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Micron To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit For $66.7M

March 5, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced on Tuesday the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.            

Dubai Highlights Technology In 'Smart City' Bid

March 5, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Government officials presented a wide range of projects aimed at turning Dubai into what they're calling a "smart city" ahead of its hosting of the 2020 World Expo.                 

Reports: Facebook Could Buy Solar Drone Company

March 4, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports.                   

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Apple CFO To Retire

March 4, 2014 9:29 am | News | Comments

Apple's longtime Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire in September and he'll be replaced by the company's corporate controller.                   

Telecoms Push Back On NSA Plan

March 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants remained noticeably mum.             

Apple Makes iPhone More Compatible With Cars

March 3, 2014 2:08 pm | by Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with major car makers to make iPhone applications easier for drivers to use while they're on the road.                       

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Boeing's Spy Phone; Detroit's UAW Worries

February 28, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a phone that can self-destruct from an airplane manufacturer to more stress for Detroit from the United Auto Workers union.          

Google Donates Nearly $7M For San Francisco Program

February 28, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

The donation comes as Google and other technology companies face criticism over private buses they use to pick up employees in San Francisco.                    

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Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Sharp is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources said.             

Sony To Sell Former Headquarters

February 28, 2014 8:58 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker is planning to sell some of its properties in Tokyo including its former headquarters building as part of its restructuring efforts.                 

Mining Companies Seek Graphite For Tech Needs

February 27, 2014 11:03 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.                  

Smartphone Cameras Get Closer To High-End Power

February 27, 2014 8:03 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, will be closer in quality to images captured by digital single-lens reflex cameras, also known as DSLR.         

Boeing Developing A Self-Destructing Spy Phone

February 26, 2014 2:45 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The aerospace company is now developing an Android-based smartphone, codenamed “Black,” that will self-destruct if a third party attempts to break in and extract its secrets.                  

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Fingerprint Security Convenient, But Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 7:56 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn't foolproof. Here's what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it.      

Could The Military Get Its Own 'Google Glass'?

February 25, 2014 2:54 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Q-Warrior features a full-color and high-luminance see-through display that is able to project symbols and videos directly onto the field of battle. This could include waypoints, other points of interest or even areas/buildings housing known enemies.

N.Y.: IBM Adding Jobs In Buffalo, Hudson Valley

February 25, 2014 10:42 am | by Josefa Velasquez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess County, Albany and Yorktown Heights by 750 from the current 2,350, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. It will stave off job cuts through 2016.

BlackBerry Announces New Phones, Services

February 25, 2014 8:34 am | by Anick Jesdaun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

BlackBerry announced plans to expand its services for businesses needing secure communications, particularly in regulated industries such as health care and financial services. There are plans, for instance, to go beyond securing just email and messaging.

Phone Makers Look To Emerging Markets For Growth

February 25, 2014 7:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most of the world can't afford the hundreds of dollars they cost, so there's been a push to get mobile devices cheap enough to reach emerging markets without sacrificing so much performance that first-time smartphone owners will give up on the Internet and forgo a second smartphone down the road.

RF Micro, TriQuint Semi Combining In $1.56B Deal

February 24, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Chip maker RF Micro Devices Inc. and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. are combining in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.56 billion. The deal announced Monday represents an implied price of $9.73 for each TriQuint share. This is a 5 percent premium to the company's Friday closing price of $9.23.

Many New Phones Coming, But Samsung Hogs Limelight

February 24, 2014 10:19 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's glitzy announcement during the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, made it harder for other phone makers to get noticed. The Galaxy S5 will feature a heart-rate monitor, a fingerprint sensor for security and a sharper camera with faster auto focus.

Apple, Samsung Fail To Settle Before March Trial

February 24, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.       

IoT Fixes Tesla’s Fire Recall

February 21, 2014 4:19 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.

Cellphone Calls On Planes? Don't Ask The Feds

February 21, 2014 2:31 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government can't seem to make up its mind about whether people should be allowed to make cellphone calls on passenger planes. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen.   

Hewlett-Packard 1Q Earnings, Revenue Top Views

February 21, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

HP reported first-quarter earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street's forecasts, mainly on the surprising strength of personal computer sales to businesses. The company benefited from a one-time bump from companies upgrading to Windows 7 and buying new machines for employees before Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP in April.

Beleaguered Sony Counting On New Game Machine

February 21, 2014 7:57 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PlayStation stands out among the long list of famous Sony brands as one that hasn't faded or succumbed to a nimbler competitor. Months after hitting global markets, the latest version of the video-game console is going on sale at midnight in Tokyo, a big shift from times when Sony was ascendant enough to launch flagship products in Japan first.

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