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LG Bets On Pricey OLED Technology For TVs

August 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. The South Korean company said it will ...    

Branstad Will Again Seek Broadband Legislation

August 24, 2014 11:30 am | by Catherine Lucey - Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to improve access to broadband Internet in rural Iowa failed in the Legislature this spring, but Gov. Terry Branstad is optimistic that a revised proposal can succeed next year. Branstad, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, has ...

Kenya Recycles Global E-Waste

August 22, 2014 11:51 am | by Corinne Chin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of ...

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An $800,000 Watch That Tells Near-Perfect Time

August 22, 2014 10:09 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Greubel Forsey, a Swiss watchmaking startup, is pushing the boundaries of precision. For $800,000, you can buy a mechanical watch that tells near-perfect time ...               

Chip Maker Infineon To Buy California Firm For $3B

August 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from ...     

GE Ramps Up Industrial Base, Looks To Sell Appliance Unit

August 20, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

For more than 100 years, General Electric has been a staple consumer appliance brand in American homes. Necessities like the electric toaster, refrigerator, and washer & dryer, helped make GE the conglomerate it is today. That's why eyebrows were raised ...

Apple's Stock Bounces Back To Hit A New High

August 20, 2014 12:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents ...  

Google's IPO Launched A Decade Of Big Bets

August 20, 2014 9:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that ...    

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New Corvette Feature Keeps An Eye On Valets

August 20, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Now, General Motors has an option on ... 

HTC Makes Windows Version Of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to ...

Senator Calls For Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property. In a speech Friday at a Portland tech conference ...     

Chinese Man Accused Of Hacking For Defense Data

August 15, 2014 7:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies. City News Service says Su Bin was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized...

iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 12:25 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year ...     

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Cisco To Lay Off Up To 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations ...   

China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties To Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation ...          

Lenovo Profit Up On Mobile Growth

August 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said ...         

Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In iPhone Assembly

August 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes ...

Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App And Card Reader

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through ...     

Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Tech

August 12, 2014 1:21 pm | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at ...       

CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices. The Arizona Republic reports that GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez told investment analysts last week ...

Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.                           

An Apple And Samsung Truce? Almost.

August 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple and Samsung call a partial truce in their patent battle. But the war still rages on in the United States — just as rumors swirl about an iPhone 6 launch date.               

Security Contractor Says Hit By Computer Breach

August 6, 2014 7:31 pm | by Stephen Braun - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two government agencies said Wednesday they limited operations with a major government contractor that oversees hundreds of thousands of security clearance background checks for civilian and military workers after the contractor reported it had been ...

China Probes Automakers, Technology Firms

August 6, 2014 5:35 pm | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said ...

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