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Electrical Engineer Seeks Gov't Probe Of Lexus Acceleration

July 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

An electrical engineer with a doctorate degree from Stanford University has asked U.S. safety regulators to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus automobiles.

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Chemists Develop New Material That Gives Graphene Competition

July 14, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

German scientists developed a new ultra-thin material that could provide another option for replacing silicon in electronic devices.

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Microsoft Unveils Business Software, Analytics Developments

July 14, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Microsoft announced a series of new tech developments for businesses at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando on Monday, including a new system designed to help employees immediately identify and address necessary changes.

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Second Company Probed For Airbag Inflator Malfunctions

July 14, 2015 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The problem of exploding airbags could be widening beyond Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

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Big Three Automakers, U.S. Steel Begin Contract Talks

July 14, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Prominent names head to the bargaining table as contracts with thousands of union workers prepare to expire.

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Food Prices Lowest In Nearly Six Years

July 14, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Global food prices last month slid to their lowest levels since September of 2009, according to the latest analysis by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.

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GM To Announce Big Expansion Of Texas SUV Plant

July 14, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will announce Tuesday that it's spending more than $1 billion on a huge expansion of its SUV factory in Arlington, Texas.

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U.S. Retail Sales Fall In June As Consumers Stay Cautious

July 14, 2015 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants last month, a sign that they remain cautious despite robust job growth in the past year.

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Audi Shows Off Its Self-Driving Race Car

July 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The German automaker Audi brought an RS7 to Sonoma Raceway to show just how far autonomous driving has come, lapping the track solo at upwards of 150 mph.

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The Keurig For Cocktails

July 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Bartesian is just like a Keurig, but for mixed drinks. Can it compete with a real bartender?

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Dell’s Plan To Help Entrepreneurs Create 600M Jobs

July 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Elizabeth Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence at Dell, discusses Dell’s initiative to support entrepreneurs in creating jobs throughout the world.

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The Advancement Of 3D Printing And Its Impact On The Manufacturing Industry

July 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Aaron Bresinger & Yves Leclerc | Articles | Comments

Could 3D printing be the catalyst for the next set of major innovations in manufacturing?

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Like Gym Memberships, Enthusiasm For Fitness Trackers Drops

July 13, 2015 10:24 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Although sales of Fitbit and other fitness trackers are strong, many of their owners lose enthusiasm for them once the novelty of knowing how many steps they've taken wears off. 

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Solar Roadway Generates More Electricity Than Anticipated

July 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Dutch roadway embedded with solar panels is exceeding initial expectations for power generation.

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Microsoft To Launch Windows 10 On July 29

July 13, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The upgraded operating system will allow users to switch seamlessly between personal computers, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets.

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PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Boosted By Pricier Products

July 13, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The snack and beverage maker said last Thursday that revenue rose for each of its Frito-Lay North America and PepsiCo Americas Beverages units during the second quarter, despite flat volume.

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Post Biggest Gain In 6 Months

July 13, 2015 9:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in May by the largest amount in six months, while sales rose by a modest amount.

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Last Flight For US Airways Expected In October

July 13, 2015 9:55 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

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Fiat Chrysler Adds 88K Challengers To Airbag Recall

July 13, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 88,000 Dodge Challengers to a recall of cars with potentially faulty Takata airbags.

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Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof Car Seat Also Massages

July 10, 2015 11:51 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at exploring the moon with Audi, shedding new light on solar energy in the dark and building a bulletproof … car seat.

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