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Duracell To Launch New Quantum Batteries

July 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Duracell Professional | News | Comments

With less time spent worrying about or changing the batteries in their devices, professionals can save time and money and focus on doing the jobs they do best.                          

Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, industry source said Saturday.                

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake in Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                                     

LED High Bay and LED Wall Pack

July 10, 2014 10:46 am | by Shat-R-Shield | Product Releases | Comments

Both fixtures serve as high efficiency direct retrofits for their outdated, inefficient counterparts and are eligible for utility rebates where offered.  

Apple Wins Court Case on Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                                       

Robbers Raid Samsung Plant in Brazil

July 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thieves raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift early Monday, subdued workers and guards, and made off with at least $6 million worth of cellphones and computers.                 

Smart Grill Texts When Burgers Are Done

July 2, 2014 11:29 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Lynx Grills has developed a prototype grill where you can control everything from your smartphone, including temperature and text alerts.                                 

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$1,500 Google Glass Costs Under $80 in Parts

July 2, 2014 11:25 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google's (in)famous face wear has an extremely high sticker price, but the parts inside cost less than $80.                                          

The IoT Uplink: How Secure Are Our 14 Billion Connected Devices?

June 26, 2014 4:12 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode examines the growing concerns manufacturers face in keeping connected devices secure, with projections taking machine-to-machine communication platforms impacting as many as 18 billion devices within the next five years.       

Trend Detection: All Things Infrared

June 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Thermal imaging technology has become ubiquitous in industry, emergency services, DIY and municipal applications. Here’s the latest on all things infrared.                           

Building Displays for the Largest Arenas in the World

June 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Get a look inside Daktronics, a company that has made scoreboards and display systems for some of the biggest teams in professional and collegiate sports.                             

Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.            

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Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                            

The State & Future of the Global Electronics Market

June 17, 2014 10:34 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.”            

High Performance Flexible Cable Assemblies

June 16, 2014 11:35 am | by D-COAX, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

D-COAX, Inc. has introduced high performance flexible coaxial cable assemblies through 65GHz in the standard or custom configurations in the greater metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon.

Why Making Lights in America ‘Is Not Just an Option’

June 12, 2014 11:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After an unsuccessful tryst with China, Independence LED Lighting ended up establishing a new headquarters and manufacturing operation in Wayne, Penn., just under 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — reshoring all that production work to the U.S.

EU Court Upholds $1.4B Intel Fine

June 12, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A European Union court on Thursday upheld a 1.06 billion-euro ($1.4 billion) fine against Intel, the American microchip manufacturer, for abusing its dominant position in the market for computer central processing units.          

Ultra-Rugged Mobile Device for Industrial Settings

June 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Two Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The first in a series of hard-shell mobile devices designed specifically to withstand hard use in industrial environments has been developed by Two Technologies. 

Flooring Cable Systems That Can Be Reconfigured

June 10, 2014 11:11 am | by Jim Norton, President at Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In today’s technology driven classrooms, the requirement for power, data, and AV connections to be located exactly where needed is now more important than ever.                          

5 Trends Expected at E3

June 9, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                              

Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone in 3Q

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.        

Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.          

Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 2, 2014 11:13 am | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated | Articles | Comments

If implemented correctly, wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.                    

Motorola Closing Only U.S. Smartphone Factory

June 2, 2014 9:57 am | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit has announced it will close its Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened as the first smartphone factory in the U.S.                   

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