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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.          

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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.                       

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.            

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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.                         

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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.            

The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

June 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.                     

New Mexico City Working On Who Gets Atari Games

May 30, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.                  

Motorola Closing Only U.S. Smartphone Factory

May 30, 2014 2:27 pm | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit has announced it will shutter its North Texas factory, by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone factory in the U.S.        

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama Helps Manufacturing; Beechcraft Insources Jobs

May 30, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the 12 regions that were chosen to provide a boost to U.S. manufacturing to Beechcraft's partnership with Wichita State University.            

Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 8:29 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is pushing for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key parts such as the wristband.                  

Apple Acquires Beats For $3B

May 29, 2014 7:53 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.           

Survey Finds Cybercrime On The Rise

May 28, 2014 8:15 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.           

LG Emphasizes Simplicity In New Smartphone

May 27, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

The new G3 phone stands out in having a high-resolution display that has 538 pixels per inch. Other leading phones are in the 300-pixel range, with a handful reaching the 400s. The G3's display measures 5.5 inches diagonally.     

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