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RMT Robotics Is Now Cimcorp In North America

January 7, 2015 9:55 am | by Cimcorp Automation, Ltd. | News | Comments

RMT Robotics, Ltd. announces it is now Cimcorp Automation Ltd., a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic gantry-based order fulfillment and tire handling solutions.                       

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Sony CEO Breaks Silence On Cyberattack

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack."                   

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GOP-Controlled Congress, Obama Prepare For Climate Showdown

January 6, 2015 1:20 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The Republicans vow to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.

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The 2014 Top Selling Vehicles In The U.S.

January 6, 2015 1:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Here’s a list of the top selling vehicles in the U.S. last year, the number sold and the percent change in sales from 2013.                                     

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Samsung's New Tizen Smart TVs Connect To World More Seamlessly

January 6, 2015 12:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Ed Baig talks with Samsung's Dave Das and gets a first look at the company's new Tizen Smart TVs.                                           

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Mercedes Unveils Self-Driving Luxury Car

January 6, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, speaks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where he launched the F 015 concept vehicle, a rolling luxury lounge that chauffeurs passengers autonomously.               

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Debunking The Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths Of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Barrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.                 

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TV Makers Design For Streaming Services

January 6, 2015 10:07 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.                       

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Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Doubled Sales In 2014

January 6, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chairman of Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi, a rising star of the consumer technology industry, says sales more than doubled last year to $12.2 billion and the company plans to expand further into global markets.         

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Eurozone's Big Economies Increase Drag On Regional Recovery

January 6, 2015 9:55 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Weakness in the eurozone's major economies, such as Germany and France, risks choking off the growth emerging in countries that were at the forefront of the region's debt crisis, a closely monitored survey indicated Tuesday.       

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Survey: Most Consumers Encounter Challenges Using New Tech Devices

January 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Accenture | News | Comments

Most consumers experience challenges using several new types of smart high tech devices, according to a new report from Accenture titled Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World.                

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Brewery Apologizes For Using Gandhi On Beer Can

January 5, 2015 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Connecticut brewery is apologizing to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers.                               

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Omni-Channel: To Cloud Or Not To Cloud?

January 5, 2015 12:58 pm | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas | Articles | Comments

With mobile and eCommerce on the rise, omni-channel fulfillment is becoming more and more important. Ready or not, businesses and their supply chains need to move at the speed of the internet to keep up.             

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Wind Tree Uses Micro-Turbine Leaves To Generate Electricity

January 5, 2015 12:44 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The French start-up NewWind says its Wind Tree is ideal for urban environments, harnessing the most gentle of winds to produce power through its micro-turbine leaves.                        

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New Trends Expected At CES 2015

January 5, 2015 12:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show more than 3,500 exhibitors will unveil the next big thing in technology in Las Vegas, from virtual reality to smart homes.                         

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 12:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Automakers End 2014 With Solid Growth

January 5, 2015 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Holiday sales, cheap gas prices and low interest rates pushed U.S. auto sales to big gains in December, helping the industry close out a strong year with several brands setting sales records.                 

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Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage At CES

January 5, 2015 9:58 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The smart-home concept is known in tech circles as the Internet of Things. Current iterations primarily include our ability to control gadgets such as lights and security alarms or view data remotely through a smartphone app. At the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week, manufacturers will promote more devices and functionality. 

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China Eases Controls On Rare Earths After WTO Complaint

January 5, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has scrapped its export quotas for rare earths, minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products, after losing a World Trade Organization case brought by Washington and other trading partners over controls that alarmed global technology producers.

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FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18-year High In 2014

January 5, 2015 9:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years.         

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