Welcome to 2013. Before we completely put the shackles on 2012, I thought you'd be interested in knowing which Design News articles garnered the most interest in 2012.
I'm judging interest using two different measuring sticks. First, you'll find the five most read articles of the year. (I'm assuming that, if you clicked on the article, you actually read it.) The second list is the five articles that drew the most comments. These are the pieces that generated reactions strong enough for readers to leave an observation.
Richard, if we are going through the list it seems that Communication and Automobiles are more interested topics to our readers and environmental issues are the concerns, where most of them commented. I think this type of analysis will help you to plan which are the topics more interested to our community members.
It's nice to see readers interested in articles interested in issues that affect the environment, like global warming and hybrid cars. I'm expecting the environment and ways engineers and designers can improve energy efficiency in products as well as be more environmentally friendly in general to continue to be hot issues in 2013.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
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