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Apple Bounces Back To Hit A New High

August 20, 2014 1:20 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.             

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12 Japanese Firms Fined In Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.                 

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Improving Car Safety With LEDs

August 20, 2014 1:04 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneur Michael Haas lights up LEDs to improve car safety with a system he invented called Haas Perimeter Lighting Technology.                                 

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Testing Phase Begins For 'Talking' Car Technology

August 20, 2014 12:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nearly 1,100 lives could be saved every year on the roads by cars that "talk" to each other. The government is out with new findings on V2V, or vehicle to vehicle, technology.                     

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The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 20, 2014 12:47 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.               

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How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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Nut Butters Recalled For Salmonella

August 20, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.                                    

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Safety Agency Offers Online Recall Service

August 20, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.                                 

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 20, 2014 9:22 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.             

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Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 20, 2014 9:16 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa, the nation's top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction and nearly ready for production using corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol.              

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Defense Grills Plant Manager In Salmonella Trial

August 20, 2014 9:14 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A defense attorney grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak.                                     

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4 At Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.   

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Accident At Northern New York Plant Has Lethal Results

August 19, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                             

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Egypt Picks Consortium To Draft Suez Plan

August 19, 2014 1:07 pm | by Maggie Michael, Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones.         

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Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds In Mid-Air

August 19, 2014 1:04 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.     

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Increasing Manufacturing Employee Numbers In The U.S.

August 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Aspen Institute | Videos | Comments

Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk talks about growing the number of manufacturing employees in the U.S.                                   

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Jaguar And Land Rover Get Serious About Performance

August 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The British brands have created a special division to create vehicles that offer top performance.                                           

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Car Tech Taking Over

August 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s no doubt that technology is making our vehicles more complex. But is technology infiltrating our vehicles too fast and is it all just too much?                             

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What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

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