In The News

The In The News section is your go-to source for the latest developments, trends, and updates in the electronics industry. From breaking news on technological advancements to insights into the newest component releases, this section keeps you informed and engaged.


US Imposes More Restrictions On China, & China Will Tax Those Who Don't Use Chinese Chips

In another turbulent week, US lawmakers have introduced more restrictions against the use of Chinese telecommunication equipment, and China has pushed for manufacturers to use 100% Chinese-sourced parts. What challenges has China presented to the world, what h...

By Robin Mitchell | 29-11-2022

Another Lawsuit Against AI: Is AI-Generated Code Illegal?

As Microsoft continues to pursue its use of OpenAI to generate code, one programmer and lawyer in the US has launched a lawsuit against Microsoft for its development. Why has the lawyer launched this lawsuit, is there any merit in it, and could this be problem...

By Robin Mitchell | 24-11-2022

Siemens SIMATIC PLCs Security Bug Reveals Use of a Hardcoded Universal Key

Once again, another networked device has been found to implement shockingly poor security features with the use of a universal private key that is common to all devices across its product range. What exactly happened with the SIMATIC range of PLCs, how does po...

By Robin Mitchell | 21-11-2022

Could AI Art be illegal? Getty Images CEO Thinks So

With AI imagery taking the world by storm after winning a competition against humans, there are growing concerns about its use, with some even claiming that AI art could be illegal. How far has AI come in the last few decades, why are there legal concerns surr...

By Robin Mitchell | 16-11-2022

UK Government to Scan All UK Internet-Connected Devices to Assess Country Security

Recently, the UK Government announced that the National Cyber Security Centre will launch a massive program to identify all internet-connected devices in the UK to determine the risk of threat from cyber warfare. What challenges has the mass integration of int...

By Robin Mitchell | 10-11-2022

Stirling Council to Install IoT Sensors in Social Housing to Improve Living Conditions

Living conditions are a major factor in health, but trying to ensure living conditions in dwellings can be challenging, especially when trying to identify moisture, mould growth, and heating inefficiencies. What challenges do homeowners face, what is Stirling...

By Robin Mitchell | 09-11-2022

Police Trial Sound Sensors To Stop Loud Drivers

While loud sports cars may be the interest of car enthusiasts, the vast majority of people dislike loud speeding vehicles that either backfire or use cheap exhausts. To try and tackle the situation, Police in West Yorkshire will trial a new sound camera that w...

By Robin Mitchell | 31-10-2022

US threatened, Apple backed down – Apple to U-turn on using Chinese memory chips

Last month, Apple announced that it would be using a Chinese company for memory chips in its upcoming products, but the US government decided to flex and put Apple in its place. Why did Apple consider using Chinese-sourced memory chips, why did the US governme...

By Robin Mitchell | 27-10-2022

Siemens SIMATIC PLCs (Security Bug Reveals Hardcoded Universal Key)

Once again, another networked device has been found to implement some shockingly poor security features with the use of a universal private key that is common to all devices across its product range. What exactly happened with the SIMATIC PLCs, how does poor s...

By Robin Mitchell | 26-10-2022

IKEA joins forces with Kodiak to trial self-driving truck deliveries

As self-driving vehicles inch closer towards reality, furniture giant IKEA recently announced a partnership with Kodiak which specialise in AI and autonomous driving systems. What challenges does the trucking industry face, what will the new partnership aim to...

By Robin Mitchell | 25-10-2022

Tesla To Remove Ultrasonic Sensors, A Recipe For Disaster?

Recently, Tesla announced that it will be removing ultrasonic sensors on its vehicles and moving towards total reliance on its vision-based AI. Why do cars utilise different sensing technologies, why is Tesla moving towards vision-only, and will this be a disa...

By Robin Mitchell | 20-10-2022

All Hail USB-C! EU Votes for a Standard Cable, Sorry Apple :/

It’s official, USB-C is now the European standard for communication and charging, so Apple will now have to go cry in a corner and develop coping strategies. Why has the EU introduced this legislation, will this hurt innovation, and why has USB-C become the st...

By Robin Mitchell | 18-10-2022

IKEA Smart Bulb Vulnerability: Another Reason Not to Integrate Smart Homes?

Recently, researchers announced the discovery of a new security flaw found in IKEA smart bulbs that allows for remote control and ownership. What exactly is the vulnerability, how could such a vulnerability be avoided, and is this further evidence against smar...

By Robin Mitchell | 11-10-2022

Torfaen Council to Spend £71,000 on Automation to Improve Services

It is often said that the role of those in government and councils could be done by robots, and Torfaen Council seems to be intent on testing this theory. What challenges have councils faced the past two years, what will the new system hope to provide, and wha...

By Robin Mitchell | 07-10-2022