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Qualcomm Chips Promise Phone Video In Ultra HD

January 8, 2013 9:51 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

TV makers are trotting outs sets with "Ultra HD" resolution at the International CES electronics trade show in Vegas this week. One problem is that there are few video cameras that record at that resolution, four times higher than regular high definition.

Engineering Newswire 19: Spikey Spacecraft Headed to Martian Moon

January 8, 2013 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re sending spikey little spacecraft to Martian moons, building a creepy little robot toddler, and moving one step closer to robotic telepresence.

Samsung Sees Record-High 4Q Profit

January 8, 2013 8:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about 8.8 trillion won ($8.3 billion), up 89 percent from a year earlier and higher than expectations. It will release its full quarterly result including net profit at the end of this month.


CES Unveils Big TVs With 'Ultra-High Definition'

January 7, 2013 5:00 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The race to make TVs larger and larger has created a colossal problem for manufacturers: As screens grow, picture quality worsens — unless the viewer moves further away from the screen. But ot could be a few years before prices come down enough for the masses to justify buying ultra-HD TVs.

Xerox Protests Computer Contract Award

January 7, 2013 1:37 pm | News | Comments

The company wants the Department of Health and Human Resources to cancel the contract awarded to Molina Medicaid Solutions. The contract, which the DHRR signed with Molina in December, is for a new computer system to process claims for the state's 420,000 Medicaid recipients.

Huge Gadget Show Gears Up In Vegas

January 4, 2013 2:37 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The trends suggest that the International CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) is losing its stature as a start-of-the-year showcase for the gadgets that consumers will buy over the next 12 months. It started out as a venue for the TV and stereo industries. Later, PCs joined the party.

NEC To Build Space Satellite Factory

January 3, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

The maker of electronics and telecommunication equipment plans to mainly manufacture small satellites from fiscal 2014, which starts April 2014, at the plant to be built in the city of Fuchu as part of its joint efforts with the government to win satellite-launching contracts from other countries.

LG Beats Rivals In Race To Sell New OLED TVs

January 2, 2013 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company said the 55-inch TVs, which use a technology called "OLED" and have a price tag of 11 million won ($10,335), will be delivered to buyers in its home market next month. The new TVs will be available in North America, Europe and the rest of Asia before the end of March.


HP: Gov't Investigating Troubled Autonomy Unit

December 28, 2012 11:11 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard says the Justice Department is investigating the business software unit Autonomy after the computer maker said the business engaged in improper accounting before HP bought it. HP, which acquired Autonomy for $10 billion in 2011, took an $8.8 billion charge to reflect that the U.K. company isn't worth what it paid.

Marvell Plans To Fight $1.17B Ruling Against It

December 28, 2012 7:46 am | News | Comments

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. said Thursday that it plans to fight a jury's verdict against it in a patent case brought by Carnegie Mellon University, which was awarded $1.17 billion in damages from the chip-maker. The verdict follows a lawsuit filed by the Pittsburgh university in 2009 over patents related to a type of "noise predictive detection" that is used to detect data stored on a hard-disk drive.

Telepresence Robots Let Employees 'Beam' Into Work

December 26, 2012 8:27 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's all made possible by the Beam — a mobile video-conferencing machine that he can drive around the Palo Alto offices and workshops of Suitable Technologies. The 5-foot-tall device, topped with a large video screen, gives him a physical presence that makes him and his colleagues feel like he's actually there.

Falcon Electric Offers Pre-Configured NEMA 3R/4 Enclosures with SSG® Wide Temperature Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs)

December 21, 2012 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. announced its new “ready to install” NEMA 3R and 4 enclosures of any size with Falcon’s 1kVA to 3kVA SSG-RP Series™ and SSG® Series 1.5kVA to 3kVA wide temperature UPSs.

Foxconn Invests $200M In U.S. Camera Maker

December 20, 2012 3:23 pm | News | Comments

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer known as Foxconn, is buying an 8.88 percent stake in Woodman Labs Inc., the maker of the GoPro line of camcorders for surfing and other sports, for $200 million. Foxconn's factories assemble Apple products like the iPhone and iPad.


