When National Instruments announced the availability of a LabView preview program for Mac OS X at Macworld last month, it got an overwhelming response from academics and engineers. "Frankly, it was double what we expected," says Kris Fuller, LabVIEW Product Manager.
"I think the most compelling feature of OS X is Unix underneath. A lot of engineers are really excited about having an easy front end." That's not surprising, given that UNIX is the operating system of choice for engineers on workstations. On the Mac for 15 years, this newest version of the software runs on all systems with Jaguar. LabView, which allows engineers to create applications for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, is in use today by 24,000 companies. That number may be about to go way up. (For more information on LabVIEW for Mac OS X, go to http://www.ni.com/mac/lv_macos_preview.htm)
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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