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Economy Improving, But Job Growth Still Weak

December 2, 2011 3:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

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.

Facebook Exec: Tech Industry Needs More Women

December 1, 2011 8:17 am | Videos | Comments

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.

Systematic Failures Of Leadership

December 1, 2011 8:01 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

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.

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Top Predictions For IT In 2012

December 1, 2011 7:51 am | by 2015, low-cost cloud services will cannibalize up to 15 percent of top outsourcing players' revenue. | Articles | Comments

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.

Prevent Worker Exposure To Live Voltage

December 1, 2011 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

enVista Announces More Than 5,000 Copies of Supervising On The Line Sold Worldwide

December 1, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

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.

Stand-Alone RFID Read Head

November 30, 2011 11:21 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

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.

Looking For A New Car? Check Out Zenvo's $1.8M Vehicle

November 30, 2011 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

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.

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Meet Rezero, The Dancing Ballbot

November 30, 2011 9:04 am | Videos | Comments

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 Talks Emerging Markets

November 30, 2011 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

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.

Atlanta Landfill Reborn As Solar Energy Site

November 30, 2011 9:00 am | Videos | Comments

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.

When Is The Right Time To Obsolete Your Products?

November 30, 2011 3:28 am | by Kim Leleniewski, Motion Product Marketing Specialist, Yaskawa America | Articles | Comments

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.

Johnson Controls Denies Shanghai Plant Leaking Lead

November 30, 2011 3:16 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

FTC: Facebook May Have Misled 800M Users About Personal Data

November 30, 2011 3:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Court Ruling: No Evidence Samsung Copied Apple

November 30, 2011 3:12 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Sues BAE For Defamation

November 30, 2011 3:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Federal Agents Raid Detroit Box Company

November 30, 2011 3:08 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

FCC Questions Facts Surrounding AT&T's T-Mobile Deal

November 30, 2011 3:07 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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 Aims To Teach Computer Coding For Free

November 29, 2011 9:19 am | Videos | Comments

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.

Do You Struggle To Hear Your Customers?

November 29, 2011 9:03 am | by Mike Collins, MPC Management | Articles | Comments

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.

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