Security in the Age of the IoT

by Modis on April 3, 2017

hackers try to find the weakness in the IoTIn 2016, Gartner estimated that 6.4 Billion connected devices would be in use. Plugging all aspects of daily life into the Internet is no longer hypothetical – it is happening on a massive and global scale. But with the Internet of Things (IoT) comes glaring security issues that have yet to be fully addressed.

These are some of the top reasons why connected devices often lead to security breaches.

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Wind turbines and solar panels are modern energy technology

For most of human history, we have received most of our energy from sunshine, fire, muscle power, and wind. With the industrial revolution, coal-fired steam engines quickly gave way to petroleum-based fuels and internal combustion engines. When electricity came into use, it was produced by either hydropower, or some type of thermal plant that utilized steam produced by nuclear, coal, or natural gas to spin a turbine connected to a generator.

Things remained that way for about a hundred years until two events signaled the need for change. First, events in the Middle East led to an oil embargo, which made it clear that inexpensive oil was not something that could be taken for granted. That started a movement to develop more efficient vehicles, while research into other ways of powering our society got underway. The second was the growing awareness that increased concentrations of CO2, a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, is trapping heat in the atmosphere and altering global climate in a highly disruptive way.

These led to a search for new energy sources that would be both emission-free and renewable. After a slow start, renewable power sources, particularly solar and wind, have experienced remarkable growth.

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10 Things to Talk About at Work

by Modis on March 28, 2017

things to talk about at workDo you ever find yourself at a loss for things to talk about while you’re at work? Do you fear the dreaded pause in workplace chatter? Banish those workplace conversation lulls with these work appropriate conversation topics! Keeping these conversation ideas in your back pocket can help you build relationships with your colleagues and grow your network. Whether they’re for IMs or watercooler talk, you’re sure to find a topic you can relate to!

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Top 10 US Cities for CAD Designers

by Modis on March 23, 2017

Best Cities for CAD DesignersIn the creative industries, it can be hard to work out where in the country offers a good standard of living, as well as plenty of job opportunities. We looked at wage and location data from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) for designers, as well as cost of living scores, and state level investment in technology to find out which cities are a haven for CAD designers. Here are our top 10:

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tech geek office suppliesWho says working in an office environment can’t be fun? With the notoriously chill workplace culture of many tech startups and the flexibility of forward-thinking companies in the industry, there’s often a lot of wiggle room to let your geek flag fly. If you’re keen to spice up your cubicle life with a few fun accoutrements that speak to your inner geek, we’ve got a killer list of office-themed goodies you won’t want to miss.

Ready to make your coworkers drool with envy? These must-have office supplies and gadgets for every tech geek should do the trick.

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World Water Day

While you may be familiar with many of the engineering innovations that directly impact your life, did you know that engineers are also working tirelessly to create solutions that offer basic necessities to communities all over the world?

Our newest infographic, How Engineers are Shaping the Developing World, takes a deeper look into the technologies that are improving the quality of life in many developing areas. From advancements in affordable energy to providing clean water to every individual on the planet, lives are being changed for the good every day.

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