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IBM And Samsung Have Signed Patent Cross-License Pact

February 9, 2011 3:36 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday they have signed a patent cross-license agreement, which means each will license its respective patent portfolios to the other. Financial or other terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed. The technology companies' patents cover a broad range of products and services, including semiconductors, telecommunications, visual and mobile communications, software and technology-based services.

FBI Raids Detroit Offices Of Japanese Auto Supplier

February 9, 2011 3:36 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The FBI has raided the suburban Detroit offices of the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. A subpoena and search warrant were served Tuesday at the offices of TK Holdings Inc. in Auburn Hills. Takata spokeswoman Alby Berman tells WXYZ-TV she's unsure of the reason for the raid.

EU's Main Mobile Phone Makers To Launch Uniform Charger

February 9, 2011 3:34 am | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union's main mobile phone producers say they will launch one-size-fits-all cell phone charger. Fourteen main mobile phone producers announced Tuesday that the common plug standard will simplify life for users, reduce electronic waste and consumer aggravation.


Reaping The Green

February 8, 2011 7:53 am | by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, | Articles | Comments

One company has married energy efficiency and financial freedom for businesses looking to revamp and get ahead. Manufacturers have a lot to worry about these days. From the competitiveness of the global marketplace to the seemingly never-ending attempts at heightening efficiency, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutiae without a clear idea as to where to begin.

Wind Tunnels Help Build High-Performance Cars

February 8, 2011 7:51 am | Articles | Comments

At Toyota Motorsport in Cologne, Germany, engineers use wind tunnels with sophisticated built-in PIV systems to help design faster high-performance cars. The blink of an eye may mean nothing to most people, but in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of auto racing, it can be the difference between winning and losing.

A Rallying Cry For Big Business

February 8, 2011 7:46 am | Videos | Comments

CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis recently spoke with Chris Wragge about how President Obama's speech to the Chamber of Commerce was received by the business community. It remains to be seen if the speech will move American businesses to go out and begin to hire more workers, leading to a reduction in unemployment.

Capture Warehouse Data In Real-Time

February 8, 2011 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

LXE (Atlanta, GA) announced the launch of the Tecton™ rugged handheld computer, targeting supply chain applications. The IP-65 rated Tecton handheld computer is designed to accelerate real-time data capture. It features industry-leading PXA 320 806 MHz processor running Windows® Mobile 6.

Government To Release Findings Of Toyota Investigation

February 8, 2011 3:27 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is poised to announce the results of a 10-month investigation into whether faulty electronics played a role in Toyota vehicles' sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems. The Transportation Department said it would issue on Tuesday the findings of its study, which has examined whether electronics or electromagnetic interference played a factor in the Japanese automaker's safety recalls.


Sprint Unveils Dual-Screen Smart Phone

February 8, 2011 3:25 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp. on Monday unveiled a smart phone with two screens, one stacked on top of the other. The top screen slides out and can be snapped it into place so that the two lay side by side, producing screen space that rivals a tablet computer. The phone, called the Echo, is made by Japanese manufacturer Kyocera Corp.

Intel Decides To Sells Faulty Chip Again

February 8, 2011 3:24 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp. has resumed shipments of a chip with a known flaw. But in order to get it, computer makers must promise not to use it in designs that trigger the serious performance problem. Intel stopped production of the faulty "chipset" last month, after discovering that it would cause some computers to gradually lose their ability to talk to their hard disk and DVD drives.

Super Bowl Ad Sends Shivers Of Pride Through Motor City

February 8, 2011 3:23 am | by Jeff Karoub and Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — To a pulsating beat, hip-hop star Eminem drives a sleek Chrysler through the streets of Detroit, proudly cruising by the city's landmarks, towering skyscrapers and the hopeful faces of its people. His journey ends with an unapologetic message: "This is the Motor City, and this is what we do.

Computer Industry Pioneer Kenneth Olsen Dead At 84

February 8, 2011 3:21 am | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Kenneth Olsen, a computer industry pioneer and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corp., has died. He was 84. His death Sunday was announced by Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he was a trustee and benefactor. The college did not release a cause of death. Olsen was born in Bridgeport, Conn.

Lockheed Martin Wins $107M U.S. Air Force Contract

February 8, 2011 3:20 am | News | Comments

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. won a $107 million contract to continue work on space-surveillance systems for the U.S. Air Force. The defense contractor said Monday the deal is a follow-on contract for the next phase of Air Force's "Space Fence" program, which includes manned and unmanned space operations.

One In An Undecillion

February 7, 2011 8:16 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

In a world where physical space becomes more confined, cyber space is starting to look like flying over Wyoming must feel like for a bird—until the addresses, one by one, are parceled out, and your tiny .com diminishes in the swelling masses. CNN Tech taught me a new word last week: Undecillion.

Top Five Packaging Trends In 2011

February 7, 2011 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

Here are five key trends for the packaging industry in 2011. Photo from toolstop At the start of each New Year, along with the usual all-too-soon forgotten resolutions, many industry experts make predictions about where their industry is headed during the upcoming year, usually in the format of trends to watch.

Putting The iPhone To The Test

February 7, 2011 7:16 am | Videos | Comments

CNET decided to get scientific when comparing the Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone, putting both devices through a rigorous set of tests to determine which provides the best signal strength and data speed. They noted such things as number of bars, upload/download speeds, and browsing speed. Which device performed better? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Collect, Share Data With Ease

February 7, 2011 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

T&D Corporation (Saratoga Springs, NY) now offers the RTR-500AW, a wireless LAN-connected data collector for wireless data loggers. The RTR-500AW acts as a wireless base unit for any of TandD's RTR-500 Series data loggers as remote units. The RTR-500AW monitors and downloads readings from the remote units over a 900MHz wireless link and then presents the data over a network through an 802.

Verizon Sees 'Record' First Day Sales With iPhone

February 7, 2011 3:39 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless on Friday said its first day of taking online orders for the iPhone produced record sales, and it's stopped taking orders until Wednesday. The cell phone carrier said that in just two hours Thursday morning, between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., more customers had ordered the phone than in the full day of any previous phone launch.

Mitsubishi Will Loan Illinois Electric Vehicles For Test-Driving

February 7, 2011 3:37 am | News | Comments

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors North America says it will loan the state of Illinois what it called "a limited number" of battery-powered electric vehicles to try out as part of the state's fleet. Mitsubishi Motors North America made the announcement Friday while company President Shinichi Kurihara was in Normal to announce plans for production of the new Outlander Sport SUV crossover at the facility.

Ford To Raise U.S. Factory Production By 13 Percent

February 7, 2011 3:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will increase factory production 13 percent in the first quarter because of higher demand for Ford and Lincoln brand cars and trucks, and further increases are likely through the year, company executives said Sunday. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said its sales to individual buyers rose 27 percent in January, a strong increase that shows demand for Ford products like the Explorer sport utility vehicle is on the rise.


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