Imagine you’ve just started production in your newly remodeled assembly plant, and news comes that production of the existing models will be cut 30 percent and another completely different variant will need to be accommodated. Scenarios like this are a nightmare for the facilitation of lean principals, but a common occurrence in the automotive industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose in July on the strength of U.S. manufacturing, as auto factories stayed open and businesses replaced worn-out equipment. Output at America's factories, mines and utilities increased 1.0 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman whose sexual harassment allegations led to the ouster of former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd claimed her work with the company dried up because she rebuffed Hurd's advances, a person close to the investigation told The Associated Press. The substance of the complaint that led to Hurd's resignation from the world's largest technology company had not been publicly known until late Tuesday.
GENEVA (AP) — The European Union is weighing whether to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that condemned the bloc for illegally collecting tariffs on billions of dollars worth of high-tech goods from the U.S., Japan and Taiwan. EU spokesman Patrizio Fiorilli said officials were still studying the decision, even though they've had weeks to read through the 444-page confidential report.
MADRID (AP) — Spain is investigating Google over its "Street View" mapping feature, becoming the latest country to tangle with the Internet search giant over concerns it violated people's privacy while taking shots of city streets. Madrid Judge Raquel Fernandino has issued a subpoena for an Oct.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Udoay Ghosh sat sipping coffee before an early morning flight from Dubai International Airport, looking with affection at his two — yes, two — BlackBerry smart phones laid out in front of him. As an executive for electronics company G-Hanzs, the Dubai-based businessman travels about 300 days a year and uses the gadgets to keep up with more than 100 e-mails a day.
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Following a string of suicides at its Chinese factories, Foxconn Technology Group raised workers' wages and installed safety nets on buildings to catch would-be jumpers. Now the often secretive manufacturer of the iPhone and other electronics is holding rallies for its workers to raise morale at the heavily regimented factories.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization that champions on behalf of consumers regarding any issues affecting digital rights, recently won three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions. The exemptions were granted as part of a statutorily prescribed rulemaking process, conducted every couple of years to mitigate the danger the DMCA poses to legitimate, non-infringing uses of copyrighted materials.
China recently passed Japan as the world's No. 2 economic superpower, which could spell trouble for the top-ranked world economic superpower: the United States. It is well within the realm of possibility that one day China will overtake the U.S. for the title of "world's top economic superpower," meaning more U.
MONTREAL — The growing popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in emerging markets like India is raising Research in Motion's international profile and bringing it new, well-publicized challenges to the way it protects customers' data. U.S.-based analyst Tavis McCourt said RIM has quietly compromised in the past with governments in countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and India, or found ways to keep its system secure for business users.
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. spent $1.85 million in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on software piracy, technology in health care and other issues, according to a disclosure report. That's slightly less than the $1.89 million the software maker spent in the second quarter of last year.
Beijing (AP) -- China's abrupt growth slowdown is sending a chill through Asian economies and as far away as Australia and Africa as its voracious demand for imports fades. Beijing is cooling its economy with lending and investment curbs after explosive 11.9 percent first-quarter growth fed fears of overheating.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel says it's buying a Texas Instruments unit that makes cable modem chips, which it intends to combine with its own processors for smarter modems and cable set-top boxes. The companies did not reveal the terms of the deal in the Monday announcement. Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc.
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is bringing its video-game expertise to the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 line, an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Xbox 360 as the software maker tries to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPhone. Microsoft says a dedicated group inside of Microsoft Game Studios will develop video games for Windows phones, help outside game publishers and scout out small, independent game makers.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. says it is buying Fortify Software to beef up its cyber security offerings. The company did not disclose financial terms of the buyout Tuesday. Fortify is a privately held company based in San Mateo, Calif. It helps businesses identify and fix security weaknesses in their computer systems.