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NCR Corp. Acquires Radiant Systems For $1.2B

July 12, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Technology company NCR Corp. said Monday that it has agreed to buy Radiant Systems Inc., a company that makes hardware and software systems used to manage restaurants and hotels, for $1.2 billion in cash. NCR will make a cash tender offer of $28 for every share of Radiant Systems.

Volkswagen AG Sets First-Half Sales Record

July 12, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's largest automaker Volkswagen AG says it has set a first-half sales record of more than 2.5 million cars, helped by strong increases in China. Volkswagen said Tuesday that its passenger cars unit sold 2.53 million vehicles in the January-to-June period, up 12 percent over the first half of 2010.

Do You Trust Your Employer?

July 11, 2011 12:31 pm | Videos | Comments

A new Maritz poll sought to determine how much the average employee trusts his or her company's leaders. Let's just say the results weren't all that encouraging. Maritz's Rick Garlick sits down with MSNBC anchor and Jansing & Co. host Chris Jansing to discuss the disconnect between employers and their employees.

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How Citibank Was Hacked

July 11, 2011 12:20 pm | by Ron LaPedis, Principal, Seacliff Partners International | Articles | Comments

In an earlier post, I talked about a major design flaw in secure USB flash drives that were designed by SanDisk and OEMd to several other vendors. The basic problem was that the user’s password was validated outside of the FIPS 140-2 security boundary and the same unlock code worked on every drive no matter what the user’s password was.

Mobile Access To Enterprise Software: A Tremendous Opportunity

July 11, 2011 12:11 pm | Articles | Comments

The following IFS survey offers an overview and extensive projections on remote access to enterprise data. This study was conducted by IFS North America and Mint Jutras, an independent research-based consulting firm that specializes in analyzing the business impact of enterprise applications .

Invensys Selected As Microsoft Industry Partner Of The Year

July 11, 2011 7:19 am | News | Comments

PLANO, Tex. – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, has been named Microsoft Global Enterprise Partner of the Year in the category Alliance ISV Industry. The award recognizes Invensys Operations Management for excellence and innovation in using Microsoft-based solutions to help its manufacturing and infrastructure management customers achieve operational excellence.

Access System Info Quickly

July 11, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Opto 22 (Temecula, CA) offers the Opto iPAC iOS App, offering access to the company's flagship SNAP PAC System via popular mobile devices including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. According to the company, the APP allows for quick and easy access to real-time, control system information through mobile and tablet devices.

Google To Open Research Institute Focused On Innovation, Web

July 11, 2011 5:01 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's oldest university says it is partnering with Google and three German institutions to start a research institute. Humboldt University announced Monday that the institute would open in the fall and examine the evolution of the Internet and its impact on society, science, politics and the economy.

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Nissan Recharges Leaf With Solar Power

July 11, 2011 5:00 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan is testing a super-green way to recharge its Leaf electric vehicle using solar power, part of a broader drive to improve electricity storage systems. Nissan's Leaf went on sale late last year, but the automaker is looking ahead to about five years time when aging Leaf vehicles may offer alternative business opportunities in using their lithium-ion batteries as a storage place for electricity.

Caterpillar Accused Of Dodging Taxes

July 11, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Caterpillar Inc. avoided paying more than $2 billion in federal income taxes from 2000 to 2009 by accounting fraudulently for billions in dollars of profits, according to a lawsuit filed by a manager of the heavy equipment maker. Daniel Schlicksup, who was a global tax strategy manager for the company from 2005 to 2008, alleges that the company wrongly attributed at least $5.

SAP Co-CEO, N.Y. Jets GM Share Secrets To Success

July 11, 2011 4:57 am | by Dennis Waszak Jr., AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — A picture hangs in Bill McDermott's basement that his son treasures more than any other. It's the one prominently displayed in the pool room of the family's Philadelphia-area home with 18-year-old Michael McDermott posing next to New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Goodyear Closes Tenn. Plant Early

July 11, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Monday that it has stopped production at its tire manufacturing facility in Union City, Tenn.   The tire maker announced plans in February to close the plant by the end of the year, but said Monday that it was able to transfer production to other facilities faster than expected.

Iowa Concrete Maker Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

July 11, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based concrete company has pleaded guilty to participating in a price-fixing scheme involving the sale of ready-mix concrete. The U.S. justice department says VS Holding Co. pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. The Orange City-based company used to operate as Alliance Concrete Inc.

Stress Testing A 'Rugged' Tablet

July 8, 2011 8:38 am | Videos | Comments

Just how rugged is a rugged tablet? Techland gadget guru/humorist Doug Aamoth puts that question to the test using the iX104C5 tablet from Xplore Technologies. It is designed to withstand harsh and extreme conditions, but is it designed to withstand use by Techland gadget guru/humorist Doug Aamoth? That, my friends, is the question.

Not So Smartphone

July 8, 2011 8:32 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

There are several small glitches that make my phone seem more slow than smart, and while I love how far cell phones have advanced, I’m annoyed with how some of the simple things that have been around for years have become more difficult to operate. Recently, I’ve been quite perturbed by my so-called smartphone.

Drive And Control System Leads To Smoother Machine

July 8, 2011 6:48 am | Articles | Comments

A highly efficient, ultra-sanitary HFFS machine uses Rexroth's integrated motor and drive, pneumatics, machine control and linear motion system. It was about 35 years ago when company executives at CP Packaging began developing packaging machinery. Back then, it was only a concept to buy prepackaged meat and deli products.

SYSPRO Finalist In 2011 Golden Bridge Awards For Implementation Methodology Innovation

July 8, 2011 5:51 am | News | Comments

COSTA MESA, Calif. – SYSPRO, a global, independent developer of enterprise resource planning ERP software, announced today that the Golden Bridge Awards has named SYSPRO a finalist for the 3rd Annual 2011 Golden Bridge Awards in the category of Software Innovation Technology.   These industry and peer awards from Golden Bridge Awards are the world's premier business awards program.

Alert System Notifies Consumers Of Online Piracy

July 8, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hollywood studios, recording labels, artists and Internet service providers have created a program to alert Internet subscribers when their accounts are used to access movies, songs and other content that entertainment companies consider unauthorized. The new "copyright alerts" system is intended to educate consumers about online piracy by sending up to six electronic messages notifying subscribers when their accounts are used to download or share such content.

Security Holes Discovered In iPhones, iPads

July 8, 2011 4:49 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new security hole has opened up in Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, raising alarms about the susceptibility of some of the world's hottest tech gadgets to hacker attacks. Flaws in the software running those devices came to light after a German security agency warned that criminals could use them to steal confidential data off the devices.

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Worker Dies After Injury In Nashville Plant Fire

July 8, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A worker has died from injuries he received in a flash fire at a Nashville metals plant over the weekend, less than two months after a fire at a metals plant in Gallatin resulted in two deaths. The Metro Nashville Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the death of Shawn Allen Austin, 28, of Nashville, according to The Tennessean.

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