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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

December 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by John Zegers | Articles | Comments

The director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, John Zegers, consults with manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes on a wide range of projects. Over the past year, he's been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to him that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing. Take a look at his predictions for the new year. 

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U.S. Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent

December 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.                                       

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Philips To Buy Medical Imaging Maker Volcano

December 17, 2014 10:36 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire U.S. medical equipment maker Volcano Corp. for $1.2 billion (around 1 billion euros) in a deal that would beef up its presence in technology which allows doctors to see inside patients' hearts and veins during treatment. 

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Artist's 'Angry Birds' Lawsuit Goes Forward

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name.

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American Apparel Fires Founder, Names New CEO

December 17, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Apparel has fired founder Dov Charney and named longtime fashion executive Paula Schneider to be its next CEO.                                     

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming A Global Threat

December 17, 2014 10:09 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.                                    

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Apple Stops Sales In Russia

December 17, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has halted online sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in Russia amid financial turmoil triggered by the steep decline in the country's currency.                         

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Apple Wins Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPod Prices

December 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.           

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Manufacturing Group Files Brief In Microsoft Email Warrant Case

December 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jamie Hennigan & Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed an amicus brief to overturn a U.S. district judge’s ruling that the government can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act to gain access to e-mail accounts controlled and maintained by Microsoft Corporation.

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Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future.                                   

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

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Digital Knitwear Puts New Spin On Customized Fashion

December 16, 2014 12:59 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

London-based design studio KNYTTAN has developed a system to let shoppers design their own unique woolen sweaters and scarves. The team hopes to give the traditionally tacky Christmas sweater a sartorial boost.           

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How Phones Became Our Everything

December 16, 2014 12:54 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Phones are, in many ways, the defining technology of our time. They are our increasingly personalized keycards to an interconnected world and it's a trend experts say will only continue in the future. But how did we get here, and where is the technology going?

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5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman | Articles | Comments

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

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Fiat's Chrysler Group Changes Its Name

December 16, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The automaker said Tuesday that the name change follows the naming convention of its parent company.                                           

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ADM To Sell Cocoa Business To Olam

December 16, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland says it has agreed to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International for $1.3 billion.                                       

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Report: Cloud Driving Global Business Transformation, Improving Customer Alignment

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by KPMG LLP | News | Comments

New data from the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, show the increased use of cloud technology by global business to better connect with their employees and customers.                     

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Alcoa Buying Tital To Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

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Why Oil Is Down By Half, What It Means For The U.S.

December 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.         

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UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

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