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Is Tim Cook Ready To Take Over Apple?

August 31, 2011 9:45 am | Videos | Comments

Newly-minted Apple CEO and former COO Tim Cook has a lot of work cut out for him as he succeeds Steve Jobs, who resigned last week after 14 years at the helm for the tech giant. Is Cook up to the task? Will Apple's future be as bright and as successful as its past? Either way, a lot of people will be watching Cook as he steps into the spotlight.

Tech Solution Takes On Airport Runway Congestion

August 31, 2011 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

It is the goal of many airports to increase efficiency and reduce the emissions of airplanes. The key to unlocking congestion, saving fuel (and money) may lie in a technology normally used for organizing pit stops. This technology will map runways like they would a Formula 1 track in order to cut back on harmful emissions.

HP Vows Another TouchPad Run Before Retirement

August 31, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard says it's making one last run of its TouchPad tablet computer before the device is officially retired — again. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company cited "stunning" demand for the tablet following a big price drop earlier this month after CEO Leo Apotheker said the company was exiting the tablet and smartphone business to focus more on selling to corporations.

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Boeing Commits To New Engine For 737

August 31, 2011 4:59 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO -- Boeing Co. said it will move ahead with a new engine for its 737, matching a competing Airbus plane and giving its best-selling jet the fuel efficiency that airlines crave. Airlines have been struggling with sharply higher fuel costs, so every improvement in fuel efficiency helps their bottom lines.

AT&T, T-Mobile Pledge To Bring 5K Jobs To U.S.

August 31, 2011 4:57 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Inc. is pledging to bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs, now based abroad, back to the U.S. if it is allowed to proceed with its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The company is also promising that the merger would not result in any job losses for AT&T and T-Mobile USA wireless call center employees who are on the payroll in the U.

Ford To Supply Zipcar Up To 1,000 Vehicles

August 31, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and Zipcar Inc. said Wednesday the automaker has agreed to provide hundreds of its vehicles for the car sharing service's college campus fleets across the country. Financial terms of the two-year agreement were not disclosed. Under the agreement, Zipcar will add up to 650 Ford vehicles to its lineup during this school year and up to 1,000 vehicles during the life of the agreement.

Volvo And Siemens Launch Electric Mobility Partnership

August 31, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

GÖTEBORG, Sweden -- Volvo Car Corporation and Siemens intend to jointly advance the technical development of electric cars through extensive strategic cooperation. The focus is on the joint development of electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging technology as well as the integration of those systems into Volvo C30 Electric vehicles.

Free Student Edition Of Siemens Solid Edge Now Available

August 31, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

PLANO, Texas -- Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced as part of its ongoing investment in education, a Student Edition of  its Solid Edge® software for 3D CAD that is now available free of charge to all full or part time students throughout the world at any academic level.

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'Greentelligence' In The Spotlight At Hannover Messe 2012

August 30, 2011 11:55 am | News | Comments

PRINCETON, NJ – Faced with spiraling raw materials costs, fierce competition for scarce resources, high energy costs and the increasing “greening” of demand, small and medium enterprises alike worldwide are re-thinking how they do business. They are under immense pressure to boost their sustainability – a major challenge necessitating the development and use of environmentally friendly products and processes and green technologies.

How Do Your Benefits Shape Up?

August 30, 2011 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers need to ensure their companies are considered a viable employer by any potential hire, and one of the easiest ways for a company to do so is to make sure its benefits package at least meets -- if not exceeds -- the industry standard. With the troubled economy, all of manufacturing is worried about its future.

Risky Business

August 30, 2011 9:01 am | by Mike Miclot and Jeff Cody, Belden | Articles | Comments

The proliferation of industrial Ethernet today is putting manufacturing at risk for inadvertent and deliberate intrusions. Security measures tailored specifically for production environments are imperative for keeping operations protected. Over the past few years, industrial Ethernet (i.

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The Xbox Hack Microsoft Didn't See Coming

August 30, 2011 8:24 am | Videos | Comments

The Microsoft Xbox Kinect has proven to be more than just a popular video game device. In fact, Bay Area robotics startup Willow Garage has started experimenting with Xbox Kinects on some of its robots. As Willow Garage CEO Steve Cousins points out, a fledgling industry (like robotics) often borrows and incorporates the latest technology from other industries.

Apple Gives 1M Shares To New CEO Tim Cook

August 30, 2011 4:45 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has given Tim Cook 1 million shares of restricted stock as he takes over as reins of the company from Steve Jobs. At current prices, the stock package is worth more than $383 million. Cook assumed CEO duties this week when Jobs stepped aside after 14 years, saying he was no longer able to do the job.

Nokia Developer Community Hacked

August 30, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. says hackers have breached the security on its developer community discussion site and accessed forum members' email addresses. Nokia says the hacked database also included a few members' birth dates, home page URLs and usernames for Skype or Yahoo but no sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details.

Ford Workers In K.C. Authorize Strike

August 30, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- Workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City, Mo., are authorizing their union leaders to call a strike against the company. Local union President Jeff Wright said in an e-mail Monday that 3,049 workers voted to authorize a strike. Only 18 voted against it. The workers finished voting Saturday.

Obama Prepares Sept. Jobs Package

August 30, 2011 4:41 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hamstrung by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling, President Barack Obama is preparing a September jobs package with limited tools at his disposal to prime the economy and crank up employment. At a minimum, the president's plan will call on Congress to extend current payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits, spend money for new construction projects and offer incentives to businesses to hire more workers.

Japanese Automakers Report Weak Production For July

August 30, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Most Japanese automakers reported lackluster vehicle production and sales for July, underscoring ongoing malaise in the industry as it grapples with a strong yen, precarious global economy and recovery from the March 11 tsunami. Worldwide production at Toyota Motor Corp.

Air Tool Manufacturer Plans N. Indiana Expansion

August 30, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes air compressors and other air tools says it will expand its headquarters in northern Indiana and expects to add some 100 jobs in the next few years. United Technologies subsidiary Sullair Corp. announced Tuesday it would spend up to $12.

Linking HR Development To The Bottom Line

August 29, 2011 8:59 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc | Articles | Comments

How can HR demonstrate that its people development adds bottom-line value? Here are six ways to do so. In today’s environment, efforts to sustain the relevance of human resource development (HRD) hinge on three golden words: Return on Investment. Demonstrate your function’s ROI and chances are it will not go MIA.

Tackling Efficiency And Quality Through Manufacturing Operations Software

August 29, 2011 8:22 am | Articles | Comments

A manufacturing operations software implementation allowed one manufacturer to improve efficiencies and quality by streamlining and controlling process planning and launch, process tracking and control, and quality and test management. EE Technologies, Inc , an ISO/TS 16949:2009 certified Contract Manufacturing partner recently completed a full implementation of Aegis ’ Manufacturing Operations Software (MOS).

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