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  • For RadioShack, the end is near

    Gentlemen and gentlewomen of a certain age harbor fond memories of trips to RadioShack. In days of yore, ham radios and homemade guitar amplifiers would emerge from the mysterious jumble of wires and audio components hawked by this unpretentious electronic retailer. Whatever one’s view of this American institution with about 27,000 employees, it is near death. On Thursday, RadioShack warned that it may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • RadioShack restructuring begins to takes shape

    09/10/2014 1:54:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Thoubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp's shares have lost nearly a third of their value since brokerage Wedbush Securities said on Tuesday the company could file for bankruptcy soon, making the stock worthless by the end of this year. The stock fell as much as 20 percent to 76 cents on Wednesday, adding to a 23 percent plunge on Tuesday. "Our price target reflects our expectation that creditors will force a reorganization and wipe out RadioShack's equity," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note. Pachter, rated four stars out of five by StarMine for the accuracy of his calls on...
  • Non-volatile memory improves energy efficiency by two orders of magnitude

    09/03/2014 11:38:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03 Sep 2014 | by Lisa Zyga
    (Phys.org) —By using voltage-generated stress to switch between two magnetic states, researchers have designed a new non-volatile memory with extremely high energy efficiency—about two orders of magnitude higher than that of the previous most efficient non-volatile memories. The engineers, Ayan K. Biswas, Professor Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, and Professor Jayasimha Atulasimha at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, have published their paper on the proposed non-volatile memory in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. "We are excited that we have been able to come up with the idea of a strain-switched memory element capable of 180° switching using a simple geometric...
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 33 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • Retro Populator Turns Your 3D Printer Into an Electronics Manufacturer

    08/04/2014 12:29:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | August 3, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    When will 3D Printers be able to build electronic devices from the ground up? ThatÂ’s a question many within the 3D printing space have been pondering for some time. Some experts feel as though it is only a decade away, while others think it could be a lot longer. Without a doubt, when this happens, it will change the world in ways that we could never imagine. Close your eyes and think about all the electronic devices that you use on a daily basis. There are smartphones, TVs, PCs, home lighting, automobile key fobs, and the list goes on. Now...
  • Protect Your Electronics From an EMP

    05/07/2014 6:22:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 137 replies
    survivalnewsonline.com ^ | 5/6/2014 | Unknown
    Electromagnetic pulses occur at various frequencies depending on how they’re caused, and you need various strategies to protect your electronics.
  • Mintspare Will Pay Bitcoin For Your Old Electronics

    03/13/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 13 March 2014 | Daniel Cawrey
    Consumers can now receive bitcoin when they trade in their old electronics through a new startup called Mintspare. Galfry Puechavy, Mintspare’s CEO, told CoinDesk that the company’s goal is to be a simple way to get started with bitcoin:
  • High tech isn’t driving the economy any more

    03/07/2014 11:50:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 7, 2014 | Rex Nutting
    The growth rate of high-tech investments has slowed dramatically over the past 10 years, especially since the Great Recession. Everyone has a pet theory explaining why the economic recovery has been so weak, but here’s one overlooked factor: The productivity revolution driven by computers, software and the Internet is fading, and nothing has yet emerged to take its place as an engine of growth. For all of the incessant buzz in the markets about the latest tech start-up, few businesses are investing much in high-tech equipment or software. Investments in information processing equipment and software are growing at the slowest...
  • RadioShack Closing 1,100 Stores as Troubles Grow

    03/04/2014 5:08:26 PM PST · by kingattax · 73 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | March 4, 2014 | CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN
    There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries. RadioShack said Tuesday that it plans to close up to 1,100 stores, or about a fifth of its U.S. locations. The news came as the retailer reported a wider quarterly loss after a disappointing holiday season. Its stock tumbled 16 percent in afternoon trading. CEO Joseph Magnacca said the closings would leave the company with more than 4,000 U.S. stores. That's still far more than Best Buy, which has roughly 1,400 U.S. locations, and makes RadioShack stores nearly as common as Wal-Mart. RadioShack didn't immediately identify which stores will...
  • RadioShack To Close Up To 1,100 Stores; Same-Sales Drop 19 Pct

