TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. said Wednesday that it has started providing free software updates to more than half a million users worldwide to fix a glitch that could cause overheating in its popular VAIO laptops. So far, no injuries have been reported, but the Tokyo-based electronics company said it has received a total of 39 problem reports, including 26 in the U.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Wanted: Three geniuses to improve iPhone antennas. According to job postings spotted by a reader of technology blog Slashdot, Apple Inc. is hiring engineers to refine iPhone and iPad antennas. This wouldn't be notable except that the redesigned iPhone has something of an antenna problem.
We probably won’t know what the going market for fair trade electronics is any time soon, and I’m concerned that the zealous, constant fight to have the most inexpensive device with the most functions and gadgets will keep hipsters and the rest of us from taking a stand for devices made fairly.
With recalls taking center stage in today’s media, manufacturers must closely evaluate the cost of poor quality to their business. Cost of poor quality (CoPQ) is typically defined as the costs that would disappear if your manufacturing process was perfect. These costs include lost goodwill and expenses incurred from replacement, refund, rework, and scrapping.
This new robot allows users to rove a spy camera throughout the office using remote access from any web browser. This somewhat ridiculous spy robot can be operated from a desktop, laptop or tablet. Furthermore, it's even equipped with a “laser” feature that will surely enhance the overall experience of spying on your co-workers.
BOTHELL, Wash. -- Toronto-based medical imaging technology company VisualSonics is being taken over by SonoSite Inc., in a $71-million deal that includes assumption of $8 million of VisualSonics debt, the U.S. company said Tuesday. SonoSite, headquartered in Bothell, Washington state, expects the acquisition to close in the next 30 days, after which VisualSonics will become a wholly-owned subsidiary.
BEIJING (AP) — China is threatening to revoke Google's business license over the company's decision to redirect Chinese traffic to computers in Hong Kong that are not governed by the communist government's censorship practices. The latest skirmish between Beijing and the Internet search leader threatens to cripple the company in one of the Web's biggest markets.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after consumer concerns about the economy sent stocks sliding, President Barack Obama is trying to assure the American people that the economic recovery is headed in the right direction. Obama is visiting Wisconsin on Wednesday to speak about the economy in Racine before taking questions in a town hall meeting.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on whether software, online-shopping techniques and medical diagnostic tests can be patented, saying only that inventors' request for protection of a method of hedging weather-related risk in energy prices cannot be granted.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurer WellPoint has notified 470,000 individual insurance customers about a security breach that may have exposed medical records, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. The Indianapolis insurer said the problem stemmed from an online program customers can use to track the progress of their application.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Foxconn Technology, a supplier to Apple Inc., looks ready to build a huge new factory in north-central China despite the company's own misgivings about city-sized manufacturing facilities after a spate of suicides among its young migrant work force. The company plans to recruit some 300,000 workers for the new plant, to be located in the Henan city of Hebei, according to a notice seen Tuesday on a local government website.
BEIJING (AP) — Google Inc. said Tuesday it will stop automatically routing users in China to its Hong Kong site after Beijing threatened the company with the loss of its Internet license in their latest skirmish over censorship. Google shut down its China-based search engine March 22 to avoid cooperating with the communist government's Internet censorship and has rerouted users to Hong Kong.
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. said Monday that Kindle software for reading the electronic books it sells is now available for phones that use Google Inc.'s Android system. Amazon's Kindle e-book reader is the most popular device of its kind. The company also makes free Kindle software for other devices, including computers, Apple Inc.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple says it sold more than 1.7 million units of its new iPhone model in the first three days, making it the most successful product launch in the company's history. The iPhone 4 went on sale Thursday in the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Japan. High demand for the model caused shortages and unruly crowds at some stores.
Some buyers of the new iPhone 4 have complained the device periodically disconnects mid-call when the phone is held in their hands in such a way that the lower-left corner of it was covered. In this video, one man shows how the phone slowly, but surely, loses reception when held a certain way … If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
CHiL Semiconductor (Tewksbury, MA) recently announced it developed some efficiency-shaping features for CPU, GPU, and DDR applications. Now configured to optimize efficiency from the lowest idle state to the highest operating state of today’s performance server, graphics, and desktop solutions, CHiL’s true-digital power algorithms are capable of increasing efficiency.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Sunday it intends to nearly double the available amount of wireless communications spectrum over the next 10 years in an effort to keep up with the ever-growing demand for high-speed video and data transmission to cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the murky world of the Internet, how do you ever really know who you're talking to, who you're buying from or if your bank can actually tell it's you when you log in to pay a bill? Amid growing instances of identity theft, bank account breaches and sophisticated Internet scams, the government is looking for ways to make those transactions in cyberspace more secure.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Oracle Corp.'s net income jumped 25 percent in the most recent quarter as CEO Larry Ellison trumpeted momentum in the company's efforts to sell computer hardware and in its showdown with IBM Corp. The results, reported Thursday after the market closed, were helped by stronger sales of database and other business software and a bump from its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
SEATTLE (AP) — First there's the anticipation. Then, the long lines, followed by the triumphant walk out of the Apple store, new gadget in hand. Now, inevitably, the first slew of complaints are in, among them that just holding the iPhone 4 a certain way can interfere with calls. Apple Inc.