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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.

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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.

Amid Disputes With Apple, RIM, Kodak Examines Patent Alternatives

July 20, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Eastman Kodak says it is examining its "strategic alternatives" for 1,100 patents on digital imaging, which could include a sale. Its shares rose almost 5 percent in premarket trading on the disclosure. The 131-year-old photography company's announcement Wednesday comes as it is suing Apple Inc.

UAW Chief To Push For Bigger Profit-Sharing Checks

July 20, 2011 5:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — If the United Auto Workers union agrees to profit-sharing instead of pay raises from Detroit's automakers, the companies will have to write bigger checks than they now, the union's president said Tuesday. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Bob King said profit-sharing or other flexible methods of compensation will be discussed when the union formally begins contract talks with General Motors Co.

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Ex-CEO Convicted In Scam At Auto-Chemical Company

July 20, 2011 5:03 am | by Cristan Salazar, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A former corporate executive officer of a New York-based automotive-chemical company was convicted Tuesday in a multimillion-dollar investor fraud scheme that enabled him to buy expensive jewelry and take private jets. A jury in Manhattan state Supreme Court found Cleveland lawyer James Margulies guilty of charges including grand larceny and scheme to defraud.

Nissan Raises Price Of Leaf, Widens Rollout

July 20, 2011 5:02 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- Nissan Motor Co. will more than double the number of states where it offers its Leaf electric car by this fall. But buyers will have to pay more to get it. The base price of the 2012 model-year Leaf will be $35,200, up nearly $2,500 from the 2011 model year. Drivers can also lease the Leaf for $369 per month, up $20.

A Pinball Machine's Product Development Process

July 19, 2011 11:00 am | Videos | Comments

If one were so inclined to make a pinball machine, how would he or she go about doing it? Stern Pinball president Gary Stern offers a quick synopsis on the process of designing and creating one -- from the early design stages to the final steps of production. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Leveraging Mobility For Extending Lean Transformations

July 19, 2011 9:28 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 one of a two-part series on leveraging mobility to extend Lean manufacturing.

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Brew Up Automation With Integrated ERP

July 19, 2011 9:06 am | Articles | Comments

A time-honored brewery recently implemented an ERP software system to integrate its three facilities, with functionality including accounting, sales order management, and production scheduling. Deacom Inc. recently announced that D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., America’s oldest brewery, has licensed its DEACOM enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system to integrate its three facilities, with functionality including accounting, sales order management, regulatory reporting, purchasing, production scheduling, inventory, order entry and retail point of sale.

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Enabling True Collaboration

July 19, 2011 8:30 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Invensys Operations Management (Plano, TX) recently released ArchestrA Workflow Version 1.1, its latest business process management solution for industrial enterprises. It is a workflow software solution integrated that is integrated into existing automation and plant information systems.

Rush Tracking Systems And Sky-Trax, Inc. Announce Merger

July 19, 2011 8:07 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY – Rush Tracking Systems ( www.rushtrackingsystems.com ) and Sky-Trax, Inc. ( www.sky-trax.com ) announce they have merged to form a vertically integrated provider of smart truck tracking systems for manufacturing and warehousing environments, solidifying the combined companies’ market leadership.

Easy-To-Use Weighing PC

July 19, 2011 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mettler Toledo (Albstadt, Germany) recently announced the debut of its latest weighing PC, the IND890. Featuring a readable touchscreen interface, the IND890 allows operators to obtain complex, multi-step weigh results. Other features include: Extensive free programming Programmable softkeys Country and language-specific screen layouts Large weight value display options Different status messages from all simultaneously working scales can be viewed concurrently for easy comparison and subsequent correction of amounts and values for significant productivity gains.

Rebooting The PC Industry: Tablets Force A Shift

July 19, 2011 4:50 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The personal computer industry needs a jumpstart — and it's counting on a rescue from emerging markets and a late-to-the-party push into tablet computers. The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple's iPad.

Apple's Stock Rises To An All-Time High

July 19, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s stock rose to a new all-time high Monday as investors pumped up shares of the iPhone and iPad maker the day before its quarterly earnings report. Apple is expected to report a healthy fiscal third quarter, and Baird analyst William Power echoed this sentiment in a note to investors Monday, repeating his "Outperform" rating and $450 price target for the stock.

Cisco To Lay Off Thousands Of Employees

July 19, 2011 4:48 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer-networking gear, is reducing its work force by about 9 percent to reduce costs and raise profits as the company tries to become more competitive. Monday's announcement to cut 6,500 of its roughly 73,000 worldwide employees follows up on a plan disclosed in May to eliminate thousands of jobs.

Toyota Utilizing Hybrids To Help With Power Crunch

July 19, 2011 4:46 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's electric-gasoline hybrid car technology will be utilized to help ease power shortages in Japan's disaster-struck northeast, part of a set of measures the automaker hopes will underline its commitment to the region. Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will donate emergency power supply systems linked to its Prius hybrid cars to prefectures (states) in the Tohoku region ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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