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Are Americans Too Tied Up In Their Gadgets?

February 24, 2011 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

A new survey with MSNBC and Reader's Digest shows that more Americans than ever are inextricably connected to their gadgets. With more than 95 percent of respondents with access to a computer, it's clear that we're downing as much digital media as possible. Are we getting too connected? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Durable Good Orders Drop In Jan.

February 24, 2011 3:51 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods outside of transportation fell in January by the largest amount in two years. Orders for durable goods excluding transportation fell 3.6 percent last month, the biggest drop since January 2009, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Can Robots Love?

February 23, 2011 7:26 am | Videos | Comments

The Fast Draw's Josh Landis and Mitch Butler find out how IBM's now-famous supercomputer Watson felt after it won its "Jeopardy!" battle against two of the show's all-time champions, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, and if computers or robots could potentially even show any emotion at all. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Taking A Ride In The 'Cloud'

February 23, 2011 7:22 am | Videos | Comments

You've likely heard about computing in the "cloud," but do you know what that really means? The on-demand, always-on world of cloud computing comes down to massive data centers, where thousands of rack-mounted servers are cooled by powerful cooling units. Even a power outage won't take the facility down, thanks to enough generators to power a small town.

Pick And Choose Your Experts

February 23, 2011 7:20 am | Videos | Comments

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Battle Of The Bulbs

February 23, 2011 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

A new law hopes to phase-out the incandescent light bulb in favor of more energy-efficient versions, and, like everything else in this country, the opposition force is moving to have the law repealed. In case that movement falls through, however, some incandescent-lovers are going to extreme lengths to avoid CFL, LED, and halogen bulbs, such as hoarding five-year supplies.

Ford To Recall 150K Pickups Due To Air Bag Issue

February 23, 2011 3:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning. The recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada for what the auto company calls a "relatively low risk" of the air bag deploying inadvertently.

Motorola Barred From Transferring Business Info In Nokia Siemens Deal

February 23, 2011 3:37 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has won a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court barring Motorola Inc. from transferring business secrets in a planned deal with Nokia Siemens Networks. The order by a federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday prohibits Motorola, which is a vendor of Huawei equipment, from transferring any confidential information about the Chinese company pending resolution of the dispute.

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U.S. Investigates Toyota Hybrid SUVs

February 23, 2011 3:35 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of stalling engines in more than 40,000 Toyota Highlander hybrids. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website it had received 32 complaints alleging stalling engines in Highlander hybrids from the 2006 model year.

HP Concerned Over Future Revenue Growth

February 23, 2011 3:34 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new CEO Leo Apotheker delivered some disappointing news to Wall Street on Tuesday after his first full quarter with the technology company. Revenue growth, a persistent worry for companies of HP's size, will be slower this year than many analysts had envisioned.

Top GM Executive Steps Down

February 23, 2011 3:31 am | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The head of General Motors' Brazil operations is stepping down. According to a statement on the company's website, Denise Johnson is leaving GM's Brazil division for unspecified personal reasons. The Tuesday statement did not elaborate. The note is signed by Jaime Ardila, head of GM's South America operations.

Cisco Names New COO

February 23, 2011 3:30 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of networking gear, said Tuesday that it has named Gary Moore to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Moore, currently executive vice president and a 10-year veteran of the company, will oversee the engineering, marketing, operations and services departments as part of his role.

Investing In U.S.-Based Manufacturing Pays Off

February 22, 2011 8:14 am | Articles | Comments

In response to global shifts in the supply chain, U.S. based manufacturers that opt to reinvest in themselves versus outsourcing will be in a better position to minimize the impact of the paradigmatic shift in the global supply chain. U.S.-based manufacturers are increasingly finding themselves reacting to shifts in the global supply chain that are increasing prices and delivery lead times.

What's Watson's End Game?

February 22, 2011 5:58 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

While I’m cautiously optimistic that we humans will not have to engage in a decades-long, post-apocalyptic war against power-hungry machines looking to wipe us off the face of the earth, I cannot help but wonder what the future holds for Watson and artificially intelligent computers like it.

Introducing 'Google Goggles'

February 22, 2011 5:52 am | Videos | Comments

Google has developed new software that allows mobile phone users to search the Internet using their phone's camera instead of its keyboard. Mike LeBeau, a senior software engineer for Google, breaks down "Google Goggles" and how tech-savvy individuals can use this cutting-edge technology. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Alarm Response Management

February 22, 2011 4:43 am | by General Electric | White Papers

At best, too many alarms can be a nuisance and deter productivity. But uncommon alarms requiring the correct emergency response can be dangerous, and even detrimental to your organization and customers. Alarm Response Management software, which layers easily on top of existing HMI/SCADA systems, enables companies to take action on alarms by guiding operators through the proper steps to ensure the right response.

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Tap-To-Pay Phones May Be Coming Soon

February 22, 2011 3:52 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cell phones are usually used to communicate with people far away. This year, they'll get the ability to do the opposite: communicate with things that are close enough to touch. It may not sound immediately useful, but phones will get some surprising capabilities with the addition of chips for so-called Near Field Communications, a wireless technology with a range intentionally limited to just a few inches.

Google Slammed With An Antitrust Complaint

February 22, 2011 3:50 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — A French creator of specialized search engines on Tuesday filed a new complaint with the European Union about alleged anticompetitive behavior by Google Inc., a reminder of the regulatory hurdles the online search giant faces in the region. The latest claim comes from 1plusV, which runs so-called vertical search engines that specialize in subject areas like law, music and culture.

In A Sign Of Growth, U.S. Businesses Are Investing Again

February 22, 2011 3:49 am | by Pallavi Gogoi, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Foil's company sells yarn that winds up in clothes from the Gap, Ralph Lauren and American Apparel, and business is growing. He's buying new machines and hopes to hire as many as 200 workers this year. When he decided to expand into a shuttered yarn factory in North Carolina, he borrowed $11 million recently from Wells Fargo to buy it.

Volvo Plans To Build New Factory In Western China

February 22, 2011 3:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese officials say Volvo Car Corp. plans a manufacturing base in the western Chinese city of Chengdu as it aims for expansion in the world's biggest auto market following its buyout by independent automaker Geely. An official with the city's Automotive Industry Investment Bureau confirmed a report Tuesday that the Swedish carmaker has chosen Chengdu as a manufacturing base, but would not give further details.

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