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4:3 vs. 16:9 Aspect Ratio: Which Monitors Are Best?

February 2, 2012 2:02 pm | by Herb Ruterschmidt, TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In order to avoid video images which are stretched, chopped, squeezed, shrunk or distorted, be sure to choose a LCD monitor with a aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9) that matches your camera or other incoming video signal.

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Plex Systems Announces Enhanced Complex Assembly Features For Plex Online

February 2, 2012 1:19 pm | News | Comments

Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online, Cloud ERP for manufacturers, announced additional functionality to support complex assembly processes at manufacturing facilities.

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Oracle Delivers New Mobile Applications for Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

February 2, 2012 1:06 pm Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Oracle announced Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Requisition Self Service Approval, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Purchase Order Approval and Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Sales Inquiry applications.

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"Smart E-Book" Turns The Page On Reading Technology

February 1, 2012 4:47 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

South Korean researchers have come up with an electronic reading device designed to recreate the experience of flipping through the pages of a book. Spurred by continued demand and nostalgia for traditional books, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology says its Smart E-Book takes a technological step forward by looking back.

Apple Under Fire

February 1, 2012 4:37 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Questions are beginning to be raised about the factories where Apple products are manufactured and whether the company is ignoring reports of abusive working conditions. Martha Teichner hears from labor watchdog groups as well as from a company hired by Apple to oversee compliance of its rules to find out how the products are made.

Massive-Scale Online Collaboration

February 1, 2012 1:54 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.

Brighter Future: Apple or Facebook?

February 1, 2012 1:47 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Apple and Facebook are two companies getting a lot of buzz in the news right now. But what does the future hold for these tech giants.  Breakingviews editors discuss the social network's and iPod maker's respective valuation trajectories in this video from Reuters.

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COPA-DATA Launches Unique Data Security Study

February 1, 2012 1:11 pm | News | Comments

Two students have six months in which to complete penetration tests of the control system, zenon, which is distributed in over 50 countries, in order to call the manufacturers` attention to possible security breaches.

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VC firm Andreessen Horowitz Raises $1.5B For Tech Startups

February 1, 2012 10:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Although it focuses on startups, Andreessen Horowitz has explored investing in older technology companies too.

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'Batcopter' To Reveal Secrets Of Swarming

February 1, 2012 9:41 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A research team at Boston University has designed an aerial vehicle to study how bats fly together but never collide. The ''Batcopter," launched in Texas, is helping the team study swarming bat trajectories, the data from which will allow engineers to develop smarter unmanned flight control systems.

Markets Buoyant Ahead Of U.S. Economic Reports

February 1, 2012 9:26 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Solid manufacturing surveys from around the world helped boost markets on Wednesday as attention turned towards the state of the U.S. economy in the run-up to a crucial jobs report.

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Chrysler U.S. Sales Rise 44% In January

February 1, 2012 9:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler's January U.S. sales jumped 44 percent over a year ago, starting off what is expected to be a strong year for auto sales.

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Will Facebook Deliver An IPO Surprise?

February 1, 2012 9:20 am | by Pallavi Gogoi, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company expects to raise as much as $10 billion, though some accounts say it could be less than that.

Apple Picks European Exec To Head Retail Ops

February 1, 2012 9:16 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. has named Dixons Retail CEO John Browett as its top retail executive, charged with developing the sales strategy for the iPhone and iPad maker as it expands Apple stores around the world.

GM To Build $200M Parts Plant In Texas

February 1, 2012 9:13 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is expanding its production facility in Texas as part of a move that will add about 180 jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Improving Billing To Improve Operations

January 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mitch Rose, Vice President of Marketing and Billing Strategy, Billtrusts | Articles | Comments

No matter what business you’re in, billing is a key part of your operation. An efficient billing strategy can increase your customers’ satisfaction, improve your company’s cash flow, and significantly lower operating expenses throughout your organization.

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Outsourcing Education For The Well-Trained Employee

January 31, 2012 1:37 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

As technologies and processes continue to improve and become more efficient, U.S. manufacturers are relying on an educated workforce.

Low-Power Solution

January 31, 2012 1:12 pm | by Advantech | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announces the launch of SOM-6765, the company’s latest COM-Express compact CPU module.

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Will Investors 'Like' Facebook After IPO?

January 31, 2012 9:30 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

When Facebook makes its debut as a public company this spring, the social-networking company will likely vault into the ranks of the largest public companies in the world.

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Japanese Auto Suppliers To Pay Massive Conspiracy Fines

January 31, 2012 9:24 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Court documents filed in federal court in Detroit say the executives sold automotive electrical components to automakers in the United States and elsewhere at inflated prices.

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