Oracle 2Q Earnings Rise

December 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Snapping out of a summertime lull, Oracle's latest quarter demonstrated that companies have been splurging on software and other technology as the year comes to a close, despite uncertainty about the economy's prospects. The results announced Tuesday are an improvement from Oracle's previous quarter.

Texas Instruments To Cut Over 500 Jobs In France

December 18, 2012 10:31 am | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments says will lay off more than 500 people at a research and development plant near Nice, France, in the coming months. The Dallas-based company announced last month that it is eliminating 1,700 jobs worldwide as it cuts spending in its wireless business.

Engineering Newswire 17: Life-Sized, Programmable Humanoid Robot Talks, Sings, Acts

December 13, 2012 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re working with the world’s smallest wrench, crossing the pacific in an autonomous wave rider, and creating a humanoid robot that can walk, talk, and … act? Today’s episode features: RoboThespian is a life-sized, programmable humanoid robot designed to talk, sing, he’s even recites Shakespeare. Engineered Arts is currently at work on a next generation humanoid dynamic robot.

Fluke Announces 25 Percent Discount For Students

December 12, 2012 4:58 pm | News | Comments

Fluke Corp. announces the "My First Fluke" program, which allows students actively enrolled in technical or vocational schools, colleges, universities, apprenticeship programs or high schools in the United States to purchase one Fluke tool at a 25 percent discount.

Eaton’s SmartWire-DT Panel Wiring Solution Now Available At Newark element14

December 12, 2012 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton’s intelligent SmartWire-DT panel wiring solution offers industrial technicians and engineers a new time-saving alternative to speed the traditionally complex process of building control panels. Available for same-day shipping at leading electronics distributor Newark element14, a business of Premier Farnell.

STMicroelectronics Exiting Ericsson Joint Venture

December 10, 2012 8:15 am | News | Comments

Europe's largest chipmaker, STMicroelectronics NV, says it plans to exit its money-losing joint venture ST-Ericsson, as it struggles to manage a downturn in global demand. Swiss-based STMicroelectronics says it is negotiating "exit options" from ST-Ericsson, its joint venture with Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson.

Cisco Grabs For 'No. 1 IT company' Crown

December 7, 2012 1:40 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. isn't content to be the world's largest maker of computer networking gear. It says it wants to become the "No. 1" supplier of information technology to big businesses by broadening its offerings of services and software. Cisco CEO John Chambers says he wants the company to loom largest in the minds of its customers and to be the one setting the pace in the industry.

Excelsys XF Releases High Reliability, Ruggedized AC/DC Power Supply

December 7, 2012 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys announces the release of their ruggedized XF Series of 400~1,000 Watt field-configurable AC/DC power supplies intended for harsh environments including Mil-COTS applications.

Vermont, HP Agree To Dissolve Deal

December 6, 2012 8:13 am | by Dave Gram, Associated Press | News | Comments

After spending six years and more than $18.5 million to modernize computer systems at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, the state is scrapping the effort, officials announced Wednesday. HP is the fourth vendor on the contract, after a series of corporate takeovers that culminated with HP buying Electronic Data Systems.

Newark element14 Launches Industrial Automation Microsite

December 5, 2012 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14, the distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions in the Americas and a business of Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl), today launched an easy-to-use industrial automation microsite, developed to help engineers in design or plant maintenance roles more efficiently research and source products.

Samsung Promotes Chairman's Son To Vice Chairman

December 5, 2012 9:32 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. promoted its chairman's only son to vice chairman, putting the 44-year-old closer to the top leadership position at the world's largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs. South Korea's largest industrial conglomerate announced Jay Y. Lee's promotion to vice chairman just two years after he was named president.

EU Imposes $1.9B Fine On Screen Producers

December 5, 2012 8:07 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union imposed its biggest ever cartel fine of almost $1.96 billion on seven companies for fixing the market of television and computer monitor tubes. The EU's Commission ruled that, for a decade ending in 2006, the companies artificially set prices, shared markets and restricted their output at the expense of the consumer.

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