Tech field to ‚fully recover’ from Japan by fall

The violent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan earlier this year severely rattled the technology industry’s supply chain and pushed back the launch dates of several new devices. But an end is in sight: A new report predicts that the industry will be completely back up and running in about two months.

Obama’s desperate SPR oil play

Four reasons are emerging for President Obama’s surprise decision Thursday to release 30 million barrels of oil from the nation’s strategic reserve — economic stimulus; a looming supply shortage; a wake up call to OPEC; and a warning shot to speculators in the oil market.

Brewing a better beer for Africa

A guy walks into a bar and orders a pint of beer. But this isn’t a pub in London or a sports bar in Milwaukee — it’s a watering hole in Uganda. And the beer, from the same company that brews Miller, is made from sorghum, a grain common to Africa. For centuries, Africa’s slum dwellers have scored cheap buzzes by fermenting local crops like banana, pineapple and palm into home brews, some of which is so toxic it sends drinkers to the hospital. Now SABMiller wants bootleggers to buy the company’s own beer instead.