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Can Apple Maintain Its Shine?

January 23, 2013 10:29 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For many investors, Apple's best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling. The company's doubters have backed their conviction with billions of dollars. Last week, the stock fell below $500 for the first time in 11 months.

Aviation Technology Advances, FAA Tries To Keep Up

January 21, 2013 2:34 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

After two separate and serious battery problems aboard Boeing 787s, it wasn't U.S. authorities who acted first to ground the plane. It was Japanese airlines. The unfolding saga of Boeing's highest-profile plane has raised new questions about federal oversight of aircraft makers and airlines.

Solar Carports: Refueling Stations Of The Future

January 21, 2013 8:08 am | by Seth Cutler, GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business | Articles | Comments

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has been around for most of the 20th century; however it has only made financial and commercial sense in the last five to 10 years. The growth of the PV industry has been driven by the improving economics associated with a PV install as a result of cost reductions and incentives.

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The Cockpit Of Your Future Car

January 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At the Detroit Auto Show you can see how automakers are working to keep up with the pace and change of consumer electronics, including tablet computer technology that could soon replace many of the controls in your car for both drivers and passengers.

Schools Promote Research As Auto Industry Boost

January 18, 2013 10:15 am | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University have been showing how their combined efforts have contributed to some of the technological advances on display at this week's Detroit auto show.

CEO: Sony Is On Track For Comeback

January 18, 2013 10:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics and entertainment company, is headed in the right direction although its comeback is not yet complete, its chief executive said Thursday. Kazuo Hirai told reporters that Sony is now more nimble and focused under his leadership which began nine months ago.

Bikes Share Space With Cars At Auto Show

January 16, 2013 2:16 pm | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Transportation of the two-wheeled variety is sharing the floor at the Detroit auto show with the latest cars, trucks and concept vehicles, a nod to the potential marketing boost that bikes may offer for automakers. Some, such as those at Subaru's display, are shown as accessories on vehicles including the Outback wagon that are aimed at outdoor enthusiasts.

Mitsubishi Invests $770M In German Offshore Wind

January 16, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Mitsubishi is investing €576 million ($770 million) in developing German offshore wind farms. Netherlands-based grid operator Tennet said Wednesday that Mitsubishi will take a 49 percent stake in the €2.9 billion high-voltage cables linking four offshore farms to the German grid.

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Bling Is The Thing On Cars At Detroit Auto Show

January 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Headlights, grilles and other doodads are stepping up and popping out on cars: from daytime running lights that go up the hood of the new Cadillac ATS, to a wide, bold grille on the Ford Fusion, to engraving within the lamps of the new Corvette and Ford Transit. They are inexpensive but distinctive, providing automotive eye candy that can even boost gas mileage or improve safety.

Photo Of The Day: Thomas Edison Visits Auto Show

January 15, 2013 10:40 am | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Past met present at the auto show Monday when a holographic image of Thomas Edison was used to promote vehicles from electric truck and van maker VIA Motors. Bob Lutz, the retired General Motors executive who led development of the Chevy Volt, took to the stage at the North American International Auto Show to listen as a hologram of a person portraying the inventor gave advice about the potential for electric vehicles.

Chevy Volt Goes Upscale In New Electric Cadillac

January 15, 2013 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is trying to find more buyers for the Chevrolet Volt's electric technology. So it's putting it inside a new Cadillac. The company on Tuesday introduced the Cadillac ELR, which has the same battery and gas-powered generator as the Chevy version.

Ford CEO: Luxury Market Has Room For Lincoln

January 14, 2013 2:26 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Ford thinks the luxury car market is missing something. Luxury buyers sobered up during the recession, the company reckons, and they now find German brands to pricey, Cadillac too showy and Japanese brands too boring. Ford hopes its Lincoln brand will fill a hole: premium but moderately-priced, elegant but not ostentatious, sporty but smooth.

Microsoft May Have Exited Gadget Show Prematurely

January 14, 2013 2:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity to explain and promote a new generation of redesigned computers running its radically remade Windows operating system.

