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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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Past Is Present: The History Of Remote Monitoring

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Spencer Cramer | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 11:43 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

When quality or value does not appear to make a difference in consumer decision-making, manufacturers cut costs and assume the risks to quality. But consumers are aware of this phenomenon, and it may be that value, not price, is once again rising to the surface as the primary decision factor.

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iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 13, 2014 11:29 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.         

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Problems For The Tesla Model S

August 13, 2014 11:24 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now 'has more than its share of problems.'                               

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Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App And Card Reader

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

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Deere Takes A Hit

August 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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Record Imports Expected As West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.       

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Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.         

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Losing Export Competitiveness Across The Pacific

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | by MAPI | News | Comments

A new analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, finds an alarming downward trend for U.S. export growth to Asia since 2009.             

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods And Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action suit seeking royalty back payments.                                 

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