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Robot Valet To Park Cars At Airport In Germany

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app.                         

Report: Apple Smartwatch Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

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Data Shows iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 19, 2014 2:01 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said.                    

Lego Introducing Mixed Digital-Physical Blocks

June 19, 2014 1:26 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games.       

Historic Integrated Circuit Fails To Sell

June 19, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

An integrated circuit that Texas Instruments engineer Jack Kilby used in 1958 to demonstrate his invention of the new technology failed to sell at auction.                            

New Push To Get Girls Into Computer Science

June 19, 2014 11:46 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Less than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as part of their future, even though it's one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S. today with a projected 4.2 million jobs by 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bezos: Amazon Phone Offers 'Something Different'

June 19, 2014 7:43 am | by Ryan Nakashima and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It's either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy new features that some people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics.      

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Entegris Opens New $55 Million Mass. Facility

June 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The facility will be utilized to make products for the semiconductor industry, which demands levels of purity to the parts per quadrillion (ppq). With the allowable level of contamination at one ppq, it’s equivalent to one drop of water in a space the size of the Empire State Building.

Amazon About To Jump Into Smartphones

June 18, 2014 7:46 am | by Mae Anderson and Ryan Nakashima, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The corporate juggernaut is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.          

Stylr App Is Wal-Mart Tech Lab's Latest Buy

June 17, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, who took the helm in February, vowed Wal-Mart would pick up the pace in technology in his address earlier this month at the company's annual shareholders meeting.             

Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                 

Rugged Computers Are More Than Just ‘Hard Shells’

June 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Articles | Comments

Even professional users of rugged laptops, tablets and smartphones, are sometimes unsure of what defines a “rugged computer” and how the various tests to validate ruggedness are carried out. A truly rugged computer is so much more than just a normal computer wrapped in a tough outer case.

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Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping By U.S.

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.             

SanDisk To Buy Fusion-io For $1.1B

June 17, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for about $1.1 billion as the flash-memory chip maker ramps up its storage business.                        

GPS Tracking Case Leaves Unsettled Questions

June 17, 2014 7:49 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Judges around the country are grappling with the ripple effects of a 2-year-old Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking, reaching conflicting conclusions on the case's meaning and tackling unresolved questions that flare in a world where privacy and technology increasingly collide.

Domino's Introduces A 'Siri' For Mobile Orders

June 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The pizza delivery chain on Monday is introducing a function on its mobile app that lets customers place orders by speaking with a computer-generated voice named "Dom."               

Shining More Light

June 16, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects.               

Workers In Key Industries Get Most Pay Raises

June 13, 2014 8:27 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

Philly Looks To Attract Tech Buzz

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city has what young professionals want — including a vibrant nightlife and affordable, walkable neighborhoods — and it has what companies want: potential workers from universities including Penn, Drexel and Temple.                 

EU Court Upholds $1.4B Intel Fine

June 12, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

A European Union court on Thursday upheld a $1.4 billion fine against the American microchip manufacturer for abusing its dominant position in the market for computer central processing units.              

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.          

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.              

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