    03/04/2014 6:06:03 AM PST · by mykroar · 32 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 3/4/2014 | Reuters
    Struggling retailer RadioShack Corp reported a wider quarterly loss on Tuesday and said it will close up to 1,100 U.S. stores after a huge drop in sales over the holidays, sending the stock down more than 15 percent. Sales at the Fort Worth, Texas-based chain have been in free fall amid executive departures, tough competition and an image problem. Despite its ubiquitous presence in the United States, analysts say it has not done enough to transform itself into a destination for mobile phone shoppers or become hip enough to woo younger shoppers. Its net loss widened to $191.4 million, or...
  • Radio Shack sales tumble 20 pct; to close up to 1,100 stores

    03/04/2014 6:37:03 AM PST · by John W · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 4, 2014 | Dhanya Skariachan
    (Reuters) - Retailer RadioShack Corp reported a wider quarterly loss on Tuesday and said it will close up to 1,100 U.S. stores after a huge drop in sales over the holidays, sending its stock down nearly 24 percent. The planned closures would leave the Fort Worth, Texas-based chain with over 4,000 stores, including over 900 dealer franchise locations, its chief executive officer said. Sales totaled $935.4 million in the quarter covering the all-important holiday season, down 20.1 percent from $1.17 billion in the year-ago period. Analysts, on average, looked for sales of $1.12 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sales...
  • Could nanoprinting kick-start a world of versatile home manufacturing?

    02/10/2014 8:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2014 | Michele Catanzaro
    Nanoparticle inks can turn your existing 2D printer into a circuit board production line – and the possibilities for 3D printers are mind-boggling. Printing foldable mobile phones on a sheet of paper from a normal 2D printer is just a decade away, according to Jürgen Steimle, head of the Embodied Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany. Steimle and his colleagues took a step towards this in 2013, when they used a standard printer loaded with nanoparticle ink to print a paper circuit that works even after the sheet is torn. In the past couple...
  • Radioshack Celebrates One Year Anniversary Of Closing 500 Stores By Closing 500 More

    02/04/2014 2:41:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/04/2014 | Tyler Durden
    If it seems like it was exactly a year ago that turmoiling retailer Radioshack shut down 500 stores due to lack of consumer interest in its wares (and or consumer disposable cash), it is because it was. So how does Radioshack demonstrate its morbid sense of humor on the one year anniversary of said announcement? Well, by closing another 500, or about 12% of the retailer's total 4500 outlets currently in existence. The WSJ reports that the company which once was the butt of all LBO-rumor jokes (and still is, only this time in the context of an M&A-rumor...
  • Secretly Record Your Friends and Enemies With Handy Pocket Camera Drone

    01/21/2014 9:17:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Observer's BetaBeat ^ | January 21, 2014 | Molly Mulshine
    That? Oh, that’s just a mosquito, now tell me more about your top secret project. Do you ever feel frustrated that you can’t keep tabs on your significant other at all times? Nervous that everyone is hanging out without you? Curious about what the heck your neighbors are doing over there? Thankfully, there’s a Pocket Drone currently being funded on Kickstarter that will solve these problems and more. It only takes 20 seconds to unpack and launch. Then, you can load it up with any video camera you own, as long as the payload is less than half a pound....
  • While the NSA kills Silicon Valley, Asian startups should gear up (Obama, again!)

    01/09/2014 4:23:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Tech in Asia ^ | January 7, 2014 | Anh-Minh Do
    These days, we read about the latest reports from Edward Snowden but they’re old hat now. We all know the American government is spying on everyone. But as more leaks come out, it’s increasingly evident that the NSA’s nefarious behavior will leave a deep scar on Silicon Valley. Snowden whistleblowing and escaping from the NSA could be one of the most important boons for Asian tech companies and startups in the next decade. If, as Spiegel recently reported, the NSA has a backdoor into major US companies like Dell, Cisco, IBM, Western Digital, Seagate, and more, then Silicon Valley is...
  • Medicine Jim, but not as we know it: Star Trek-style tricorder that scans for signs of disease

    01/09/2014 2:26:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 8, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Imagine a world where a handheld gadget scans your body and diagnoses illnesses in seconds - reducing hospital visits and potentially saving your life. It may sound like the work of science fiction but engineers in California have taken their lead from the Star Trek franchise and developed a real-life version of the show’s medical tricorder. The Scanadu Scout can read a person’s temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and more, simply being held against their forehead. It was developed by Scanadu’s CEO Walter De Brouwer, 56, at Nasa’s Ames Research Centre in California. A prototype of the Scout was...
  • The Cheap Asian 3D Printer Rivals Are Here

    12/17/2013 9:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WebProNews ^ | December 17, 2013 | Zach Walton
    Over the last few years, we’ve seen the price of 3D printers drop dramatically as key patents expire or the cost of components decrease. They still cost quite a bit of money, however, as much of the manufacturing and labor takes place in the U.S. Now Asian rivals, complete with cheaper labor costs, are trying to muscle their way into the market. New Kinpo Group, an electronics manufacturer out of Taiwan, has announced its first 3D printer – the da Vinci. It’s very similar to the Makerbot Replicator 2 and even has a similar build volume of 20x20x20 cm. Here...
  • Bio-inspired method to grow high-quality graphene for high-end electronic devices (Breakthrough?)

