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Obama Meets With Intel, Apple And Facebook Leaders

February 17, 2011 9:22 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to friendly territory to push his plan to spend billions more on education, meeting with Apple's ailing leader Steve Jobs and the chiefs of Facebook and Google in the San Francisco Bay area. He'll also tour Intel Corp.'s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Oregon.

Google Undercuts Rival Apple With Online Payment System

February 17, 2011 9:21 am | by Melissa Eddy, Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Google Inc. is undercutting rival Apple Inc. with an online payment system that lets publishers keep more of the fees charged for reading their digital editions. Google CEO Eric Schmidt unveiled the one-stop payment service, called One Pass, at Berlin's Humboldt University on Wednesday.

Toiling Over Tablets

February 17, 2011 8:56 am | by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, | Articles | Comments

I see those catchy iPad commercials and think, “Man, that is one cool device. I kind of want one.” But, is the tablet I want solely from Apple, or will I find something better in a newbie’s? by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.

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Software Validation & Verification Governance: A Risk-Based Approach

February 17, 2011 8:55 am | by Valarie King-Bailey, M.B.A., CEO, OnShore Technology Group, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In highly regulated systems environments, it is well understood that software errors can have catastrophic results on regulatory controlled processes if the applications are not properly designed, tested and implemented.  While much focus is given to validation testing, governance of the validation process is often overlooked.

Evaluating AT&T's First 4G Phone

February 17, 2011 5:49 am | Videos | Comments

The HTC Inspire 4G is AT&T's first 4G phone, so how does it stack up against 3G offerings? Techland gadget guru Doug Aamoth gives us a thorough breakdown of the device's features. Because it is available for $99, Aamoth says he believes the HTC Inspire 4G offers quite a bit of performance at a reasonable price.

Are You A Saw-Muri Warrior?

February 16, 2011 9:57 am | by Bruce Hamilton, OldLeanDude.org | Articles | Comments

If you're a manager and you've walked by a horribly-designed process every day and failed to recognize the strain its putting on an employee, that makes you no different than the infamous Saw-Muri warrior described in this article. I was joining a manager on a walk through his plant some time back, when we came upon an automatic cut-off saw that was cutting twelve-foot brass bars into four-foot lengths.

Uncertainty Is Certain

February 16, 2011 9:53 am | Articles | Comments

The events of the past two years and the precariousness of the near future are making forecasting, budgeting, business planning, and other processes that are dependent on historical information a challenge. Introduction Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium defines “uncertainty” as the level of knowledge of the past and current conditions that allows one to describe the existing state and predict a future outcome.

The Importance Of Protecting Mobile Data

February 16, 2011 8:38 am | Videos | Comments

CEO of Juniper Networks, Kevin Johnson talks to CNN's Jim Boulden about securely connecting to VPN networks. The recent explosion of mobile devices has led to a need for companies and individuals to protect their mobile data. It's a significant issue, but it looks like it's beginning to be addressed.

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Singularity: Will We Fear Our Machines?

February 16, 2011 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

Should we prepare for the possibility of a day where machines are smarter than humans? It seems as if such a day is not only possible, but probable. Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil believes that by 2045, mankind will be able to multiply human intelligence by a billion. He also believes that doing so will have tremendous implications.

We're All Makers

February 16, 2011 8:33 am | Videos | Comments

MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says all of us are "makers." According to Dougherty, people have an inherent ability to create things. Some of the things we make are more useful than others, but it's the curiosity and enthusiasm behind every project that advances innovation forward.

A Lesson In Economics

February 16, 2011 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

What lessons should the United States take from the recent global economic crisis? At the World Economic Forum, trade envoy Ron Kirk gives his expert opinion on that topic, and he offers his thoughts on export expectations moving forward. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

IBM's Watson Soundly Defeats Human Competition On 'Jeopardy!'

February 16, 2011 3:39 am | by Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The computer outsmarted its human competition in Game 1 of the Man vs. Machine competition on "Jeopardy!" On the 30-question game board, veteran "Jeopardy!" champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter managed only five correct responses between them during the Double Jeopardy round that aired Tuesday.

Smart Mini Car To Be Sold At U.S. Mercedes Dealers

February 16, 2011 3:38 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Coming to a Mercedes-Benz dealer near you: Those tiny Smart cars. Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz USA unit plans to take over United States distribution and marketing of the Smart mini car brand from dealership chain Penske Automotive Group Inc. Daimler said Tuesday the two companies have started discussions on the transition, which is expected by the end of this year's second quarter.

Apple Finds Labor, Safety Abuses At Suppliers

February 16, 2011 3:37 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Apple Inc. says its audits found labor, safety and other abuses by its suppliers in 2010, though it praised Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn for saving lives through its handling of a spate of suicides at its factories in China. The findings, outlined in Apple's annual supplier responsibility report, prompted local reports Wednesday to decry the "high price" paid by Chinese workers who assemble hit gadgets like the iPod and iPad.

Mitsubishi To Earn $34 Million Tax Incentive For Building Plant

February 16, 2011 3:35 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Documents show Mitsubishi Electric will receive a $34 million tax incentive for building a $200 million high-voltage power transformer factory and creating 281 jobs in Memphis. Memphis-area officials and Mitsubishi Electric Power Products executives announced plans Monday to build the plant along 100 acres at an industrial park near the Mississippi River.

Apple Announces New iPhone, iPad Subscription Policy

February 16, 2011 3:34 am | by Dana Wollman, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. announced a subscription system for buying newspapers and magazines on iPhone and iPad applications on Tuesday, making it easier for publishers to mine the popular mobile devices for more revenue. The update announced Tuesday enables publishers to sell subscriptions by the week, month, year or other period of time, instead of asking readers to buy each issue separately.

U.S. Industrial Production Continues To Rise

February 16, 2011 3:33 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production likely rose in January as factories continued boosting their output of goods for businesses and consumers. Economists expect that the output of the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased 0.5 percent in January, after jumping 0.8 percent in December.

The Seven Steps To Carrier Consolidation

February 15, 2011 6:53 am | by Niko Michas, President & CEO, Bridgenet Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When you decide it is in your company’s best interest to change or consolidate carriers, there are seven critical steps you will need to take to make sure that the process comes off without a hitch.    Whether it’s because you want to shift from a decentralized logistics network to a centralized one, improve your company’s operations to become more cost-efficient on an international level, create profit centers for your chosen carriers that will result in significant rate discounts, or all of the above, when you decide it is in your company’s best interest to change or consolidate carriers, there are seven critical steps you will need to take to make sure that the process comes off without a hitch.

The German Model Economy: A Lesson For U.S. Manufacturing?

February 15, 2011 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

There are characteristics of German manufacturers that could enhance U.S. initiatives to create a more successful manufacturing-based economy. Much has been written of late about the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States. Statistics show that the U.S. has lost over an estimated 3.

See The World In A Whole New Way

February 15, 2011 6:47 am | Videos | Comments

Ericsson Product Marketing Engineer Phill Sohn talks to CNN about the wave of new "augmented" phone applications. Augmented reality refers to the results of capturing digital information and overlaying it with physical reality. Smart phone users can use their device as a lens to see the mixture of digital and physical.

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