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China, U.S. Companies Test-Fly Biofuel-Powered Plane

October 28, 2011 4:10 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A jumbo jet powered by fuel made from oily nuts made a two-hour test flight Friday as part of a U.S.-Chinese renewable energy partnership. The fuel, based on the oily nuts of the jatropha tree, is one of a series of research projects launched last year by the United States and China, the world's two biggest oil consumers.

Wireless Cellular Controller

October 27, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xenon (Irvine, CA) announces the T925 wireless cellular controller for connecting remote sites with central control and monitoring stations through cellular networks. A T925 remote communications network is designed to eliminate the need to make hardwired Ethernet connections to the Internet or to an intranet at each remote site and at the central control and monitoring station, and the network operates from any location worldwide with cellular coverage.

Hey, Man... What's Old?

October 27, 2011 7:19 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The next time you're looking to improve on the existing, try looking at what's new and what's old, and deciphering which is the most appropriate. Everyone has a story about those few items in their lives they’ve retained for years and years that still function far better than the latest and greatest technology.

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New High-Quality Production Boosts Flexibility For Ricola

October 27, 2011 7:06 am | by Frank Jansen, Product Manager, Bosch Packaging Technology | Articles | Comments

When Ricola was looking to update the production line for its candies in certain varieties, the main requirements for a new, integrated solution were an increase in production output and higher flexibility. Since 1940, Ricola has been synonymous with Swiss quality.

Revenge Of The Electric Car

October 27, 2011 6:47 am | Videos | Comments

Despite many failures over the years, the new documentary ''Revenge of the Electric Car'' follows the comeback of the once dismissed electric car. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

'The Woz' Talks Steve Jobs, Apple's Future

October 26, 2011 11:00 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's John King interviews Steve Wozniak, a trusted friend to Steve Jobs and the man who helped Jobs start Apple. Wozniak offers his thoughts on Jobs, his past with Apple, and the company's future. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Michael Moore: Outsourcing Should Be 'Illegal'

October 26, 2011 11:00 am | Videos | Comments

Filmmaker Michael Moore considers jobs to be "natural resources" and says outsourcing should be illegal. Moore cites job cuts and outsourcing at GM in the 1980s as a prime example of why domestic jobs need to be preserved in the United States. Do you agree with his stance? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Take A Glimpse At Boeing's 787

October 26, 2011 10:56 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing's much-anticipated 787 carried its first passengers Wednesday on a four-hour, 8-minute flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong. While it is not the fastest jet or the largest jet, "The Dreamliner" is built of lightweight materials that promise to dramatically improve fuel efficiency. It also has a number of other revolutionary features.

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Building a Prosthetic Arm That 'Feels'

October 26, 2011 10:55 am | Videos | Comments

Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system -- improving motion, control, and even feeling. As he puts it, "the stuff of life meets machine." The video is a little long (almost 19 minutes), but it is well worth a view. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Cross Atlantic Capital Partners Invests In Rootstock Software

October 26, 2011 8:14 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rootstock Software , a provider of cloud-based manufacturing applications for discrete manufacturers, today announced that Cross Atlantic Capital Partners has completed its most recent investment in the company. This investment, announced in June 2011, also included funding from salesforce.

Nokia Unveils Two Windows Smartphones, Four Others

October 26, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its first Windows cell phones, in a bid to recapture lost ground to chief rivals in the tough top-end smartphone market. Nokia's Lumia 800, priced at some euro420 ($580), and Lumia 710 with a price tag of euro270, are the Finnish cell phone maker's first models based on Microsoft Corp.

Calif. Startup To Create 1,200 Jobs At New Indy Factory

October 26, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Reports say a California startup company will create more than 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis LiTEBOX Inc. chief executive Bob Yanagihara told the Indianapolis Business Journal and WRTV-TV on Tuesday that his company expects to hire 1,200 employees, mostly at a 125,000-square-foot factory on the city's northwest side that will produce trucks with giant video screens.

IBM Names First Female CEO In Company's 100-Year History

October 26, 2011 4:26 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM Corp. has passed a milestone, naming the first female CEO in the company's 100-year history. The selection of Virginia "Ginni" Rometty, announced Tuesday, is also a statement about the growing influence of women in the top tiers of the technology world. Two of the biggest technology companies will have female leaders when Rometty's appointment takes effect Jan.

Father Of Artificial Intelligence Dies

October 26, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — John McCarthy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology and creator of the computer programming language often used in that field, has died. He was 84. Stanford University, where McCarthy was a professor for four decades, announced McCarthy's death Monday.

Consumer Reports Says Ford's Quality Slips

October 26, 2011 4:22 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Quality should be Job 1 at Ford again. The brand's ranking fell 10 spots in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability survey, hurt by glitchy touch screens and transmissions. It now ranks 20th out of 28 major brands, based on a survey of the magazine's subscribers. The Dearborn, Mich.

Boeing 787 Takes Flight For The First Time

October 26, 2011 4:20 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

ABOARD ANA FLIGHT 7871 (AP) — Boeing's much-anticipated 787 carried its first passengers Wednesday on a four-hour, 8-minute flight filled with cheers, picture-taking and swapping of aviation stories. The new long-haul jet aims to change the way passengers think about flying with larger windows, improved lighting and air pressure and humidity that more closely resembles that on the ground.

Defining Outsourcing Management

October 25, 2011 10:19 am | by Linda Elkins, EVP, PolyDyne Software | Articles | Comments

“Outsourcing management” defines the processes required to manage product pricing data, select outsourcing partners, manage pricing negotiations, maintain updated pricing across EMS providers, and rollup product costing. A cursory look at interactions between electronic OEMs and EMS providers clearly indicates the complexity that exists between supply chain partners.

A 'Yardstick' To Simplify ERP Implementation

October 25, 2011 10:03 am | by Nikhil Kumar, Industry Principal, Oracle Practice, Infosys | Articles | Comments

In order to drive IT simplification for an ERP implementation, there is an acute need to establish a yardstick or metrics for determining its complexity, and common strategies to identify the means to influence this yardstick. While rapid globalization and inorganic growth have been the cornerstones for defining business strategies for most of the CEOs and business leaders today, these have also created a nightmare for CIOs with the ever evolving IT landscape and struggle in maintaining a common layer across diverse business units.

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Analyst: RIM Needs Touch Screens

October 25, 2011 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

Research in Motion needs to turn its focus to touch screens or risk losing more market share to Apple and Samsung, says Gartner Analyst Ken Dulaney. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

High-Capacity Production Caster Series

October 25, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) is pleased to announce the new Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) caster series, with a load rating up to 40,000 lbs. per caster. The new UMD caster series targets heavy equipment and aerospace manufacturers, as well as defense contractors.

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