    12/16/2013 3:20:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Space Daily ^ | December 17, 2013 | Staff
    A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Loh Kian Ping, who heads the Department of Chemistry at the NUS Faculty of Science, has successfully developed an innovative one-step method to grow and transfer high-quality graphene on silicon and other stiff substrates, opening up opportunities for graphene to be used in high-value applications that are currently not technologically feasible. This breakthrough, inspired by how beetles and tree frogs keep their feet attached to submerged leaves, is the first published technique that accomplishes both the growth and transfer steps of graphene on a silicon wafer....
  • New superconductor theory may revolutionize electrical engineering

    12/08/2013 6:38:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 6, 2013 | Bill Steele
    High-temperature superconductors exhibit a frustratingly varied catalog of odd behavior, such as electrons that arrange themselves into stripes or refuse to arrange themselves symmetrically around atoms. Now two physicists propose that such behaviors – and superconductivity itself – can all be traced to a single starting point, and they explain why there are so many variations. This theory might be a step toward new, higher-temperature superconductors that would revolutionize electrical engineering with more efficient motors and generators and lossless power transmission. -snip- Most subatomic particles have a tiny magnetic field – a property physicists call "spin" – and electrical resistance...
  • Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013

    11/29/2013 1:08:26 PM PST · by Jean S · 40 replies
    Video at link.
  • Unplug Your Family

    11/12/2013 1:07:14 PM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Christianity.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Dr. James Emery White
    My wife and I were in a restaurant having lunch the other day with one of our sons, and couldn’t help but notice a nearby family: a mom, dad, two boys, and a daughter. The daughter was middle school age, and clearly in contemporary middle school mode: ear buds securely in place, staring off into space. Every aspect of her demeanor made it clear: I don’t want to be here, and I don’t want to be with my family. So I am going to stay in my world of music and media. By plugging in, I’m tuning out. And her...
  • Geeksdotcom ordering now closed

    08/02/2013 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 53 replies
    Geeks dot com ^ | 02 August 2013 | Utilizer
    Depressing news for those of us who appreciate great prices on computer gear and component parts. The Geeks website now displays a simple page explaining that all ordering has now ceased. Competition appears to be the overriding reason, and a general unwillingness to have been forced to this point is quite apparent. I, for one, will miss all the great deals they offer, and have offered for many years.
  • Is Google planning a microchip for people's brains?.....

    07/22/2013 1:20:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 14:47 EST, 21 July 2013 | By Damien Gayle
    Online advertising giant Google's new wearable accessories are merely a stepping stone to its ultimate ambition - a microchip which can be embedded in users' brains. The company, which uses its search, email and other services to funnel personalised advertising to users, is currently trialling prototypes of its Glass device, which is worn like a pair of glasses. But Google is staking its future on a new service which will use the information it holds on registered users to automatically predict their search needs and present them with the data they want. The ultimate ambition is to literally get inside...
  • Samsung loses $12 billion in market value as analysts slash Galaxy S4 sales forecasts

    06/09/2013 4:54:37 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | JUNE 7, 2013
    Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The shares fell 6.2%, the most in more than nine months in Seoul after analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut profit estimates. Orders for the S4 smartphone, which went on sale last month, are slowing on weak demand in Europe that may impact profit margins, analysts led by JJ Park said in a report dated yesterday, citing supply chain checks. JPMorgan cut its share- price estimate for Samsung by 9.5% to...
  • Your own black box (Inspired by little Trayvon Martin)

    05/07/2013 6:26:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Jason Gilbert
    ORLANDO—Is it time for humans to get their own black box? That’s the provocative question behind an ambitious project by four undergraduate engineering students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, presented at this weekend's Cornell Cup in Orlando, Fla. Over the course of a school year, the Amherst team built a prototype “black box for humans” that you could carry around wherever you went, and could be activated to record audio of your surroundings in case you ran into trouble. That audio recording—heavily encrypted, completely tamper-proof and admissible as evidence in a U.S. courtroom, per the Amherst team—would hypothetically...
  • Thin layer of germanium may replace silicon in semiconductors

