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iPhone Glass Maker To Cut 727 Jobs In AZ

October 16, 2014 10:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant. GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The company on Thursday announced its layoff plans for the Mesa plant as required by the federal Worker...

U.S. Factory Output Rises 0.5% In September

October 16, 2014 9:30 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing, and plastics. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.5 percent in September after falling 0.5 percent in August. Total industrial production surged 1 percent...

Google Tries To Upstage Apple With Latest Devices

October 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has unveiled its latest tablet in an apparent effort to upstage Apple's anticipated update of its trend-setting iPad. The Nexus 9 tablet announced Wednesday will compete against a new version of the iPad Air that Apple Inc. is expected to show off to reporters and analysts...

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PC Market Still Ailing Despite Gains

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The personal computer market is still ailing, despite showing some signs of recovery in several key markets. PC sales in the third quarter rebounded in the U.S. and western Europe. But shipments continued to fall in China, Japan, and other Asian countries, where...

Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Articles | Comments

You’re out to dinner on a Friday night when you spot your plant supervisor a few tables away.  He’s busily manipulating his smartphone, despite his wife’s impatient glare. Then, with a look of satisfaction, he puts down his phone and rejoins the...

Apple, Google Fight Government Over Encryption

October 7, 2014 5:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

While the newest Apple and Google smartphones will automatically encrypt data stored on them, that won’t keep U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining evidence linked to the devices. Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson reports on...

Mobile Revolution Shakes Up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 12:12 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to...

Scientists Behind Blue LED Breakthrough Win Nobel

October 7, 2014 11:51 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens, and smartphones...

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GT Advanced Tech Files For Bankruptcy Protection

October 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GT Advanced Technologies, which announced last year that it would supply scratch-resistant sapphire materials to Apple, said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Merrimack, New Hampshire, company said it is trying to...

Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion acquisition is ...

Bill Gates Ranked Richest American By Forbes

September 30, 2014 11:35 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped Forbes' latest list of the 400 richest Americans for the 21st straight year. The list, released on Monday, was largely unchanged for 2014 and showed ...          

China Approves iPhone 6 After Security Assurances

September 30, 2014 6:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start ... 

TTM Technologies To Acquire Viasystems Group

September 22, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TTM Technologies, Inc. and Viasystems Group, Inc. today announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which TTM will acquire all outstanding shares of Viasystems for a combined consideration of $11.33 in cash and 0.706 shares of TTM common stock, which...

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Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women List Features Industrial, Tech Companies

September 19, 2014 4:27 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Eight of the top 10 women on Fortune Magazine's list run industrial, tech and consumer product companies. Pattie Sellers, the magazine's senior editor at large, joins the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to reveal the 2014 list.     

Panasonic To Enter Electrical Construction Materials Market In Tanzania

September 19, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa-–the regional headquarters based in Dubai, UAE for Panasonic Corporation, Japan and a leading player in the environmentally friendly eco solutions category, is looking to expand in the potential Tanzania market, as part of its...

Sony Forecasts $2B Annual Loss

September 17, 2014 4:45 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony expects its annual loss to swell to more than $2 billion after writing down the value of its troubled mobile business as phone sales were battered by brutal competition. The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate said Wednesday it anticipates a net loss of 230 billion yen...

Samsung Accuses LG Execs Of Damaging Products

September 14, 2014 11:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives from rival LG Electronics Inc. of vandalizing its washing machines at stores in Germany earlier this month and has asked for an official investigation. In a statement Sunday, Samsung said it had asked...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

Tech Giants Struggle With FDA Regulations

September 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar, Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing...

BlackBerry Acquires Movirtu, Allows Multiple Numbers On One Device

September 11, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, announced today that it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device. This improves device management in...

Adobe's Mobile Benchmark Report Predicts Features Of Next Generation iPhone

September 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Adobe today released its 2014 Mobile Benchmark Report, which analyzes the latest mobile trends including Wi-Fi versus cellular usage, the correlation of screen size and browser market share, the role of social networks across smartphones and tablets, content sharing across devices, and more. Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that...

Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturer Haier Opening Tech Center In IN

September 8, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haier America, a division of the multi-national home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, announced plans today to locate its North American Tech Center in Evansville, IN, creating 50 new high-wage jobs by 2015. Headquartered in New Jersey, Haier America will initially establish a new...

Elextrolux To Buy GE Appliances In $3.3B Deal

September 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, and boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the...

Belkin Partners With OSRAM SYLVANIA For Smart Connected Lighting Ecosystems

September 5, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belkin International, a leading Internet of Things company, and OSRAM SYLVANIA, a leading global lighting manufacturer, today announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on residential solutions with the...

SiliconExpert Announces Major Data Release

September 4, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SiliconExpert Technologies, the leading provider of electronic component management tools and solutions announces its largest data release yet, increasing the number of electronic components it carries, the number of engineers behind the data, and the number of total manufacturers...

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