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Optimization Helps Companies Achieve Product Potential

December 12, 2011 8:24 am | by Royston Jones, president and global CTO, Altair ProductDesign | Articles | Comments

To meet the challenges that now confront us, we must introduce products that minimize weight while furnishing outstanding performance characteristics. Optimization tools are perfectly positioned to achieve these goals.  In our everyday lives, intelligent software, and inexpensive computing have revolutionized our access to information and the immediacy with which it is communicated (e.

HP To Offer webOS As Open-Source Software

December 12, 2011 3:58 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It may be one of the technology world's most expensive efforts to give something away: Hewlett-Packard Co. said Friday that it's making its webOS mobile system available as open-source software that anyone can use and modify freely. HP snagged the intuitive webOS software when it paid $1.

A Few Chinese Hacker Teams Do Most U.S. Data Theft

December 12, 2011 3:57 am | by Lolita Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — As few as 12 different Chinese groups, largely backed or directed by the government there, do the bulk of the China-based cyberattacks stealing critical data from U.S. companies and government agencies, according to U.S. cybersecurity analysts and experts. The aggressive, but stealthy attacks, which steal billions of dollars in intellectual property and data, often carry distinct signatures allowing U.

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Justice Dept. Wants To Put Off AT&T-T-Mobile Trial

December 12, 2011 3:55 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it wants to withdraw or postpone its antitrust case against the proposed merger between AT&T Inc. and smaller rival T-Mobile USA now that the two companies pulled their application with the Federal Communications Commission to approve the deal.

Motorola Tops Apple In Patent Lawsuit

December 12, 2011 3:53 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that Apple is infringing on one of Motorola's mobile data communication patents through its sales of iPhone and iPad devices. The Mannheim state court on Friday granted Motorola unspecified damages for the use of its technology since 2003 and an injunction against sales of Apple Inc.

S.F. Becomes First U.S. City To Top $10 Minimum Wage

December 12, 2011 3:52 am | by Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — David Frias works two minimum-wage jobs to squeak by in one of the most expensive cities in America. Come New Year's Day, he'll have a few more coins in his pocket as San Francisco makes history by becoming the first city in the nation to scale a $10 minimum wage.

Obama: Jobless Rate Could Fall To 8 Percent

December 12, 2011 3:50 am | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting a new bar for the nation's economy, President Barack Obama said the United States unemployment rate could fall to 8 percent before he faces re-election next November. The unemployment rate, currently at 8.6 percent, hasn't been at or below 8 percent since he took office in January 2009 amid a global economic crisis.

Delayed Visibility of Metrics Inhibits Manufacturing Improvements

December 9, 2011 7:40 am | Articles | Comments

Providing real-time data and metrics throughout a manufacturing enterprise is a significant challenge for many manufacturers. There are some major obstacles to it, which lead to delays and data between multiple systems that is not integrated, connected, or normalized. Julie Fraser, lead analyst and researcher on a Cambashi/MESA study entitled Pursuit of Performance Excellence, discusses how delayed visibility of metrics is a significant issue for many manufacturers in this recent interview with Manufacturing Business Technology .

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Global Sourcing Improves Product Quality

December 9, 2011 6:13 am | Articles | Comments

The new study, “Navigating the Product Mindset,” explores the connections and contradictions between perceptions of consumers and manufacturers on issues of safety, innovation, performance, and sustainability. Photo by Kenneth Lu Underwriters Laboratories, a world leader in advancing safety, has developed the first of what will become an annual global study examining the role of perceptions on how and where products are made, sold, bought, and consumed.

FIRST Robotics Competition

December 9, 2011 5:20 am | Videos | Comments

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Judge Dismisses Claims In Intel Antitrust Lawsuit

December 9, 2011 3:54 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge is dismissing several claims against Intel in an antitrust lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general. The suit alleges that Intel Corp., based in Santa Clara, Calif., paid billions in kickbacks to computer makers so that it could dominate the microprocessor market, and that it retaliated against manufacturers who did business with competitors.

Ex-Electronics Exec Sentenced Following Fraud Conviction

December 9, 2011 3:53 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former Fry's Electronics executive convicted of wire fraud and money laundering in a multimillion dollar kickback scheme has been sentenced to six years in prison. Ausaf Siddiqui was also ordered on Thursday to pay $65.5 million in restitution. Last week, Siddiqui's lawyer asked U.

HP, Microsoft Strike Cloud Computing Deal

December 9, 2011 3:50 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s enterprise services business and Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that they have a four-year agreement through which they'll use cloud computing to bring Microsoft's communications and collaboration applications to business and government customers.

Ford To Recall 128K Sedans Because Wheels Can Fall Off Cars

December 9, 2011 3:49 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 128,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years because the wheels can fall off the cars. The recall affects only cars with 17-inch steel wheels built from April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009, and from Dec. 1, 2009 through Nov.

OSHA Cites Cargill Meat Solutions With 23 Violations

December 9, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. for 23 violations at its Milwaukee ground been production plant. The agency is proposing fines of $146,400. OSHA says Cargill failed to develop "normal operating procedures" for starting ammonia refrigeration systems and conduct equipment inspections and testing at required times, among other things.

U.S. Trade Deficit Shrinks For Fourth Straight Month

December 9, 2011 3:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest point of the year as Americans bought fewer foreign cars and imported less oil. Exports of American-made autos also fell. The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade deficit shrank 1.6 percent to $43.5 billion.

Inventors, Innovators Need More Patent Protection

December 8, 2011 7:27 am | Videos | Comments

Inventor Sir James Dyson is convinced other inventors and innovators need more protection. He also believes the entire European patent system should be overhauled. Do you buy his argument? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Radar Level Transmitter

December 8, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens’ Industry Automation Division (Atlanta, GA) recently launched the Sitrans LR250 radar level transmitter with a new threaded PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) antenna for liquid and slurry measurement. Sitrans LR250 threaded PVDF antenna is designed for extreme conditions characteristic of acids, alkalis, and other corrosive chemicals.

Inspiring The Next Generation Of Female Engineers

December 8, 2011 4:33 am | Articles | Comments

A special, mentoring relationship from one of my own female teachers from when I was young helped me recognize the positive influence that strong role models can have on young women. Professor Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto Professor Cristina Amon is the Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto.

50 And Fired

December 8, 2011 3:55 am | by Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane | Articles | Comments

Interviewing is especially challenging for executives over fifty, because most recruiters and company hiring authorities have a bias against hiring "older" workers, most of whom are not good at interviewing to start with. There have been a plethora of advice for job seekers on how to conduct a successful interview.

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