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Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping By U.S.

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.             

SanDisk To Buy Fusion-io For $1.1B

June 17, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for about $1.1 billion as the flash-memory chip maker ramps up its storage business.                        

GPS Tracking Case Leaves Unsettled Questions

June 17, 2014 7:49 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Judges around the country are grappling with the ripple effects of a 2-year-old Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking, reaching conflicting conclusions on the case's meaning and tackling unresolved questions that flare in a world where privacy and technology increasingly collide.

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Domino's Introduces A 'Siri' For Mobile Orders

June 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The pizza delivery chain on Monday is introducing a function on its mobile app that lets customers place orders by speaking with a computer-generated voice named "Dom."               

Shining More Light

June 16, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects.               

Workers In Key Industries Get Most Pay Raises

June 13, 2014 8:27 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

Philly Looks To Attract Tech Buzz

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city has what young professionals want — including a vibrant nightlife and affordable, walkable neighborhoods — and it has what companies want: potential workers from universities including Penn, Drexel and Temple.                 

EU Court Upholds $1.4B Intel Fine

June 12, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

A European Union court on Thursday upheld a $1.4 billion fine against the American microchip manufacturer for abusing its dominant position in the market for computer central processing units.              

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Google Helps Open New Home For Startups In Germany

June 11, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Internet entrepreneurs have received a new home in Berlin with the opening of the "Factory" — a workspace developed in partnership with Google Inc. that allows startups to innovate and collaborate under one roof.          

EU Investigates Apple, Fiat Tax Deals

June 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EU's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes.          

Google To Buy Satellite Maker Skybox For $500M

June 11, 2014 8:19 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.          

Silicon Valley Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

June 10, 2014 8:34 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.              

5 Things To Know About Apple's Stock Split

June 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's resurgent stock may have as much to do with financial engineering as the company's technological wizardry.                       

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5 Trends Expected At E3

June 9, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                  

Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and is welcoming public monitoring of companies that pollute.     

iFone Trumps iPhone In Mexican Trademark Ruling

June 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Mark Stevenson | News | Comments

Mexico's intellectual property agency said Friday it has ruled in favor of a small local firm's rights to the "iFone" name, saying that ads for Apple's iPhone have encroached on the trademark.            

Samsung, Barnes & Noble To Make Nook Tablets

June 5, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

The device will be a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with Nook's digital reading software already on it. The tablet will be available at Barnes & Noble's 700 U.S. stores in early August. A price for the device will be announced then.    

Emotional Robot Set For Sale In Japan

June 5, 2014 7:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.              

Some Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 5, 2014 7:42 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.                  

Nidec To Set Up 1st Factory In India

June 4, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Nidec Corp. said Wednesday it will set up a factory in Rajasthan Province in western India to make motors for vehicles and consumer electronics from next April.                    

Sony Will Stop Selling PlayStation Portable

June 3, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

Sony Corp. is pulling the plug on its hand-held PlayStation Portable video game machine after 10 years.                         

Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.

Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone In 3Q

June 3, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Samsung said it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.            

Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 7:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new tools for tracking health and controlling household appliances are part of updated operating systems that Apple unveiled Monday in San Francisco at its 25th annual conference for application developers.               

Wearable Technology In The Manufacturing Workplace

June 2, 2014 3:49 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated | Articles | Comments

If implemented correctly, wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.            

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