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Toyota To Recall 550K Vehicles Due To Steering Issues

November 9, 2011 3:28 am | by Malcom Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 550,000 vehicles worldwide — mostly in the United States — for problems that could make it harder to steer. The recall affects 447,000 vehicles in North America, as well as 38,000 in Japan and another 25,000 in Australia and New Zealand, said Toyota spokesman Dion Corbett.

Siemens Acquires Engineering Software Supplier Vistagy

November 9, 2011 3:27 am | News | Comments

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO -- Siemens expands its industrial software portfolio with the acquisition of Vistagy, Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, a leading supplier of specialized engineering software and services with emphasis on designing and manufacturing structures made of advanced composite materials.

Mich. Solar Energy Product Maker Plans 500 Job Cuts

November 9, 2011 3:26 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Solar energy product maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc. says it has temporarily suspended manufacturing and is planning about 500 job cuts. The Auburn Hills-based company announced Tuesday that manufacturing has been halted because of excess inventory. The company says about 400 workers will be furloughed at its manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Mexico and Ontario, Canada.

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Honda To Continue Halving Production At N. American Plants

November 9, 2011 3:24 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday it will continue halving production at its North American plants through Nov. 25 as flooding in Thailand has disrupted the supply of some key electronic parts sourced from the country. The production cuts may persist for some time, with the automaker stating that the "situation will require adjustments for the next several weeks.

Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL Engage In Marketing Attack On Google

November 9, 2011 3:23 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL are joining forces in an online advertising attack on Google and Facebook. The alliance, announced Tuesday, is designed to sell some of the less-prized ad space that Microsoft Corp. Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. have had trouble filling on their own.

iPod-Like Device Allows For Mind Control

November 8, 2011 8:32 am | Videos | Comments

The BodyWave, a new iPod-size device that straps onto your arm, allows the mind to control objects on a computer screen. The goal of developing this product was to create a consumer-level device that can get a person to focus his or her attention on one particular task. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

How The iPhone Got Tail Fins (Part 2)

November 8, 2011 8:09 am | Articles | Comments

The desire to line up to buy the newest iPhone when your old one works just fine was just one more part of Steve Jobs' genius -- it's how the iPhone got tail fins. By Steve Blank, Expert, Silicon Valley This is part two of a two-part series. Part one can be found here. By the early 1920's General Motors realized that Ford, which was now selling the Model T for $290, had an unbeatable monopoly on low-cost automobile manufacturing.

The Truth And Nothing But The Truth

November 8, 2011 7:32 am | by James A. Kosch | Articles | Comments

Even well-intentioned companies sometimes run the risk of committing fraud by taking a few furtive steps onto a certain slippery slope that involves “shading” the truth. By James A. Kosch The term “environmental fraud” calls to mind unconscionable acts of brazen deceit.

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IBM To Supply Wyoming Climate Supercomputer

November 8, 2011 3:41 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — IBM has beaten out three competitors and won a bid to supply one of the world's most powerful supercomputers for use in climate research at a new facility in Cheyenne. The supercomputer, to be called Yellowstone, will begin running computations next summer for scientists associated with the Boulder, Colo.

Key-Card Technology Included In Upcoming BlackBerry Models?

November 8, 2011 3:40 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Assa Abloy AB, the world's leading lock group, said Tuesday it is collaborating with Research in Motion to include key-card technology in upcoming BlackBerry models. In a statement released Tuesday, Assa Abloy said the technology, known as Near Field Communication, will be incorporated in smartphones so they can replace regular access cards.

Boeing 787 Deals With Its First Technical Glitch

November 8, 2011 3:38 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boeing's new 787 wide-body plane, which just started carrying paying passengers, ran into its first technical glitch Sunday when the landing gear failed to deploy. The pilots of Japan's All Nippon Airways used "an alternate procedure that worked," according to Lori Gunter, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Boeing Co.

Tokyo-Based Manufacturer Used Acquisitions To Cover Up Losses

November 8, 2011 3:35 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Olympus Corp. said Tuesday that top executives used acquisitions to hide massive losses, reversing denials of any wrongdoing as one of the largest accounting frauds in Japanese history tarnishes the nation's corporate image. Tokyo-based Olympus, which makes cameras and medical equipment, has been battered by a scandal over a $687 million payment for financial advice and expensive acquisitions of companies unrelated to its mainstay businesses.

Honda's Human-Shaped Robot May Help With Japan Nuclear Crisis

November 8, 2011 3:33 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WAKO, Japan (AP) — Honda's human-shaped robot can now run faster, balance itself on uneven surfaces, hop on one foot and pour a drink. Some of its technology may even be used to help out with clean-up operations at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. Honda's demonstration of the revamped "Asimo" on Tuesday at its Tokyo suburban research facility was not only to prove that the bubble-headed childlike machine was more limber and a bit smarter.

Toyota Sees Quarterly Profit Drops 18.5%

November 8, 2011 3:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said its quarterly profit slid 18.5 percent to 80.4 billion yen ($1 billion) on plunging sales caused by parts shortages from the tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan and warned it faces a new challenge from flooding in Thailand. Toyota Motor Corp. declined Tuesday to give a forecast for the full financial year ending March 2012, citing uncertainties stemming from the Thai floods which have disrupted supplies of parts and prompted it to cut some car production.

How The iPhone Got Tail Fins (Part 1)

November 7, 2011 8:47 am | by Steve Blank, Expert, Silicon Valley | Articles | Comments

It's a story that begins with General Motors and its ability to develop into a well-run and well-managed company. This is part one of a two-part series. Part two will run in tomorrow's MBT Mid-Day Report. It was the most advanced consumer product of the century.

Managing Nuclear Knowledge: Last Cold War Bomb Dismantled

November 7, 2011 8:16 am | by Lindsey Christensen, Marketing Project Manager, Guest Journalist, PTC | Articles | Comments

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is dismantling the last of its Cold War era nuclear bombs , and the process is a complicated and dangerous one. Photo from BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is dismantling the last of its Cold War era nuclear bombs .

Scientists Look To Darwin For Link Between Man And Machine

November 7, 2011 7:47 am | Videos | Comments

Nearly 150 years ago, Charles Darwin used photographs to study how humans use their expressions to show emotion. Now scientists at Cambridge University are using videos, and the power of the internet, to update his experiments. They believe the results could help them develop emotionally-aware computers capable of understanding their users' emotions.

The Fate Of The Jobless Generation

November 7, 2011 3:50 am | Videos | Comments

Youth unemployment in the United States is unbelievably high. Unfortunately, it's even worse in Europe. Will the workforce of the future be able to recover anytime soon? What can be done? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

US Cellular: We Turned Down iPhone

November 7, 2011 3:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Cellular Corp., the country's sixth-largest cellphone company, on Friday said it had the opportunity to carry the iPhone but turned it down because the phone is too expensive. It's the first U.S. carrier to acknowledge turning down the phone. Consumers pay $200 for the base model of the iPhone 4S, but Apple charges carriers about $600 for it.

GM Recalls 38,000 Pontiac G8s Over Air-Bag Issue

November 7, 2011 3:35 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 38,400 Pontiac G8 models made in Australia to reprogram the front-passenger air-bag module. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that the air-bag modules for the 2008 and 2009 models might not comply with federal standards for head injury protection.

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