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Microsoft Sues Samsung In Royalty Dispute

August 4, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Microsoft said it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system.                            

Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad

July 31, 2014 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said ...               

Samsung Phone Shipments Falter

July 29, 2014 11:28 pm | by Peter Svensson - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of smartphones, saw its sales drop in the second quarter, a research firm said Tuesday. The Korean phone giant lost ground to upstart Chinese manufacturers after several years of ...  

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Look For Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 8:16 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Few U.S. industries are tying their fortunes to overseas markets as aggressively as the technology sector, where new sources of revenue are often just a matter of equipping people with a computing device and an Internet connection.        

Samsung Postpones Tizen Smartphone Launch

July 28, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.                

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

EU Antitrust Body Clears $3B Apple-Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.                       

China Expected To Declare Qualcomm A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 8:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.                 

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Nokia Expects Brighter Future Without Handset Unit

July 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division.           

BlackBerry Appoints New COO

July 22, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.                   

Design Will Be Central To Microsoft's Future

July 22, 2014 7:38 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an emphasis on design excellence more than ever — to make its products more competitive with offerings from rivals Apple, Google, and Amazon and to prod its hardware making partners to dream up new, more innovative devices.    

Axed Nokia Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X project is an example of clashing priorities that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is trying to curb with a refocusing effort that includes 18,000 job eliminations over the next year.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

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HP CEO Whitman Takes Chairman Post

July 18, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

Whitman has been CEO since 2011. She took over from Leo Apotheker, who was CEO for less than a year before being forced out.                        

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                      

Apple-IBM Deal Weighs On BlackBerry Shares

July 16, 2014 3:41 pm | News | Comments

BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers.                

Google Adds Former Ford CEO Mulally To Board

July 16, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.                      

Apple, IBM To Team Up On Mobile Devices

July 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.                          

From Amoebas To Microchips: The Highs And Lows Of Contact Lenses

July 15, 2014 1:12 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While Google and Novartis are trying to develop a "smart" contact lens, a student in Taiwan has her corneas eaten by an amoeba linked to contact lenses.                         

HP Loses Interim Chairman Whitworth

July 15, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

HP has been working on a turnaround of its business amid slumping PC sales in recent years, cutting expenses and focusing on more profitable areas such as software and services.            

Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, an industry source said.                     

Report: iPads May Cause Rashes

July 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.                    

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.              

U.S., China Tackle Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Bradley Klapper and Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.       

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