11 Commandments of a Decision-Making Culture

Decision making is tough, it is risky, and it is essential. Even so, the best organizations encourage their employees to make the touch calls without fear of repercussions. (Source: Kev Griffin, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License) An anxiety-based culture can cost an organization big time. Fear of failing and even stumbling…

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LPDDR4 Remains a Work in Progress

Just as its predecessors did, the LPDDR4 specification is aiming to double its data rates while slashing power consumption in half, but the first publication of the spec by JEDEC won't be until 2014. And even though LPDDR3 is still working to gain traction, most mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) are still equipped…

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Saving Supply Chain Mid-Management Talent

Today, there's a dearth of experienced employees to fill middle management positions. Currently, it is a small pinch to the organization, but eventually it will become a big problem. Unfortunately, many enterprises seem to be unaware of the looming and imminent talent shortage, even with many current signs pointing in that direction. It's time, now,…

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Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi

Just as in-vehicle navigation systems have already revolutionized finding street addresses, pedestrian navigation systems aim to revolutionize finding indoor locations. To actualize a whole range of pedestrian navigation applications, Sensor Platforms in San Jose, Calif. — the software specialists licensing motion algorithms — has added Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) to its FreeMotion Library of algorithms.…

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Readers Weigh in on Xilinx-Flex Suit

Many readers have weighed in about the Xilinx-Flextronics suit (See: Xilinx Sues Flextronics for Alleged Fraudulent Chip Resale and The Multiple Dangers of Component Resale) and have made a number of good points I’d like to share here. First, it does not appear that the channel, authorized or independent,  was involved in the transaction. Although…

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Samsung Tops Apple in Enterprise Smartphone Use

ABI Research’s Enterprise Smartphone vendor matrix concluded that, overall, Samsung is number one followed closely by Apple, with BlackBerry rounding out the top three. The vendor matrix ranks companies based on scoring in Implementation and Innovation categories. Nine smartphone OEMs were compared on eighteen criteria including workspace management solutions, partnerships and business customer adoption. Samsung’s…

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Saving the USPS

It's a good question in this logistics-laden season: Faced with ongoing losses, can the United States Postal Service be rescued? The USPS has a fierce tradition that the mail must always get through. Today, though, the organization, which has been around in some form since 1775, faces two tough pressures. First, costs are preventing that…

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Amazing Race Toward Autonomous Car Design

Chip companies are finding 2014 a critical year to drive their technology into semi-autonomous car platforms, which are currently in development by a number of different carmakers. Such platforms, says a Freescale Semiconductor executive, will ultimately become the basis for each car OEM's own, branded, self-driving cars. Major car OEMs including General Motors, Nissan, and…

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