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Rust C++
By Mark England: Friday 10th February, 2017

Will C/C++ ever Rust away?

Since the 1970’s C (and later its derivatives like C++) have become the main programming languages used in systems and platform programming, but is that about to change? C/C++ came to dominate over other languages because it exceeds the 80/20 rule; with well written C/C++ you can get well over 80% of the efficiency of […]

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By Vicky Larmour: Wednesday 8th February, 2017

Sustaining Engineering – What is it and why do we do it?

While we all know that developing new and innovative products is fun and interesting, what happens after the excitement of a product launch? The phrase “software product maintenance” tends to conjure up an image of an endless stream of boring bug fixes, alternating with occasional panicked responses to the latest ultraviolet priority crisis when a […]

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By Vicky Larmour: Thursday 2nd February, 2017

Agile and Embedded – more compatible than you might think?

In the fifteen years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, agile techniques and methodologies have steadily gained in popularity to the point where last year, a survey identified agile as having overtaken waterfall in the majority of software development projects. In the world of embedded software development, though, it’s not always obvious how agile […]

Voice user interface
By Tim Daines: Tuesday 3rd January, 2017

You talkin’ to me? 7 Principles when designing for voice user interfaces (VUI)

Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri have blazed the trail. Voice input and control have reached the technology mainstream and a new generation of digital services and physical devices will soon be upon us. But for those of us in technology development, how should we go about designing an experience that knows us as well as […]

Inside the Russian dolls
By Jez Stark: Thursday 24th November, 2016

The semiconductor industry – Inside the Russian dolls

In December 2014, Zenverge, a fabless semiconductor company, was acquired by Freescale Semiconductor. Then in December 2015 Freescale Semiconductor was itself acquired by NXP Semiconductors. Last month Qualcomm announced the planned acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, at a price of $47 Billion, at which point Qualcomm will have swallowed all of these companies whole. But that’s […]

Headset review profile
By Sam Turner: Monday 21st November, 2016

The joys of crowd sourced feedback

This might be a golden age for small technology developers. Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow individual small investors to fund a project or a product for an amount that’s very similar to what they would pay to buy the final product. But these platforms have also inadvertently created a number of crowd sourced […]

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By Paul Beastall: Monday 14th November, 2016

The Internet of Things – Hunting a precise definition

20 Billion? 100 Billion? Everyone thinks that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a Very Big Thing Indeed, but how many ‘things’ will there actually be, and when? My consulting team has been looking closely at IoT market forecasts. A report published by the UK Government captures a range of forecasts; covering predictions ranging […]

Mobile phone with health applications
By Robert Milner: Thursday 10th November, 2016

Direct to Cloud – It’s for the good of your health

The great thing about apps is that they are user-centred and can create great engagement. But their user-centric nature is also their downside. If an app is not continually relevant to the user it simply won’t be used. This is no small challenge – industry consensus is that beyond 30 days, fewer than 5% of […]

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By Jonathan Pallant: Thursday 27th October, 2016

PRESENTATION – Mozilla’s Rust, and why we love it

As an Embedded Systems Engineer, I’ve written quite a lot of C code over the years. It’s the lingua franca of embedded development – available for every platform, widely understood and with a very (!) lightweight run-time. It is, in essence, a pretty thin abstraction of machine code and while it was undoubtedly very impressive […]

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By Kalin Dimitrov: Friday 7th October, 2016

In praise of Apple’s “courage”

Won’t someone speak up for the little big guy?! The dust is now settling, but there can be no doubt that many people are unhappy about Apple removing the audio jack in the iPhone 7. So how about this: Despite all the grumbling, Apple has done something brilliant for the personal audio market. By going […]