March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - A San Francisco start-up that created a tiny motion-sensing device is making a big splash at South by Southwest, overshadowing major tech brands and scores of new apps with its promise of changing how consumers interact with their computers. In its debut appearance at the conference known more as a music and film festival, Leap Motion Inc. wowed attendees with its "Minority Report"-style gesture-recognition controller, which enables users to manipulate what's on their screens with a wave of the hand or lift of a finger.
February 21, 2013 |
A wristwatch that reads your text messages out loud, a jacket that heats up when you're cold, eyeglasses that display directions as you walk down the street. Gimmicks, or fashion of the future? Although those products may seem like something out of a James Bond movie, the world's largest technology companies and start-ups alike believe "wearable tech" is the next big frontier, and they have been pouring money and research into developing high-tech clothing and accessories.
September 10, 2012 |
Western Digital Corp., the largest maker of hard-disk drives, said President Steve Milligan will take the role of chief executive after the retirement of John Coyne on Jan. 2. Milligan, 49, will retain the job of president and join Western Digital's board after Coyne steps down, the Irvine company said. Coyne, 63, has spent almost 30 years with the company, the last five as CEO. Milligan rejoined Western Digital this year as part of the company's acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for more than $4 billion.
September 6, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Darth Vader is supposed to be menacing. But when Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's deputy counsel of intellectual property and licensing, dressed up as the ominous Star Wars Sith Lord one Halloween? Not so much. "I've never seen a happier Darth Vader," said Gutierrez's boss, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. In some ways that image captures perceptions of Microsoft in the patent battles now raging among tech companies - and Gutierrez's role in them. Microsoft has signed a number of licensing agreements with - or filed lawsuits against - companies it says infringe on its patents, most notably manufacturers of devices using Google's Android operating system.
July 12, 2012 |
Vivendi Chairman Jean Rene-Fourtou acknowledged Thursday that the French company is considering a sale of its stake in game companyActivision Blizzard Inc. Fourtou told a Bloomberg reporter at the Allen & Co. media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, that selling its majority share in Santa Monica-based Activision, valued at more than $8 billion, was a "possibility. " “We're always looking at opportunities for all of our businesses," Fourtou said. Vivendi has said it is examining various options for reorganizing the company, whose business falls into roughly two categories - entertainment and telecommunications.
June 8, 2012 |
With more than 12.7 million Americans unemployed, companies have no trouble attracting applicants. What's tougher for some firms is finding qualified workers. Just ask California Steel Industries. The Fontana steel maker needs experienced electrical and mechanical technicians to help it make metal pipes and flat-roll sheets used in construction projects. The pay is good. An industrial maintenance mechanic can make $64,000 a year plus health benefits. In good years, company profit-sharing can boost pay by $5,000.