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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 25, 2014 11:39 am | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven. And, there is no shortage of ingenuity as to how companies try to glean more profit out of existing processes. Every so often, a new technology emerges that radically...

Steve Wozniak: Change Comes Quickly In Tech Industry

November 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak discusses the rapid pace of technology changes on “Bloomberg West.” Wozniak discusses the new Apple wearables, the change in the way companies like Apple makes new products, and the production of custom data solutions...

Berkshire Buying Duracell From P&G

November 14, 2014 10:08 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                

Smart Home Tech No Longer Just A Luxury

November 12, 2014 4:33 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Initiatives like the Quirky + GE partnership between GE and the collaborative invention company Quirky are making  smart light bulbs, air conditioners and home monitors more affordable for any homeowner or renter. Today, Quirky + GE launched Wink.com, a place where...

Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 3:06 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

Like many of its predecessors, Apple’s latest iPhone iteration is facing supply shortages amid enormous demand. Even as Foxconn churns out 400,000 iPhone 6 and 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus phones daily, volume remains below expectations. Apple’s struggles with supplier consolidation...

U.S, China Deal Could End Fees On $1T In Tech Sales

November 11, 2014 5:19 pm | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles, and other high-tech items. President Obama, in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

Pros & Cons Of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Wireless? Bar codes? What's the best way to pay with your phone? Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC...

Are Apple Devices At Risk?

November 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Security researchers say they've discovered a vulnerability in Apple's software, called "Masque Attack," that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app. The app can be designed to look like an update...

OtterBox Names New CEO

November 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone case maker OtterBox is replacing its CEO following the global expansion of the Fort Collins, Colorado-based company. OtterBox announced the departure of CEO Brian Thomas on Friday as well as the appointment of his replacement, company President and Chief Operating...

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