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California 'Kill Switch' Bill Advances

May 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

On a second attempt, California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones as a way to deter what one senator called a crime wave of thefts.      

IBM's Watson Is Going To College

May 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of new classes set for next fall.                     

San Francisco Supervisor Proposes City Kill Switch Law

May 7, 2014 8:40 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A San Francisco supervisor proposed legislation Tuesday requiring smartphones and other mobile devices sold in the city to be equipped with a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if they're lost or stolen.             

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Data Breaches Are A New Source Of Worry For CEOs

May 7, 2014 8:19 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Humphrey believes that while a company's CEO is responsible for data security, the issue — much like worker security or environmental contamination — can sometimes get put on the backburner, because it isn't always recognized as a core part of operations.

Intel, PC Makers Broaden Chromebook Support

May 7, 2014 7:39 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The widening selection of Chromebooks signifies the building momentum for Google Inc.'s attempt to create a compelling alternative to Windows-powered machines and Apple Inc.'s Mac computers.          

No Injuries In Blaze At Phoenix Manufacturing Plant

May 5, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure says the company, which develops computer chips, had a fire protection system in place and that there is no risk or health concerns for the public.                 

Jury Awards Apple $119M In Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 7:53 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.        

Microsoft Picks Miami For Innovation Center

May 2, 2014 10:58 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is opening a state-of-the-art training facility in Miami, its first within the United States, the company announced Friday.                          

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Apple Lawyer Invokes Jobs' Memory At Patent Case

April 29, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors on Tuesday that Samsung had unfairly and brazenly ripped off smartphone features that Jobs and other Apple executives had invented.               

Europe Warns Google, Samsung On Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The European Commission says Motorola Mobility — which Google is selling to China's Lenovo — has abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for infringement.        

Nokia Eyes Turnaround With New CEO

April 29, 2014 8:05 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. reported Tuesday another drop in sales in the troubled devices unit it sold to Microsoft, but its shares rallied as it named a new CEO, promised a special dividend, and prepared to focus on its remaining businesses.        

Engineers Feel Underpaid And Overworked

April 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are required to keep pace with the changing landscape.      

Diggers Find E.T. Atari Games In Landfill

April 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press | News | Comments

The search for the cartridges of a game that contributed to the demise of Atari will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest video game company of the early '80s.               

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California 'Kill Switch' Bill For Smartphones Fails

April 25, 2014 10:56 am | by Tom Verdin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday but could be revived later this spring.            

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.       

Nokia, Microsoft Close $7.5B Deal

April 25, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Friday's closure of the deal, which includes a license to a portfolio of Nokia patents, follows delays in global regulatory approvals, including from China.                

Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles For Wrigley Field

April 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan has stirred plenty of opposition, with many wondering if modern electronics will rob some of the mystique that surrounds the venerable ballpark, which hosted its first game on April 23, 1914 — 100 years ago.                 

Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                        

Google Asks Nonprofits For Ideas To Use Glass

April 22, 2014 9:44 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.              

Why Are There Brand Names In N.Y. Standardized Tests?

April 22, 2014 8:26 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.    

Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Among other things, the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on solar and wind power while sending less electronic junk to landfills.                                         

Mashing-Up Augmented Reality And Cutting-Edge Technology

April 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by Paul Mathai, Applied Research & Business Innovation, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech SBU (Strategic Business Unit), Wipro | Articles | Comments

Doing some crystal-gazing into the future, I see AR leap-frogging into the next level of sophistication. Interestingly the common factor seen is AR being integrated with other cutting edge combination technologies to produce interesting new applications in manufacturing.

Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.

Researcher Fools Samsung's Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.                

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