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Business news in brief: Baker Hughes lays off 28 in Shreveport

posted: 09/01/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

A corporation that provides services for the oil and gas industry is laying off 28 employees at its Shreveport facility. Baker Hughes notified the state of the layoffs in a letter late last week.

Car innovators looking for own roads to success

posted: 08/31/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stoplights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today's electric vehicles. And an aeronautics expert believes flying cars shouldn't be science fiction.

Tech Spotlight: Apps make it fun to keep your eye on the sky

posted: 08/31/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Ever look up at the sky and wonder what's up there? I happen to have a couple of apps that can answer that question, and in some very cool ways.

On Computers: Windows 10 search bar finds stuff lost in transition

posted: 08/31/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

A reader told us he was glad he installed the free Windows 10. Then his digital world crashed. He couldn't find Picasa, the program he uses for editing his family photos. He asked us to organize a search party. Here's what the posse found:

Pentagon funds flexible-sensor venture

posted: 08/31/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.

Business news in brief: Disney plans all-out 'Star Wars' toys push

posted: 08/31/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

For "Star Wars" fans, Christmas is coming early this year: on Friday, when the toys tied to Walt Disney Co.'s first film in the space-adventure series go on sale.

Car tech not used by many in survey

posted: 08/30/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Drivers are shunning much of the technology that automakers are stuffing in cars. It amounts to a waste of billions of dollars in investment that's ultimately paid for by consumers, according to automotive research firm J.D. Power.

Shops ill-prepared for smart cards

posted: 08/28/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

PITTSBURGH -- Liz Moore has lots to worry about as she juggles the many duties necessary to keep her popular downtown lunch counter, Bluebird Kitchen, running at a perfect simmer.

Apple schedules new-product event

posted: 08/28/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Apple has announced plans for a new product event Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.

Business news in brief: 30-year mortgage rate drops to 3.84%

posted: 08/28/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.

Sinclair TV off, on Dish in clash

posted: 08/27/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A dispute between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Dish Network Corp. left about 5 million satellite-TV customers without some local channels this week.

Web safety pros get seat at table

posted: 08/27/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

The board of directors at construction and engineering company Parsons Corp. needed to fill a seat two years ago. Naturally, they wanted someone with communication and leadership skills.

Shopping binges boost Best Buy

posted: 08/26/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer-electronics chain, posted fiscal second-quarter results Tuesday that handily beat analysts' estimates as shoppers picked up major appliances, large screen televisions and mobile phones.

Business news in brief: N.J. judge OKs $225M Exxon settlement

posted: 08/26/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

A New Jersey judge approved a $225 million deal Tuesday between Gov. Chris Christie's administration and ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites and nearly 2,000 retail gas stations.

Business news in brief: Blue Bell: Ice cream returning to shelves

posted: 08/18/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Blue Bell on Monday announced the return of its ice cream to store shelves. Ricky Dickson, vice president of sales and marketing, announced a phased return of Blue Bell ice cream that will begin Aug. 31.

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