Month: November 2012

Science & Technology

The Future is Windows 8: How Microsoft’s Radical Redesign Moves the Industry Forward

The release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 inaugurated a new era for the software giant in terms of integrating its vaunted, desktop-dominant Windows operating system with the myriad of new electronic devices that are on the market today, including: smartphones, tablets, hybrid tablet/laptops, and even television sets. While the new interface of Windows 8 is a […]

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Suzuki to End Production and Distribution in the United States

The Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki announced it would be withdrawing from the American market after suffering years of losses because of dwindling sales and increasingly marginal vehicles. In addition to these woes, many of Suzuki’s manufacturing partners have withdrawn or cut off access to certain vehicle platforms, leaving the small car maker woefully underrepresented in […]

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Pushing Typhoon Fighter Jet to Middle Eastern Buyers

British Prime Minister David Cameron has embarked on a three-day tour in the Middle East to sell the British-made Eurofighter Typhoons to ministers from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. The deals would be worth billions and the personal involvement of the British Prime Minister signals the importance of selling the fighters for […]

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Japan Experimenting with the Deployment of Drones for Missile Interception

The Japanese Self Defense Forces are exploring the use of drones in early missile launch detection and interception. The idea was spurred by the failure of North Korea to launch its missile in April. The current Japanese early warning system, an array of systems comprised of satellites, aegis cruisers, and ground based radar, was unable […]

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South Korea Shuts Down Two Nuclear Power Plants After Discovery of Unauthorized Components

Republic of Korea Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-woo reported that the components in violation were non-critical components and thus not a safety threat but the shutdown of the plants could mean unprecedented levels of power outages in the coming months. “It’s inevitable that we will experience [an] unprecedented power shortage during the coming winter with […]

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HSBC Holdings Fears Fines Exceeding $1.5 Billion in United States Money Launder Scandal

HSBC Holdings, Europe’s largest bank, has expressed concerns that fines from its money laundering scandal in the United States could top $1.5 billion after a report from the US congressional┬áPermanent Subcommittee on Investigations found that the bank had a culture of corruption and complicity in narcotics funds trafficking. [Reuters UK]

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