    04/10/2013 10:27:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | April 10, 2013 | Pam Frost Gorder
    The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according to a new study. Chemists at The Ohio State University have developed the technology for making a one-atom-thick sheet of germanium, and found that it conducts electrons more than ten times faster than silicon and five times faster than conventional germanium. The material's structure is closely related to that of graphene—a much-touted two-dimensional material comprised of single layers of carbon atoms. As such, graphene shows unique properties compared to its more common multilayered counterpart,...
  • Recycling rare earth elements using ionic liquids

    03/17/2013 4:07:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 15 March 2013 | Ian Farrell
    © Science Photo LibraryRecycling old magnets, so that rare-earth metals can be re-used, could help to solve an urgent raw material supply problem in the electronics industry. Researchers from the University of Leuven, Belgium, have used ionic liquids to separate neodymium and samarium from transition metals like iron, manganese and cobalt – all elements that are used in the construction of permanent rare-earth magnets, which are found in electronic devices ranging from hard drives to air conditioners and wind turbines.‘The process involves the liquid-liquid extraction of rare-earth metals from the other elements present in neodymium-iron-boron and samarium-cobalt magnets,’ explains Koen...
  • Century-old problem: ... professor finds out what causes low-frequency electronic 1/f noise

    03/07/2013 8:42:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-07-2013 | Provided by University of California - Riverside
    FULL TITLE: Solving nearly century-old problem: Using graphene, professor finds out what causes low-frequency electronic 1/f noise =========================================================== A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor and a team of researchers published a paper today that show how they solved an almost century-old problem that could further help downscale the size of electronic devices. The work, led by Alexander A. Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, focused on the low-frequency electronic 1/f noise, also known as pink noise and flicker noise. It is a signal or process with a power spectral density inversely proportional to...
  • New law: Don't toss electronics with the trash.

    01/26/2013 2:16:35 PM PST · by RBW in PA · 41 replies
    Pike County Courier ^ | January 24th, 2013 | Not Cited
    MILFORD — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding consumers and businesses that they are no longer be able to throw away their electronic devices with their trash. Passed in 2010, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires that consumers and businesses not dispose of covered devices, such as computers, laptops, computer monitors, televisions and tablets with their trash. This means that trash haulers will no longer take covered devices unless the municipality has a curbside electronics collection program that ultimately sends the devices to an electronics recycler. The law took effect Jan. 24. “This law is an...
  • CES? DGAF! Bill Clinton Turns Samsung Speech Into Cry for Gun Control

    01/10/2013 11:29:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Beta Beat ^ | January 9, 2013 | Kelly Faircloth
    Just when you thought CES couldn’t get any randomer than Qualcomm’s “Generation Mobile” atrocity, guess who showed up? Bill Clinton, who stopped by to speak in the middle of Samsung president Stephen Woo’s presentation. Not only that, but according to CNET’s liveblog, in the midst of his remarks he digressed and started talking about gun control. The man used to be the leader of the free world; you really thought he’d get on stage at a trade show and stick to the subject? Child, please. Mr. Clinton’s appearance seemed a little random, but his philanthropic work involves attempts to close...
  • A Camp Stove And A Generator

    11/05/2012 5:04:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 5, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Whether you’re a prepper or an outdoor enthusiast who likes to get away from the modern world for days at a time, you know that there are still a pesky few electronic devices that you would like to keep charged even when a power source is miles away. There are several options like solar panels and hand cranks for providing off-grid power; but often — for preppers and backpackers alike — space is a major concern when already packing a heft of gear. A new camp stove design by a company called BioLite, however, can help you keep your pack...
  • Scientists develop revolutionary nanotechnology copper solder

    10/25/2012 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | October 25, 2012 | Provided by Lockheed Martin
    Scientists in the Advanced Materials and Nanosystems directorate at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto have developed a revolutionary nanotechnology copper-based electrical interconnect material, or solder, that can be processed around 200 °C. Once fully optimized, the CuantumFuse solder material is expected to produce joints with up to 10 times the electrical and thermal conductivity compared to tin-based materials currently in use. Applications in military and commercial systems are currently under consideration. "We are enormously excited about our CuantumFuse breakthrough, and are very pleased with the progress we're making to bring it to full...
  • A Bandwidth Breakthrough!

