Washington Post: U.S. probing how American electronics wound up in Russian military gear

Washington Post: U.S. probing how American electronics wound up in Russian military gear. “Federal agents have begun questioning U.S. technology companies on how their computer chips ended up in Russian military equipment recovered in Ukraine. Commerce Department agents who enforce export controls are conducting the inquiries together with the FBI, paying joint visits to companies to ask about Western chips and components found in Russian radar systems, drones, tanks, ground-control equipment and littoral ships, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive investigations.”

MIT News: Is it topological? A new materials database has the answer

MIT News: Is it topological? A new materials database has the answer. “In 2007, researchers predicted the first electronic topological insulators — materials in which electrons that behave in ways that are ‘topologically protected,’ or persistent in the face of certain disruptions. Since then, scientists have searched for more topological materials with the aim of building better, more robust electronic devices. Until recently, only a handful of such materials were identified, and were therefore assumed to be a rarity. Now researchers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered that, in fact, topological materials are everywhere, if you know how to look for them.”

TronicBoards: Making STEM accessible for people with intellectual disabilities (Monash University)

Monash University: TronicBoards: Making STEM accessible for people with intellectual disabilities. “TronicBoards, created by researchers from the Faculty of Information Technology (IT), are a range of customised colour-coded printed circuit boards with large controls and recognisable symbols adapted to facilitate easy circuit making for diverse intellectual abilities.”

Gizmodo: Foxconn Halts Apple iPhone Production in China’s Tech Hub as Covid-19 Cases Soar

Gizmodo: Foxconn Halts Apple iPhone Production in China’s Tech Hub as Covid-19 Cases Soar. “Foxconn, a major supplier for Apple and critical partner for the manufacturing of the iPhone, has halted production in the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, according to a spokesperson from the tech giant. The halt in operations is a direct result of soaring covid-19 cases in China, a country that has managed to keep cases relatively low for the past two years.”

Raspberry Pi Foundation: Introducing raspberrypi.com

Raspberry Pi Foundation: Introducing raspberrypi.com. “As well as being able to learn about and purchase the full range of hardware products, on the new website you can download our latest software, find detailed technical documentation, connect with the community on the forums, and read the latest news about Raspberry Pi technologies and how they’re being used to change the world.”

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series. “Samsung, a leading smartphone manufacturer, has released the first episode of a five-part shorts series called ‘The History of the Electronics Industry that Changed the World’. The first episode, ‘Samuel Morse and the Network’ looks at the creation of the electrical telegraph and how we got from there to modern smartphones.”

BusinessWire: Optomec Launches Library for Customer Publications on Printed Metal and Electronics (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Optomec Launches Library for Customer Publications on Printed Metal and Electronics (PRESS RELEASE). “Optomec Inc., a manufacturer of industrial 3D Additive Manufacturing machines, announced today that it has created an online search tool for researchers seeking published work in the areas of Printed Electronics and 3D Printed Metals. The new tool, called Additive Research Hub, catalogs scores of research papers written and published by Optomec machine users worldwide and allows researchers to find relevant papers through a keyword search tool. Optomec users have published more than 3500 academic papers, half of which were published in just the last 4 years.”

EurekAlert: New electronic paper displays brilliant colours

EurekAlert: New electronic paper displays brilliant colours. “Imagine sitting out in the sun, reading a digital screen as thin as paper, but seeing the same image quality as if you were indoors. Thanks to research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, it could soon be a reality. A new type of reflective screen – sometimes described as ‘electronic paper’ – offers optimal colour display, while using ambient light to keep energy consumption to a minimum.”

ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos

On the other hand, I’m not sure this archive is as new as it’s being presented. But it’s still interesting! ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos. “2021 heralds the fiftieth anniversary of home video recording and the introduction of the consumer video cassette recorder – and this is just one of the industry breakthroughs documented by this unique site. No subscriptions or fees are required to use the site, which is a completely free, non-profit treasure trove of pictures and articles covering the history of home gadgetry before the days of Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. Tekkiepix also includes a comprehensive timeline of consumer technology landmarks starting from 1877.”

New York Times: Why Your TV Spies on You

New York Times: Why Your TV Spies on You. “It’s been true for years that for many companies, it’s tough to make money from selling smartphones, personal computers, television sets, streaming TV boxes like Roku and video game consoles. It takes a lot of expertise and cash to efficiently make complex electronics, and it’s a constant fight to beat competitors on price and catch shoppers’ attention. The dynamic creates two paths for the consumer electronics that many of us rely on. One is for gigantic companies to take over and crowd out everyone else. The other path is for companies to become money grubbing monsters. Either way, it’s not great for us.”

CNET: New app to help fix your broken electronics is ready to scan over 450,000 devices

Drooling? ME? Perhaps slightly. CNET: New app to help fix your broken electronics is ready to scan over 450,000 devices. “Zolve, from startup Centriq, is a free app that allows you to take a photo of the product label of more than 450,000 devices, appliances, electronics, power tools and outdoor equipment. It’ll let you immediately see manuals, quick-start guides, how-to videos, warranty and manufacturer contact information, and information on replacement parts and accessories.”

Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common (Princeton University)

Princeton University: Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common. “In a major step forward for an area of research that earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, an international team has found that substances with exotic electronic behaviors called topological materials are in fact quite common, and include everyday elements such as arsenic and gold. The team created an online catalog to make it easy to design new topological materials using elements from the periodic table.” I went looking for an explanatory guide to topological materials and HA HA HA HA HA HA. But I did find this article from Phys.org has some explanation of topological insulators and materials. It helped my understanding.

Interesting Engineering: 13 Essential Resources for Beginners Learning Electronics With Arduino

Interesting Engineering: 13 Essential Resources for Beginners Learning Electronics With Arduino. “Electronics might appear at times like an elite endeavor with a high barrier to entry—both in time, expense, and expertise—but if you’ve wanted to play around with electronics and felt ill-equipped to start, then Arduino is the perfect place to start. These low-cost microcontrollers are easy to learn, highly versatile, and widely popular with extensive DIY communities ready to help newcomers explore the world of electronics.”