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iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 12:25 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year ...     

Cisco To Lay Off Up To 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations ...   

China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties To Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation ...          

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Lenovo Profit Up On Mobile Growth

August 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said ...         

Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In iPhone Assembly

August 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes ...

Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App And Card Reader

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through ...     

Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Tech

August 12, 2014 1:21 pm | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at ...       

CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices. The Arizona Republic reports that GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez told investment analysts last week ...

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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.                           

An Apple And Samsung Truce? Almost.

August 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple and Samsung call a partial truce in their patent battle. But the war still rages on in the United States — just as rumors swirl about an iPhone 6 launch date.               

Security Contractor Says Hit By Computer Breach

August 6, 2014 7:31 pm | by Stephen Braun - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two government agencies said Wednesday they limited operations with a major government contractor that oversees hundreds of thousands of security clearance background checks for civilian and military workers after the contractor reported it had been ...

China Probes Automakers, Technology Firms

August 6, 2014 5:35 pm | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said ...

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Trade Gap Narrows To Lowest Level In 5 Months

August 6, 2014 3:50 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars.                  

Study: Split Views On Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor.

Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google Over Autocomplete

August 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime.                      

Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 8:07 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.             

Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec To Make Deals

August 6, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.                       

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 7:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.           

Xiaomi Beats Samsung In Chinese Smartphone Market

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company sai.               

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 ...  

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.                

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