Friday, May 3, 2013

Future Engineering : An Electronics Reader

Future Engines for Innovative Electronics Landscape

Big Data and the future of Epidemiology
People are always the source of any data systems. And hence mobile phones cannot be ignored while thinking about moving from information into insights. MIT in the Technology Review online magazine speaks about different use cases of deriving insights from the mobile phone usage. Researchers in MIT are dreaming that the data mining strategies in this direction can even be the future of epidemiology itself. On the research on genetics of malaria parasite based on Africa, they have studied the cell phone call data. It can be helpful to understand phenomena like ethnic divisions in Nairobi slums and the spread of cholera in Rwanda.

HetNet – Network Mix for tomorrow
Portable devices and programming languages are the backbone of the connected devices. Now comes portable telecommunication networks, thanks to HetNet. Mobile experts define the HetNet as a network with complex interoperation between macro cell, small cell, and in some cases WiFi network elements used together to provide a mosaic of coverage, with handoff capability between network elements. A Wide Area Network can use macro cells, Pico cells, and/or femtocells in order to offer wireless coverage in an environment with a wide variety of wireless coverage zones, ranging from an open outdoor environment to office buildings, homes, and underground areas. In short HetNets can offer better cell associations and load balancing. On a product end, HetNets can enhance the capabilities of FaceTime, VideoSkype and related streaming applications.

Codassium- Coding in Online Streams
Web RTC Technology has stirred up an excitement in the online collaboration space. It enables audio/video streaming and data sharing between browser clients (peers). Codassium is a live tool that works on WebRTC. As a set of standards, WebRTC provides any browser with the ability to share application data and perform teleconferencing peer to peer, without the need to install plug-ins or third-party software. WebRTC components are accessed with JavaScript APIs. Currently in development are the Network Stream API, which represent an audio or video data stream, and the PeerConnection API, which allows two or more users to communicate browser-to-browser. 

Mozilla Servo – Browsing in Parallel Computers
Mozilla dreams of future versions of Firefox to be able to “take advantage of tomorrow’s faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures,” writes Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich on the company’s blog. To make that happen Mozilla is developing a new browser engine dubbed Servo. Servo is not an extension of Gecko, Firefox’s current rendering engine, but an entirely new beast written specifically to take advantage of modern, massively parallel processing hardware. Mozilla Servo is written in Mozilla’s homegrown Rust programming language, a C++ style language that attempts to provide more security by avoiding memory corruption and buffer overflows, a common attack vector in today’s browsers. 

World’s Very first Website – Comes Back
Twenty years ago on April 30th, CERN Research Lab in Europe, published a statement that made the World Wide Web freely available to everyone. To celebrate that moment in history, CERN is bringing the very first website back to life at its original URL. We can see the very first webpage that Tim Berners-Lee and the WWW team ever put online, point your browser to

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