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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits Of Shifting Paper Forms To Mobile Apps

July 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Jason Peck | Articles | Comments

The ability to download an app in seconds, share photos and data via the Cloud in real-time, and communicate from any location at any time have evolved from “nice to have” to “need to have.”             

Audi Has Connected Car In New A3

July 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The A3 can read aloud tweets, Facebook posts and even the latest Audi news in a mechanized voice. It can also display navigation routes on Google Earth maps and access more than 7,000 Internet radio stations, and even offers the first in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection.

Privacy Board Says NSA's Internet Monitoring Is Legal

July 2, 2014 7:59 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

An independent privacy and civil liberties board says the NSA's massive collection of internet data passes constitutional muster and employs "reasonable" protections designed to ensure that private American communications are not misused.  

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

Google Glass Takes Fans Closer To The Action

June 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The Philadelphia Eagles are going to test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use, and a company with a key application for the technology says it has secured a new round of financing that will help roll out its Glass program to sports, entertainment and other fields. 

Germany Mulls Axing Foreign Tech

June 27, 2014 3:30 pm | News | Comments

First Verizon got the boot, now the German government is considering pulling the plug on foreign companies that provide hardware for official communication networks.                

U.S. Wants To Resume Cyber Talks With China

June 27, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Next month, the U.S. will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, officials said.    

10 Arrested During Protest At Google

June 26, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Police say a protest over Internet neutrality at Google's headquarters in Mountain View ended with the arrest of ten people on suspicion of trespassing.                 

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Ready, Set, GoPro: Camera Maker To Hit Wall Street

June 25, 2014 11:04 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The maker of wearable sports cameras, loved by mountain climbers, divers, surfers and other extreme sports fans, said late Wednesday it sold 17.8 million shares at $24 each in its initial public offering of stock.           

Skyscraper Tetris Game Breaks World Record

June 25, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Drexel University professor Frank Lee has earned the Guinness World Record for largest architectural video game display. Again.                           

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.      

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.

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.                        

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