2014 CE Hall of Fame: Dr. David Lee

September 29, 2014
(1956- )Founder, Silicon Image   Every child grows up with a big dream. Dr. David Lee’s aspiration to become a diplomat rooted from his desire to make the world a better place. While these youthful political goals proved to be short-lived, Lee’s impact on society has been anything but that. Every time we sit down to watch a high-definition television program or see a crisp digital image cross our computer monitors, we owe Lee a debt of gratitude. As the founder of Silicon Image and the mastermind behind the HDMI and the DVI PC interfaces, it is Lee’s innovations that seamlessly connect our AV devices and fuel our high-definition world.   Born in Seoul...

Why Vote in November?

September 29, 2014
I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I see both parties as run by extremists and funders who put their causes above the national interest. While I am not a party stalwart, I believe in the power of innovation and our industry to solve the nation’s biggest problems. If we do it right, the spectacular combination of low cost sensors, wireless, broadband and the Internet will revolutionize almost everything from driving to healthcare to agriculture and education. But our success through innovation is not pre-ordained. We face laws restricting our ability to hire the best and brightest, laws encouraging patent trolls to legally extort innovators and taxes penalizing American...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Hedy Lamarr

September 23, 2014
(1914-2000)Co-inventor, frequency hopping/spread spectrum   How one of the world’s most beautiful women and most popular film stars of Hollywood’s golden era came to co-invent the most important wireless communications security technology – frequency hopping – is a strange and wonderful story.   Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna on November 9, 1914. Growing up, her father would accompany her on walks and describe how the machines they came across worked. By her late teens, the young beauty had appeared in five films, including a now infamous nude scene in the Czech movie Ecstasy in 1933.   Soon after making Ecstasy, she...

A Watershed Moment for Healthcare

September 22, 2014
Healthcare systems are becoming more efficient and better coordinated. Beyond Google Glass and its medical applications, the Google X Life Sciences group is developing wearable devices to collect data such as heart rate, heart rhythm and oxygen level. This group also developed the smart contact lens — but the potential game changer is its new Moonshot Project, called Baseline Study. In its pilot, it will map genetic and molecular data from 175 people—and later thousands—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be. While other mass medical ...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Loyd Ivey

September 16, 2014
(1951- )Founder, MiTek Electronics and Communications Corporation His attraction to science and engineering dated back to his early childhood. His first jobs were at steel and wood mills where he learned metallurgy and cabinetry. While learning to play jazz saxophone, he became fascinated by music and sound amplification. Loyd Ivey combined these experiences, avocations and interests to found MiTek, which has become one of the U.S.’s largest manufacturers of car and home audio electronics.     Ivey was born May 18, 1951, in rural Scopus, MO, to a large family of five brothers and seven sisters. As soon as he could talk, Ivey found himself giving direction to everybody...

International Focus: Canada

September 15, 2014
Cisco Selects Toronto as a Global Innovation HubNetworking giant Cisco named Toronto, Ontario as one of four global innovation hubs, and says it will invest $150 million in Canadian venture capital funds, incubators and startups. In addition, Toronto was chosen as the site for a $100 million global innovation center focused on Cisco’s “Internet of Everything.” The Toronto IoE Innovation Centre will be the most advanced IP-enabled building in North America, according to Cisco Canada Vice President of Marketing Mark Collins. A recent study from Telus/iDc, Internet of Things Study 2014: The Connected Canadian Business, reported that 30 percent of medium and large businesses...

Mobile, Wearable and Payment Roundup

September 11, 2014
So far in 2014, we have seen a surge of magnificent mobile devices, stylish wearable technology and digital payment services. At its media event Tuesday, Apple continued this trend and announced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. In addition to these new challengers, here is a quick roundup of mobile devices, wearable tech and payment services to keep an eye on.   Mobile Devices   Apple iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus Weight: 4.55 ounces/6.07 ounces Operating System: iOS 8 Display: 4.7-inch retina HD display/5.5-inch retina HD display Chips: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor Camera: 8-megapixel iSight camera, autofocus with focus pixels...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Dr. Levy Gerzberg

September 09, 2014
(1945- )Co-Founder, Zoran Corporation For most executives, retirement enables a dwindling dedication to high-maintenance activities. But in his semi-“retirement,” Dr. Levy Gerzberg swims from 60 to 90 minutes in open water several times a week, illustrating the passion and dedication he brought to the founding and building of Zoran, which became the pioneer and leading supplier of system on a chip (SoC) devices for digital cameras, DVD players, Dolby Digital sound processors, HDTV sets, HDTV converter set-top boxes, color printers and printer imaging software.   Levy Gerzberg was born near Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 24, 1945, to Nachum, who helped newcomers to Israel...

The Basics on Cloud Security

September 04, 2014
This week's privacy breach—resulting in the theft of private photos from a number of big-name celebrities—underscores the realities of our digital world. While there was technically no 'breach' of Apple's iCloud service, questionable authentication methods and social engineering appear to be the cause of one of the most famous data breaches in recent history. Storing private data in the cloud offers convenience but also has inherent security risks. Despite the risks involved, cloud storage is here to stay. Those choosing to store their data in the cloud should consider the hosts, their privacy policies and the best practices when it comes to authentication and...
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