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Hacker Demos $30 Gizmo That Unlocks Keyless Car, Garage Doors

Infamous security researcher Sammy Kamkar last week demonstrated a gadget that can intercept wireless signals to unlock cars and garage doors. Kamkar showed off the device, which cost him just $32 to make, at the DefCon conference in Las Vegas. Dubbed "RollJam," the wallet-sized gadget works like th...

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The Smart TV Shopping Saga: Size and Power Matter

To buy a flashy new ultra-thin framed 3D TV or not: Like many consumers over the holiday buying hustle, I struggled with that question. I finally gave in and decided to buy one. That decision was not an impulse-only submission, however. I was toying for a while with replacing my aging 42-inch plasma...

Tough Execution Ahead for TI, National Merger

Texas Instruments announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement to acquire its rival, National Semiconductor, in an all-cash transaction totaling US$6.5 billion. This will merge two leading analog semiconductor companies. National's shareholders will receive $25 a share, 78 percent higher tha...

2009 Chip Sales Will Be Far Worse Than Expected, Says Gartner

The technology industry was rocked by more dismal news Tuesday with a Gartner report predicting sales of semiconductors will drop by 16.3 percent to $219.2 billion in 2009 due to the recession and lower consumer spending. The decline in chip sales in 2009 will mark the first time the sector has seen...

Quattrone Bounces Back with Tech-Focused Investment Firm

After years spent battling obstruction of justice charges in an investigation of Credit Suisse First Boston, former investment banker Frank Quattrone is back with an investment firm of his own. Qatalyst Group, launched Monday by Quattrone and some former colleagues, is a technology-focused merchant ...

Google Offers Incentive to Lure Enterprise Customers

Hoping to convince more enterprises to ditch existing search tools for its offerings, Google is giving away its Google Mini search appliance to companies willing to make the switch to its high-end search tools for business. Customers who sign up to switch to Google Enterprise will be able to receive...

AMD Aims Geode at ‘Desktop-Style’ Devices

Touting a one-watt, "desktop-style" experience from its new Geode processor, AMD said the chip's support for Windows XP and XP Embedded would enable the next generation of x86-based HDTV, point-of-sale kiosks, tablet computers and new devices that compact desktop computing into smaller, low-power fo...

Stocks End Mixed as Attention Turns to Jobs Data

Stocks closed mixed today, with the Dow and the S&P 500 ending their three-day losing streaks, but the Nasdaq still stuck in reverse. The Dow ended at 10,622.88, up 25.05 points, or 0.24 percent. The Nasdaq fell 1.24 points, or 0.06 percent, to 2,090.00. The S&P 500 gained 4.15 points, or 0....

MARKET REPORT

Markets Up as Solid Earnings Overshadow Jobless Claims

U.S. stocks rallied late in the session today as some positive earnings news outweighed a spike in weekly jobless claims and the prospect of tighter oil supplies heading into 2005. The Dow, which was down more than 70 points during the trading session, reversed course in late trading and finished hi...

Tech Stocks Shine, Jobless Claims Down

In what has been a rare occurrence this year, technology stocks outshone their counterparts as some good earnings news from the sector helped power the Nasdaq higher. A better-than-expected earnings report from National Semiconductor and an upbeat forecast from Nokia that said cell phone sales were ...

BUSINESS BRIEF

Kodak Acquires Image Unit from National Semiconductor

Eastman Kodak has signed an agreement to purchase National Semiconductor's imaging business unit, which develops and manufactures metal oxide semiconductor image sensor (CIS) devices. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As part of this agreement, Kodak will acquire certain assets, including i...

National Semiconductor Reports 34 Percent Growth

National Semiconductor today reported a GAAP profit of US$126.4 million, or 32 cents per share, on revenues of $571.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004, which ended May 30th, 2004. National Semiconductor's fourth-quarter sales were 34 percent higher than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003...

Intel Readies Earth-Friendly Chips

Intel and rival National Semiconductor this week announced they are going green with their manufacturing processes. Santa Clara, California-based Intel said it will, later this fiscal year, begin shipping new chips that have 95 percent less lead than its current offerings. Cross-town competitor Nati...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Inside the Analog World of National Semiconductor

Digital this, digital that. What about analog? We are awash in a sea of zeroes and ones, and it's tempting to assume that analog electronics are set to become history. However, most digital devices still do require analog circuitry, so several companies have specialized in the design and manufacture...

Intel Partners with Wave Systems to Put Security Into Chips

Security will move farther from the fallible hands of users and closer to the heart of the computer with a deal announced by Intel and Wave Systems. The deal will help bridge the gap between hardware and software protection. Chip giant Intel will use software from Lee, Massachusetts-based Wave Syste...

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