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Google Wants To Keep You Connected

March 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Google recently made two related announcements on what the company is planning next in terms of keeping people connected. Maybe there's an opportunity here for the manufacturing industry.                  

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Engineering Newswire 82: Finding Bombs With Electronic Noses

March 21, 2014 12:40 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of Engineering Newswire talks about breaking world records with Legos, checking up on spoiled food without smelling it, and using lobsters to find bombs.                        

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BlackBerry Selling Off Real Estate

March 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.                           

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GAF Roofing To Invest $149M In New Factory

March 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by Missouri Department of Economic Development | News | Comments

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer plans to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Moberly, Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon announced.                             

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Google Enhances Gmail Encryption Technology

March 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has enhanced the encryption technology for its flagship email service in ways that will make it harder for the National Security Agency to intercept messages moving among the company's worldwide data centers.          

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Report: Natural Gas Boosting Mfg. Jobs And Economy

March 21, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Inexpensive natural gas will boost manufacturing growth in the U.S. and its metropolitan areas according to a new report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and prepared by IHS Global Insight.               

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Manufacturing The Internet Of Things

March 21, 2014 11:56 am | by Tom Racciatti, West Monroe Partners | Articles | Comments

In the keynote presentation of 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show, Cisco CEO, John Chambers, estimated the market opportunity related to the Internet of Things to be valued at $19 trillion. Further, Chambers said that manufacturing would account for roughly $2.9 trillion of the total opportunity.

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3 Keys To Saving The Bloated And Broken American Manufacturing Industry

March 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Blogs | Comments

Many American manufacturers are bloated and broken. And their CEO’s are fat, dumb and happy. That is until a foreigner comes along to dismantle and dismember the company.                       

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Microsoft Snooped On Hotmail Account To Track Leak

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.       

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Healthcare Law Has Uneven Impact

March 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The healthcare overhaul affects businesses both big and small in ways that are as wide-reaching as the law itself.                                       

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Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.                

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Nearly All Major U.S. Banks Pass 'Stress Tests'

March 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Alex Veiga and Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

More than five years after the financial crisis struck, the biggest U.S. banks are better able to withstand a severe recession than at any time since the meltdown, the Federal Reserve has determined.               

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GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                             

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Businesses Fight Over Indiana Energy Program

March 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two giant corporations which sell products that save electricity have weighed in to try to rescue an Indiana program designed to promote energy efficiency, pitting them against other big businesses who want Gov. Mike Pence to kill it.     

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Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

March 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.                 

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain

March 20, 2014 1:26 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should rebound following a severe winter.                           

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Airbus Boss Wants Improved Aircraft Tracking

March 20, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of European jet maker Airbus has added his voice to calls for improving the systems used to track and locate aircraft and their data recorders, following the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.         

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A Drone That Can Hack Your Phone

March 20, 2014 1:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Hackers have installed snooping technology on a UAV and sent it flying around London.                                               

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Google On Your Wrist

March 20, 2014 1:17 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take a look at Google's new Android Wear initiative.                                                         

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Is Wireless Electricity Within Reach? Yep.

March 20, 2014 1:04 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

WiTricity is a technology that could power all of our devices over thin air. Check out this developing technology.                                       

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