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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...

Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory For Apple

November 7, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense. Bankruptcy court filings released Friday provide new detail about the dispute between the two companies in a deal that was once hailed as success story in Arizona's effort to...

Electronic Parts Company Closes Facility, Costing 300 Jobs

November 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A communications electronics parts company has announced that it will close its Lowell engineering and manufacturing facility, costing the city about 300 jobs. Cobham announced Wednesday that the jobs done in Lowell will be shifted to other company locations to maintain efficiency...

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Cybersecurity Firm IDs New Apple-Targeting Malware

November 6, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China. The cybersecurity provider has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected by a USB cable to an infected computer and...

Russia iPhone Statue Dismantled After Apple CEO Comes Out

November 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A two-meter statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by the CEO of Apple that he is gay.In a statement, ZEFS, which according to its website owns construction, advertising, and finance enterprises in...

Exxon, Chevron Shrug Off Effect Of Low Oil Prices

October 31, 2014 4:46 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Falling oil prices hardly seem to be bothering the two biggest U.S. oil companies, but things could get tougher in the coming months. Exxon and Chevron leaned on strong performances from their refining operations to increase profits in the third quarter despite plummeting global oil...

Samsung Vows Changes After Disappointing Mobile Profits

October 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past...

Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget

October 30, 2014 1:14 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pay for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices. The Microsoft Band will work with the company's new Microsoft Health system for consolidating health and fitness data...

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Apple CEO Says Apple Pay A Success

October 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. "We're already No. 1. We're more than the total of the other guys," Cook boasted Monday...

Apple CEO Challenges Home State On LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama was too slow to guarantee the rights of minorities during the civil rights era, and now it's too slow to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday in challenging his home state to do better. Cook's comments came as he,...

Softbank Ready To Splash $10B On India Investments

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday it bought stakes in two Indian technology companies and could splash $10 billion on investments in the country over the next decade. Softbank, which sells the iPhone in Japan, is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest...

Will Apple Pay Be The Next iRevolution?

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet. The service, which goes...

IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Michelle Chapman - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its...

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Throwing Star, Brass Knuckle Beer Glass Holder, Among Finalists

October 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Earlier this summer, PD&D started a 3D-printing competition when we asked “What Would You Print?” Now, we have our finalists and we took the opportunity to flesh out their designs on our Uprint from Stratasys. Stay tuned as we announce the grand prize winner, who will win an Afinia H480 3D printer, on...

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...

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...

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 ...          

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