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Venezuelans angered by delay in inflation report

December 30, 2013 10:09 am | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's one burning question among economists in Venezuela these days: What happened to the November inflation report? It's been more than two weeks since the deadline passed for the central bank to publish its closely-watched consumer price index and so far authorities have been mum about when it will be released.  

Toshiba in talks with U.S. firms to sell part of stake in Westinghouse

December 27, 2013 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. is in talks with Bechtel Corp. and other American engineering companies to sell part of its stake in U.S. nuclear equipment-manufacturing unit Westinghouse Electric Co., sources close to the matter said Thursday. Toshiba, which currently owns an 87 percent stake in Westinghouse...

Breakdown of China's smartphone market

December 22, 2013 10:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

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Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

December 20, 2013 11:00 am | by EMILY WANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station...

China Bitcoin exchange bans yuan deposits

December 18, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest Bitcoin exchange in China said Wednesday that it's no longer accepting yuan deposits, dealing another setback to the virtual currency. BTC China's announcement on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo account comes two weeks after China's central bank said the country's banks and payments systems were barred from handling the virtual currency.

China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017

December 16, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe. The new mission planned for 2017 would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020.

China's moon rover leaves traces on lunar soil

December 16, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. The 140-kilogram (300-pound) "Jade Rabbit" rover separated from the much larger landing vehicle early Sunday...

Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

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OMEGA Engineering inaugurates new office in Brazil

December 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by Omega Engineering | News | Comments

OMEGA Engineering is celebrating its newest office in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil with an official grand opening on December 16, 2013. This is in line with OMEGA's strategy to expand its business and leadership globally. Headquartered in the USA, OMEGA has been a leader in process measurement and control in the USA...

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Brazil gov't may backtrack on auto safety laws

December 12, 2013 1:35 pm | by BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian government may delay "by one or two years" the implementation of a law requiring automakers to install frontal air bags and anti-lock braking systems in all new cars, the finance minister said Wednesday. Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind...

China asks pilots to master low-visibility landing

December 12, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese aviation authorities will soon require captains of domestic flights into Beijing to master low-visibility landings to combat chronic flight delays that have been worsened by heavy smog. Beijing Capital International Airport, China's busiest, has the worst record for flight delays of any major international airport...

Bulgaria to seek Toshiba investment in building new reactor

December 12, 2013 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bulgaria's state-owned energy company will negotiate with Japan's Toshiba Corp. for investment in building a new reactor at the country's only nuclear power plant, according to local media. Under a government-approved plan, Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD will ask the Japanese heavy machinery maker to provide up to 30 percent of the funding...

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Latin American nations increase usage of bank card and mobile payment in online commerce

December 11, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region. Because of the number of consumers who use mobile phones but have no relationship with a bank, mobile payments also have a great potential for growth.

JR West unveils train cars equipped with "all possible safety steps"

December 11, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Japan Railway Co. on Monday unveiled train cars that it said incorporate "all possible safety steps," with lessons learned from past accidents. Each car is equipped with sensors to detect derailments and collisions, according to the train company. The train also features an emergency brake that activates automatically...

Sao Paulo Transit completes successful trials of 40-foot BYD pure-electric bus

December 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beginning in March of 2014 there will be two new faces on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In an effort to introduce non-polluting transportation solutions for the people of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Transit ( SPTrans ) has partnered with the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer...

Chinese-Brazilian satellite fails to enter orbit

December 9, 2013 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil failed to enter orbit after the rocket carrying it malfunctioned after launch on Monday, state media reported. The high-resolution remote-sensing Ziyuan I-03 satellite was launched aboard a Chinese Long March 4B rocket in northern Shanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Japan to set up initiative to help small firms enter ASEAN markets

December 6, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government will set up a public-private initiative to support small and medium-sized businesses expand into Association of Southeast Asian Nations markets, a Japan-ASEAN diplomatic source said Friday.The launch of the initiative, at a time Japan is seeking to counter China's growing presence in the ASEAN region...

Venezuela cyber crackdown ensnares Web's Bitly

December 5, 2013 10:13 am | by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans have been scrambling for dollars for weeks, taking refuge in the greenback as their own currency is in free fall. Rather than address the economic imbalances behind the bolivar's plunge, the government is going after the bearers of the bad news — it's blocking websites people use to track exchange rates on the black market.

Daihatsu recalls 764,053 vehicles over transmission, sensor trouble

December 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 764,053 minivehicles due to possible damage to a gear shaft in a continuously variable transmission and faulty engine sensors. The nine models subject to the recall include the Move, Tanto and Mira, manufactured between May 2006 and November 2010, the automaker said.

Team of int'l experts to advise on safety culture at TEPCO

December 4, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An international taskforce of nuclear experts will start meeting in January to advise Tokyo Electric Power Co. on safety issues, according to Barbara Judge, who has been called in by the Japanese utility to draw up a new culture and standards. Judge, former chairwoman of Britain's Atomic Energy Authority, is currently assembling a team of six experts...

SBA Communications buys Brazil wireless sites

December 4, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SBA Communications Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to expand its presence in Brazil with the purchase of about 2,000 wireless sites from Oi SA, one of Brazil's largest telecommunications service providers, for about $645 million. The communications tower operator's president and CEO, said that the sites are concentrated...

Tokyo Motor Show ends with visitor numbers up

December 3, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show ended Sunday after drawing more visitors than the previous event. During the 10-day program, 902,800 people visited Tokyo Big Sight, up from around 840,000 in the previous show in 2011, to see 426 cars and two-wheelers displayed by 178 companies from 12 nations.

China launches first moon rover, the 'Jade Rabbit'

December 2, 2013 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth. A rocket carrying the rover aboard an unmanned Chang'e 3 spaceship successfully blasted off early Monday...

Indian craft leaves Earth's orbit on way to Mars

December 2, 2013 12:47 pm | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. The spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes to reach the correct velocity to leave the Earth's orbit, the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said.

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