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Samsung Pulls Tablet From German Fair Due To Apple Dispute

September 6, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Visitors to Berlin's IFA electronics fair hoping to see the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 computer were left disappointed after Samsung Electronics pulled the tablet from show amid a legal spat with Apple. The Galaxy 7.7 was pulled over the weekend after a Duesseldorf court issued a temporary injunction against marketing the device, which Apple says copies its iPad2.

Honda Recalls 216K Fit Cars Over Potential Fire Hazard

September 6, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Sept. 5 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. is recalling Fit compact cars sold in Japan and abroad as their power window switches could potentially catch fire, the company said in a report to the transport ministry Monday. Subject to the recall are about 216,000 Fit and Fit Aria cars produced between October 2005 and August 2008 for sale in Japan and about 720,000 sold overseas.

Apple's Empire Spreads Into Hong Kong

September 6, 2011 5:15 am | News | Comments

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's first Apple Store appears to be nearing completion after builders this week removed scaffolding from the shop's exterior windows to reveal a giant sign with the company's logo. Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Apple Inc., confirmed that the store would open soon but would not comment further.


World Bank: The U.S. Economy Will Avoid 2nd Recession

September 6, 2011 5:14 am | by Alex Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. economy will likely limp along with slow growth and high unemployment but avoid a recession, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Tuesday. Europe's government debt crisis threatens to undermine the confidence of consumers and investors, which would further dampen already weak economic growth, Zoellick said.

Overcoming Skepticism About SaaS ERP

September 6, 2011 4:59 am | Articles | Comments

Ranga Bodla works in industry marketing for NetSuite, a leading integrated web-based business software suite, including business accounting software, ERP software, CRM software, and e-commerce. He recently discussed SaaS ERP with Manufacturing Business Technology in this brief interview. Ranga Bodla, NetSuite MBT: What are some of the biggest misperceptions you see when it comes to SaaS ERP?’ Bodla: Probably the biggest misperception about SaaS ERP has to do with customization.


GM Bets Big On Small Car

September 6, 2011 4:50 am | Videos | Comments

GM is investing $500 million to retool one of its Michigan plants to do something the automaker has not done in two decades: produce a sub-compact car in the United States. The Chevrolet Sonic is set to hit showrooms this fall. Here's a glimpse... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

AP: Bid To Block AT&T Deal Reflects Telecom Industry

September 2, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has explained its effort to block AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile USA by saying it will fight mergers that would reduce competition and hurt consumers. Yet few think the lawsuit the administration filed Wednesday signals a more aggressive stance toward acquisitions in other industries.

U.S. New Car Sales Up In Aug; Toyota, Honda Still See Falls

September 2, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (Kyodo) — New car sales in the United States in August increased 7.5 percent from a year earlier with major U.S. automakers enjoying robust sales, while Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. continued to see double-digit drops, according to data released Thursday by a U.


Report: Firms Paid More In CEO Pay Than Taxes

September 2, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-five of the 100 largest U.S. corporations paid their chief executives more than they paid the government in federal income taxes last year, according to a report released Wednesday. The nonprofit Institute for Policy Studies says the 25 CEOs averaged $16.7 million in salary and other 2010 compensation.

Autodesk Announces 2012 Plant Design Suite

September 2, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — Autodesk , Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 3D design , engineering and entertainment software, today announced Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2012 , the latest version of its award-winning suite of plant design solutions. Available in Standard, Premium and Ultimate editions, the new suite simplifies cross-department coordination among process plant design stakeholders.

Two California Men Charged With Selling iPhone Prototype

September 2, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Two Northern California men are charged with misdemeanors for selling a lost Apple iPhone 4 they found last year in a bar. The San Jose Mercury News ( ) says attorneys for 22-year-old Brian Hogan, of Redwood City, Calif., and 28-year-old Sage Wallower, Emeryville, Calif.

Jobs Report Shows No Net Gain For August

September 2, 2011 4:16 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010. The unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. Stock futures plunged on the news.

Transforming Industrial Robots Into Precision Machine Tools

August 31, 2011 12:09 pm | Articles | Comments

The EU co-funded COMET consortium is creating a revolutionary solution enabling the use of industrial robots for high-end machining. Researchers at Fraunhofer IPA run tests using Nikon Metrology’s K-Series Optical CMM and a KUKA robot. Robots of any brand fitted with the novel COMET plug-and-produce controller unit successfully respond to manufacturing industry needs for cost effective, flexible and reliable manufacturing solutions.

Russian Company Wants To Build Orbiting Hotel In Space

August 31, 2011 11:35 am | Videos | Comments

A Russian firm has set a target of five years to open a hotel in space for tourists looking for something other than a conventional holiday. Orbital Technologies says it will build a hotel and shuttle service to compete directly with a U.S. venture attempting to develop its own service to space.

Engineering Design Meets Cloud Technology

August 31, 2011 11:17 am | by Krish Dharma, IBM’s Electronics Industry Leader for the Americas | Articles | Comments

The way for engineering organizations to overcome numerous data issues is to transform siloed environments into shared engineering clouds. Digital convergence has accelerated the breakneck pace of technology development and has put immense pressure on electronics manufacturers to develop new and innovative products even faster.


Taking Product Testing To An Independent Third Party

August 31, 2011 10:57 am | Articles | Comments

In addition to testing data storage system products, global technology and solution provider Dell supplements this with external testing to assure conformance to the industry’s latest standards through membership in a variety of consortiums at an independent, third-party testing laboratory.

Google CEO Weighs In On A 'Free' Internet

August 31, 2011 9:48 am | Videos | Comments

Many companies, throughout a number of industries, rely on the internet to conduct business on a daily basis. What would happen if the government began to regulate the web like it does television? What kind of effects would that have? Google CEO Eric Schmidt weighs on that topic in this CNN interview.

What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat?

August 31, 2011 9:47 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to create chatbots that are life-like and able to have meaningful conversations with other humans. What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? A team from Cornell University decided to find out, resulting in this awkward exchange...

Is Tim Cook Ready To Take Over Apple?

August 31, 2011 9:45 am | Videos | Comments

Newly-minted Apple CEO and former COO Tim Cook has a lot of work cut out for him as he succeeds Steve Jobs, who resigned last week after 14 years at the helm for the tech giant. Is Cook up to the task? Will Apple's future be as bright and as successful as its past? Either way, a lot of people will be watching Cook as he steps into the spotlight.

Tech Solution Takes On Airport Runway Congestion

August 31, 2011 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

It is the goal of many airports to increase efficiency and reduce the emissions of airplanes. The key to unlocking congestion, saving fuel (and money) may lie in a technology normally used for organizing pit stops. This technology will map runways like they would a Formula 1 track in order to cut back on harmful emissions.


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