The new Galaxy Note Edge, shown to  media in New York yesterday. Smart-card chips are used in products such as mobile phones, bank cards, passports and pay-television cards.  Photograph: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The European Commission has imposed a €138 million cartel fine on groups including Samsung and Philips for rigging the European market for smart card (...)

The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Photograph: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Inset: Sr Julie Canny

The dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima was one of the most important single events of the 20th century and ushered in the atomic age. Between 70(...)

Chevrolet Malibu: the 2014 model with forward collision alert  gets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest designation, the Top Safety Pick+

Just as the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) conducts independent crash tests on new cars on this side of the Atlantic, so the Insura(...)

German automaker BMW  is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide, including over 8,000 in Ireland, over airbag concerns. Photo: Reuters

German automaker BMW said it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata because the inflator(...)

The air bags were supplied by Japan’s Takata, which has seen more than 12 million vehicles recalled over the past five years for related air bag issues

German carmaker BMW said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata because (...)

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers practical cost savings

It was Brazil v Germany. The score was already 4-0 and I had just pulled in from work. The Mitsubishi Outlander told me its battery power was about(...)

Siemens chief executive Joe Kaeser: “We are still open for talks.” Photograph: Arnaud Fevrier/Bloomberg

The chief executive of Siemens said yesterday the German engineering group was ready to resume negotiations with Alstom and the French state should th(...)

France’s cconomy minister, Arnaud Montebourg, said yesterday that Alstom’s lucrative gas turbines arm would be purchased by GE and said there would be discussions on the shape of joint ventures in other energy areas ranging from renewables to nuclear. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

France chose General Electric to form an alliance with Alstom yesterday, rejecting an offer from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – but said(...)

TSB Banking Group surged 12 per cent on its first day of trading as Lloyds Banking Group sold a 35 per cent stake in the lender, more than initially planned. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

European stocks were little changed yesterday, paring gains in the final minutes of trading, amid increased merger and acquisition activity. The Stox(...)

Siemens said its offer for Alstom’s power business was ‘superior industrially, financially and socially’ to that of General Electric, and reaffirmed pledges to create new jobs in France. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries added a billion euros to their offer for French multinational Alstom’s energy business today, hoping to see of(...)