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Samsung secures self-driving car permit in California
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it has received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, marking the entry of the world's largest smart phone maker four months after iPhone...
Intel's newest SSD raises the bar for speed and value
Intel’s solid-state drives have been the cream-of-the-crop for a long time, but they haven’t always been affordable and so now the chip maker has announced a new budget line that should be more approachable.Intel’s...
Google shuts down Map Maker, promises to integrate features into Google Maps
Enlarge reader comments 0 Share this story Google has shut down Google Map Maker. A support page went up over the weekend declaring that Map Maker is closed but that "many of its features are being integrated...
Johnson & Johnson to disclose drug price increases
Johnson & Johnson plans next month to disclose average price increases of its prescription drugs, as the industry tries to calm the storm over soaring prices. “We hope that can create a better understanding...
Soylent degreens, Boosted unplugs, The Economist drops Pinterest
The maker of the Soylent protein drink and food bar said it was pulling an algal flour made by South San Francisco’s TerraVia Holdings out of its ingredient list after customers got sick. [...] investors...
Business News Roundup, Aug. 31
A judge has dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that headphone maker Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners before negotiating its $3 billion sale to Apple two years ago. The ruling...
Europe's biggest software maker SAP ditches annual reviews
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's SAP , maker of software used to grade the performance of millions of employees worldwide, is ditching its own annual performance reviews as too expensive, time-consuming...
NBA 2K videogame maker wins dismissal of big tattoo damages claim
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of the popular NBA 2K video game series on Tuesday won the dismissal of a potentially large damages claim in a lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to LeBron James,...
China's Midea shares hit record high after firm raises stake in Germany's Kuka
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shares in China's Midea Group Co Ltd hit a record high on Friday afternoon after the home appliance maker said it was increasing its stake in German robotics maker Kuka , as part of...
Qualcomm files 17 new complaints in China courts against smartphone maker Meizu
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc has filed 17 fresh complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing...
BMW, Intel, Mobileye team up to develop autonomous cars: source
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is close to unveiling a development partnership for autonomous cars with Israeli collision detection software maker Mobileye and U.S. chip maker Intel , a source familiar with...
Siemens CEO says not interested in robot maker Kuka
BEIJING (Reuters) - Siemens has no interest in becoming a white knight for German robot maker Kuka , which is the target of a 4.5 billion euro ($5.06 billion) takeover bid by Chinese home appliance maker...
Germany working on Kuka counter-offer: Economy Minister says
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany is trying to coordinate an alternative offer for industrial robot maker Kuka following Chinese home appliance maker Midea Group Co Ltd's 4.5 billion euro takeover bid,...
Microsoft sells patents to Xiaomi, builds 'long-term partnership'
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Software maker Microsoft Corp is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi [XTC.UL], a rare departure for the U.S. company and part of what the two companies...
Maker Faire expects 150,000 people for annual do-it-yourself expo
[...] with 150,000 people expected for this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, which starts Friday in San Mateo, the do-it-yourself tech movement could be ready to graduate into a mainstream cultural force....
Google, Honeywell agree to resolve Nest Labs patent dispute
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google and climate control systems maker Honeywell International Inc have reached an agreement to resolve patents disputes related to Alphabet's Nest Labs, a maker of Internet-connected...
Logitech snaps up wireless earbuds maker JayBird for $50M
Consumer gadgets standby Logitech has acquired JayBird, a maker of fitness-focused wireless earbuds and trackers, for $50 million in cash, the companies announced today. “The Jaybird team will...
What to do when your ice maker stops making ice - CNET
Taylor Martin/CNET Having ice ready whenever you want or need it is a luxury we all take for granted, that is, until you reach to get some ice from the freezer and there is none.Ice makers fail. It's...
Bullish: What’s driving the maker movement
The maker movement is hot. Worldwide, there are about 2,000 maker spaces and 26% of cities in the U.S. have them. I sat down with Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan to learn about what’s driving the movement...
Use this low-budget hack to control your smart home more easily - CNET
Taylor Martin/CNET There are a number of ways to control your smart home without sifting through apps on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the Amazon Echo to control your lights or thermostat by...
A nation of Makers? Not so much.
Exactly how widespread is the maker movement? It's probably not as prolific as you think, according to a new report from the National League of Cities."Only 26 percent of American cities are engaging...
Data analytics software maker Splunk's revenue jumps 49 percent
(Reuters) - Data analytics software maker Splunk Inc reported a 49 percent rise in quarterly revenue as businesses increasingly turn to data analytics to secure their networks from a surge in highly sophisticated...
