Guidelines Aim to Reduce Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a series of proposed guidelines yesterday to minimize distracted driving. The guidelines, which are voluntary, encourage the manufacturers of cars, light trucks, and SUVs to simplify their communication and infotainment systems, so drivers won't need more than a few seconds to use a device. The proposals would…

10 Transformative Technology Events for 2012

What's ahead in 2012 for the technology industry? Current predictions for the global economy is for “slower growth” in 2012 due to Europe's fiscal weakness, slow expansion in North America, and potentials for declining exports for China. {complink 6856|Goldman Sachs & Co.}, for instance, predicts global economic growth of about 3 percent in 2012, “with…

Technologies Worth a Second Look

Technology changes quickly, but not that quickly. Many high-tech developments start out as breakthroughs and then become trends. For the electronics supply chain, trends are stable — at least for awhile — and offer the market some level of predictability. Not all trends succeed for the long-term: Netbooks were a trend that petered out quickly.…

RIM’s Struggle to Succeed

Sometimes, I find it hard to watch a big company tumble. I can't help but wince when organizations that had a huge presence in the tech scene begin to crumble. Other times, I just throw my hands up in frustration and want to shake some sense into the executives. More frequently, I want companies that…

Outlook 2012: Mobility & Platform War Begins

Monumental changes are occurring and accelerating in the IT industry, and events over the next years will determine winners and losers in what could be a nearly $2 trillion market by 2012, according to {complink 7014|IDC}. All indications are that established companies across various segments of high-tech in Western nations (IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle) will…

Motorola Mobility to Merge With Google

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) (“Motorola Mobility”) today announced that at the Company's Special Meeting of Stockholders held today, stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (“Google”). Approximately 99 percent of the shares voting at today's Special Meeting of Stockholders voted in favor of the…

Five Trends to Watch in 2012

An annual consumer electronics technology trend-watch for 2012 holds few surprises. “Consumer electronics are driving technological change” is the gist of the press release, but there are a few items worth highlighting for the electronics industry. The first trend from the survey, conducted by {complink 5926|Verizon Communications Inc.}, is worth skipping. It says technology is…

MyFord Touch: Not Ready for Prime Time

Just as US automakers are beginning to emerge from the doldrums, Ford Motor Co.'s quality reputation is taking a nosedive, due, in part, to its adoption of high-tech. The MyFord Touch touch screen system, which replaces traditional knobs and dials on the dashboard of several Ford models, is experiencing frequent downtime, which makes drivers unable…