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Making the most of a 'rare earth' opportunity

Along with being great Scrabble words, rare earth elements — with names like europium. promethium and scandium — are key components in our cellphones and other consumer electronics as...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Editorials

Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs as phone sales flag

NEW YORK — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business.The new cuts come on top of the 18,000 jobs that were trimmed last year and just over a year after the company made an...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Business Wire

GoPro meets virtual reality with 16-camera array

GoPro is moving into virtual reality with the announcement of a 16-camera, 360-degree array that can capture stereoscopic and spherical video. But this early model is too big to wear on your head.The rig, meant to be mounted on a tripod, has yet to be priced. It will support...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire

Paper books, alive and well

For years, we've been hearing that print is dead and the electronic reading medium is the future — the whole future. And it's not hard to imagine a day when no tree has to die for people to get all the reading they could want.Half of Americans have already sprung for...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary

Robots learn not to crush you

MUNICH — Robots long ago earned a place in factories, where their pneumatic pumps and steel welding arms help manufacture everything from cars to planes. Now, they're learning to behave around people, bringing them one step closer to the Jetsons-esque dream of automated servants...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Business Wire

Google Glass joins list of spectacular failures

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Boeing, BlackBerry to build self-destructing spy phone

CHICAGO — Boeing is teaming up with BlackBerry on a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Business Wire

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