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The History and Facts behind Bluetooth

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Bluetooth has become a common buzz word in many industries. What is Bluetooth and how does it work? Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices and building personal area networks (PANs).1 One Bluetooth device can connect up to seven devices at a time.

To connect devices using Bluetooth technology each device must be compatible with the same profile. A profile is a specification regarding an aspect of Bluetooth-based communication between devices. There are several profiles available, but the most widely used are the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, Hands Free Profile and Headset Profile. Advanced Audio Distribution profile (A2DP) defines how multimedia audio can be streamed from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection.2 The Headset profile (HSP) is the most commonly used profile, providing support for Bluetooth headsets to be connected with mobile phones. The Hands-Free profile (HFP) is generally used to allow mobile phones to communicate with vehicle hands-free kits.

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Using Mobile Solutions in Radiation Dosimetry

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When X-rays were discovered in 1895 by a German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, no one knew that radiation would find use in a wide range of industries. Today, it is used to varying degrees in medicine, security, transportation, agriculture, oil and gas, and other areas. The application of radiation for industrial purposes will keep on growing in coming years: in medicine, for example, the demand for radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis is increasing at over 10% annually.¹ Continue Reading

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How Big Data Security Helps Grow Your Business

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The term “Big Data” refers to the massive amounts of digital information that companies collect. Industry estimates the growth rate of data roughly doubles itself every two years, from 2500 Exabytes in 2012 to an expected 40,000 Exabytes in 2020. [1]
Most companies work hard to obtain valuable business information, which will then be used by different internal groups. However, once the data is received, the protection of this information becomes a priority and your business needs to ensure that there is no data lost or other system weaknesses.

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Bringing Intelligence to Your Home

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More than two thirds of consumers plan to buy connected technology for their homes by 2019, and nearly half say the same for wearable technology. [1]

Not that long ago there was only the first-born of smart devices, the cellular phone. Today, smart products are emerging across many industries. Devices nowadays are not just simple electrical parts; they have evolved to be complex systems consisting of hardware, software, data storage, and connectivity. Today, you can run things in your house without even being there, your doctor can monitor your health without you being in the hospital, or you can even give treats to your pets when you are not at home. Devices have become not only connected, but intelligent. They obtain and analyze data available to them and adapt to usage patterns. By generating all the data, devices are able to act as a self-sustained system allowing the user to simply enjoy a hassle free experience. Continue Reading

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How to Modernize Your GUI by Porting to Qt Framework

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There is a number of useful toolkits nowadays when it comes to managing graphical user interfaces (GUI). Motif has been dominating the world of GUI toolkits since it emerged in the 1980’s. In a world of rapidly advancing technology, however, the maturity of the toolkit defines it advantages as well as disadvantages.

Motif applications are generally used on Unix based platforms. The limitation to a specific platform and complexities of development environments makes the porting of Motif application to different platforms difficult and expensive. Although Motif still has a large customer base, the toolkit is no longer being actively supported. This is the main driver for replacing the Motif toolkit. Continue Reading