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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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Airbus' First Electric Plane Crosses English Channel

July 10, 2015 11:47 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Airbus Group SE completed its first-ever flight of an electric plane across the English Channel as the European plane maker seeks to spark interest in less polluting aircraft.

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Is This The Ultimate Flying Bike?

July 10, 2015 11:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Bay Zoltán Research Institute in Hungary hopes to sell a personal flying device in 2016.

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Exploring MDMs: What The Manufacturing Industry Truly Needs

July 10, 2015 11:33 am | by Pankaj Thapa | Articles | Comments

A look at five things that an IT leader must think of while making their decisions on adopting an MDM.

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IBM Claims Breakthrough In Making Chips Even Smaller

July 10, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM says it has achieved a breakthrough in making computer chips even smaller, creating a test version of the world's first semiconductor that shrinks down the circuitry by overcoming "one of the grand challenges" of the tech industry.

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Critics Say Senate Bill Would Weaken Rental Car, Rail Safety

July 10, 2015 10:02 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill, introduced Thursday by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, says companies must tell consumers about the recall notices in writing if they don't intend to fix the cars first.

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Voting Underway On International Management Standard

July 10, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nations belonging to the International Organization for Standardization face a September deadline to approve the final draft of a new quality management standard.

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Survey Indicates Manufacturers Could Bolster Maintenance Services

July 10, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released survey of industrial machinery manufacturers suggests that those companies could utilize post-sale service to generate additional revenue growth.

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Report: Manufacturers Should Monitor Changing Family Patterns

July 10, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A global shift away from the "traditional family" structure is likely to profoundly impact manufacturers in coming years, according to an analysis by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation.

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6 Questions For Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Car Prof

July 10, 2015 9:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Raj Rajkumar has helped lead the school's efforts for the past 15 years as a professor of computer and electrical engineering. He also heads a spinoff company that is developing autonomous car software.

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Ford To Move Focus, C-Max Production

July 10, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford will move U.S. production of the Ford Focus and C-Max small cars in 2018.

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OSHA: DuPont's 'Failed' Safety Program Responsible For Plant Deaths

July 10, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators on Thursday alleged that DuPont maintained a failed safety plan at a Texas plant where four workers died in November 2014.

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First Electric Planes Fly Over English Channel

July 10, 2015 8:45 am | by Maggy Donaldson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term.

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