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Internet addiction and school burnout feed each other

Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction, according to research by the Academy of Finland. The findings show that, via school burnout, adolescents’ excessive internet use can ultimately lead to depression. Exposure to digital addiction is most likely to happen if the adolescent loses ...

10 design steps to IoT heaven

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IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, so this is wireless connected product design in 10 steps, writes David Griffin The internet of things (IoT) promises a huge range of possibilities from industrial asset tracking to agricultural monitoring, from home security to chronic disease monitoring.  Some IoT products are complements to existing businesses, others support whole new business plans. ...

Successor to Hubble telescope is going well, says NASA

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NASA has installed the instrument package into the James Webb Space Telescope. Consisting of cameras and spectrographs, it will record light from the telescope’s huge golden mirror, once it is in orbit. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for our worldwide team,” said project scientist John Mather. “There are vital instruments in this package from Europe and Canada as well as ...

Teaching of computing in schools faces big changes

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The Royal Society is commissioning a study to understand the challenges faced by teachers delivering computing and computer science and share best practice which can be adopted more widely. Professor Stephen Furber (right), from the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, will lead the research study which is part of a wider  action plan to transform computing ...

Indiegogo gets serious business model from Arrow

Arrow is already supporting projects on the Indiegogo, as the crowd-funding website moves into the area of commercial product launches. Examples of the types of campaigns being supported include: ·         Solar Roadways, the project to turn roads into renewable energy sources, launched on Indiegogo and raised more than $2.2m in funding. With Arrow’s product support, the company is currently installing ...

Arduino Primo makes IoT simple reality for makers

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The latest Arduino board called Primo integrates Bluetooth low energy, NFC Touch-to-Pair, Wi-Fi, and an infrared interface, all without having to add extra shields to the base board. The Arduino Primo can act as a fully-functional TCP / IP Internet client and server over Wi-Fi. Federico Musto, CEO and president of Arduino, writes: “Makers, entrepreneurs, small and large companies, kids, ...

China giant Xiaomi makes crowding-funding debut with Bluetooth charger

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A smart Bluetooth car charger has appeared on the IndieGoGo crowd-funding website. One of China’s biggest electronic product firms Xiaomi is using the crowd-funding website to launch the device called Roidmi. Although Bluetooth system is commonly available in new cars nowadays, most old cars do not have it. The aim of Roidmi is to upgrade old cars. The device can ...

Electric vehicles use electronics for more that motor control

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Electric vehicles will have electric suspension and other once mechanical systems which means a bigger market for power electronic devices, says market analyst IDTechEx. Electric vehicles are being designed with two motors per car not one now and that means many more motor controllers. Each vehicle has a charger and a battery management system on board, both using power electronics. ...