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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.

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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.        

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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.                   

Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

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HP to Cut up to 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 9:02 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday that it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.

First Look: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3

May 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet at an event on Tuesday, saying the goal of the device is to "take away the conflict" between owning a laptop and a tablet.                        

How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

CEO: Sony Needed to Act Sooner

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company accumulated huge losses because it didn't respond quickly enough to changing market conditions, but promised a return to profit next year.             

Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 9:46 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.                

Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                             

Electric Motors With Shaft Ground Brush

May 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

The new Super-E Motor with Baldor Shaft Grounding Brush is designed with a carbon brush mounted internally to divert shaft currents away from motor bearings, thus increasing the life of the bearings.

Apple CEO Dares to Be Different From Jobs

May 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing the idea while making decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor.            

BlackBerry Launching New Smartphone for Indonesia

May 13, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed specifically for Indonesia, where its market share has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many other nations.                    

Report: Apple Close To Buying Beats For $3.2B

May 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If the deal is completed, it would be by far the largest purchase in Apple Inc.'s 38-year history.                                             

Inside Motorola's New Chicago Headquarters

May 5, 2014 1:31 pm | by CNNVideo | Videos | Comments

Christine Romans takes an exclusive look at Motorola's new home in Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                              

Jury Awards Apple $119M In Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 9:30 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features.                             

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