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Verizon Posts $2B 4Q Loss

January 24, 2012 11:29 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Verizon paid dearly to put iPhones in the hands of subscribers in the latest quarter, holding back its profits.


Texas Instruments To Close 2 Plants, Lay Off 1K Workers

January 24, 2012 11:27 am | News | Comments

The planned layoffs represent about 3 percent of the 34,800 workers that Texas Instruments Inc. employed as of Sept. 30.


BMW To Recall 9 Mini Models Due To Fire Risk

January 24, 2012 11:24 am | News | Comments

The engines of three of the Mini vehicles caught fire between September 2010 and December 2011 but no one was injured.


Hyundai Production Temporarily Halted At Ala. Plant

January 24, 2012 11:21 am | News | Comments

Executives say they temporarily shut down production at the company's Montgomery plant after discovering a problem with the paint process.


BlackBerry CEO: Don't Expect Drastic Changes

January 24, 2012 10:46 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the new CEO, Thorsten Heins said the leadership change was not a "seismic" event, and that the company would continue its previous plans.

The Art Of Choosing Wisely

January 23, 2012 3:21 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just about everyone wants customized experiences and products. But when faced with a multitude of options, consumers often can't make a decision. However, by citing new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses can improve the experience of choosing.

Shale Gas: A Renaissance In U.S. Manufacturing?

January 23, 2012 3:04 pm | by Bob McCutcheon, U.S. industrial products leader, PwC | Blogs | Comments

According to some, an abundance of shale gas resources may spark a U.S. manufacturing renaissance with economic benefits that include cost savings, greater investments to expand U.S. manufacturing facilities, and increased levels of employment.


An American Manufacturing Movement: Competition

January 23, 2012 1:08 pm | Articles | Comments

How do we create a competitive advantage through next generation supply networks and advanced logistics?


Another Sign Of Trouble For BlackBerry Maker RIM

January 23, 2012 10:59 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the co-CEOs of Research in Motion, announced their resignation on Sunday. The company's signature product, the BlackBerry, has been struggling to compete with other smartphones.


Keep Your Necktie Tucked in Your Shirt

January 23, 2012 10:54 am | by Brent Oman, Manager Product Application Engineering, Industrial Power Transmission, Gates Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When you’re up against the wall on a design problem, think about who supplies the components for the sub-system you’re working with. Then get in touch with their application engineers.


Tablet Ownership Has Soared

January 23, 2012 10:46 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A report found that 29 percent of Americans owned at least one tablet or e-reader as of the beginning of this month, up from 18 percent last month.


Is This Tech's Breakout Year?

January 23, 2012 10:44 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

There's also a growing global market for technology as more nations try to reduce labor costs by automating everything.


Online Companies Win Piracy Fight

January 23, 2012 10:41 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Online and high-tech companies triggered an avalanche of Internet clicks to force Congress to shelve legislation that would curb online piracy.

BlackBerry Maker Co-CEOs Step Down

January 23, 2012 10:38 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

RIM turned the email smartphone into a ubiquitous device that many could not live without, but it has struggled mightily as of late.


Government Closes Volt Probe, Says Car Is Safe

January 23, 2012 10:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that the Volt and other electric cars don't pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered cars.


Kodak Gets Deadline Of 2013 To Reorganize

January 23, 2012 10:31 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Girded by a $950 million financing deal with Citigroup Inc., the photography pioneer aims to keep operating normally during bankruptcy while it peddles a trove of digital-imaging patents.


Connect To A Serial Device In Minutes

January 20, 2012 4:21 pm | by Newport Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The iServer3G can send notifications by email and has SNMP for remote management.

An American Manufacturing Movement: Productivity

January 20, 2012 1:06 pm | Articles | Comments

How do we achieve next-generation productivity through smart innovation and manufacturing?


Investigation Looks Into Drama Surrounding Failed Mo. Plant

January 20, 2012 9:50 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction on the artificial sweetener plant halted this fall after one company missed a payment to Moberly, Mo., which had issued $39 million of bonds for the project.


Olympus Will Not Get Kicked Off Tokoyo Stock Exchange

January 20, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Olympus faced removal from the stock exchange following revelations of a scheme by the Tokyo-based company to hide 117.7 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in investment losses dating back to the 1990s.



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