TE Connectivity to buy Creganna Medical Group for $895 million
(Reuters) - Swiss-based communication equipment maker TE Connectivity Ltd said it would buy medical device maker Creganna Medical Group for $895 million, expanding in the fast-growing business of supplying...
ChemChina buys Germany's KraussMaffei for $1 billion
China's biggest chemical company says it has bought a German maker of machinery to process rubber and plastic for $1 billion (925 million euros) in the biggest Chinese investment to date in Germany. China...
Smart Toy Maker Elemental Path Starts Accepting Pre-Orders For IBM Watson-Powered Dinos
Elemental Path is now accepting pre-orders for its smart toy products. The smart toy maker made its debut on Kickstarter this year with a line of what it calls CogniToys, or toys that learn and grow...
What I learned using a breakfast sandwich maker - CNET
Using square bread requires a little manuvering. Alina Bradford You've probably seen the commercials for the magical breakfast sandwich makers that, within five minutes or so, depending on the brand of...
The ultimate geek bucket list: 12 things to see or do before you die
IntroductionWhat's on your bucket list? For most people, the things they want to do before heading to the great gig in the sky might include skydiving, vacationing in Italy, or learning to paint. For us...
2015 market winners and losers
New media companies like Netflix, which has risen about 140 percent to notch the biggest gain in the S&P 500, became more valuable than established media companies like CBS. The Dow Jones industrial average,...
Panasonic to buy U.S. refrigeration firm Hussmann for over $1.2 billion - sources
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp has agreed to buy a majority stake in U.S. refrigeration systems maker Hussmann from a private equity firm for over 150 billion yen ($1.2 billion),...
Shares of Australian software maker Atlassian soar in IPO
Shares of Atlassian soared more than 30 percent in their U.S. stock market debut Thursday, valuing the Australian software maker at $5.8 billion. Atlassian is the company behind HipChat, a private group...
Breville One-Touch Tea Maker review - CNET
Making delicious tea is challenging, especially if you stray beyond basic black leaves. You must account for tea type, steep time and water temperature to produce the best flavor possible. Luckily, there's...
'Angry Birds' maker Rovio to change CEO
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Rovio, maker of hit mobile phone game Angry Birds, said on Wednesday chief executive Pekka Rantala would step down after just a year in the role, which included deep job cuts and restructuring...
Digital map maker HERE says to explore use of big data
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The consortium of carmakers consisting of Audi , BMW and Daimler that owns digital map maker HERE said on Monday it would explore the use of big data to improve the quality of its...
Mobile OS Maker Jolla To Cut Half Its Staff, Restructure Its Debt After Funding Stalls
Finnish alternative mobile OS startup Jolla is facing the situation startups dread the most: running out of financing to keep the business going in the way they’d like. Today the Sailfish OS...
Retail Software Maker LightSpeed POS Acquires SEOshop For E-Commerce Push
LightSpeed POS is announcing that it has acquired SEOshop, an Amsterdam-based maker of e-commerce software. As the name implies, LightSpeed’s offerings for brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants...
Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in
Enlarge ImageThe Wake-Up Machine prepares to go to work. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Simone Giertz describes herself as a professional maker and robotics enthusiast. She also acknowledges a...
Zynga CFO resigns as monthly users decline
The company will also postpone two new games, "Dawn of Titans" and "CSR2," to 2016, the CEO said in the earnings release. "Based on the opportunity we see for Dawn of Titans and CSR2 we have made the...
With its steep timer and brewing modes, this is no basic tea kettle
I can't hide the fact that I love to drink coffee -- a lot. Of course, this doesn't mean I can't appreciate a quality cup of tea. Compared with making acceptable drip brew, however, correctly brewing...
‘Angry Birds’ maker Rovio lays off nearly a third of workforce
NEW YORK – Rovio Entertainment, the maker of “Angry Birds” and other mobile games, said it cut nearly a third of its workforce Wednesday as it restructures its business.The company, based in Espoo, Finland,...
Family Time Becomes Maker Time
When my kids were young, making things involved macaroni, feathers, glue and paper plates. The desire to make things and the joy that comes with completion has not diminished. But boy have the tools changed....
Biotech stock rout could be worst since 2011
Biotechnology stocks plunged Tuesday, with an index tracking the industry poised for its worst loss since August 2011, after earnings warnings from companies that sell technology to drug firms and concern...
Apple names ex-Boeing CFO to board
Apple has filled a void on its board of directors with James Bell, the former chief financial officer for aircraft maker Boeing Co.Bell becomes the only African American on Apple's board, helping the iPhone...
Get lost in time and space with Doctor Who Game Maker
Want to travel through time and space with the Doctor and Clara Oswald? The BBC's new Doctor Who Game Maker will let you set out on an adventure of your own creation on your computer or smartphone.The...
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