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Samsung To Invest $4 Billion In Austin Plant

August 21, 2012 9:07 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics co. will spend $4 billion renovating its plant in the U.S. to increase production of advanced chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Samsung's Tuesday announcement is its latest push into the lucrative logic chip business.

The Cloud: Still A Work In Progress

August 13, 2012 9:28 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It turns out your digital identity can be a rather fluid concept these days. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, given the increased prevalence of security incidents and high-profile hacks that take place today. But once in awhile the details of someone’s hacking story are cause for serious examination and concern. Technology blogger Mat Homan is the subject of one such story.

Multimillion-Dollar Verdict Against RIM Overturned

August 9, 2012 1:39 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury had previously awarded Mformation $147.2 million for RIM infringing on a 1999 invention for remotely managing wireless devices.

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Obama May Act To Prevent Infrastructure Cyberattacks

August 9, 2012 9:49 am | by Kimberly Dozier and Lolia C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president may use his authority to issue orders for private industry to meet security standards to protect their computer networks from attacks by hackers.

HP To Absorb Record Quarterly Loss Of Nearly $9B

August 9, 2012 9:20 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company will take a massive charge against its earnings for the latest quarter, leading to the largest quarterly loss in HP's 83-year history.

Android Extends Dominance In Smartphones Worldwide

August 8, 2012 12:10 pm | News | Comments

IDC says Samsung and other phone makers shipped nearly 105 million Android smartphones in the second quarter, and claim 68 percent of the worldwide market.

NASA Mission Gives A Peek Of Rover's Mars Journey

August 8, 2012 9:07 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Since parking itself inside an ancient crater Sunday night, the Curiosity rover has delighted scientists with views of a 3-mile-high mountain.

China Tightens Controls On Rare Earths Production

August 8, 2012 9:04 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mines and smelters must meet minimum output levels to continue operating, which could shut down 20 percent of the country's production.

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Sigma Electric Appoints New CEO

August 7, 2012 10:38 am | News | Comments

Viren Joshi has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of M/s Sigma Electric by unanimous voting by its Board of Directors.

Lenovo Unveils Lighter, Quicker ThinkPad Laptop

August 6, 2012 8:27 am | News | Comments

The Chinese computer maker is trying to appeal to customers who like the convenience of tablets and smartphones.

Smartphone Maker HTC Posts 58 Pct. Profit Drop

August 3, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

HTC had previously grown rapidly on well-designed headsets based on Android, but the market has been increasingly dominated by Samsung and Apple.

HP Wins Ruling In Court Battle With Oracle

August 2, 2012 4:15 pm | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. said it won a "tremendous" victory in its court battle to force Oracle Corp. to continue making software for one of its server lines.

Senate Fails To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation

August 2, 2012 2:38 pm | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents say the bill would have given the federal government and businesses the tools they need to deal with vulnerabilities in the nation's critical infrastructure systems.

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Sony's Losses Grow On Strong Yen, Slowing Sales

August 2, 2012 9:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese electronics company posted a $316 million loss, blaming a strong yen and the dwindling HDTV market.

Sharp To Cut 5,000 Jobs As Quarterly Loss Worsens

August 2, 2012 9:31 am | News | Comments

The Osaka-based company lost $1.8 billion in its April-June quarter, leading to the elimination of 9 percent of its global work force.

Balancing Consumer Privacy And Public Safety

August 1, 2012 10:01 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

In a recent article, it was stated that “Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests [to cellphone carriers] for consumers’ cellphone records in 2011,” which was a huge surge from previous years. The requests required “customers’ locations, text messages, and call details, frequently without warrants,” which forced carriers to create detailed guidelines of what information could be provided – and for what price.

Apple Designer: Samsung Theft Is 'Offensive'

August 1, 2012 9:22 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the battle over smartphone patents, a Samsung lawyer countered by saying, "Samsung is not some copyist, some Johnny-come-lately doing knockoffs."

The Real Cost Of Developing An App

July 30, 2012 11:50 am | by Roy Chomko, Adage Technologies | Articles | Comments

The growing demand for smart phones, tablets and enhanced mobile connectivity is causing nearly every business to contemplate an app development program to extend its reach to current and potential customers. While executives eagerly shell out thousands of dollars for an app’s development and launch, too often they fail to forecast the long-term costs of a mobile application.

noax Technologies Builds Sub-Zero Industrial Computers

July 30, 2012 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

noax Technologies is now offering its customers the ability to use their industrial PCs in temperatures down to -30°C (-22°F).

Disconnected or Connected? That Is The Question

July 30, 2012 9:55 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

While I understand and appreciate the benefits and advantages that all the advancements in technology have provided us, I am annoyed with all the texting, poking, voxing, and foursquaring. Oh, there’s an app for that? I don’t care. Yes, I am guilty of it all, and as much as I want to disconnect from the grid, I find myself suffering from withdrawal every time I attempt to put my phone away. I’m helpless, and it’s absolutely ridiculous.

Nokia Loss Widens On Slumping Smartphone Sales

July 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Jari Tanner, AP | News | Comments

Nokia's net loss nearly quadrupled in the second quarter on sagging sales of smartphones, a market in which the company is struggling to regain ground lost to rivals including Apple and Samsung.

Motorola Developer To Be Sentenced For Secrets Theft

July 19, 2012 10:48 am | by Carla K. Johnson, AP | News | Comments

An American software developer caught with more than 1,000 confidential Motorola, Inc. documents before boarding a one-way flight from Chicago to her native China five years ago is due to be sentenced

Google: Made In The U.S.A.?

July 16, 2012 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Google's recently-announced Nexus Q has a gorgeous, unique design, with a sphere shape bisected by a ring of glowing lights. It looks downright futuristic. Initial reports and reviews were tepid, but then reporters at the The New York Times reporters started to notice some interesting branding on the device’s back: “Designed and Manufactured in the USA.”

Display Makers Settle LCD Price-Fixing Case

July 12, 2012 11:30 am | News | Comments

The Asia-based companies have agreed to pay $571 million to settle claims they tried to inflate prices for screens used in TVs and computer monitors.

Now We Know: Stuxnet R US

July 12, 2012 10:19 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Cyberattacks are following a well-trodden path down which earlier forms of militarily useful technology passed decades or even centuries ago. The trend is from discovery to initial, usually rather amateurish, experimentation, and then to serious funding and adoption by all sides in a conflict. With regard to cyberwarfare, we are now beyond the amateurish-experimentation phase and well into serious adoption.

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