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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.

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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.

Qualcomm Investing $120M In Sharp

December 4, 2012 7:45 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. says Qualcomm Inc. will become a shareholder with an investment of up to 9.9 billion yen ($120 million) that will fund joint development of new LCD screens for mobile devices. The Japanese electronics manufacturer has been struggling with record losses and had its credit rating downgraded to junk by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's.

Europe Takes On Tech Giants And Tax Havens

December 3, 2012 1:53 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governments, hungry for money to prop up their struggling economies, are accusing the technology giants of incorporating themselves up in low-tax countries so they can avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars to countries such as Germany, Britain and France — where most of their European income is derived.

Evolution Of The Rugged Tablet; What’s Next?

November 30, 2012 1:37 pm | by Tom Callahan, QRC Technologies | Articles | Comments

The industry as a whole has certainly come a long way since the rack-mounted era, but industrial computing’s nuanced operational requirements have driven an evolutionary path quite different from its consumer counterparts -- like the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, or new Microsoft Surface.

Ericsson Sues Samsung For Patent Infringement

November 27, 2012 8:24 am | News | Comments

Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Samsung Electronics Co. for infringing its patents, saying two years of negotiations to strike a deal with the South Korean company have been unsuccessful.

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Toshiba Unveils Four-Legged Robot For Nuke Disaster

November 21, 2012 8:20 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot Wednesday that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But it remains unclear what exactly the new machine will be capable of doing if and when it gets the go-ahead to enter Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Cisco Systems To Buy Meraki For $1.2B

November 19, 2012 8:05 am | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, is buying Meraki for $1.2 billion to expand its ability to let customers compute in the cloud. Cloud computing refers to the increasingly popular practice of storing software applications in remote data centers that are accessed over the Internet instead of installing programs on individual machines.

Texas Instruments Cutting 1,700 Jobs

November 15, 2012 8:04 am | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Wednesday that it will eliminate about 1,700 jobs as it trims spending in its wireless business. The cuts will reduce Texas Instruments' staff positions by almost 5 percent. Texas Instruments expects the job cuts and other changes will save about $450 million per year by the end of 2013.

Fluke CNX Wireless System Simplifies Electrical Troubleshooting

November 14, 2012 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corp. has introduced the CNX Wireless System, the first set of tools that wireless connect and send simultaneous readings to a master device up to 20 meters away.

Belden Announces New Line Of Environmentally-Friendly Cables

November 14, 2012 12:33 pm | Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

Belden has developed new low-smoke, zero halogen (LSZH) jackets for some of its most popular and reliable standard cables, making them part of the company’s environmentally-friendly GreenChoice solutions.

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AMD Denies Sale Report

November 14, 2012 8:17 am | News | Comments

Shares of chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. spiked and then retreated Tuesday after a report said the company was exploring options including a sale. The company denied it. Reuters said on Tuesday afternoon that AMD had hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore strategic options including a sale, citing unnamed sources.

Filling The Gap Between Thermometers And Thermal Imagers

November 13, 2012 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Fluke VT02 fills the gap between single-point infrared thermometers and high-resolution thermal images (infrared or “IR” cameras), for when the former isn’t enough and the latter is more than the user needs.

LED Replacements Hit Stores Empty Of 100W Bulbs

November 13, 2012 11:12 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. Until recently, your only alternative was a compact fluorescent bulb, which has several drawbacks compared with light-emitting diodes.

Business On The Move, And Across The Globe

November 12, 2012 3:19 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Mobility was in full effect here as employees from IFS, their partner companies, analysts, and press tuned into the live presentations and demos, typing on tablets or recording on their smart phones. For many, the pens and pads of paper on the banquet tables went untouched.

Microsoft Investing $100M In Rio IT Hub

November 8, 2012 10:07 am | News | Comments

Microsoft says it is investing $100 million in a new technology center in Rio de Janeiro. The center is to house an advanced technology laboratory, a research and development platform for the company's Bing search engine, as well as a business incubator aimed at promoting local Internet technology startups.

Experts Concerned About Superhuman Workplace

November 7, 2012 1:19 pm | by Raphael Saer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Performance-boosting drugs, powered prostheses and wearable computers are coming to an office near you — but experts warned that too little thought has been given to the implications of a superhuman workplace. Academics from Britain's leading institutions say attention needs to be focused on the consequences of technology which may one day allow — or compel — humans to work better, longer and harder.

Sweden's Ericsson Slashes 1,550 Jobs

November 7, 2012 8:10 am | News | Comments

Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson says it is slashing 1,550 jobs in Sweden in a bid to lower its costs, with the bulk of the reductions being made within the company's key networks unit. The Stockholm-headquartered group said the cuts will be made across all work areas, including sales, administration, research and development, supply and service delivery.

Microsoft Sued Over Windows 8 Elements

November 2, 2012 8:06 am | News | Comments

A small technology company based in Portland, Maine, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft over elements included in Windows 8. The lawsuit claims Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. is using elements known as live tiles, rectangular icons linked to websites, apps and other items. SurfCast says it developed the elements in the 1990s.

Living Computer Museum Not Just For Geeks

November 1, 2012 1:00 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has just opened the Living Computer Museum, with displays of old machines — all in working order — along with a geeky wish list of items he'd like to add, just in case anybody out there has an old tape drive or super-computer sitting around.

Manufacturing Digital Revolution: Exit Clipboard, Enter iPad

November 1, 2012 8:11 am | by Matthew Littlefield. President, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The trend of new technology and technical services replacing, and cutting the need for, laborious jobs is becoming so significant that The Economist referred to the time as a reincarnation of manufacturing’s Industrial Revolution: the “Digital Revolution.”

Sony Reduces Loss On Sales Recovery, Restructuring

November 1, 2012 4:43 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. reported a smaller flow of red ink for the fiscal second quarter on a sales recovery and restructuring efforts and stuck to its full year forecast for a return to profit from its worst loss in company history the previous year. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company recorded a $193 million loss for the July-September period.

Panasonic's Red Ink Grows

October 31, 2012 1:55 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp.'s losses ballooned to $8.7 billion for the fiscal second quarter as sales plunged in flat-panel TVs, laptops and other gadgets, and restructuring costs to turn itself around were proving bigger than initially expected. The red ink, announced Wednesday, proved far worse than the loss racked up for the July-September period last year.

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