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Manufacturing Minute: Tesla Challenges Rival Automakers

August 6, 2015 11:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

In this episode, solar highway panels, a NASA robot and Tesla's call to action.


Automakers Trying To Prevent Hackers From Commandeering Cars

August 6, 2015 10:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a glaring security gap.


GE Announces Cloud System For Industrial IoT

August 6, 2015 10:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Electric on Thursday announced plans to provide cloud services for industrial data and analytics.


Mazda Recalls 206K SUVs To Fix Front Suspension

August 6, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling its biggest SUV to fix suspension parts that can rust and come loose, causing a loss of steering control.


Ford Aims To Spider-Proof Its Cars

August 6, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Every new Ford vehicle will soon come equipped with a unique safety feature: a screen to prevent spiders from taking up residence under the hood.


Google's Ultra-Fast Internet Service Expands To San Antonio

August 6, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's ultra-fast Internet service is coming to San Antonio, the largest city yet to be promised the opportunity to accelerate the speed of their online access.


Wisconsin Manufacturer Cited Following Partial Amputations

August 6, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Milwaukee-area manufacturer faces penalties of more than $200,000 after two separate incidents in which workers lost parts of their fingers.


Liquor Producers Log On To Get Into The Social Media Spirit

August 6, 2015 9:58 am | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking for more dynamic ways to communicate with customers — particularly millennials — spirits producers are increasingly tapping into the virtual world to cross the digital divide between their message and your mouth. 


Report: Snack Food Market Expected To Reach $166B By 2020

August 6, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new forecast expects the global market for savory snacks to increase by nearly 50 percent by 2020.


SEC Requires Companies To Reveal CEO-vs-Worker Pay Gap

August 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators have approved a long-delayed rule requiring companies to reveal the pay gap between CEOs and their employees.


Second Quarter Merger Activity Increases In Manufacturing

August 6, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The industrial manufacturing sector saw increased merger activity in the second quarter, according to the latest Assembling Value report from PwC U.S.


Will Amazon Robots Destroy American Retail?

August 5, 2015 12:03 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

"Humans Need Not Apply" author Jerry Kaplan discusses the future for humanity in a world filled with robots. 


Diageo: Behind The World's Biggest Alcohol Brands

August 5, 2015 11:59 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Diageo Chief Marketing Officer Syl Saller oversees a portfolio of more than 400 brands including Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Smirnoff.


Windows 10 Top New Features

August 5, 2015 11:55 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jefferson Graham breaks down some of the cool new features in Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system.


Visual Analytics – The Future Of Manufacturing Processes

August 5, 2015 11:52 am | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers begin to see multiple changes across the manufacturing industry, such as the increasing talent shortage, the increased reliance on technology will become apparent — from automation to replace employee labor to the ability to identify and manage exceptions throughout a manufacturing process.


Maker Of Hacked Radio Says System Is Unique To Fiat Chrysler

August 5, 2015 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company that makes car radios that friendly hackers exploited to take control of a Jeep Cherokee says its other infotainment systems don't have the same security flaw.


Kellogg's U.S. Breakfast Business Shrinks Again

August 5, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg says its U.S. breakfast foods division saw another decline in quarterly sales but that trends in the cereal category were improving.


Court Says Chipmaker Marvell Owes CMU $278M, Not $1.54B

August 5, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court reduced a judgment against chipmaker Marvell Technology by more than $1.25 billion, but still says the company owes Carnegie Mellon University $278 million for patent infringement.


Fire Sale On Stuff That Burns: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal Down

August 5, 2015 10:08 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices.


Ducati CEO Aims To Protect Bike Brand Aura As Sales Spike

August 5, 2015 10:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Since a surprise takeover in 2012 by German automaker Volkswagen, Italian sports bike maker Ducati has enjoyed an era of much-needed financial stability that it has ridden to record sales.



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