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Why I Hate The Word 'Plan'

November 15, 2011 7:43 am | by Joe Flach, Consultant, Safe Harbor Consulting LLC | Articles | Comments

My consulting plan is -- avoid the word "plan" -- and to be more precise by stating what you want that word to mean. Business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management professionals are challenged by the use of inexact and often confusing jargon.

Improving Performance With Dynamic Capacity Management

November 15, 2011 7:34 am | Articles | Comments

Decreasing cost and improving efficiency are always front-of-mind concerns for manufacturers. Phil Wolf of Portfolio Decisionware (PDWare) spoke with Food Manufacturing, MBT’s sister publication, about how project managers and resource planners can best manage resources to maximize productivity.

Get Real-Time Access To System Functionality

November 15, 2011 5:40 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Jobscope (Greenville, SC) announces the repease of Jobscope Mobile, a manufacturing ERP software solution which provides customers real-time access to the system functionality they need, when they need it - directly from their mobile device. Jobscope Mobile operates securely with tablet PC’s, laptops, and smartphones on popular devices such as the Apple iPad, iPhone, and Droid.


Amazon Takes On iPad With Kindle Fire

November 15, 2011 3:42 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's much-anticipated challenge to the iPad began Monday as the Kindle Fire tablet computer became available in the U.S. The Fire is about half the size of the iPad and is less than half the price. Inc. is offering the device for $199. The cheapest iPad sells for $499, the most expensive for $829.

U.S. Companies Are Feeling Impact Of European Crisis

November 15, 2011 3:41 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- The tremors from Europe's financial upheaval have reached U.S. shores, rattling consumers and companies. The consequences have been limited so far. Yet the United States and Europe are so closely linked that any slowdown across the Atlantic is felt here. U.S. makers of cars, solar panels, drugs, clothes and computer equipment have all reported effects from Europe's turmoil.

22-Year-Old Co-founder Of Social Network Diaspora Dies

November 15, 2011 3:39 am | by Brooke Donald, Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Ilya Zhitomirskiy, a co-founder of the startup social networking site Diaspora that put an emphasis on privacy and user-control, has died, a company spokesman said Monday. He was 22. The cause of Zhitomirskiy's death in San Francisco wasn't immediately known, and neither the company nor the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office would release details.

Cisco Latest Tech Firm To Report Strong Results

November 15, 2011 3:35 am | News | Comments

Here is a summary of recent earnings and reports for selected technology companies and what they reveal about the state of spending and the overall economy: Oct. 13: Google Inc. says third-quarter earnings grew 26 percent and revenue grew 33 percent from last year. It's the latest reminder of how the company has used its dominance on the Internet to build a business that weathers economic turbulence better than most companies.

Lawmakers To Scrutinize U.S. Foreign Aid To China

November 15, 2011 3:34 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday will scrutinize a portion of the U.S. budget that's tiny but touches a raw nerve: development aid to China, America's biggest foreign creditor. The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia is examining $4 million in proposed assistance, mostly for promoting clean energy technology.


Warren Buffett Invests $10.7B In IBM

November 15, 2011 3:32 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Warren Buffett said Monday that his company has spent $10.7 billion to buy more than 5 percent of IBM's stock this year, a surprising move by the billionaire investor who has long shied away from investing in high technology companies. Berkshire Hathaway also revealed several other new investments made during the turmoil of the third quarter.

Six Ways To Save The Internet

November 14, 2011 8:28 am | Videos | Comments

The next big web shift is now, and it’s not going to play out in the way many would expect. According to tech investor Roger McNamee, for the Internet to be saved (and for people to make money saving it), Google must be sacrificed and people must come to the realization that Facebook is the new Windows.

You Need More Than A List Of Product SKUs & Datasheets

November 14, 2011 7:44 am | Articles | Comments

Last month, element14 launched The Drawer, an innovative content storage tool for users to capture and collect information as they navigate through the element14 community. Product Design & Development , MBT’s sister publication speaks with Jeff Jussel, senior director of global technology marketing at element14, about solving engineering pain points.

Watching What We Eat

November 14, 2011 7:26 am | by Adam Aronson, Chief Executive Officer, Arrowsight | Articles | Comments

One process manufacturer utilizes a patented RVA system to provide independent, objective, and off-site third-party auditing to monitor and notify plant management in near real-time to immediately identify and correct any issues. Preventing   cross contamination from pathogens such as E.

New Modular Safety Controller

November 14, 2011 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) offers a new modular safety controller, designed to make it easier to expand I/O in a safety circuit. The PSR-TRISAFE/M (for modular) connects up to 10 safe digital I/O modules, thanks to a T-bus system. The TRISAFE/M’s base station has 20 safety input signals and four safety category 4 outputs It also provides outputs for a test pulse, alarm (aux), and ground switching.

NHTSA To Investigate Battery Safety After Volt Fire

November 14, 2011 3:38 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chevrolet Volt that caught fire three weeks after its lithium-ion battery was damaged in a government crash test has regulators taking a harder look at the safety of electric car batteries, federal officials said Friday. Based on testing so far, however, regulators believe the batteries are safe and do not pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered engines, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official told The Associated Press.

Battery Life Fix Out For New iPhone, Apple Devices

November 14, 2011 3:37 am | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has released a software update to fix a problem that is shortening the battery life of some iPhones, iPads and iPods. Apple has said that a small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on devices running on the company's iOS 5 operating system.

Cray To Take Over For IBM On Supercomputer Project

November 14, 2011 3:36 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (AP) — The University of Illinois says Seattle-based Cray Inc. will take over construction of the stalled $300 million Blue Waters supercomputer project, three months after IBM pulled out citing cost and technical concerns. Cray expects to have the computer online next year, keeping the project, which is being primarily paid for by the National Science Foundation, on track to finish on time.

Hawker Beechcraft Handing Out Layoff Notices

November 14, 2011 3:34 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita-based aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has begun issuing layoff notices, but is not disclosing any numbers. CEO Bill Boisture had warned employees in a letter last week of impending layoffs amid troubled world economies. The company says most of those being laid off were notified Friday.

Caterpillar To Move Some Manufacturing From Japan To N. America

November 14, 2011 3:33 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday that it plans to move some of its manufacturing from Japan to North America, a move that it says will put it closer to its many customers in North America and Europe. Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., hasn't decided where the new plant will be, but it plans to do so by the end of the year.

U.S. CEOs Meet With Chinese President To Discuss Trade

November 14, 2011 3:31 am | by Jaymes Song, Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A small group of executives from some of the largest U.S. companies met privately with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit to discuss trade, protecting intellectual property rights and challenges facing the world's two largest economies.

What's The Deal With 4G?

November 11, 2011 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

Techland technology and gadget guru Doug Aamoth answers questions about 4G wireless and clarifies whether the AT&T iPhone 4S qualifies as a 4G phone. It's pretty simple, right? Well, not exactly. 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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