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Grand Cherokee SUV Makes Jump To Diesel Power

January 14, 2013 2:19 pm | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler's top-selling Grand Cherokee is making the jump to diesel power, an option driven by demand from outdoor enthusiasts, the company says. It marks the first major expansion into diesel power in the U.S. by a mainstream SUV maker, showing the potential for boosting power and fuel economy.

New Corvette: Killer Looks, Big Engine

January 14, 2013 10:26 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

When General Motors engineers and designers started work on the next-generation Corvette, they drew up the usual requirements for the star of American muscle cars. But topping the list back was something at odds with the roar of the car's big V-8: Gas mileage. The new Corvette could not be a gas guzzler. Stricter government rules were forcing a leap in fuel economy.

Rugged Tablet Evolution: What’s Next?

January 14, 2013 8:05 am | by Tom Callahan, General Manager & Chief Technology Officer, QRC Technologies | Articles | Comments

The industry as a whole has come a long way since the rack-mounted era, but industrial computing’s nuanced operational requirements have driven an evolutionary path quite different from its consumer counterparts — like the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle or new Microsoft Surface.

Carmakers Let App Developers Drive Innovation

January 11, 2013 10:18 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers have grown so accustomed to their on-the-go tasks that automakers are increasingly trying to make those things easier to pull off with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. As General Motors and Ford commissioned ideas from app makers this week, the possibilities for what you can do with your vehicle's steering wheel buttons, microphone, speakers and internal gauges are quickly expanding.

Bombardier: Jets Will Retain Competitive Advantage

January 11, 2013 10:15 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says its regional jets and new CSeries commercial aircraft will retain their competitive advantages even after Brazilian rival Embraer puts more fuel-efficient engines on its E-Jet family of aircraft. Embraer this week said it plans to use a variant of the Pratt & Whitney engine that will power the CSeries on a "second generation" of regional jets beginning in 2018.

Report: Apple May Build Less Expensive iPhone

January 10, 2013 1:50 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is trying to decide whether it makes sense to offer a cheaper iPhone as it tries to boost sales in less-affluent countries and reclaim some of the market share lost to cheaper phones running Google's Android software, according to a published report.

Chevy Spark Looks Electric But Runs On Gasoline

January 9, 2013 2:07 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Don't be surprised if some people assume the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is another newfangled electric car. Just 12 feet long and with an aerodynamic front end and abruptly chopped-off rear, the South Korean-built Spark could pass for an electric car. But there's no plug and no problem with fueling the 2013 version of this Chevrolet, because it comes with a gasoline-sipping, internal combustion, four-cylinder engine.

Smart TVs Get Smarter, By Just A Little Bit

January 9, 2013 10:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the 2002 movie "Minority Report." That's the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off "smart TVs."

U.S. To Require Electric Cars To Make Noise

January 8, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. government safety agency wants electric and hybrid vehicles to make more noise when traveling at low speeds so pedestrians can hear them coming. The cars and trucks, which are far quieter than conventional gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles, don't make enough noise at low speeds to warn walkers, bicyclists and the visually impaired, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

LG Kicks Off CES With 1.4-Meter 'Ultra-HD' TV

January 7, 2013 2:16 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LG unveiled a 55-inch (1.4-meter) TV that sports "ultrahigh-definition" resolution with four times the sharpness of regular HD television sets, kicking off what is likely to be a mini-obsession with the latest super-clear format at the annual International CES gadget show.

Startup Vehicle Company Moving Into Old GM Plant

January 4, 2013 2:00 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

A startup company called Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in northwest Louisiana, where it plans to build three-wheeled vehicles with high fuel efficiency and a cheap price tag. The deal was announced Thursday for Elio to take over part of the plant to assemble its unusual-looking, two-seat vehicle.

NEC To Build Space Satellite Factory

January 3, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEC Corp. will invest 10B yen to build a factory in Tokyo and make low-cost satellites for emerging countries, sources close to the matter said. The maker of electronics and telecommunication equipment plans to mainly manufacture small satellites from fiscal 2014 at the plant to be built in the city of Fuchu as part of its joint efforts with the government to win satellite-launching contracts from other countries, they said.

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