Q&A: Conflict Minerals – Define Your Policy, Start Now

To add clarity to the new conflict minerals requirements, I interviewed Dr. Chris Robertson, Head of Regulatory Compliance at ERA Technology, a UK-based consultancy and a consultant to Compliance & Risks, which provides on-line compliance advice. Dr. Robertson focuses on a wide variety of environmental issues, including RoHS, WEEE, REACH, Conflict Minerals, Eco-design, Sustainability, material…

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Connected People Meet the Connected Car

We're all walking around hyper-connected with all sorts of gizmos — namely, smartphones — with all sorts of bells, whistles, and life-tracking apps. Why shouldn't your car be part of that mobile-life experience? That's what carmakers and consortia, such as Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), are wondering, and what's making their collective presence more noteworthy these…

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Tallying the Cost of Compliance

It was never going to be cheap, but adding up the cost of compliance with government rules and regulations is proving to be quite exasperating for businesses and researchers alike. There is no precise price tag. It varies from one company to another even in the same industry and depends on a variety of factors,…

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When the Innovation Train Derails

New-product innovation is as relentless and unforgiving as it can be rewarding. Apple's learning that big time these days. That its stock has fallen significantly in recent months isn't the point (unless you've taken a bath on your Apple investment). The point is its innovation train has derailed. Once hip, now uncool? Co-founder Steve Wozniak…

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Healthcare IT Leaders Need More Technology

The healthcare industry has some good news for high-tech companies. According to survey results released at the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference held March 3 through March 7 in New Orleans, 2013 is shaping up to be another year that will see healthcare organizations spend millions of dollars on hardware, software, and…

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