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Kill Switch Now Mandatory On California Phones

July 28, 2015 3:53 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

California is the first state to require an antitheft kill switch technology be enabled on new devices. Zusha Elinson takes a look at how the technology works and whether at least one San Francisco repair shop has seen fewer stolen phones since the feature's introduction.

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Airless Tires Successfully Tested

July 28, 2015 3:50 pm | by Jake Meister, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The public release of an airless vehicle tire could occur in the near future.

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Cloud The New Recipe For Success For Food And Beverage Companies

July 28, 2015 3:47 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

There’s something special about manufacturers and distributors who sell food and beverages vs. those that produce other products. As a result, the stakes for mistakes in food manufacturing are particularly significant.

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Manufacturing Minute: Record Auto Recall Fine

July 28, 2015 12:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, the cities driving industrial growth, an electric flying car and a record recall fine.

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The Fastest Sedan You Can Buy

July 28, 2015 12:25 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's the fastest production sedan ever and probably has the best name: the Dodge Charger Hellcat. Peter Valdes-Dapena takes the Hellcat to the streets of Brooklyn.

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Android Has A Major Security Flaw

July 28, 2015 12:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research.

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Modern Manufacturing Part II: A Wireless Factory Floor

July 28, 2015 12:18 pm | by Danny Weiss | Articles | Comments

A look at how wireless technology is pushing its way into mainstream industrial engineering and how, when coupled with the cloud, can boost productivity and cut costs in the long term.

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Microsoft Launches Windows 10: Here's What That Means

July 28, 2015 10:29 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

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Musk, Hawking Among Those Calling For Ban On AI Weapons

July 28, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 1,000 experts, including some of the world's most famous scientists and entrepreneurs, signed onto a letter calling for a ban on artificially intelligent weapons.

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Nike Offers Partial Refund To End FuelBand Lawsuit

July 28, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.

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Federal Officials Examine Probable Cause Of Spaceship Crash

July 28, 2015 10:14 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.

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Cereal Ingredients Inc. To Expand In Kansas

July 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Specialty ingredients manufacturer Cereal Ingredients Inc. plants to invest $12 million to expand its operations in eastern Kansas.

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Volkswagen Sold More Vehicles Than Toyota In First Half

July 28, 2015 9:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.

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Report: Pemex Lost More Oil After Offshore Explosion Than Estimated

July 28, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Petroleos Mexicanos apparently lost much more oil production than previously indicated after an offshore explosion this spring.

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Japanese Automaker Mitsubishi Motors To End U.S. Production

July 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors confirmed Friday that it plans to stop production at its only U.S. factory and sell the plant in central Illinois that has more than 1,200 workers.

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The Case For ‘Craft IT’

July 27, 2015 12:18 pm | by David Corey | Articles | Comments

Pressured to contain budgets, some CIOs are turning to mass produced IT services that put cost efficiency over service. But much like mass produced foods filled with ingredients no one can understand, “Junk Food” IT can make a company sick and sluggish.

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Jonathan Downey Navigates Future Of Drones

July 27, 2015 12:08 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware, is focusing his startup on designing hardware, software and data storage for commercial drones.

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BMW Visit Could Signal Apple Is Working On Its Own Car

July 27, 2015 12:04 pm | by Newsy | Videos | Comments

Apple execs reportedly visited BMW's production line in Germany to study the i3 electric car. Is this meeting about CarPlay or Apple's own vehicle?

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From The Top: Microsoft's Colin Masson On Cloud Computing

July 27, 2015 11:17 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Tomorrow's successful manufacturing business will be utilizing cloud computing to manage at least some aspects of their business. Colin Masson, global industry director of manufacturing at Microsoft, discusses why cloud computing and manufacturing go great together. 

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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Jump 3.4 Percent In June

July 27, 2015 10:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Meanwhile, a key category that reflects business investment rebounded after two months of declines.

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