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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

PC Sales Fall Around 10 Percent In U.S.

July 12, 2012 10:04 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard and Dell, the biggest PC makers in the U.S. market, suffered the steepest drops during the three months spanning from April through June.

OCZ Technology Slumps On Fiscal 1Q Results

July 11, 2012 2:39 pm | News | Comments

The San Jose, Calif., company said supply chain problems drove up its costs during the quarter and hurt its sales of power regulators.

Apple Will Start Selling iPad In China July 20

July 10, 2012 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The tablets are finally coming to the rapidly-growing market after Apple paid $60 million to settle a dispute over the 'iPad' trademark.

RIM CEO Disappointed But Hopeful For BlackBerry

July 10, 2012 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Thorsten Heins admitted during a shareholders meeting that the past year has been very difficult, but that it's new operating system will be a turnaround.

Windows 8 Computers To Go On Sale In October

July 9, 2012 1:45 pm | News | Comments

Microsoft is trying to drum up excitement for the most widely anticipated overhaul of Windows since 1995, which works on both PCs and tablets.

From Need-to-Know to Need-to-Share

July 9, 2012 11:41 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Supporting a mobile workforce is one thing, but can you keep corporate information secure and protect yourself from liability while improving productivity?

Manufacturing Operations Management: Lessons From Dell

July 6, 2012 1:41 pm | by Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst at LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Notorious for its lean inventory and just-in-time manufacturing methods, Dell recently announced that it would be altering its operating model as part of a three year $2 billion cost-cutting initiative. While the made-to-order PC vendor spent the past 28 years benefitting from scaling low operating margins, it sees close competitors pursuing higher margin opportunities in enterprise computing and has decided to follow suit.

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