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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.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 103.9% From June 2010

August 11, 2011 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

At $61.82 million, June manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were down 2.9% when compared with the $63.68 million total for May but up 18.3% when compared with June a year ago. The year-to-date total of $367.33 million is 72.1% more than the comparable figure for 2010. Southern Region June manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $65.

Increasing Scheduling Horizon By 100 Percent

August 11, 2011 10:53 am | Articles | Comments

By committing to a new, standard set of business processes for all parts of its polyethylene business, one company was able to migrate to six standard aspenONE Supply Chain applications with a single design throughout. NOVA Chemicals produces plastics and chemicals essential to everyday life.

Fully-Rugged, Ergonomic Windows Tablet PC

August 11, 2011 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) recently announced the Toughbook H2, a fully-rugged, ergonomic Windows tablet PC. This next-generation tablet includes an enhanced processor, increased RAM and hard drive capacity, I/O ports and a screen that is designed to deliver exceptional viewability in all lighting conditions.

Dynamic Duo

August 10, 2011 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EMS Technologies (Atlanta, GA) division EMS Global Resource Management recently announced Datamax O’Neil, a global provider of receipt and label printing solutions, has tested and certified the LXE Marathon field computer for use in the field with DatamaxO’Neil’s extensive line of rugged portable printers.


Economist Likens Global Economy To Stalled Airplane

August 10, 2011 9:51 am | Videos | Comments

Is a double-dip recession a possibility, or even a probability, for the global economy? Nouriel Roubini, Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, says it is a 50-50 proposition right now. Roubini compares most of the economies in the world to a stalled airplane which has decelerated to the point where a freefall is imminent.

Will Smartphones Join Soldiers On The Frontline?

August 10, 2011 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

One Virginia company has developed software called "Reality Vision," which is designed to stream images from a central location to individual handheld devices in real time. The Army is considering using this software with smartphones in the battlefield, and it's testing them before deciding whether to start issuing them in large numbers.

Happy 20th Anniversary, Mine Of Information?

August 10, 2011 8:43 am | Videos | Comments

This past Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of an important event in human history. The first website went live on Aug. 6, 1991 -- officially marking the advent of the "World Wide Web," (which was ALMOST known as the "Mine Of Information"). If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Boeing (Finally) Unveils The 787

August 10, 2011 8:31 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing finally unveiled its new 787 Dreamliner, only about three years late and billions of dollars over budget. The 787 is one of a kind -- quite literally. Its composite makeup, an ultra-durable plastic, promises a more efficient and cost-effective airplane. Take a look at Boeing's much-publicized (and much-scrutinized) 787 airplane.

Apple Briefly Passes Exxon As Most Valuable U.S. Company

August 10, 2011 5:59 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil on Tuesday as the nation's most valuable company. The iPhone and iPad maker had the lead for much of the afternoon before its stock closed just behind Exxon's. The two companies are so close that Apple is likely to keep the top spot soon.

Anti-Tech Group Sends Bomb To Mexican College

August 10, 2011 5:58 am | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An anti-technology group calling itself "Individuals Tending to Savagery" was responsible for a package bomb that injured two university professors just outside Mexico City, a state prosecutor said Tuesday. Mexico's Attorney General's Office announced that a suspicious envelope presumbly containing explosives was found at Mexico's National Polytechnical Institute on Tuesday, though it didn't detonate.

GM Worried U.S. Auto Sales Won't Hit Forecast

August 10, 2011 5:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The top executive at General Motors Co. is having doubts about whether U.S. auto sales will recover this year as expected, even as the stock market rebounded a bit Tuesday from its huge losses. Speaking to industry analysts about GM's long-term financial plans Tuesday, GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said the company is sticking with its U.

Feds Investigate Runaway BMWs

August 10, 2011 5:55 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- Federal safety regulators are looking into a problem with BMW automatic transmission shifters that can allow cars to roll away after drivers have left the vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday on its website that about 120,000 BMW 7-Series luxury sedans from the 2002 through 2008 model years could be affected.

Senator: Job Training Crucial For Laid-Off Workers

August 10, 2011 5:54 am | by Shannon Dininny, Associated Press | News | Comments

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Seven months before graduation, Alex Dimas toured aviation manufacturer GE Aviation Systems and applied for a job. Then, the company and his instructors at Perry Technical Institute worked with him to strengthen his skills until he graduated. Three years later, he's still at the company, working as a machinist building hydraulic fuses for 737s.

Wholesale Inventories Rose In June For 18th Month

August 10, 2011 5:54 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale companies added more autos, machinery and computers to their stockpiles in June, pushing inventories up for the 18th consecutive month. Sales at the wholesale level rose 0.6 percent in June, the Commerce department said Wednesday. That followed a 0.3 percent drop in May.

It's Time To Act Against Computer Viruses

August 9, 2011 10:11 am | Videos | Comments

Cyber-security expert Mikko Hypponen talks about the evolution of computer viruses and why there needs to be a greater effort to combat them. According to Hypponen, organized gangs of hackers make millions of dollars writing viruses. This means we're seeing more malware (and more complex malware) than ever before.

How To Overcome Barriers To Wireless Adoption

August 9, 2011 9:55 am | by Adrienne Lutovsky, Staff Writer, ProSoft Technology | Articles | Comments

Questions regarding security, reliability, and capacity of wireless continue to prevent conservative end users from reaping its benefits. Can these be overcome? Is wireless better or worse than a wired network? The answer is no; it’s different. A plethora of wireless technologies exist to suit a variety of users.


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