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Daily news and top headlines for IT professionals

Custom Color LCD Display Module

October 18, 2011 10:48 am | Articles | Comments

FSCs, a uniquely different color technology, fits a niche in the growing market of custom build color LCD modules. FCS LCDs are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLEDs or TFTs, because they do not display video or high-resolution photos.

Cybervetting And You

October 18, 2011 8:56 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

Because the operators of social media have strong financial motivations to make more information easy to get at, it’s likely that if you’ve ever posted anything you might not want someone to see, they’ll be able to see it anyway . Although I hope any engineer can benefit on occasion from this blog, I am especially keen to discuss matters that younger engineers and engineering students can use.

EN-V Electric Networked Concept Cars

October 18, 2011 7:53 am | Videos | Comments

General Motors (GM) is beginning urban pilot programs for its 'EN-V' zero-emissions concept vehicle to determine the real-world practicality of the networked electric cars. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Apple Supplier Faces Pollution Complaints In China

October 18, 2011 4:23 am | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwan-based company that supplies metal casings for Apple's Inc.'s MacBook series of laptops says it is shutting down some operations at its factory complex in eastern China following complaints of bad odors by residents. Catcher Technology Chairman Hung Shui-shu told reporters late Monday that Chinese authorities had ordered the company to close down some production lines in Suzhou city for inspection.

Safety Regulators Check Into Mini Engine Fires

October 18, 2011 4:22 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints of engine compartment fires that could affect 36,000 Mini Cooper "S'' models from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The federal safety agency said in documents posted on its website that it has received 12 complaints of fires.

Where Does BlackBerry Maker RIM Go From Here?

October 18, 2011 4:20 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — The maker of the struggling BlackBerry tried to soothe tens of millions of frustrated customers Monday, offering more than $100 worth of free software to each one and giving some a month of technical support as compensation for last week's massive outage. But some BlackBerry users and experts cast doubt on whether the freebies from Research In Motion would be enough to keep people from abandoning the tarnished brand in favor of more popular smartphones.

ITC Backs Apple Over Patent Dispute With Taiwan's HTC

October 18, 2011 4:19 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) — The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a preliminary ruling Monday stating that Apple Inc. has not infringed patents held by Taiwan's electronic manufacturer HTC Corp. In a complaint filed with the commission in May last year, HTC sought a ban on the import to the United States and sale there of iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices, claiming the devices, assembled overseas, violated multiple patents held by HTC.

Debt Panic In China's Wenzhou May Auger Wider Woes

October 18, 2011 4:17 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WENZHOU, China (AP) — Wenzhou's private entrepreneurs, scrappy survivors in an economy ruled by state industries, once thrived on a formula of cheap backstreet loans and low-cost manufacturing. Now, they're at the center of what some have dubbed China's own subprime debt crisis, a festering mess of borrowings gone sour that has become one of the weakest links in the economy — at a time when strength here is most needed to offset weakness in the U.

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Majority Of Ford Workers Support Union Contract

October 18, 2011 4:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- Workers at some of Ford Motor Co.'s largest local unions have approved a new labor contract with the company, making it likely that the four-year deal will be approved when voting finishes on Tuesday. The United Auto Workers union said Sunday night that more than 90 percent of the 2,991 workers voting at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

This Cloud-Based Software Wants To Become Your Brain

October 17, 2011 9:11 am | Videos | Comments

Evernote is cloud-based note software designed to hold your memories for life. Whenever you want to hang onto a memory, Evernote allows you to capture that memory easily and save it as an image, document, voice clip, etc. The cloud-based software will then allow the memory to be available on all your devices.

Like Hobos On The Outsourcing Train

October 17, 2011 8:39 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Articles | Comments

Consider the change that outsourcing means to your business before you jump on the train with everyone else. Outsourcing has been an enormously popular trend in manufacturing for the U.S. However, as popular as it is, and as much as it might make sense on paper, it doesn’t always produce the business benefit we seek.

Better, Faster, Stronger

October 17, 2011 8:28 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Articles | Comments

As costs continue to rise, distribution centers and warehouses are looking for ways to control these costs and be more efficient. As costs continue to rise, distribution centers and warehouses are looking for ways to control these costs and be more efficient. Innovative ways to address these issues crop up more and more from a technology standpoint, including: New software which allows simplified warehouse management of everything from trailer scheduling to equipment usage.

New Partnership

October 17, 2011 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maplesoft and VI-grade (Waterloo, ON) announced a partnership that will see the integration of MapleSim models with the VI-CarRealTime framework. MapleSim is an advanced physical modeling and simulation tool built on a foundation of symbolic computation technology. VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that can be used by automotive engineers to optimize vehicle designs and control system performance.

Ingersoll Rand Expands aPriori Product Cost Management Deployment To All Business Segments

October 17, 2011 6:14 am | News | Comments

CONCORD, MA – aPriori, a provider of product cost management software solutions, today announced that after only eight months of use, Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, has chosen to significantly expand its deployment of aPriori’s software platform to all businesses within Ingersoll Rand.

Is Technology Killing Jobs?

October 17, 2011 5:02 am | Videos | Comments

Anthony DeRosa speaks with Jeff Jarvis about the impact of new technologies on job creation...and extinction. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our MBT Mid-Day Report videos? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Mike.

Samsung Asks Japan Court To Block Sale Of iPhone 4S

October 17, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it has asked courts in Japan and Australia to block the sale of the Apple iPhone 4S in the two countries, alleging patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology. In its preliminary injunction motion filed in the Tokyo District Court, Samsung is also seeking an immediate barring of the sale of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, according to a company statement.

Research In Motion To Offer Free Apps For Outage

October 17, 2011 4:23 am | News | Comments

Trying to make amends for massive outages last week, Research In Motion is giving customers some free premium apps and a month of technical support. The Canadian company says that the apps, worth more than $100, will be made available over the coming weeks on BlackBerry(at) App World. They include iSpeech Translator, Bejeweled and Texas Hold'em Poker 2.

Novell Seeks $500M-$1.2B From Microsoft In Antitrust Case

October 17, 2011 4:21 am | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An antitrust lawsuit involving high-tech giants Novell Inc. and Microsoft Corp. is headed to federal court Monday in a jury trial that could include testimony from Bill Gates. Novell sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the company violated U.S. antitrust laws primarily through its arrangements with other computer makers.

Treasury Officials: Never Seen A Loan Like Solyndra's

October 17, 2011 4:20 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Treasury officials said Friday that they had never seen a loan restructuring similar to an Energy Department loan to a failed solar panel maker. The half-billion dollar loan to Solyndra Inc. was restructured earlier this year so that private investors moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment on part of the loan in case of a default.

Microsoft Completes $8.5B Acquisition Of Skype

October 17, 2011 4:18 am | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Internet video chat service Skype is now officially a part of Microsoft. The two companies joined forces late Thursday when Microsoft Corp. completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype. The closing came five months after Microsoft announced the deal. Microsoft is counting on Skype to help it catch up in some the hottest markets in technology and media.

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