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BlackBerry Service Issues Spread Into U.S.

October 12, 2011 8:07 am | Videos | Comments

Millions of BlackBerry users remained without service on Wednesday as a three-day outage spread to North America. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion blamed its proprietary email technology for the widespread issues. When users send an email, it goes to a BlackBerry server. A core switch used to transmit these emails has failed, and RIM's failover to a backup switch did not work either.

Gov., Lawmakers Battle Over Boeing And Lockheed

October 12, 2011 4:30 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new wrinkle of disagreement has emerged in Missouri's special legislative session on business incentives: State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon now apparently are at odds over the production of military fighter jets. The dispute comes after the Missouri House took a roughly half hour break from its debate last week over a wide-ranging business-incentive bill to instead discuss and pass a resolution urging Congress to provide full funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Sony Recalls 1.6M LCD TVs Worldwide

October 12, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. says it is recalling 1.6 million LCD televisions globally because of a defect that can trigger overheating, smoke and melting parts. Sony says has received 11 such reports in Japan, though none involved injuries or damage beyond the TVs. The models subject to the recall in Japan are the Bravia KDL-40X5000, KDL-40X5050, KDL-40W5000, KDL-40V5000 and KDL-40V3000.

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BlackBerry Outages Persist Into Third Day

October 12, 2011 4:27 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Messaging and email service is still sporadic for BlackBerry users in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, as outages stretch into their third day. Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the phones, said Tuesday that a crucial link in its infrastructure had failed, and a backup didn't work either.

Sony Hit With Another Hacking Attempt

October 12, 2011 4:26 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sony said Wednesday intruders staged a massive attempt to access user accounts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services in the second major attack on its flagship gaming site this year. The Tokyo-based company temporarily locked about 93,000 accounts whose IDs and passwords were successfully ascertained by the blitz.

Review: It's Not the iPhone 5, But So What?

October 12, 2011 4:24 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To some people, Apple's new iPhone 4S isn't the complete overhaul they have been hoping for. Its model number, which doesn't include a "5," reeks of the status quo. That's ridiculous. Sure, the 4S doesn't render the iPhone 4 hopelessly obsolete, and on the surface they're nearly identical.

Congress To Vote On 3 Trade Deals

October 12, 2011 4:23 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting in rare harmony, Congress is preparing to approve three free trade agreements that advocates say will boost exports, give the economy a needed shot in the arm and help put Americans back to work. The trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are being trumpeted as economic victories by President Barack Obama and most congressional Republicans.

The Commuter 'Car' Of The Future?

October 12, 2011 4:04 am | Videos | Comments

This new concept vehicle may best be described as "the safest motorcycle ever built." Check out the features of this vehicle, which combines the efficiency and romance of a motorcycle with the convenience and safety of a car. 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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Serious Future Shock

October 11, 2011 8:50 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

We must think beyond creating products that satisfy inane consumer preferences and put our collective heads to solving the real issues facing our world. As I write this column there are, according to the World Population Clock, 6,962,951,052 people in the world.  With normal death rates, 135 million people will come into existence this year and about 60 million will go out, so that by 2020 there will be eight billion people on this planet.

The Amphibious Aircraft

October 11, 2011 8:27 am | Articles | Comments

ICON Aircraft brings back excitement and passion to the aviation market with its A5 amphibious aircraft that not only flies the skies, but cruises on water. ICON's new take on the cockpit includes user-friendly controls, smart ergonomics, and intuitive features that allow pilots to relax more and enjoy the flying experience.

Yaskawa To Be Featured On 'World's Greatest TV'

October 11, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – Starting October 17 through October 26, 2011, Yaskawa America, Inc. – Drives & Motion Division will be one of the companies featured on the show "World’s Greatest TV "airing on the ION Network.. The show will focus on Yaskawa as an innovative, leading edge company that has, via its parent company in Japan, been serving the world needs with products to improve global productivity through automation since 1915.

IFS Receives Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Enhancement Award

October 11, 2011 5:38 am | News | Comments

ITASCA, Ill. -- IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has been awarded the prestigious Customer Value Enhancement Award in the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) segment. The award recognizes IFS's tireless efforts in enhancing customer value and providing a standardized EAM solution with unique capabilities.

Bill Clinton: How To Create Jobs Now

October 11, 2011 4:49 am | Videos | Comments

Getting companies to invest cash, flushing out foreclosures, and promoting budding industries are the keys to creating jobs now, says former President Bill Clinton. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Unexplained Glitch Cuts Off BlackBerry Services

October 11, 2011 4:27 am | by Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The maker of BlackBerry said Monday that email services have been restored on many of its smartphones, after an unexplained glitch cut off Internet and messaging services for large numbers of users across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. However, Research in Motion Ltd.

Mass. Schools, Businesses Team Up For Supercomputer Center

October 11, 2011 4:25 am | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — At a gritty industrial site occupied a century ago by a textile mill, five universities are collaborating to install supercomputers that will recreate the start of the universe and perform other research. The developers of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, which is being built and is expected to be operating by the end of next year, were drawn to Holyoke for the same reason industrialists flocked to the city in the 19th century: cheap water power from the Connecticut River.

Howard Industries Faces Second Immigration Lawsuit

October 11, 2011 4:23 am | News | Comments

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a second lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. In February, a discrimination lawsuit was filed in federal court against Howard Industries on behalf of four black women claims the company gave preferential treatment to Latino applicants and workers, many of whom were illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Research in Motion Confident In PlayBook Tablet

October 11, 2011 4:22 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Research in Motion Ltd. is "absolutely confident" in its PlayBook tablet despite disappointing sales and aims to appeal to customers already hooked on its BlackBerry smartphones, a company executive said Monday. Patrick Spence, RIM's managing director for global sales and regional marketing, told The Associated Press in Dubai that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company was not as clear as it could have been in defining the target audience for the devices.

Jobs Council Seeks Passage Of $447B Jobs Package

October 11, 2011 4:21 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for passage of his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certain congressional defeat while embracing more modest administrative remedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly high unemployment. Continuing his personal campaign for the legislation, Obama was traveling to Pittsburgh Tuesday, making a plea for support in a state crucial to his re-election hopes.

Honeywell Machinists Strike Over Contract

October 11, 2011 4:18 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Machinists at Honeywell's Kansas City plant are on strike after rejecting a contract offer Sunday. About 840 members of Machinists Local Lodge 778 are idled by the strike. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/qxHVyr) that union representative Steve Nickel says the union plans to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board, which is closed Monday for a federal holiday.

Aug. Manufacturing Tech Orders Up 88.5% From 2010

October 10, 2011 10:08 am | Articles | Comments

Peter Borden, AMTDA President August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $460.61 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 9.

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