configures the gateways it rents to customers to broadcast a second signal, converting the device into a public Wi-Fi hotspot. In theory, any Comcast customer can use another subscriber's router to access the Internet without compromising the subscriber's security. The carrier contends this capability neither degrades the device's throughput nor increases its energy consumption, but more testing is planned.

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Visualizing Cyber Attacks
 
Analyzing real-time intelligence from darknets in hundreds of locations all over the globe, security companies daily map hack attacks, identifying the origin, targets, and details of the assaults (see video). The top sources of the malicious code include China, the U.S., Bulgaria, and The Netherlands. In 2013, more than 3,000 companies and 46,160 government agencies in the U.S. experienced incidents, and the number is climbing.
 
 
 
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Eluding Big Data's Spotlight
 
Don't expect a revolutionary shift in public opinion to rescue your privacy any time soon, but interest in privacy-enhancing technologies, services, and techniques is growing. The Economist looks at ways to protect your online anonymity, such as the security app Omlet, the Tor network (see video), and technologies like homomorphic encryption, differential privacy, and compartmentalization. The challenge remains to make privacy profitable.

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DC Power Systems for Networking Applications
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DC Power Systems for Networking Applications
Unipower, LLC
 
Gravitas X225 is an ultra-compact, true front access integrated DC power system including 96% ultra high efficiency 3000 W series rectifiers. Features and options include: straight-on terminations; 225 A capacity in 3RU system; six pluggable 5-100 A breakers; 10 GMT fuses 50 A capacity; field replaceable controller; LCD display/touchpad; eight programmable alarm contacts; and six digital input.
 
 
 
 
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Good Luck with Self-regulation
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Good Luck with Self-regulation
 
The FCC has decided to give self-regulation of the Internet a try, freeing cable companies to charge consumers and Web sites for different levels of service (see video) as long as it is "commercially reasonable." This could limit consumers' Web access, handicap small online companies, and threaten free speech. Net neutrality advocates fear the move could mean the end of the open Internet.
 
 
 
 
Streaming Broadcast TV for Free
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Streaming Broadcast TV for Free
 
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to shut down DVR service company Aereo, you can still stream network television over the Internet for a small investment. The Washington Post explains how to cobble a system together that will let you snatch network TV from the airways and view it in your living room, citing parts and vendors for the homegrown system.
 
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Now Who's Messing with Your Head
 
Facebook has admitted to conducting a psychological experiment on users without their permission. The social media giant tailored news feed content to manipulate emotion responses. Although the company claimed the research was intended only to improve its products, evidence links the experiment to a U.S. DoD project aimed at social control. Privacy advocates contend this abuse of big data casts Facebook's credibility in a new light.
 
 
 
Now Who's Messing with Your Head
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Unlocking the Potential of Apps
 
Google now offers a way to find information or activate functions in mobile apps via its search engine, leveraging a feature called "app indexing" (see video). The technology also lets you operate apps via typed or spoken commands. MIT Technology Review explains how deep links and app indexing make mobile devices easier to operate and secures a role for Internet search engines in an age dominated by apps.
 
 
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Switched PDUs for Remote Monitoring
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Switched PDUs for Remote Monitoring
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Tripp Lite's line of Switched Power Distribution Units (PDUs) distribute power from a UPS System, generator, or wall outlet to multiple devices — including networks, servers and telecom equipment. With a Switched PDU, you can remotely control individual outlets, reboot unresponsive equipment, monitor load levels and avoid overloads, and more.
 
 
 
 
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Careers . . .
 
 
Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Smart Ubiquitous Networks
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This recommendation, available now from IHS, provides the functional architecture of content delivery in smart ubiquitous networks (SUNs) by specifying the relevant capabilities, functions, operations, and informational flows. The capabilities of content delivery in SUNs are identified considering their content-awareness [ITU-T Y.3044] and context-awareness [ITU-T Y.3043] capabilities.

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