Cutting Costs & Getting It Right

With much of the Western world still dealing with soft economic conditions, it's not surprising that controlling costs will remain a top priority for many companies this year. Not surprisingly either, it's likely that many of those cost-control directives will fall to the supply chain and procurement teams. Commonly, the finance department believes improved sourcing…

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Auto OEMs Battle Distracted Driving

In-car entertainment and information applications are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but they are also adding to the number of distractions that can make driving more dangerous. Vying for drivers' attention are systems that can run smartphone applications on the vehicle's dashboard console. Navigation and car information systems are also feeding more information to drivers, which represent…

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Samsung Snatches Another Apple Crown

Are there {complink 379|Apple Inc.} turfs that {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.} doesn't want to stomp on? The Korean electronics giant in 2012 grabbed the title of the No. 1 consumer of semiconductors from its North American smartphone and tablet PC competitor, according to an announcement yesterday by Gartner Inc., adding to its bragging rights…

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CES: Components Were the Headliners

It takes about a week for the chaos of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to settle and for the myriad impressions, speakers, experiences, conversations, and eye-catching demonstrations and displays to distill into more coherent and over-arching thoughts. This year was like others in that regard, except that the tone set by the {complink 4505|Qualcomm Inc.}…

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Rethinking Intel’s Greatest Asset

{complink 2657|Intel Corp.} is changing alright, but in such incremental and deliberate ways, the process may be near conclusion before its rivals, investors, and many industry analysts realize the extent of the dramatic turnaround the current management is trying to execute. Over the course of the next five to 10 years, and certainly before the…

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