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Competing with Silicon Valley for engineers, aerospace firms start recruitment in pre-kindergarten

Competing with Silicon Valley for engineers, aerospace firms start recruitment in pre-kindergarten

January 12, 2017


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By Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — USC mechanical engineering junior Stephanie Balais developed a passion for aerospace after joining the university’s AeroDesign team and helping to construct an airplane fuselage hours before transporting the plane to a competition in Kansas. ...

Online shopping reaches new highs for the holidays

December 6, 2016


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By Lorraine Mirabella The Baltimore Sun (TNS) In a converted former broom factory in Baltimore, employees of PlayBetter.com checked inventory and pricing, prepared email blasts and packed up cartloads of gadgets to help golfers improve their game. “This is our Super Bowl right now, for the nex...

Sleep apnea treatment showing good results

Sleep apnea treatment showing good results

December 1, 2016


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By Joe Carlson Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Daniel Tarro had a bad snore. It kept his family up at night. It woke up the neighbors if the windows were open. It once disturbed a gymnasium full of sleeping rescue volunteers, forcing Tarro to move to a private area to sleep during the nigh...

Cleaning equipment-maker hopes to introduce industrial-sized Roomba-like floor scrubber

Cleaning equipment-maker hopes to introduce industrial-sized Roomba-like floor scrubber

November 28, 2016


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By Dee DePass Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — New robotics technology is seeping into every part of manufacturing — even the cleaning of the factory floors and assembly lines. Nilfisk, a cleaning equipment-maker based in suburban Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh company Carnegie Roboti...

Microsoft joins Linux Foundation in another nod to open-source code

November 17, 2016


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By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation, the latest sign that the software giant is embracing open-source technologies it formerly treated with hostility. The foundation helps advise the development of the Linux and other software tools built on ope...

Troy Wolverton: Apple out of touch with both fans and average consumers

Troy Wolverton: Apple out of touch with both fans and average consumers

November 15, 2016


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By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) Apple is looking more and more like it’s lost its way. Revenue and earnings are falling. Sales of all its major products are in decline. Numerous individual products are getting long in the tooth, waiting years for updates. Even for products that are getting refreshed, the up...

Blizzard wants to create ‘Overwatch’ league with city-specific video game fans

Blizzard wants to create ‘Overwatch’ league with city-specific video game fans

November 10, 2016


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Blizzard Entertainment pioneered e-sports with its “Starcraft” franchise more than a decade ago. Now, with “Overwatch,” the Los Angeles-area video game maker wants to bring to e-sports the wealth and recognition that sports such as soccer, f...

Troy Wolverton: AT&T-Time Warner deal bad news for consumers

November 3, 2016


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By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) When two giant companies merge to form an even larger company, it’s best to watch your pocket book. As much as such combinations may make sense to the executives who construct them, they’re rarely good news for consumers. That truism applies in spad...

Engineer’s solar seadrone makes historic crossing

Engineer’s solar seadrone makes historic crossing

October 26, 2016


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By Ethan Baron The Mercury News (TNS) SUNNYVALE, Calif. — For some, a midlife crisis can be solved atop a spanking-new, cherry-red Ducati motorcycle. For a few, it’s trading in a well-worn spouse for a younger model. For others, especially in Silicon Valley, founding a startup does the trick. ...

Troy Wolverton: Lithium battery dangers mean Samsung recall won’t be last

Troy Wolverton: Lithium battery dangers mean Samsung recall won’t be last

October 20, 2016


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By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) A faulty battery has cost Samsung a pile of money and tarnished its reputation. But the Korean electronics giant wasn’t the first company forced to recall a product due to batteries that had a tendency to catch fire — not by a long shot. And it almost c...

Tech’s future is likely to be in goods

Tech’s future is likely to be in goods

October 11, 2016


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s easy to imagine a future in which products as mundane as toasters and window blinds will be connected to the internet and controlled by software. It’s harder to guess who’s going to make them. Leading producers of consumer software such as Googl...

Medical tech investor Allan Will betting on wireless pacemaker

Medical tech investor Allan Will betting on wireless pacemaker

October 11, 2016


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By Tracy Seipel The Mercury News (TNS) SAN JOSE, Calif. — For decades, Silicon Valley health technology investor and operating executive Allan Will has successfully bet on some of the most innovative medical therapeutic devices created to improve, extend and save lives. He’s been a serial CEO, ...

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