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Chip news, from NASA and Intel

When it came to chips, last week was a big one for news. First, we learned that NASA has produced a new chip that will be able to withstand the extreme conditions on Venus. The other chip news of the week was Intel’s decision to go through with plans to build a new chip factor in Arizona.
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GotProduce?’s got plenty of technology in their hydroponic systems

One company that’s involved in hydroponics – and which makes greenhouses that are highly-evolved solution from the technology perspective - is GotProduce?, which focuses primarily on developing countries, especially those that are most susceptible to drought. GotProduce? systems are “smart”, full of all sorts of technology to help ensure that growers succeed.
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Emerging Technologies for 2017 – Part Two

Earlier this month I had a post that covered half of the hot technology predictions from EDN and EE Times editors as featured on embedded.com. Here’s the second half of what the EDN and EE Times pundits see on the horizon for 2017.
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Holiday Greetings

The Critical Link team wishes all of you a very joyous holiday season, and a happy and healthy 2017.
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Holiday shopping? Digital Trends has some ideas for you.

This past September, Simon Hill had an article on Digital Trends on “The 15 Best Tech Toys for Kids Will Make You Wish You Were 10 Again.” If you're holiday shopping, you may want to read up on some “interesting and unusual gadgets” for the kids on your list.
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BP’s New Interactive Gas Pump

I don’t know about you, but I actually don’t mind a little peace and quiet when I’m pumping gas. But with BP’s latest development, going to the gas station may turn into a whole new interactive experience.
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Not your great-great-grandmother’s player piano

A friend of mine recently received an invitation to attend a demo of the Steinway Spirio, a high-res player piano. Anyway, my friend wasn’t able to go and see Spirio for herself, but she thought I might be interested in it from a technical standpoint. So I did a bit of digging around to see how Spirio works.
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What you missed if you weren’t at ARM TechCon, Part Two

Last week, we began summarizing Rich Quinnell’s EE Times article on the new technologies that caught his eye at the recent ARM TechCon Conference. That post covered the first five of Rich’s “ten most intriguing technologies.” Here we’ll take care of the second half of the list.
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What you missed if you weren’t at ARM TechCon

We weren’t at the recent ARM TechCon, but are always interested in hearing about what’s new with ARM. So we were happy to see Rich Quinnell’s account (on EE Times) on the new technologies he saw there. Here’s part one of my quick summary of Rich’s article
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