We’re all told that social networking is next wave of interaction between collagues, but now there’s Yammer. I’ve checked and and it looks like it could be pretty useful for engineers. It’s secure chat within your enterprise based on one simple question made famous by Facebook: “What are you doing right now” except Yammer asks “What are working on right now?” It’s a great way to exchange posts, images, ideas and links all within your own company Yammer network. In aggregate the discussions can be saved and accessed. In the process, the discussion create a knowledge base. The basic service is free, but companies can pay for administered networks that could conceivably supplant exspensive and internal e-mail servers (can you say Exchange?).
It sounds like a nifty tool for engineering collaboration. And it’s frighteningly simple and could get that social networking monkey off your back. Check out the demo (Yammer calls it a “tour”).
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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