Tag Archives: electronics

Kopp Shop

Buffalo native, 77, brought us the surge protector When it comes to successful inventions, a recorded lineage of hits and misses exists in consumer electronics. Practicality is the name of the game; and safety can often be the genesis of that requirement. Harold P. Kopp, who passed away last month at age 77, put a […]

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Battle of the ‘Coms: Out of Chips

President, Treasury Department dub hostile takeover a nat’l security risk The ongoing saga with major implications for the future of the microchip and 5G networks ended Monday with a veto. Since Broadcom’s initial bids on Qualcomm earlier this winter, the ‘big guns’ have gradually been called in to regulate. First, the Treasury Department weighed in […]

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The Urban Alchemist

A preview of this month’s Reader Profile Rick McMullen, founder of The Urban Alchemist, a small business based in Evington, Va., has taken the basics of direct current and done with them what some would consider true innovation—integrated electricity into the world around him, by using the objects it has to offer. His homemade lamps […]

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Spin Cycle

Whirlpool confirms layoffs; specifics remain murky Whirlpool’s namesake might represent the what’s happening to years of job security for employees at multiple locations: Down the drain. The washing machine manufacturer’s Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Mich., locations were confirmed to be in the process of layoffs as of February 2. The South Bend Tribune was […]

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Waste High in Electronics

Progress comes at a price The 2017 Global E-waste Monitor, a three-branch study produced by the United Nations University (UNU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), was published Wednesday. Its results are quite illuminating. For all the benefits of energy conservation methods, they also have an adverse effect on […]

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This time, a Plant OPENS

Samsung moves jobs from Mexico to South Carolina In a move welcomed by workers and politicians, Samsung Electronics has announced plans to invest $380,000 to open a new appliance factory in South Carolina. The new factory, located in Newberry County, will produce washing machines and other appliances, including some oven ranges that are currently made […]

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Toshiba Realignment

Four divisions: Infrastructure, Energy, Electronics, Information/Communications Toshiba is splitting its corporation into four subdivisions, the company announced Monday. The decision follows Toshiba’s nuclear division—Westinghouse—filing for bankruptcy March 29. The four subsidiaries will be infrastructure, including water treatment and railways; energy, including thermal and nuclear power; electronics, including data storage; and information and communications. These will take effect in July, […]

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Old name + New tech = School/jobs pipeline

Somewhere, Ben Franklin is smiling down over his bifocals. As the new school year began in Philadelphia and the rest of the country this week, the renowned founding father and legendary Philadelphian would swell with pride, impressed by the new training center opening up at the high school that bears his name. Franklin High, located […]

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