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Survey: One In Five Mfg. Businesses Have Lost IP To Security Breaches

August 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Kaspersky Lab | News | Comments

According to a survey of businesses IT managers worldwide, 21 percent of manufacturers suffered a loss of intellectual property (IP) within the past year.                           

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Report Shows Adoption Of M2M On The Rise

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Vodafone | News | Comments

The study finds that M2M adoption has increased by more than 80 percent globally in the last year and predicts that more than half of companies in the Americas will implement M2M by 2016.                  

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High Demand Means Rising Tech Prices

August 15, 2014 9:22 am | by IBISWorld | News | Comments

Despite the broader trend of falling computer and hardware prices, buyers are seeing four products buck the trend.                                       

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Briggs & Stratton Buying Maker Of Light Towers

August 14, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is acquiring a Nebraska company that makes towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar-powered arrow boards.                           

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Cisco To Lay Off Up To 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put In Factory Oven Pre-Blast

August 14, 2014 1:07 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.             

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Pressuring Apple For Change

August 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Apple Inc. announced that it is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its products as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers. But were they bullied into the decision? 

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Nissan's Clean Car Put To The Test

August 14, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. Watch as it gets put to the test.                                 

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IoT Manufacturing Insight With Intel And National Instruments

August 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Intel | Videos | Comments

Ray Almgren, National Instruments’ vice president of marketing, and Jim Robinson, general manager of Intel’s IoT Group, explore what customers are looking for from IoT and how its implementation drives business transformation.     

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The New Robot In Town

August 14, 2014 12:33 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Jibo is a robot developed by researchers from MIT's Media Lab that can see, hear, speak and complete a variety of tasks. The robot's open platform design gives developers the ability to teach this bot all kinds of new tricks.       

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Nokia's $25 Phone

August 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nokia's new budget device will provide at least a week's worth of battery life on standby.                                             

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New Suite Helps Optimize Processes, Reduce Costs And Respond To A Changing Market

August 14, 2014 11:12 am | by Oracle | Product Releases | Comments

Today’s global business environment is complex and constantly changing. To help organizations navigate this continuously shifting landscape and stay competitive, Oracle has released Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4.

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U.S. Businesses Boosted Stockpiles In June

August 14, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a slightly slower pace in June compared with May, possibly reflecting weaker sales in the past two months.                             

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties To Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.       

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Lenovo Profit Up On Mobile Growth

August 14, 2014 9:35 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices.                   

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Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In Product Assembly

August 14, 2014 9:32 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 14, 2014 9:26 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

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Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 13, 2014 1:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. Will it work?       

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Jaguar Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                           

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:24 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales.                    

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