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January 14, 1987
The American Electronics Assn. estimated that there were 2.52 million domestic electronics employees in September, 1986, compared to 2.54 million at the start of 1986 and 2.56 million in September, 1985. In the first nine months of last year, the association said, employment in the computer segment dropped 3%, or 16,000 jobs, while semiconductor employment increased 0.3%, or 900 jobs. Software-programming employment rose by 5.2%, or 10,000 jobs.
October 31, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and W.J. Hennigan
Score one for the weary air traveler. Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it will ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Within a few weeks, travelers will be able to operate their iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, though phone calls will still be banned.
March 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
The federal government must assure U.S. electronics manufacturers that they will be protected from marketing policies in Japan before the next generation of television technology can develop in this country, Congress was told today. U.S.
May 29, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The global market for advanced automotive electronics -- everything from driver assistance programs to new kinds of visual displays -- will jump to $240 billion by 2020, up more than 50% from 2010, according to a new report from IHS Inc.'s IMS Research. The leap "reflects the field's rising importance to the car industry at large, especially as original equipment manufacturers ratify in-vehicle electronics to be an essential selling feature for an automobile,” said Ben Scott, automotive analyst for IHS. Some of the drivers, no pun intended, are government safety mandates for things like improved electronic stability control (ESC)
May 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Increasingly, the Silicon Valley is relying on foreign-born engineers to aid the United States in its battle to dominate the development of advanced electronic technologies. The practice eventually could leave the nation unprepared to meet the manpower demands of its critical electronics industry because many countries have begun restricting emigration of their engineers, industry experts say.
August 13, 1985
SFE Technologies reported a net loss and lower sales for its third quarter ended July 26. The company had a net loss of $1.8 million, or 28 cents per share, contrasted with net income for the same period a year ago of $706,000, or 11 cents per share. Sales for the quarter were $13 million, down 26% from last year's corresponding quarter. For the first nine months of the year, sales were $44.7 million, down 11% from the same period in 1984. The company reported a net loss for nine months of $2.
In 1968, much of the world was in turmoil. Thousands died in the bloody Tet offensive in Vietnam. Russian tanks rumbled into Czechoslovakia. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. fell to assassin's bullets. Police clashed with demonstrators in Chicago. But Gilbert P. Hyatt distanced himself from the turbulence. He was not interested in politics or protests.
February 27, 1990 | From United Press International
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said it has signed an agreement with two subsidiaries of Du Pont Co. for joint development of materials for use by the electronics industry.
May 8, 1985
Fresno-based Vendo Co. named President Joe R. Town to the additional post of chief executive. The company makes vending equipment and components for the electronics industry.
April 14, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Sidney Harman, a philanthropist, polymath and pioneer in high-fidelity sound for homes and cars who tried to resuscitate an icon of American journalism when he bought Newsweek last year, has died. He was 92. Harman died Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from leukemia, according to a statement from his family on the website of the Daily Beast, which Harman merged with Newsweek in November. He was married to former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, who resigned her seat in February to lead the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
April 5, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Texas Instruments Inc., seeking to grow its semiconductor chip business by acquisition, plans to buy Santa Clara, Calif.-based National Semiconductor Corp. for $6.5 billion. Dallas-based TI and National Semiconductor each make chips used in consumer electronics — including cellphones and tablet computers — and in industrial equipment. But their individual products — TI makes about 30,000 items and National Semiconductor makes about 12,000 — don't overlap much, experts said.
October 6, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Two Russian expatriates working in Britain have been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for their discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layer of carbon molecules whose unexpected properties promise to revolutionize the electronics industry, the production of lightweight materials and a host of other applications. At a time when multibillion-dollar particle accelerators and orbiting telescopes are often deemed necessary for major breakthroughs in physics, Andre Geim, 51, and Konstantin Novoselov, 36, both of the University of Manchester, laid the foundation for their discovery with an ordinary piece of Scotch tape.
September 30, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Apple Inc.'s shares took their biggest tumble in eight years Monday, as worries about slowing spending hit technology stocks even harder than the broader market on a brutal day on Wall Street. Apple's 18% plunge was triggered by increasing evidence that sales of Macintosh computers were slowing. The company has been on a roll in recent years in large part because of the comeback of its Mac business, which has been growing three times as fast as the rest of the computer industry.
July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sony, Samsung and other consumer-electronics heavyweights are uniting to support a technology that could send high-definition video signals wirelessly from a single set-top box to screens around the home. The consortium announced Wednesday is an important development in the race to create the definitive way to replace tangles of video cables, but doesn't end it -- Sony and Samsung also support a competing technology. In the new consortium, Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co.
January 8, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
While the consumer electronics world is watching Las Vegas this week, many manufacturers are also keeping an eye on foreign markets where they can build and sell their latest gadgets. The head of the trade group behind the International Consumer Electronics Show used the stage to drive home a political message Monday: Foreign trade is key to the growth of the industry and the overall health of the U.S. economy. Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Assn.
April 6, 1986
Avinash C. Kandola has been named manager of technology applications at Cherokee International Inc., an Irvine-based maker of power supplies for the electronics industry. Kandola had been director of engineering at LH Research Inc. of Tustin.
March 19, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Electronics Industry Jobs Lost in 1991: America's electronics industry, once one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, lost 90,000 jobs last year--the sharpest annual drop ever recorded, the American Electronics Assn. reported. With a work force of 2.39 million, electronics companies employ fewer people now than in 1986, when they were recovering from an industrywide shakeout, the trade group said. Analysts blame the large number of job losses on an economic one-two punch.
May 14, 2007 | Alex Pham and Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writers
Joel Downs is the type of video game buff that Sony Corp. expected to fall for the PlayStation 3. The 32-year-old Culver City entrepreneur is tech savvy, loves his PlayStation 2 and has the money to afford an upgrade. But Downs is holding out. "There's no compelling reason for me to buy it," he said. "There aren't enough good games for it. And it's too expensive." The PS2 has been a runaway hit and profit machine for Sony since its introduction in 2000.
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