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Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 9:26 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.              

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Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.

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GM Says It's Making Progress to Fix Recall Website

August 5, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government said Friday that GM's vehicle identification number look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't being recalled.               

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Manager of Gunmaker Sentenced for Failing to Report Missing Firearms

August 5, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say Brinkerhoff initially failed to report 23 missing firearms to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                   

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 5, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee, says the report is fairly well balanced, yet growth is slower in both imports and exports.            

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McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's said Monday that a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is "at risk."                 

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Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used On U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 10:39 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                           

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Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 10:36 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.        

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Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 10:33 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

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With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 10:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted Friday overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.                   

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Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

August 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Hari Menon | Articles | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But, in reality, they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. 

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Putting A Spring In Your Step

August 4, 2014 8:17 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A British biomechanist believes he can help ease the strain on the shins of walkers and soldiers trekking for many miles while wearing heavy loads on their backs with a new type of footwear. Can a spring change the way we walk? Jim Drury looks at the product's first steps.

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Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 8:12 am | by Land Rover USA | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.                         

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Report: Customer Experience Gains Prominence Among B2B eCommerce Projects

July 31, 2014 4:57 pm | by IDC Manufacturing Insights | News | Comments

In the new report, IDC Manufacturing Insights looks at the subject of supporting the customer lifecycle in manufacturing value chains with software applications and processes.                     

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Hosting QuickBooks: It All Adds Up For Manufacturers — And Their Accounting Firms

July 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Rather than restricting access to an office computer, or taking a laptop on the road to visit clients, QuickBooks cloud hosting ensures that the software and hardware is managed, backed up and always available via the Internet.       

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Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save The Middle Class?

July 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.               

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Bringing 3D Printing To Your Hand

July 31, 2014 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3D printer.                             

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Asana hopes that its software that combines the elements of a communal notebook, social network, instant messaging application and online calendar will enable teams of employees to share information and do most of their jobs without relying on email.

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open To Attack

July 31, 2014 3:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack.                   

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Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built On A Corvette Chassis

July 31, 2014 3:15 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette.                 

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