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HP announced Monday that it would acquire Samsung’s printer segment for $1.05 billion. It’s part of a move to “disrupt and reinvent the $55 billion copier industry, a segment that hasn’t innovated in decades,” according to a press release.

The Palo Alto-based HP will also acquire over 6,500 patents pertaining to printing and Samsung printing’s team of 1,300 researchers and engineers.

In 2014, HP said it would split into two separate companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, selling servers and enterprise services, and HP Inc, selling PCs and printers. That process completed in late… Continue reading

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Last-minute design tweaks being made to a truck part at Toyota’s factory in Texas.


Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing has many aliases: Short-Cycle Manufacturing, Continuous-Flow Manufacturing, the Kanban System (Kanban itself being only an element of JIT manufacturing), and the Toyota Production System. That last one is in its fifties, codified and instituted at Toyota in the 1960s. The notion arrived on Western shores roughly 20 years later.

Today, manufacturers are leapfrogging the just-in-time concept and blurring lines in the digital space in which body parts, mechanical systems, and designs live before… Continue reading

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The world has seen the most unsettling attack yet resulting from the so-called Rowhammer exploit, which flips individual bits in computer memory. It’s a technique that’s so surgical and controlled that it allows one machine to effectively steal the cryptographic keys of another machine hosted in the same cloud environment.

Until now, Rowhammer has been a somewhat clumsy and unpredictable attack tool because it was hard to control exactly where data-corrupting bit flips happened. While previous research demonstrated that it could be used to elevate user privileges and break security sandboxes, most… Continue reading