    10/23/2012 11:42:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | David Talbot
    A dash of algebra on wireless networks promises to boost bandwidth tenfold, without new infrastructure. Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude—not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to banish the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets. By providing new ways for mobile devices to solve for missing data, the technology not only eliminates this wasteful process but also can seamlessly weave data streams from Wi-Fi and LTE—a leap forward from other approaches that toggle back and forth. "Any IP network will benefit from this technology,"...
  • Russian Agent & 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military & Intelligence...

    10/04/2012 12:13:15 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2012/russian-agent-and-10-other-members-of-procurement-network-for-russian-military-and-intelligence-operating-in-the-u.s.-and-russia-indicted-in-new-york Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia Indicted in New York Defendants Also Include Texas- and Russia-Based Corporations; 165 Persons and Companies ‘Designated’ by Commerce Department U.S. Attorney’s Office October 03, 2012 BROOKLYN, NY—An indictment was unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, with illegally...
  • Biodegradable electronics here today, gone tomorrow

    09/27/2012 8:28:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 27 September 2012 | Katherine Bourzac
    Dissolvable electronic materials could be used in medical implants and environmentally friendly gadgets. A team of researchers has designed flexible electronic components that can dissolve inside the body, and in water. The components could be used to make smart devices that disintegrate once they are no longer useful, helping to alleviate electronic waste and enabling the development of medical implants that don’t need to be surgically removed. So far, the team has designed an imaging system that monitors tissue from within a mouse, a thermal patch that prevents infection after a surgical site is closed up, solar cells and strain...
  • Murata turns to tiniest device for big business

    09/06/2012 12:18:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | September 5, 2012 | by Yuri Kageyama
    Small is big for Murata: The Japanese electronics maker has developed the world's tiniest version of a component known as the capacitor. And that's potentially big business. Capacitors, which store electric energy, are used in the dozens, even in the hundreds, in just about every type of gadget—smartphones, laptops, parts for hybrid cars, medical equipment and digital cameras. Smaller componentry allows for other innovations and improvements from thinner devices to longer battery life. The latest capacitor, measuring just 0.25 millimeter by 0.125 millimeter, is as tiny as the period at the end of this sentence. Murata Manufacturing Co.'s focus on...
  • Only cameras can see through Black-Ops Plastic

    06/30/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Geek ^ | 6/30/12 | Matthew Humphries
    Monitoring a location or person with a camera or microphone has become a lot easier in recent years due to cameras having much higher resolutions while being fitted into ever smaller devices. Just about every smartphone now carries a high resolution camera capable of recording video along with a decent microphone. If you want to record someone covertly though, you still have the issue of hiding your recording devices from view. You’re also going to want to leave them recording for long periods of time without being discovered. Qwonn, a manufacture of security products, has come up with the...
  • Ikea to enter home electronics market

    04/17/2012 4:11:19 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/17/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    <p>I wish IKEA good luck. I don't know much about the market for home electronics in America, but If they manage to compete over here in Europe with the German chain of Media Markt, I'll readily admit Mr. Kamprad (founder and owner of IKEA) to be the greatest business genius on Earth.</p>
  • Best Buy announces locations for store closings

    04/14/2012 5:34:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 97 replies
    Best Buy on Saturday announced the locations of 50 stores that it is closing this year, including seven in California, six in Illinois and six in the company's home state of Minnesota
  • Best Buy sales disappoint; to close stores, cut jobs

    03/29/2012 8:39:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    Best Buy Co reported weaker-than-expected sales for the key holiday quarter, prompting the world's largest electronics chain to close 50 U.S. stores and cut 400 jobs in corporate and support areas. -excerpt- Best Buy is now trying to focus on its smaller format stores. It will close 50 U.S. big-box stores and open 100 Best Buy small-format, stand-alone stores in the current fiscal 2013.
  • Lessons from Apple's rise, Elpida's fall (Japanese electronics companies now falling behind)

    03/25/2012 4:56:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 6+ views
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 03/23/2012 | Y.F. Low
    Driven by robust sales of smartphones and tablet computers, Apple Inc. has secured its position as America's most valuable company, with its share price rising to US$522 per share last Friday. By contrast, Japan's once-mighty electronics firms have experienced a rapid fall in recent years. The country's largest DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. finally filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. The rise and fall of these two companies provide food for thought for Taiwan, which mainly engages in contract manufacturing. According to U.S. analysts, Apple reaps a 58 percent gross margin on the sale of each iPhone. The costs paid...
  • CEA Chides California Energy Regulations

