Newark Element14 Revamps Website

CHICAGO — Newark element14, a business of Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl) and the leading distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions in the Americas, announced today a rollout of key search improvements as part of a major initiative to provide engineering and procurement professionals with an industry-leading online experience. Some of the highlights of the website…

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Apple/Foxconn’s Broader Implications

Based on sales of the new iPad and its stock price, {complink 379|Apple Inc.} seems immune to bad press. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports today that Apple's market cap briefly touched $600 billion. But the Fair Labor Association recently added fuel to the fire around Apple's relationship with the EMS provider {complink 2125|Foxconn…

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TE Connectivity Selling Touch Solutions

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland — TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Touch Solutions business to The Gores Group for $380 million. The Company has also agreed to sell its TE Professional Services (TPS) business to BlueStream Professional Services, LLC, an affiliate of KGP Logistics, for $23.5…

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6 Potential Strikes Against Nokia TV

{complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} has not achieved the success it wants in the smartphone market. Now it is hoping its new and special TV service (better known to broadcasters as the catch-up service) will help put it back in the game. This special application is designed for the Lumia smartphone series and will let users browse…

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H-1B Visa Demand Spikes

In what the US government calls a sign of an improving economy, the number of applicants for visas that allow foreign workers to live here has spiked. The Wall Street Journal reports that 25,600 people applied for H-1B visas in the first week of the program this year. Last year, it took an entire month…

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Flextronics Closes Stellar Microelectronics Purchase

SINGAPORE — Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Stellar Microelectronics. The acquisition extends Flextronics' service offering in advanced custom packaging solutions that utilize the latest microelectronics technologies for the aerospace, defense and medical manufacturing markets and the ability to support customers with unique U.S. manufacturing needs such…

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IPC, ECIA to Work on Obsolescence Guidance

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — When a component manufacturer discontinues a particular component, it creates a ripple effect throughout the electronics assembly industry, leaving EMS providers with myriad critical questions to answer. Is there an alternative source for the component? Is there a substitute component that will work? If no suitable alternative is found, the product must…

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