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Samsung Expects Lowest Profit In Over 3 Years

October 7, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a stunning financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands.                           


Holiday Sales Expected To Rise 4.1 Percent

October 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.               


Town Creates 80 Percent Of All Canned Pumpkin Consumed In U.S.

October 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The small central Illinois town of Morton has its hands at a seemingly endless line of pumpkins — millions of them — that'll become countless pies and loaves of sweet, fresh-baked pumpkin bread.                


5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       


Feds Probe Power Steering Complaints In Ford Cars

October 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety regulator has opened an investigation into complaints that the power-assisted steering can suddenly fail on three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                   


Lamborghini's Plug-In Hybrid Concept

October 6, 2014 12:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO Stephan Winkelmann says Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid car is a 'technological demonstrator' and that the company is looking for feedback from its customers.                         


How A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Gets Made

October 6, 2014 12:32 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Victorinox, the maker of the Swiss Army Knife, is retooling itself after its signature product has been all but banned from airplane travel. Hans Nichols visited the company's factory in Switzerland to see if there's a plan to cut — or saw — through the problems.


Are HMI And Mobile Devices On The Menu For Your Plant?

October 6, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

Consumer mobile devices are proliferating in the commercial sector. But in the industrial sector, their use has been limited to remote diagnostics and maintenance visualization in SCADA solutions — so far.             


7 Ways Hadoop Can Optimize Manufacturing Performance

October 6, 2014 12:16 pm | by Steve Wooledge | Articles | Comments

Here are seven use cases that illustrate how big data and Hadoop are being used to improve quality, optimize operations and reduce costs.                                 


Hewlett-Packard Spins Off PC, Printer Businesses

October 6, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as it aims to drive profits higher.     


Two State AGs Looking Into JPMorgan Data Breach

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JPMorgan said Thursday that the breach compromised customer information pertaining to roughly 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.                             


German Factory Orders Down Sharply

October 6, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German factory orders dropped sharply in August, led by a big drop in demand from abroad and canceling out a large rise the previous month, official data showed Monday.                       


Chrysler Recalls Commercial Vans

October 6, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 31,000 full-size commercial vans to fix a problem with the headrests.                                           


Mercedes-Benz Employees Charter UAW Chapter In Alabama

October 6, 2014 9:35 am | by UAW | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International employees and the UAW  announced the formation of UAW Local 112, a new local union providing representation for workers at the MBUSI assembly plant in Vance, Ala., near Tuscaloosa.         


New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon.        


Obama Announces $200M Investment In Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute

October 3, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crucial breakthroughs in the fields of optics and photonics, the science and application of light, have led to technologies that help form the infrastructure of many U.S. industries and provide essential technologies for national defense and security.


U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $40.1B In August

October 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                 


Shrinking The Skills Gap – Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford | News | Comments

There are almost half a million skilled positions unfilled in manufacturing, a situation that will only worsen as baby boomers exit the industry, while fewer numbers of young people elect to enter it.         


Inside The Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan

October 2, 2014 4:39 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes discusses the new Phantom Metropolitan, sales for the company and trends in the luxury car market with Hans Nichols at the Paris Motor Show.                    


Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter Flies For 5 Years Without Stopping

October 2, 2014 4:32 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at raising cage-free robots, flying SkyOrbiters in Siberia, and swimming with the Octobot.                                   



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