WASHINGTON (AP) — Factories are producing more. Construction is growing. Americans are buying more cars. The holiday shopping season is off to a strong start. Normally, all that would suggest a bright outlook for the economy. Problem is, employers still aren't hiring much, the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains high and Europe's debt crisis poses a grave threat to the future.
Though the overall jobs outlook still appears bleak, there are actually quite a few jobs available in engineering and the tech industry. As a result, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is making it her top priority to convince women to join in the world of technology. CBS News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis speaks to Sandberg about her high-tech mission.
Of all inputs for rational decision-making, profit versus risk has the greatest propensity to entangle us, and it is the ability to balance that equation that makes for real leadership. For some time I have been interested in the whole notion of risk. Subsumed in the concept of risk is the idea that decisions, and the behaviors that result from those decisions, have positive and negative consequences.
As the world of IT moves forward, CIOs are finding that they must coordinate their activities in a much wider scope than they once controlled. While this might be a difficult prospect for IT departments, they must now adapt or be swept aside. Photo by scribbetaylor Gartner, Inc.
Users of the Allen-Bradley CENTERLINE 2010 motor control center from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) can help reduce worker exposure to live voltage with SecureConnect. This new, optional safety feature allows operators to disconnect the power from an individual MCC plug-in unit without opening the enclosure door or entering the arc flash boundary.
INDIANAPOLIS — enVista, a leading enterprise, transportation and supply chain consulting services firm, announced today that it has sold over 5,000 copies of the second edition of Supervising on the Line: A Self Help Guide for First Line Supervisors . Nine months following the book’s launch, both hard copies and electronic versions of Supervising on the Line are selling to both domestic and international audiences.
Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) introduces RFID read heads designed to conform to the 3.56 MHz ISO 15693 standard. They are meant to promote amplified operation and enhanced productivity in stand-alone or multi-drop applications. According to the company, in multi-drop applications, users can connect up to 30 RFID read heads together on a single network and bring the data back to a PC or PLC.
Zenvo recently unveiled the ST-1 50S, a Danish supercar with a price tag somewhere around $1.8 million. Zenvo will produce just 15 cars of the model shown in this video, but only three cars are coming to the United States. What do you think of this car? Is it worth almost $2 million? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Onstage at TEDGlobal, Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by a group of engineering students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully, and even dance. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Cisco CEO John Chambers says his company currently does about 20 percent of its business in emerging markets, but he added that he feels there is a lot of potential for growth in that area. Chambers also answers a number of other questions about Cisco and the company's future in this recent interview with CNN's John Defterios.
Solar power has come a long way in the past few years. Now a landfill site in Atlanta, Georgia is being used to help power local homes. At the site, which is through taking waste, 10 acres have been covered with plastic sheets that are filled with 7,000 solar strips. That's enough to power produce 1 megawatt of energy.
Correctly managing product life cycles can cut costs, reduce required man-hours, and streamline manufacturing operations. In today’s fast-paced world, your products can become outdated in a relatively short period of time, particularly if your company is in the high tech arena.
SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. battery maker Johnson Controls is at odds with Shanghai's environmental regulator over tests the company says show it was not responsible for severe lead poisoning cases in children discovered earlier this year. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company said Wednesday that an investigation by the China Electric Equipment Industry Association found its battery factory in Shanghai's eastern suburbs was not the cause of elevated blood-lead levels among children in a nearby community.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information. The unflattering portrait of Facebook's privacy practices emerged Tuesday in a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that Facebook exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent.
SYDNEY (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. is closer to selling its new Galaxy tablet computer in Australia after a court on Wednesday overturned a ruling that sided with Apple's allegations Samsung had copied its iPad and iPhone. The Federal Court's decision is a victory for Samsung in its bitter, international patent war with Apple Inc.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A U.S. Marine given the nation's highest award for valor is suing a defense contractor that he says ridiculed his Medal of Honor, called him mentally unstable and suggested he had a drinking problem, thereby costing him a job. Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor in September, two years after the young corporal saved 36 lives during a six-hour ambush in Afghanistan.
DETROIT (AP) — Federal agents raided a Detroit box company Tuesday and arrested one of its managers as part of an eight-month probe into the suspected hiring of illegal immigrants. Edward Schlacht was released on a $10,000 bond after an appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
NEW YORK (AP) — A report by the staff of the Federal Communications Commission says AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA provided flawed information to justify AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of its smaller rival. The report, released Tuesday, says the companies' application left open "material questions of fact.
Tech start-up Codecademy aims to teach anyone and everyone basic computer coding skills -- for free. Codecademy's founder, 21-year-old Zach Sims, believes computer coding will be the literacy of the 21st century. He also says the job market will be looking for the computer coding "construction workers" of tomorrow.
Chit-chatting with a customer when they call you is not enough. You need to develop systematic ways of gathering information on an ongoing basis. Most business books acknowledge that customers are the people who pay the bills, send your kids to college, and whom we absolutely have to satisfy.