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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.


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.


Congressional Panels Debate Free Trade Bills

July 8, 2011 4:40 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate committees are disagreeing over how to handle American workers laid off because of foreign competition as they take up legislation to implement long-pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Both the Finance Committee in the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Ways and Means Committee in the Republican-led House will consider the three trade deals Thursday, which have drifted in political limbo since they were signed during the George W.

Verizon Kills Off Its Unlimited Data Plan

July 8, 2011 4:38 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Verizon Wireless kills off its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers on Thursday, it will mark another blow for endless Web surfing and video streaming. The move by the nation's largest wireless carrier has long been anticipated. More people are switching to smartphones and using an increasing amount of data for all manner of wireless activities.

Unemployment Rises As Hiring Stalls

July 8, 2011 4:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000.

Increased Power And Speed

July 7, 2011 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Belden (St Louis, MO) introduces the MACH104-16TX-PoEP Ethernet switches with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE Plus) capability. The MACH104-16TX-PoEP series of hardened Ethernet workgroup switches are managed all-Gigabit switches with sixteen Gigabit PoE/PoE+ ports and four additional Gigabit RJ45/SFP combo ports.

The iPad And Its Role In Lean Manufacturing Success

July 7, 2011 7:24 am | by Andy Amalfitano, VP & General Manager, Manufacturing Execution and Intelligence Division, Solarsoft | Articles | Comments

When it comes to going lean in manufacturing, the iPad is much more than a space saver, it’s an agile money-saver and money-maker, too. Although it plays a vital role in manufacturing, executives continue to struggle with the intersection of analytics and information to support lean manufacturing initiatives.


How Software And Initiatives Fuel Smart Grid Technology

July 7, 2011 6:58 am | by Whitney Sommers | Articles | Comments

Businesses are realizing that smart devices and applications can take information from a system or the environment to create new revenue streams, control costs, and improve products and services. Smart grid technology is being newly incorporated in all kinds of products and devices.

Do Americans Lack Necessary Trade Skills?

July 7, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and Director, discusses U.S. sustainability, how to make today's wireless hyper-connectivity more efficient, the data centers of the future, and the importance of learning trade skills, not just computer science, for the next generation of American workers. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

How Does HP's Tablet Fare Against The Competition?

July 6, 2011 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

HP recently unveiled its new TouchPad tablet in an effort to keep up with Google's Android offerings and Apple's ever-popular iPad 2 tablet. Fortune writer Michal Lev-Ram tries out the new TouchPad and offers her opinion on how it stacks up against its tablet competitors' respective offerings. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Botnets: A Hacker's Weapon Of Choice

July 6, 2011 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's John Vause looks into botnets, the weapon of choice for hackers and hacktivists. Why are they so prevalent? What do they do? What can be done to stop them? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Facebook's Vending Machines Contain IT Supplies

July 6, 2011 9:22 am | Videos | Comments

Facebook is not a typical company. The social networking giant has been a major proponent of outside-the-box thinking since its inception. One of its newest ideas was to install vending machines -- not for soda and snacks -- but for such things as IT supplies. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Fitting A Cell Tower Into A Suitcase

July 6, 2011 9:21 am | Videos | Comments

When natural disasters strike, power and cell phone communication can be out for weeks on end. This poses an obvious (and major) problem for area businesses. The ability to communicate is critical, but it's more or less impossible in some situations However, AT&T believes it has a solution -- a cell tower that fits in a suitcase.

Verizon Wireless Nixes Unlimited Data For New Users

July 6, 2011 4:38 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is getting rid of its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers starting Thursday, shifting instead to limited data plans that give users between 2 and 10 gigabytes of data each month. With the change, Verizon joins the company of fellow carriers AT&T Inc.

GM CEO Gets Stock Bonus Worth $1.3M

July 6, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Tuesday that CEO Dan Akerson got a $1.3 million bonus as part of the company's stock plan for executives. Akerson was awarded 43,600 shares at $30.39 per share on June 30. He will get the bonus in three installments beginning next June. The award brings Akerson's personal holdings of GM shares to 93,600.

Tech Firm Sues Ford For Patent Infringement

July 6, 2011 4:34 am | News | Comments

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A technology company has filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming several of the electronic features the automaker includes in its vehicles violate the company's patents. Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC and subsidiary, MediusTech LLC, filed the patent infringement case against the Dearborn, Mich.

Lawsuit: GM Failed To Fix Thousands Of Impalas

July 6, 2011 4:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit claims General Motors Co. treated the police better than it did average citizens when taking care of a defective part in 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Impalas. The lawsuit alleges that Impalas from the two model years have defective spindle rods, which connect the suspension to the rear wheels.

Nokia Abandons Smart Phone Market In Japan

July 6, 2011 4:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nokia Corp., battered by the popularity of smartphones, is abandoning the Japanese market, after a brief foray with luxury cell phones costing as much as 20 million yen ($250,000). The Finnish handset maker is closing by the end of July its last store selling high-end Vertu cell phones in Ginza.

OSHA Fines Miss. Industrial Firm After Worker Electrocution Death

July 6, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries for 17 safety and health violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Authorities say the worker was testing electrical transformers when he was electrocuted.


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