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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...

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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...

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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...

Apple, Google Reach New Settlement In High-Tech Wage Case

January 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A revised settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired with other Silicon Valley companies to block more than 60,000 high-tech employees from getting better job offers. The terms of the new agreement weren't disclosed in a letter filed Tuesday with an...

Obama Moves To Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 10:21 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President...

After Convention Ends, CES Recycles Exhibit Materials

January 12, 2015 5:42 pm | by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys, vinyl banners get a new life as ice-skating rink covers or shade tarps and massive...

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings. Lanciloti discusses why purpose-built devices might be better...

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Nitrogen Leak At LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not...

FCC Hints At Utility-Style Rules For Internet

January 8, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online. Wheeler strongly indicated Wednesday that he favors the shift to tougher regulations, describing...

FTC Chief Says Gadget Industry Must Prioritize Privacy

January 7, 2015 8:20 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

While gadget companies are celebrating a coming bonanza of health trackers, connected cars and "smart" home appliances, the head of the Federal Trade Commission is pressing the tech industry to protect consumer privacy. Powerful networks of data sensors and...

Sony CEO Breaks Silence On Cyberattack

January 5, 2015 11:40 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals." CEO Kazuo...

Gadget Show: Curved Phones, Smarter Homes, Fuel Cells

January 5, 2015 6:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota executive Bob Carter announced Monday at the International CES show that the automaker will allow others to use several thousand of its proprietary patents — and some still pending — for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai,...

Apple Stops Sales In Russia

December 17, 2014 3:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has halted online sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in Russia amid financial turmoil triggered by the steep decline in the country's currency. The ruble plunged by as much as 20 percent Tuesday, even after Russia's central bank increased interest rates sharply in an attempt to shore up the...

A Lawsuit Won & A Tarnished CEO Fired

December 17, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. The AP has reported that a federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software...

Apple Wins Class-Action iPod Trial

December 16, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple's use of restrictive software...

Holiday Shopping Boosts U.S. Retail Sales

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season. Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts...

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 10, 2014 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to reverse a deep-rooted problem that isn't going to be as...

New ND Refinery Gets First Crude Shipment

December 8, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new oil refinery near Dickinson, ND is preparing to begin producing diesel fuel. The $350 million Dakota Prairie Refinery received its first shipment of 27,000 barrels of crude last week, KXMB-TV reported. Once the plant is fully operational, it will process 20,000 barrels of...

Jurors To Hear Steve Jobs Testimony At Apple Trial

December 1, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. Attorneys for consumers and electronics retailers claim Apple Inc. used software in its iTunes store that forced would-be song...

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