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Remember Google Plus? Now Anyone Can Join It

September 20, 2011 11:22 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Google Inc. has opened up its Google Plus social network to everyone after testing it with a limited audience for 12 weeks. Google said in a blog post Tuesday that it will now let anyone sign up for Google Plus. Previously the service was only available by invitation, though it got easier to join in recent weeks.

'Patent Baron' Defends The System

September 20, 2011 9:41 am | Videos | Comments

Nathan Myhrvold's company, Intellectual Ventures, is one of the top owners of U.S. patents. There has been a lot of talk about the current state of the patent system in the United States and whether some major changes need to be made. Myhrvold offers his take in this video... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

What Will Make Gen Y Pursue Manufacturing Again?

September 20, 2011 9:30 am | by Derek Singleton, ERP Analyst, Software Advice | Articles | Comments

My generation is one obsessed with being cool and it strikes me that a career in manufacturing doesn’t seem cool. This is one of the major barriers we’ll need to overcome to pique the interest of our youth. A recent report on the Deloitte Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing found that only 17 percent of surveyed individuals would consider starting a career in manufacturing.


Software Tool Aids Company In Streamlining Workflow By 15%

September 20, 2011 9:09 am | Articles | Comments

One company's engineering department managed to streamline workflow by 15% with apps developed in a cross-platform desktop, console, and web development tool. Background In 2006, Omar Abbasi, Director of Engineering for Ayenbee Group in Pakistan, was challenged with the enormous task of designing an entire motorcycle manufacturing plant.

Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High On Monday

September 20, 2011 5:05 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple Inc. stock reached its highest level ever Monday, hitting $413.23 in intraday trading even as the broader market declined. That price was 3.2 percent higher than Friday's close and brought the company's market capitalization to $383 billion, albeit briefly. The stock slipped to close at $411.

GM Deepens EV Cooperation With Chinese Partner Amid Pressures

September 20, 2011 5:04 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. agreed Tuesday to deepen cooperation with its flagship Chinese partner on development of electric vehicle know how amid pressure from Beijing to hand over proprietary technology. Investments and other details of the plan were not provided, and it was unclear if the agreement was the result of a renewed push by China to acquire advanced technology its own automakers still lack.

IBM Offers Concession In Effort To End Antitrust Case

September 20, 2011 5:03 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. computer maker IBM Corp. on Tuesday offered to make it easier for competitors to provide maintenance services for its mainframe computers, a concession to get European regulators to close an antitrust probe. The European Commission, the European Union's competition watchdog, opened two investigations into whether IBM was abusing its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers in July 2010.

GE Energy Business Signs $3B In New Orders

September 20, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Tuesday its energy business has received a series of new orders worth more than $3 billion. The deals involve projects around the world and range from natural gas production to electrical grid technology. "Energy technologies — from exploration to power generation — are in high demand by our customers, particularly in emerging markets," GE Vice Chairman John Krenicki said.


IMF Downgrades Outlook For U.S. And Europe Economies

September 20, 2011 4:59 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has sharply downgraded its outlook for the U.S. economy through 2012 because of weak growth and concern that Europe won't be able to solve its debt crisis. The international lending organization expects the U.S. economy to grow just 1.

Airbus: World Passenger Fleet To Double By 2030

September 20, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) -- European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says it expects the world's passenger fleet to more than double in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demands of an increasingly wealthy population in the developing world. The assessment, released Monday, predicts strong growth for the industry despite the stagnation seen elsewhere in the global economy.

Wide-Temp UPS With Lithium Battery

September 19, 2011 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric (Irwindale, CA), a manufacturer of on-line uninterruptible power supplies, announced it has added Lithium-Ion batteries as an option to its 1500VA model of its SSG Series Industrial Grade UPS Plus. The SSG Series is a true double-conversion on-line sinewave regenerative UPS that offers a high level of power protection that tolerates many of the elements found in these harsh environments.

12X The Power, Same Amount of Space

September 19, 2011 10:52 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Opto 22 (Temecula, CA) offers new SNAP-OMR6-A and SNAP-OMR6-C mechanical relay modules. According to the company, they are used to switch higher voltages and currents without the need for breakout boards, header cables, or other interposing hardware. The new SNAP-OMR6-A and SNAP-OMR6-C power relay output modules offer four separate channels of switching for up to 250 VAC or 30 VDC, 6 amp loads.

The Value Of Understanding Business Intelligence (Pt. II)

September 19, 2011 10:09 am | Articles | Comments

Let’s take a closer look at what really matters to small and midsized businesses as far as investing in a BI solution. by Eric, Kaas, Director of Product Management, Sage ERP This is part two of a two-part piece on the topic of business intelligence. Part one can be found here .

Whiskey Distillery Undergoes Control System Upgrade

September 19, 2011 9:29 am | Articles | Comments

One spirits distiller vowed to keep its traditions alive while moving ahead with a much-needed control system upgrade. by Keirsten Henderson, Industry Automation, Siemens Industry, Inc. Since the late 1880s, the smooth and mellow taste of Four Roses Bourbon has been a favorite among whiskey lovers.

Exec: GM To Profit In U.S. Despite Slowdown

September 19, 2011 8:57 am | Videos | Comments

General Motors will turn a profit on its U.S. operations even with vehicles sales at their current levels, says Steve Girsky, vice chairman of corporate strategy and business development. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Mitsubishi Heavy: 45 Of Our Servers Infected By Viruses

September 19, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Sept. 19 (Kyodo) — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of arms for Japan's Defense Ministry, said Monday its servers and computers have been infected with viruses which may have enabled unauthorized access. Japan's largest defense contractor said it has reported the matter to police and started in-house investigations.

AT&T Unleashes New Wireless Data Network

September 19, 2011 5:32 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Unbeknownst to most customers, AT&T Inc. has fired up a new wireless data network in five cities in the last few months, offering roughly double the speeds of its older network for a handful of devices. On Sunday, the phone company will start marketing the network in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Lost iPhone Is One Of Many Headaches For Apple Security

September 19, 2011 5:31 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wanted: experienced security professional. Must have plan to thwart Chinese counterfeiters, protect secret blueprints from spies and keep workers from leaving super-secret unreleased smartphones behind in bars. A day after a recent report surfaced that an Apple employee had lost a prototype for a new but unreleased iPhone at a Northern California watering hole, two job listings appeared on Apple's website for managers of "new product security.


OSHA Fines Manufacturer $7K After Man Crushed By Bin

September 19, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal labor officials want to impose $7,000 in fines against a Canadian company after the August death of a worker at a Fargo industrial park. KFGO radio reports that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed the fines last week.

GM, UAW Agree On New 4-Year Contract

September 19, 2011 5:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses and the possibility of sweeter profit-sharing checks as part of a new four-year contract with General Motors Co., two people briefed on the talks said Saturday. The deal, which was reached late Friday, also includes a $2- to $3-per-hour pay raise for entry-level workers over the life of the contract and guarantees of more union jobs, the people said.


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