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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.        

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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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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed In Right Direction

May 23, 2014 12:21 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The ambitious project implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.         

HP To Cut Up To 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 7:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard said it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.   

Harman Acquiring AMX For $365M

May 22, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Harman International Industries Inc. said Wednesday that it is buying audio and visual equipment maker AMX LLC for $365 million.                        

China To Step Up Scrutiny Of Internet Technology

May 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government announced Thursday it will examine information technology for possible security flaws, a move that comes amid tensions with Washington over accusations of cyber spying.           

CEO: Sony Needed To Act Sooner

May 22, 2014 8:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company accumulated huge losses because it didn't respond quickly enough to changing market conditions, but promised a return to profit next year.             

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Hover Bikes To Start Selling In 2017

May 21, 2014 10:10 am | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                           

Google Eyes Up To $30B In Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 8:15 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Pressed to provide more details about its plans for its overseas cash, Google revealed that $20 billion to $30 billion is earmarked for the acquisition of foreign companies and technology rights held outside the U.S.            

Microsoft Says No Need For Laptop With New Tablet

May 21, 2014 7:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft had also billed the Surface Pro 2 as a laptop replacement, but Surface executive Ben Reed said technological advances and customer feedback over the past several months led to the device unveiled Tuesday.            

The Sudden Death Of Windows XP

May 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

The whole episode has occasioned some thoughts on planned obsolescence, and how different computer technology is from other kinds of technology.                        

Mobile Device Trends In The Industrial Sector

May 19, 2014 3:51 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.           

Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                         

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Porsche Sued Over Deadly Crash; Samsung Apologizes To Chip Workers

May 16, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from kitty litter that may have caused a radiation leak to Samsung apologizes to workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                  

Japan Court Limits Samsung Damages Claim

May 16, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

A Japanese court ruled that Samsung can only seek a maximum of around 9.95 million yen in damages from the Japanese unit of Apple, judging the amount of damages should not exceed a royalty payment under a license agreement.         

UK Man Convicted In HP Fraud Scheme

May 16, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

A 47-year-old man federal prosecutors describe as a United Kingdom citizen has been convicted of participating in a conspiracy to defraud Hewlett-Packard of some $14 million by fraudulently purchasing computers and equipment at a discount.  

Information Superhighway May Become More Of A City Street In Disrepair

May 15, 2014 3:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

While the proposed rules would allow for paid priority access, Wheeler said the focus on the so-called "fast lane" doesn’t address the fact that non-priority traffic would have to be "sufficiently robust to enable consumers to access the content, services and applications they demand."

Philips Suing Nintendo Over Wii Remote

May 15, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Dutch electronics firm Royal Philips NV has filed a suit against Nintendo in a U.S. court, claiming the Japanese company infringed two of its patents in the control system of its popular "Wii" video game consoles.                

Minnesota Enacts 1st Law On Smartphone Disabling

May 15, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Minnesota enacted the nation's first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have a remote shut-off feature as a way to deter theft.                 

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