    03/15/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Dealerscope ^ | March 15, 2012
    The Consumer Electronics Association is gearing up for another round of fighting with the state of California over energy regulations for consumer electronics. The group came out strongly against a new round of regulatory standards. "California should not distinguish itself as the enemy of innovation. We continue to be concerned about how regulations are being justified and supported by the California Energy Commission,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, said as part of the announcement.
  • Graphyne Could Be Better Than Graphene

    03/04/2012 12:33:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 1 March 2012 | Jon Cartwright
    Enlarge Image The new graphene. Graphyne may be less famous than graphene, but it could have better electronic properties. Credit: D. Malko et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) Graphene, a layer of graphite just one atom thick, isn't called a wonder material for nothing. The subject of the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics, it is famed for its superlative mechanical and electronic properties. Yet new computer simulations suggest that the electronic properties of a little-known sister material of graphene—graphyne—may in some ways be better. The simulations show that graphyne's conduction electrons should travel extremely fast—as they do in graphene—but...
  • Barnes & Noble may split off Nook business (Liberal bookseller preparing for Chapter 11?)

    01/05/2012 6:14:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/5/12 | Brad Dorfman
    Bookstore owner Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) on Thursday said it is considering splitting off its Nook electronic reader business, which has been the main growth engine for the company.
  • Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually

    01/02/2012 9:56:28 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 141 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1/02/2012 | Larry Downes
    Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can’t say when exactly, but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time, maybe a few more years. Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings announcement disappointed investors. In 2011, the company’s stock has lost 40% of its value. It’s forward P/E is a mere 6.23 (industry average is 10.20). Its market cap down to less than $9 billion. Its average analyst rating, according to The Street.com, is a B-. Those are just...
  • Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

    12/25/2011 4:21:16 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 71 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12-25-11 | RANDALL STROSS
    LAST year, Christmas was the biggest single day for e-book sales by HarperCollins. And indications are that this year’s Christmas Day total will be even higher, given the extremely strong sales of e-readers like the Kindle and the Nook. Amazon announced on Dec. 15 that it had sold one million of its Kindles in each of the three previous weeks. But we can also guess that the number of visitors to the e-book sections of public libraries’ Web sites is about to set a record, too. And that is a source of great worry for publishers. In their eyes, borrowing...
  • Boeing military products may contain counterfeit Chinese parts

    11/08/2011 6:46:14 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | November 8, 2011 | Steve Wilhelm
    Boeing military products may contain counterfeit Chinese parts Allegations of counterfeit Chinese parts being used in U.S. military aircraft are surprising to Frank Houston, senior vice president at Esterline Technologies Corp. in Bellevue, a key supplier of The Boeing Co.’s electronics systems. Some of these parts allegedly were installed on Boeing (NYSE: BA) aircraft. The accusations of counterfeit Chinese parts being used in U.S. defense equipment were raised during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Nov. 8, and were widely distributed in the press. According to a story about the hearing in Bloomberg, non-approved Chinese parts have been...
  • Where's the gold?

    10/25/2011 6:02:24 AM PDT · by knarf · 23 replies
    self ^ | October 25, 2011 | knarf
    Years ago, I remember hearing that there was a minute quantity of gold in certain television tuners or channel selectors ...
  • Israeli researchers create artificial rat cerebellum

    09/28/2011 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    http://medicalxpress.com ^ | 09-28-2011 | Bob Yirka
    Taking another step towards creating devices that could be meshed with brain function to help those with brain damage, or perhaps one day, to improve on abilities, researchers at Tel Aviv University, led by Professor of Psychobiology Matti Mintz, have developed an adjunct to a part of a rat brain. The team, who will be presenting their results this month at a biotechnology meeting in the UK, has created a computer chip that is able to emulate one of the functions of the rat cerebellum. The cerebellum is the small odd looking part of the brain that looks like a...
  • Another California company moves away

    09/20/2011 7:46:29 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 22 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9-20-11 | Jan Norman
    Legacy Electronics, a high-tech contract manufacturer, has opened its new 40,000-square-foot headquarters in Canton, S.D., closing its San Clemente facility. Engle earlier explained the move: “California, unfortunately has become … a more difficult place to do business, a more costly place to do business, especially for manufacturers.