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Editor’s Picks: This Week in Long-Form

March 13, 2015 2:42 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In this new weekly series titled “Editor’s Picks,” I’ll be sharing with you my list of the Internet’s top reads, and I encourage you to take a look.                                                                                                                                                                       

Chinese Stores, Websites Selling Apple Watch Knockoffs

March 12, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Yes, this is already happening.

Early Look: How Does Apple Watch Stack Up Vs Rival Watches?

March 10, 2015 4:13 am | by By Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up...

Breaking Down The #AppleWatchEvent

March 9, 2015 10:44 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Articles | Comments

Everything you need to know from the Apple Watch debut told in tweets...

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VT Farms Monitor Storage Conditions By Cellphone

March 7, 2015 1:13 pm | by Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn't stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what's meant for market. For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to...

A Spray Designed To Save Your Phone From The Toilet

March 6, 2015 2:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nanostate's Flash Flood is a coating designed to save your smartphone from accidental water exposure . . .                            

3 Reasons Apple's Watch Will Or Won't Change The Game

March 6, 2015 5:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same? The stakes are big for Apple CEO Tim...

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Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week: Mobile World Congress

March 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Check out one of our favorite images from the world's largest annual mobile technology gathering.                         

Visa, MasterCard Moving Into Mobile Pay In Africa

March 4, 2015 10:24 am | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing...

Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020. The analysis by New York-based PMR Research projects the value of the domestic graphite market to increase from $13.6 billion in 2013 to more than $17.5 billion by the start of the new...

Why I’m Weary Of Wearables

March 2, 2015 4:49 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

An editor’s letter on why smartwatches are all show, no substance.                             

Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, Adds Mobile Pay In New Phone

March 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap. Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have...

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Google, Apple Compete For Upper Hand In New Tech Markets

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Smartphone dashboards and mobile payment systems catch the attention of rival companies.         

Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. The iconic Southern breakfast chain will serve as the first official pickup location for drivers using the Roadie app. Roadie, launched late last month by...

Motorola Aims New Phone At First-Time Smartphone Buyers

February 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't compensate for how far away...

Apple To Bolster Emoji Diversity

February 25, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

More than a year after an Internet outcry about a lack of racial diversity among Apple's emojis, users looking to punctuate their texts with tiny cartoon people will soon be able to select from a variety of new skin tones. Apple officials said the next update to its operating system for the iPhone and iPad...

Apple Invests $1.9B In Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it's investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, its largest such project in Europe to date. The hubs will power Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri...

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Samsung Buying Mobile-Pay Company In Bid To Challenge Apple Pay

February 19, 2015 8:32 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones. The deal strengthens speculation that Samsung Electronics Co. plans to include mobile-payment technology in its next major phone, which is expected to be...

Apple On Quest To Improve Labor Conditions In Supplier Factories

February 13, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Apple has released its 9th major annual audit to show that labor conditions are improving year by year, particularly in light of their record $18B profit last quarter. Stephen Engle of Bloomberg discusses the controversial past of Apple’s labor conditions. Apple wants to ensure that the new generation of phones...

Sprint To Set Up Shop As RadioShack Files For Bankruptcy

February 6, 2015 12:26 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Sprint's latest plan for luring new subscribers is to occupy the remains of RadioShack. The long-struggling consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. Part of its plan is for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to open mini-shops in as many as 1,750 of RadioShack's...

Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 5, 2015 10:21 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

It’s the afternoon rush hour just outside central London and the traffic is nose to tail. Drivers here have come to expect the sight of taillights as far as they can see. One section of road, a stretch of the A3 close to Heathrow Airport, has been named Britain’s most congested road and has holdups totaling 91 hours during the afternoon rush each...

Apple Turning Closed AZ Facility Into Data Center

February 2, 2015 3:25 pm | by Bob Christie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech giant Apple said Monday it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will be the company's fifth in the U.S. and serve as a control facility for the other four. The announcement comes four months after an earlier Apple plan for the 1.3...

New Rules May Answer Question: Whose Internet Is It?

February 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the...

Survey: Majority Of Manufacturers Plan To Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year. Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, taken between September and December 2014, 55 percent indicated their organizations would...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Wearable Devices

January 27, 2015 3:01 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Smart watches, Google glasses, and exercise-tracking wearables were all the rage in 2014. So what is next for wearable technology in 2015? The International CES gadget show at the beginning of the month featured wearable applications that are broadening the wearable landscape. Writing from...

EBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs, Spin-Off, Sell Other Units

January 22, 2015 11:04 am | by Mae Anderson, AP | News | Comments

EBay plans to cut 2,400 jobs, or seven percent of its staff, in the first quarter to simplify its structure and boost profit ahead of a planned separation of its business. The job cuts will fall across its marketplaces, PayPal and enterprise businesses.

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 And 'HoloLens'

January 21, 2015 3:18 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available for sale, a Microsoft engineer showed how it could be used to view...

EPA Adds Restrictions To Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 21, 2015 9:18 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace. The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight...

Obama Pitching More Access To Fast Internet

January 14, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications...

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