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Marines Show Off New Amphibious Vehicle

July 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Marines recently tested out a prototype version of the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector in the waters off of Oahu, Hawaii. The new vehicle is expected to be the next generation of ship-to-shore transport for the U.S. Navy, and can carry a payload of almost 200 tons.

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Futuristic Products Coming Soon From Google

July 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Bridget Carey, senior editor for C-net.com, shows off Google products on the horizon. The tech giant will be introducing new phones, free wifi, self-driving cars and even contact lenses.                   

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5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper On Your Shop Floor

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.

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New Research Helps Manufacturers Leverage Big Data Analytics Effectively

July 22, 2014 12:20 pm | by IDC Manufacturing Insights | News | Comments

A new report shines a spotlight on the current application of big data and analytics (BDA) across manufacturing segments, and identifies some of the ways in which leading manufacturers are approaching BDA to maximize its potential.    

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Manufacturing Calculator Launched To Show Immediate Value In Reducing Costs, Improving Efficiencies

July 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by Aptean | Product Releases | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.

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Free Enterprise File Synchronization And Sharing For Content Management Customers

July 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by OpenText | Product Releases | Comments

OpenText has announced free enterprise file sharing and synchronization for OpenText Content Suite 10.5, a single information governance backbone for the enterprise.

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Design Will Be Central To Microsoft's Future

July 22, 2014 9:48 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an emphasis on design excellence more than ever — to make its products more competitive with offerings from rivals Apple, Google, and Amazon and to prod its hardware making partners to dream up new, more innovative devices. 

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U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.         

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Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

July 22, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship and heightened by midterm elections.                  

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BlackBerry Appoints New COO

July 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer.                                      

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Judge Says FDA Can't Use Tobacco Panel Menthol Report

July 22, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration can't use an advisory panel's 2011 report on menthol cigarettes because its members had conflicts of interest, a federal judge ruled Monday.                      

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Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory In Florida

July 22, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                                     

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GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.       

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Allergan To Cut 1,500 Jobs

July 21, 2014 1:15 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive.                             

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RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                     

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Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 1:09 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                               

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McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 1:07 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                           

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3D Printing For Aircraft Industry Takes Off

July 21, 2014 12:44 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

European aerospace manufacturer Airbus says its pioneering use of a 3D printed titanium bracket in its A350-XWB aircraft could herald a new future for aerospace production.                       

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A Desert Drive In The Porsche Macan

July 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

William Welch heads to Willow Springs Raceway to test drive the new Porsche Macan.                                                

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IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

July 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction.                         

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