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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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FCC To Vote Next Month On Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.               

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3D Systems Aquires botObjects, Introduces CubePro

January 5, 2015 9:32 am | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it acquired U.K. based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects' technology.                   

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Is This The Perfect Bourbon?

January 2, 2015 12:02 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Buffalo Trace Distillery is on a mission to make the perfect bourbon and its new "Warehouse X" could help them get the recipe just right.                                 

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Is There Real Value In IoT?

January 2, 2015 11:57 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Link Labs founder and CEO Brian Ray and Activate founder and managing director Michael Wolf discuss the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).                               

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Carl Icahn Urges Manitowoc To Split

January 2, 2015 11:51 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is urging Manitowoc to split itself into two units — and is hinting that he may soon launch a proxy fight to elect new company directors.                        

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Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions.                             

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New Year May Bring More Small Business Help From Washington

January 2, 2015 10:13 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the new Congress.                 

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GM Recalls 92K Trucks, SUVs For Ignition Lock Defect

January 2, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.                             

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Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

January 2, 2015 10:02 am | by Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hasbro is doing damage control over a  penis-shaped plastic cylinder extruder tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy.                                 

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Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due To Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

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