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    Challenge to U.S., China innovators to showcase DIY projects for eliminating electronic waste

    The Green Electronics Challenge  encourages innovators to join forces in preventing the creation of electronic waste (e-waste). A partnership of New America, Arizona State University, and Slate.com “Green Electronics: A U.S.-China Maker Challenge is an unprecedented online DIY competition and a a collaboration between Future Tense, China’s Tsinghua University, and other partners”and it invites U.S.

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      ‘Nordics’ Got Funds’, First live crowd funding events succeed with startups

      By Richard Wallace | April 30, 2014

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      Norway didn’t make the top ten  of the Global Innovation Index for 2013, and its aloofness to Nordic entrepreneurs once prompted a TechCrunch writer to ask: Is Norway Leaving Its Tech Startups Out In The Cold?

      That cold may be thawing. A live crowd funding event this week in Trondheim, Norway sponsored by Technoport was the second successful event of its kind reported by the organizers.  

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        Wearables waning? Device maker ARM reports ‘second generation’ of wearable and IoT devices

        April 23, 2014

        Interest in the internet of things, wearable devices and enterprise networking have helped boost profits at chip designer ARM, according to ZDNet.com. Reportedly 2.9 billion ARM-based chips were shipped by its customers in the first quarter of this year, up 11 percent year-on-year, and ARM said it had seen strong year-on-year shipment growth especially in enterprise networking and microcontrollers which grew 150 percent and 40 percent respectively.

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          Wearables waning? Device maker ARM reports ‘second generation’ of wearable and IoT devices

          By Richard Wallace | April 23, 2014

          Interest in the internet of things, wearable devices and enterprise networking have helped boost profits at chip designer ARM, according to ZDNet.com. Reportedly 2.9 billion ARM-based chips were shipped by its customers in the first quarter of this year, up 11 percent year-on-year, and ARM said it had seen strong year-on-year shipment growth especially in enterprise networking and microcontrollers which grew 150 percent and 40 percent respectively.

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            For Sale: A bright, Hackable, badass, teachable Robotics Platform

            By Richard Wallace | April 23, 2014

            One of the most interesting robotics platforms Techcrunch  blogger John Biggs says he has seen in a while, the UBR-1, is now available for sale, something, notes Biggs, that “should cause robotics wonks to rejoice. The platform runs the Robot Operating System and includes a single hand with seven degrees of freedom, a 3D camera, stereo microphone, and speakers.

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              IBM takes page from ARM, opens up the PowerPC chip architecture

              IBM and ‘Big Iron’ watchers are having a field day as the computing and services giant “did something very unlike IBM” this week. It announced plans to “open up its Power chip architecture to outside developers,” the website recode.net reported. The move recalls ARM’s highly successful open architecture approach of licensing core chip architectures and designs to third parties like Apple to customize.  

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                Hold the smoothie, you can make graphene with a kitchen blender

                A team of scientists at Trinity College in Dublin who wanted to industrialize the process that originally led to graphene’s discovery did so by using an industrialized kitchen blender to mi batches of the black goo. When it was first manufactured by a pair of chemists from Manchester University, the single atom-thick layers of carbon were isolated using the low-tech method of peeling sheets of the stuff off powdered graphite (the material found in pencil tips) with scotch tape.

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                  China embraces hardware 2.0, maker movement as hackerspaces breathe new life into tech innovation

                  By Richard Wallace | April 23, 2014

                  It started as a hobby, something they did in between classes and assignments at university. But by the time Sun Zebo and Hu Jiaqi graduated in 2012, it had become an obsession. While their classmates got busy looking for jobs that would set them on conventional career paths, the two friends focused on a slightly different pursuit – building the perfect little robot.