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European Commission probes e-commerce sector

European Commission probes e-commerce sector

The European Commission has launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the European Union.

The EC wants “to identify possible competition concerns affecting European e-commerce markets”.

In particular the inquiry will look at “potential barriers erected by companies to cross-border online trade in goods…

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Affordable DNA sequencer goes on the market

Affordable DNA sequencer goes on the market

A DNA analysis and sequencing system which based on open source software has been developed by a California-based start-up.

The system carries out the thermal cycling in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which is the technique used for DNA sequencing and analysis of genes.

It has been created…

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RS offers free delivery for all online orders

RS Components says it is to remove the £4.95 delivery charge usually incurred with orders under £20 when placed via the distributor’s website.

This is seen as an aggressive move by RS as online distributors typically offer free shipping only on orders of more than £20. While some…

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Skills spotlight on electronics is no bad thing

Each year a healthy flow of talented engineers enter the jobs market and yet electronics recruiters are once again reminding us how difficult it is to find the design engineers they require.

But is this a skills crisis? Or are recruiters simply demanding more from the engineers they recruit. Add…

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Do Cameron and Miliband know about Industry 4.0?

As the General Election date approaches we look forward with that usual mix of hope and trepidation about whether the new government, of whichever political leaning or indeed combination, will have a more expansive plan for the UK’s manufacturing and engineering communities.

Representatives of the electronics sector have written…

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Silica and Avnet Memec become one

Avnet is combining its Silica and Avnet Memec sales forces into one semiconductor distribution company.

In the UK it will become part of the existing Silica/Abacus business and will trade under the Avnet name.

But the Memec name will continue with a separate linecard and technical support for demand…

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Is ARM's free-OS a game-changer?

ARM will soon be rolling out its free operating system as part of its mbed development platform, a move with could see the processor firm competing with one-time software partners.

ARM has even teamed up with IBM to offer cloud-based design resources for its first development kits.

Little…

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Raspberry Pi teams with Google to train teachers

Raspberry Pi teams with Google to train teachers

Dubbed the Picademy@Google programme, the first will be the Google Digital Garage situated at Leeds Docks and others are planned.

The training courses will be a mix of hands-on and project-based learning and will be free to attend for teachers.

The Raspberry Pi foundation said it has…

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