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August 15, 2011 12:36 pm | Articles | Comments

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Robot Supplier Develops 'Robotic Educational Package' For Schools

August 15, 2011 9:33 am | Articles | Comments

ABB Robotics has developed a “robotic educational package” allowing schools, colleges and universities to purchase a complete robot package at an affordable cost for hands-on teaching of programming and operational concepts in the classroom and lab. ABB Robotics has developed a “robotic educational package” allowing schools, colleges and universities to purchase a complete robot package at an affordable cost for hands-on teaching of programming and operational concepts in the classroom and lab.

Aston Martin's One-77 Supercar

August 15, 2011 9:19 am | Videos | Comments

The car uses a carbon fiber tub from Multimatic of Canada in combination with an aluminum body. Its DB9 engine was modified by Cosworth and enlarged to 7.3 liters. The One-77 is a sports car of unparalleled beauty with subtle aggression and performance, making it a true piece of living art. 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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Siemens PLM Software Named HP AllianceONE Partner Of The Year

August 15, 2011 6:44 am | News | Comments

PLANO, Tex. -- 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 it has been named an HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year. HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year Awards are presented to HP alliance partners in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in the development and delivery of innovative solutions that achieve standard-setting levels for business excellence and client satisfaction.

Singapore PM Calls Out U.S., EU For Global Economic Issues

August 15, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — Economic problems in the U.S. and Europe pose a serious risk to world growth, Singapore's prime minister said Sunday. "America and Europe have major problems, still unresolved," Lee Hsien Loong said in a speech. "There's quite a possibility that the world will go into another recession.

Toyota Recalls 33,380 Corollas

August 15, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp.'s China subsidiary said Monday it will recall 33,380 Toyota Corolla EX sedans for repair to fix an engine computer malfunction. The company said the onboard computer controlling engine functions may fail when the computer case is exposed to static electricity, making it impossible to start the engine or causing the engine to stall.

Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5B

August 15, 2011 4:54 am | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition and a sign the online search leader is serious about expanding beyond its core Internet business and setting the agenda in the fast-growing mobile market.

Whirlpool Wins 'Steamy' Lawsuit Against LG

August 15, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Whirlpool Corp. on Thursday praised a federal court decision in its favor in a case brought unsuccessfully by South Korean rival LG Electronics. The ruling a day earlier by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve in Chicago granted Whirlpool's motion for a permanent injunction and attorneys' fees against LG, which had sought to ban the appliance maker from using the word "steam" to describe its steam dryers.

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North, South Korea Square Off Over Hacking Claims

August 15, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has denied allegations by South Korea that it engaged in a hacking scheme to steal millions of dollars from online gaming sites. The North's Committee for Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland said in a statement carried Sunday by the official Korean Central News Agency that the allegations were an unacceptable provocation and were meant to sully North Korea's image overseas.

Billionaire Warren Buffett Blasts U.S. Tax System

August 15, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is calling on the so-called "mega-rich" Americans to pay more in taxes. Buffett said Monday in a New York Times opinion piece that he would immediately raise rates on households with taxable income of more than $1 million, and he would add an additional increase for those making $10 million or more.

Apple Vs. Exxon

August 12, 2011 7:20 am | Videos | Comments

Tech giant Apple recently (but briefly) took the title of "World's Most Valuable Company" from longtime leader Exxon. Apple first surpassed Exxon on Tuesday afternoon, but settled at No. 2 by the time the stock market closed. On Wednesday it kept the top spot after the close, with a market cap of $337 billion versus Exxon's $331 billion.

What Are We Going To Do Now?

August 12, 2011 7:06 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from continuity planning, and resources ( http://www.continuityinsights.com/subscribe ) for handling everything from supply chain shortages to natural disasters. We’re fascinated by the photos and video of the earthquakes and tornadoes – both during the event as well as in the wake of their destruction.

Using Technology To Optimize Workstation Performance

August 12, 2011 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

One company employed solutions to address system noise, heat, and dirt issues, while leveraging its bus extension technology so operators can run SCADA system software across multiple monitors without any image quality, latency, or system performance concerns. A2A Reti Elettriche Spa, a company within the leading Italian multi-utility group A2A S.

Tech Blogger Won't Be Charged In iPhone Prototype Case

August 12, 2011 4:33 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors said Wednesday that they will not bring charges against a tech blogger who bought an Apple iPhone prototype after it was found at a bar in March 2010 in a case that ignited an unusual First Amendment debate. San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Morley Pitt said charges were not filed against Gizmodo.

Android Gains 40% Share Of Global Smartphone OS Market

August 12, 2011 4:31 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (Kyodo) — Global sales of smartphones running Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system grew 4.4 times in the April-June period from a year earlier to 46.77 million units, retaining top spot with a 43.4 percent share of the market, a U.S. research firm said Thursday.

Apple's Reign As 'Most Valuable Co.' A Short One

August 12, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon reclaimed the title of the most valuable company in America from Apple, thanks to an increase in the price of oil. Shares of Apple Inc., which makes the iPhone and iPad, rose 2.8 percent to $373.70. But Exxon Mobil Corp. shares had an even better day, rising 5.2 percent to $71.

GM Recalls Some Impala, LaCrosse Models For Safety Issues

August 12, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling some 2012 Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse models to fix safety problems. GM says 11,915 Impalas are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada because a power steering fluid hose gets too close to the catalytic converter. The hose can melt, and fluid can leak and start a fire.

U.S. Trade Deficit Widens In June

August 12, 2011 4:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- American producers sold fewer industrial engines, electric generators and farm products to the rest of the world in June, pushing the trade deficit to the highest level since 2008 and dealing another blow to an already struggling economy. The deficit rose 4.4 percent to $53.

Four-Month Low In Unemployment Eases Economy Fears

August 12, 2011 4:26 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April. Layoffs are easing in most states, and some economists are predicting mild improvement in job growth.

Machine Turns Air Into Water

August 11, 2011 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

A Texas man has invented a machine that can make drinkable water out of air. The "drought master" can make five to seven gallons of pure water in a day. Making a gallon only costs four cents in electrical charges and building one only takes two hours. 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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