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Murata Turns To Tiniest Device For Big Business

September 5, 2012 9:24 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small is big for Murata: The Japanese electronics maker has developed the world's tiniest version of a component known as the capacitor. And that's potentially big business. Capacitors, which store electric energy, are used in the dozens, even in the hundreds, in just about every type of gadget — smartphones, laptops, parts for hybrid cars, medical equipment and digital cameras.

Dawn Craft To Depart Asteroid For Dwarf Planet

September 5, 2012 4:59 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — a voyage that will take nearly three years. Firing its ion propulsion thrusters, Dawn had been slowly spiraling away from Vesta for more than a month until it was to pop free from its gravitational grip.

Malaysia Rare Earths Plant Wins License To Operate

September 5, 2012 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian miner Lynas Corp. says it has secured the Malaysian government's approval to fire up a controversial rare earths plant. The operating license ends months of delays sparked by safety concerns surrounding the Australian company's plans to process rare earths crucial for manufacturing high-tech products.

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Q&A: Critical Innovation Trends And Technology

August 31, 2012 11:00 am | Articles | Comments

Traditional analytics technologies have long been deployed by manufacturers to analyze the performance after the fact. Focus is shifting to predictive applications which can identify and correct issues before they become widespread. Manufacturers are increasingly leveraging technologies developed in web search, social media and related consumer-oriented areas to drive benefits in manufacturing areas like quality and supply chain.

Trimble Navigation To Buy TMW Systems For $335M

August 27, 2012 9:56 am | News | Comments

GPS manufacturer Trimble Navigation Ltd. said Monday that it has agreed to buy TMW Systems Inc., a privately held provider of enterprise software to transportation and shipping companies, for $335 million in cash. TMW's software platform is used to manage the operations of transportation companies, store data and automate certain tasks. The company is based in Beachwood, Ohio, and has 500 employees.

Samsung Takes 3 Percent Stake In ASML

August 27, 2012 3:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ASML Holding NV says that Samsung Electronics Co. has agreed to buy a 3 percent stake in it for $625 million, following the lead of other key computer chip manufacturers Intel Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. In July, Intel bought 15 percent of the Dutch company, and earlier this month, TSMC bought 5 percent. Like the others, Samsung will also help ASML invest in research and development.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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).

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