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Flying Orb Goes Where Humans Can't

July 22, 2011 8:17 am | Videos | Comments

It's called the "futuristic circular flying object" and it can hover, tumble, and soar.'s Nick Dietz reports on the unprecedented aircraft designed to aid in search and recue operations. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Tackling The 'Ugh' Projects

July 22, 2011 7:59 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Show your customers that you don’t just offer them a commodity or a product, you offer them a solution—and one they might not even quite know how to ask for, at that. Fate somehow selected the hottest weekend of the summer for me to move into my new house.

Securing Your Supply Chain

July 22, 2011 7:58 am | by THE RFID NETWORK   | Articles | Comments

Before you roll out RFID throughout your supply chain, you need to understand the potential security risks and how to reduce vulnerabilities. Some people don't understand how critical it is to secure their supply chain. After all, for most companies, it's not as if lives are put on the line if their competitors get unauthorized access to the supply chain, right? But securing your supply chain is critical.


Webinar To Feature Iconic Inventor, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen

July 22, 2011 5:16 am | News | Comments

(Madison, WI & Edison, NJ) – On September 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST, IET Inspec and Automation Federation, along with support from Newark's element14 engineering community and Interpower will present an interactive webinar entitled; Great Minds on Innovation, Featuring Dean Kamen.

AT&T Holds Its Own In iPhone Battle With Verizon

July 22, 2011 4:47 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T Inc. saw a rebound in the number of new contract subscribers in the second quarter, showing resilience in the face of competition from Verizon's iPhone. The country's largest telecommunications company said Thursday that it added a net 331,000 new subscribers on contract-based plans, up from a record low of 62,000 in the first quarter.

Honeywell Reaches Deal With Locked-Out Workers

July 22, 2011 4:46 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The union representing about 230 workers at a key southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel has reached a tentative three-year deal with the company that locked them out more than a year ago in Superman's adoptive hometown, both sides confirmed Wednesday. Terms of the deal involving Honeywell's Metropolis plant were not released, pending a vote by the union's members after bargainers first resolve how to transition the workers back to their jobs at the nation's only plant that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

Entire Apple Stores Being Faked In China

July 22, 2011 4:45 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — It looks almost exactly like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat with customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang on the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words "Apple Store" — one of the few clues that the whole thing is a fake.

U.S. Government No Longer Owns A Piece Of Chrysler

July 22, 2011 4:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer</SPAN> | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government no longer owns a piece of Chrysler. Italian automaker Fiat SpA paid $560 million for the government's remaining 98,000 shares of Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday. Fiat has run the company since it emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2009.


Economy's Spring Slump Could Last Through Summer

July 22, 2011 4:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy's spring slump appears to be extending into the summer, according to a slew of mixed data released Thursday. Layoffs are rising. Manufacturing activity in the Northeast expanded only slightly in July after contracting in June. Economic growth is projected to pick up this fall, but not enough to give businesses confidence to hire and speed the recovery.

Former China Mobile Exec Found Guilty In Bribery Case

July 22, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A former deputy chairman of state-owned China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone company by subscribers, was convicted Friday of taking bribes and sentenced to prison. Zhang Chunjiang, who also was a Communist Party official, was given a suspended death sentence with a two-year reprieve by a court in the central city of Shijiazhuang, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Leveraging Mobility To Extend Lean Transformations (Pt. II)

July 21, 2011 6:37 am | by Nikhil Kumar, Industry Principal, Process and Domains, Infosys | Articles | Comments

In today’s business environment, with the proliferation of smarter handheld devices, wireless technological advances and globalization, mobility has now become inevitable for enterprises. This is part two of a two-part series on leveraging mobility to extend Lean manufacturing. Part one can be found here .


Do You 'Like' The New Facebook Phone?

July 21, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

Behold, the "Facebook phone." It is also known as the HTC Status, and it is available through AT&T for $50 with a two-year contract. Techland gadget guru Doug Aamoth gives it a once-over and breaks down its features. Does he "like" it? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Expert Help From A Distance

July 21, 2011 5:44 am | Articles | Comments

When a complex piece of machinery stops working, the on-site technicians grab their tools and the manual and try to fix it — but sometimes the only solution is to call the manufacturer for tips on how to get it working again. When electronic devices refuse to work, you rarely find the solution in the manual.

Accurate Non-Contact Measurement Tool

July 20, 2011 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Faro Technologies (Park Lake Mary, FL) offers the new Faro Laser Line Probe. Launched earlier this year, the FARO Edge is a portable measurement arm that allows manufacturers to verify their product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing.

An Inside Look At The China-U.S. Cyberwar

July 20, 2011 10:08 am | Videos | Comments

Some say a war is brewing between the United States and China. But it's not a conventional war fought on a battlefield, but over the internet. CNN's Eunice Yoon gets insights on Chinese hacking from a self-described godfather of China's hacker world, a man who says he once took out the White House website.

Happy 25th Birthday, PC Virus

July 20, 2011 10:06 am | Videos | Comments

It's been 25 years since the first PC virus (Brain A) hit the net. What was once a minor hassle and annoyance has become a sophisticated and dangerous tool for crime and espionage. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen explains how web users can stop these new viruses from threatening the internet as we know it.

Google CEO: Mobile Revolution Is Just Beginning

July 20, 2011 10:04 am | Videos | Comments

In an interview with CNN, Google CEO Eric Schmidt discusses privacy, antitrust, and the future of the personal computer. According to Schmidt, the mobile revolution has altered the future of the PC. Where will the PC fit into our lives? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

A Nano-Solution To Airplane Safety

July 20, 2011 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

U.S. researchers have developed a new technology they say will make air travel safer. Scientists at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are making microscopic nanotubes that can detect and repair fuselage cracks as they occur. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Samsung Sets Galaxy S II's US Rollout For August

July 20, 2011 5:08 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung plans to roll out its top line Galaxy S II smartphone in the United States next month. Shin Jong-kyun, president of the company's mobile communications business, made the announcement Wednesday at the South Korean launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.

Ford Recalls 20K Vehicles

July 20, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 20,000 pickup trucks and SUVs because a defective switch can cause the turn signal, tail lights and brake lights to fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday on its website that the recall affects certain 2004 through 2011 Ranger pickups, 2002 through 2005 Excursion SUVs, and 2002 through 2007 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks.


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