The digital music revolution is transforming home stereos. Denon's D-F103 CD/HDD Mini System manages digital audio files from portable devices, CD players and the Internet. It stores as many as 10,000 songs on a hard disk drive, letting consumers stash CDs away with 8-tracks. It blends audiophile-quality components with the ability to handle files recorded in many formats. The system's Ethernet connection links listeners to the Web to bring in Internet radio stations, augmenting AM and FM bands. At its core is Analog Devices Inc.'s 600 MHz Blackfin ADSP-BF533 processor, which has the flexibility to let users rip CDs at 4x speed while listening to other music.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.