September 25, 2008 |
Acting with unusual speed and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved funding for a $25-billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel-efficient vehicles. The aid package enjoyed support from both parties because of its election-year importance to battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio, where many cars are manufactured.
September 24, 2008 |
Google Inc. on Tuesday showed off a cellphone that could provide the first real challenge to Apple Inc.'s iPhone: a mass-market device with a sharp touch screen and slide-out keyboard that brings the experience of mobile Web surfing closer to that of a personal computer. When it starts selling in U.S. stores Oct. 22, the $179 G1 from HTC Corp.
August 24, 2008 |
North Korea is reportedly claiming that it has developed a new kind of noodle that makes people feel full longer than ordinary food. Choson Sinbo newspaper said that the noodle, made with a mixture of beans and corn, doesn't make people "feel a sense of hunger that generally comes soon after eating [ordinary] noodle." The Tokyo-based newspaper, considered a mouthpiece for the regime in Pyongyang, cited a North Korean research institute. It didn't elaborate on how the special noodle works or how long people who eat it can go without hunger pangs.
August 17, 2008 |
Even with high gasoline prices, U.S. consumers still want high-quality vehicles that haul a lot of people and perform well, and that is forcing automakers to make radical changes in the way they manufacture vehicles, panelists at an industry conference said Monday. Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars recently, executives from Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC said they were rapidly changing their operations to keep up with the market while trying to improve quality at the same time.
July 24, 2008 |
. -- When Microsoft Corp. makes its annual presentation to investors and analysts here today, executives will be preaching the value of patience to stockholders who are nervous about the world's largest software company's online prospects. Executives plan to hold up the entertainment and devices division -- home of the Xbox game console, Zune media player and cellphone software -- as a prime example of persistence rewarded.
May 28, 2008 |
The flaming-hot weather earlier this month gave motorists in Southern California a reminder of how a car can become a kitchen oven. Leave a car parked in the sun on a 90-degree day with the windows up and the doors safely locked and the interior temperature can shoot up to 140 degrees. Is it asking the auto industry too much to give consumers a car that doesn't bake them? Apparently, a navigation system, alloy wheels and leather seats are supposed to be good enough.
April 13, 2008 |
Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to enter the growing market for pint-size computers targeted mainly to pint-size customers, introducing an ultra-portable PC it says is smaller than some textbooks and priced to appeal to schools. The Mini-Note weighs 2.63 pounds and has an 8.9-inch screen and an almost full-size keyboard, Hewlett-Packard said. Prices start at $499 for a model with Linux operating system software and $599 with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows. Hewlett-Packard gets more than half its PC revenue from notebook machines.
April 7, 2008 |
Yahoo Inc. says it's poised to revolutionize online advertising after years of being outmaneuvered by Google Inc. But the slumping Internet pioneer might not get the chance to show off the latest improvements to its advertising platform unless it can convince increasingly impatient investors that the new approach will produce a bigger payoff than Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited offer to buy the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company for more than $40 billion.
April 2, 2008 |
Sprint Nextel Corp., the No. 3 U.S. cellphone carrier, reaffirmed its commitment Tuesday to a next-generation system for delivering data that an increasing number of analysts are questioning. At an industry conference, Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse said the Overland Park, Kan.-based company was sticking with a wireless technology known as WiMax. It can send large amounts of information through the air, but it does better in areas with flat terrain.
April 2, 2008 |
Reality television impresario Mark Burnett doesn't think his latest business will be half-baked. The man behind such hits as "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" announced Tuesday that he had invested in microwave oven technology that aims to fully cook food. Burnett, 47, said he had a 25% stake in the firm, Microwave Science, which owns the rights to a trademarked technology called TrueCookPlus.