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U.S. Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:27 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

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Berkshire Buying Duracell From P&G

November 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                           

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Remote Monitoring And Control With Netbiter

November 13, 2014 9:58 am | by HMS Industrial Networks | Product Releases | Comments

The Netbiter Remote Management solution from HMS Industrial Networks now allows automation devices using EtherNet/IP to be monitored and controlled via the web. 

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New Business Applications For IoT

November 13, 2014 9:50 am | by SAP SE | Product Releases | Comments

SAP SE has announced three new SAP solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), including the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Connected Logistics software and the SAP Manufacturing Execution application. 

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Workforce Management Scores Big With Gamification

November 13, 2014 9:45 am | by Kronos | Product Releases | Comments

By introducing concepts of game design and game thinking into the world of workforce management, Kronos has announced an innovative new leaderboard feature within its Workforce Central suite designed to reward and recognize employees, managers, and teams for positive job performance.

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A Powerful And Flexible Rugged 7-inch Android Tablet

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has announced the launch of the Toughpad FZ-B2, a rugged 7-inch tablet powered by Android for field-based workforces.

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:03 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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The Drone That Is Years Ahead Of Google And Facebook

November 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Satellites are so 2014. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain.              

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'AirLegs' Technology Helps Troops Stay One Step Ahead

November 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The military's DARPA lab creates stunning inventions, and they could help service members stay one step ahead when answering the call of duty. Chip Reid reports on the new "AirLegs" technology for U.S. troops.           

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China-U.S. Trade Deal Could End Fees On $1T In Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 10:36 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up

November 12, 2014 10:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month.                                 

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GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility In Pennsylvania

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE.                           

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U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.                                 

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Startup Working To Turn Hoverboards Into Reality

November 12, 2014 9:44 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. The creators believe their technology will someday be used to transport large containers or hold buildings above earthquakes as the ground shakes below.

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EU Nations Could Get Power To Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc.                  

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2014 Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

November 11, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest.                                       

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Ford's CEO On The Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After a dismal last quarter, CEO Mark Fields says he plans to turn Ford around as the company unveils its new F-150 truck.                                     

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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Danielle Iera | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

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