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The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid uses two electric motors to get its 887 horsepower. The vehicle starts at $845,000 and CNNMoney was lucky enough to drive this monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas and reports on their experience. 

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A Hands-on Look At Microsoft's Cortana

April 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Cortana won't make her public debut until this summer, but USA TODAY got some hands-on time with the new Windows Phone digital assistant. To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. 

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Bill To Spur Manufacturing Innovation Moves Forward

April 10, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

The bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 would establish specialized manufacturing innovation 'hubs' around the country, creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States' role as the world's leader in advanced manufacturing. 

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                            

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GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.                 

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Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.                      

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 9:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

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Scientists Try To Build Heart With 3-D Printer

April 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person.                  

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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 9:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                 

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What The Future Holds For Cloud Computing

April 9, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc. | Articles | Comments

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into the opportunities and limitations of service in the cloud, as well as what the future brings for cloud computing.

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Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers may not be taking full advantage of research and development federal tax credits, so Manufacturing Business Technology took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II from Mueller Prost PC to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.

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3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. However, as Jim Drury reports, one small company in Wroclaw, Poland has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 12:58 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg said the Solar Impulse 2 improves upon the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago. 

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday that the company already owes $28,000 in fines.

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Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The man worked at a factory operated by Aqlifoods Co. and revealed that he wanted to take revenge on the company since he was unhappy with his wage and the way he had been treated by his boss.

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed. Spokesman Scott Vazin says the order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions.

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Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. The Finnish prize foundation cited the 58-year-old consulting professor at Stanford University in California for his "pioneering contribution to the science and application of spintronic materials" which it said has made "our contemporary online world largely possible."

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Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:27 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                 

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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.                          

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