Javier Avila

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Disney CEO Bob Iger's Empire of Tech

Even in a dress-down gray sweater, Bob Iger looks a bit mechanical. His mouth is almost geometrically straight, his face constructed of some cool …

What BMW’s China sales really say about the country’s slowing economy

Targets are great motivational tools—to both deceive as well as achieve. In China, the government’s promotion system sees local officials overstate their provincial outputs to the tune of a few trillion yuan, for example. It’s not just Communist Party cadres with a knack for embellishment, though. …

The Kyocera Proteus is a shape shifting flexible smartphone

Despite the amazing progress in display technology in recent years, one thing still remains beyond the mainstream consumer’s grasp: truly flexible screens. Last year Samsung and LG both released high end devices with bendable technology, however in the case of the Galaxy Round it was fixed to the …

US and Germany threaten Russia with 'additional consequences' over Ukraine

On a busy day of diplomatic activity, President Barack Obama and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, agreed on Saturday that Russia would face “additional consequences” if it intervened in Ukraine without permission from the Ukrainian government, the White House said.<p>In a statement about a call …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

Aviate's ever-changing Android home screen is now available to everyone

Just several months after it first surfaced, Aviate's self-organizing Android home screen is now available to everyone, with no invitation required. The finished launcher remains focused on presenting just the apps and info you need at the time you need them. You may get news when you're at home in …

Inside New CEO Mary Barra's Urgent Mission To Fix GM

<b>Mary Barra made history by working her way into Detroit’s car-guy club and becoming the first female CEO of General Motors. Now can she fix the company?</b><p>Mary Barra, mother of two and the first female CEO of General Motors, sat silently while the parents of ten dead children unloaded their grief and …

As Ford Changes CEOs, Beware Of Smooth Detroit Transitions

On Thursday, Ford Motor Company announced what came as absolutely no surprise: Mark Fields will replace Alan Mulally as chief executive on July 1. The timing was telegraphed last week, when Bloomberg reported that the shift could occur as soon as May 1.<p>Mulally, Fields and Ford executive chairman …

UAW calls on US State Department to help with Nissan plant

The United Auto Workers is calling for reinforcements in its ongoing battle with Nissan at the manufacturer's Canton, MS factory, where the Altima, Armada, Titan and NV (and eventually, the next Murano) are built. The union has been attempting to organize the employees at the factory for several …

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept is an aspirational Jetta

Meet the Volkswagen baby CC. Okay, that's not really it's name (VW calls it the New Midsize Coupe Concept), but this sleek, four-door coupe draws more than a little inspiration from the CC while riding on VW's MQB platform.<p>It's a looker, we think, and is an eye-pleasing departure from the bland …

Beijing first to see next-gen Chevy Cruze

Chevrolet may have just introduced a slight styling refresh and new tech for the North American Cruze at the New York Auto Show, but Shanghai GM, General Motor's Chinese joint venture partner, has gone a step further, unveiling an all-new generation of the popular compact at the 2014 Beijing Motor …

VW may actually build gonzo Golf R 400

The Golf R 400 Concept with 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque might be one of the coolest concepts at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The absolutely scorching hatch can hit 62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 miles per hour. All of that power comes out the EA888 2.0-liter …

Mercedes Sprinter vans with leaky A/C units prompt class-action suit [w/video]

Mercedes-Benz is known for packing its cars with luxury features, but the rear passengers in some Sprinter vans are getting a shower that they don't expect. The rear air conditioning system is reportedly leaking in some models, and owners are boiling mad. A class-action lawsuit was filed in …

Volkswagen's New Mid-Size Coupe Concept: Yes, a Golf-Based "Four-Door Coupe"

An upscale compact sedan.<p>How far upmarket can Volkswagen go? Way up there, the brand believes. The New Mid-Size Coupe, launched as a concept at the 2014 Beijing auto show, proves the point. Based on the VW Group's MQB architecture, it features dramatic proportions and upscale appointments that …

Ford confirms Everest SUV production for China

According to Ford, the Chinese SUV segment grew by 49 percent in 2013, and the Blue Oval held a 4.5 percent market share. At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Ford is showing the Everest SUV that, while just a concept for now, will go into production in the near future.<p>The Everest is a big, brawny …

Ford Escort returns, just not for US

Ford is set to give the burgeoning Chinese market its very own C-segment model, while also reviving one of the brand's more notable nameplates. The new Escort, which will make its world debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show will be built in the People's Republic at the Changan Ford joint venture …

Shanghai GM debuts Trax and redesigned Cruze in Beijing

Shanghai GM, General Motors' joint-venture partner in China, has officially unveiled a pair of new entries for Chevrolet in the People's Republic. First up is the Trax, a vehicle that is also set to arrive in the American market.<p>The Trax appears largely unchanged for China, following the theme set …

VW Banks On China To Reach Part Of Its 2018 Goal This Year

Strong sales growth in China will help Germany’s Volkswagen AG reach its objective to sell 10 million vehicles globally a year well ahead of 2018, the current goal, VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn said at the start of the annual Chinese motor show.<p>VW and its Chinese venture partners, …

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept unveiled in Beijing

This is the New Midsize Coupe in the metal, and as a demonstrator of the versatility of the Modular Transverse Matrix platforms, Volkswagen says it's what "customers all over the world can look forward to over the next few years." Wider than a Passat, shorter and lower than a Jetta and weighing …

Samsung Saw Opportunity in Steve Jobs' Death, Emails Reveal

It's not a smoking gun in legal terms, but a series of emails that leaked out of the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial Wednesday certainly didn't show …

Acer Iconia W4 review: a big upgrade to a small Windows tablet

Acer's Iconia W3 wasn't <i>quite</i> the best introduction to 8-inch Windows tablets; we liked it, but its subpar display and modest performance kept it from being stellar. Give credit to the company for quickly learning from its mistakes, though. Less than a year later, the company has released the Iconia …

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 review: great screen, disappointing battery life

We often tease Samsung about the seemingly arbitrary way it divvies up its tablet offerings -- not content with round numbers, it's released tablets that are 10.1 inches wide instead of 10, 8.9 instead of 9, 7.7 instead of 8, and so on. And so too is the case with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, …

This Is Why It Feels Like Apple Stopped Innovating Three Years Ago

He'd say that once, when he was a kid, he was reading a science magazine and he found an article ranking animals by the efficiency of their movements.<p>At the top of the list, there were cheetahs and hawks. Way down at the bottom, there were humans — relatively slow on their two legs.<p>But then Jobs …

Why RadioShack Is Closing A Quarter Of Its 4,300 U.S. Stores

The electronics retailer said the decision comes after a "strategic review of our store footprint." It's kind of incredible it had so many locations for this long, at all.<p>The decision followed a "comprehensive review" of area demographics, the amount of time left on leases, and, of course, the kind …

There is no gender gap in tech salaries

<i>Read Cynthia’s response to reader questions about this article.</i><p>Silicon Valley has long suffered the reputation of being unwelcoming to women, from brogrammer attitudes to sexist apps to gender inclusivity, but whatever problems women may have with the tech industry, wage discrimination isn’t …

Computer Science

GM, Ford, McDermott are Monday’s stocks to watch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Monday’s session are General Motors Co., Ford …