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U.S. Regulators OK Shell-BG Deal

June 17, 2015 11:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group announced on Tuesday that U.S. regulators officially approved their proposed $70 billion merger.


Airbus Joins SpaceX In Race To Provide Internet From Space

June 17, 2015 11:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

European aerospace giant Airbus this week announced plans to build hundreds of satellites in an effort to provide Internet access to remote locations worldwide.


Constellation Brews A Fully Automated Factory

June 17, 2015 10:51 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

A Constellation brewery in Mexico is a fully automated plant, including laser-guided vehicles that move pallets around the factory floor, replacing the need for forklifts -- and their human operators.


This Company Makes Every President's Shoes

June 17, 2015 10:47 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Johnston & Murphy has been making the presidents shoes for 165 years. Now, they are preparing for a change in step and are planning for the possibility of making a woman's presidential shoes.


Ford's GT Is A 'Test Lab' For Company

June 17, 2015 10:34 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, says some of the GT supercar's features will make it into the mainstream product line.


Improving Downtime And Disaster Recovery With Virtualization

June 17, 2015 7:53 am | by Jacob Haugen | Articles | Comments

Virtualization as a manufacturing tool is powerful because it's hardware independent for systems that cannot fail.


Paris Air Show Roundup

June 16, 2015 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | News | Comments

A look at some of the news coming from the 2015 Paris Air Show happening this week where major aircraft manufacturers hope to do some business.


Forget Hot Hatches, The Audi RS 3 Is A Hyper Hatch

June 16, 2015 12:50 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

There comes a point when a hot hatch gets so hot it becomes something else. Hyper hatch is a name reserved for the supercar-beating elite of the breed — the RS 3 is most certainly one of them


Scientists Develop Semiconductor Chips Made Almost Entirely From Wood

June 16, 2015 12:40 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a new type of semiconductor chip that’s almost entirely made of wood.


Shipping To Canada? Don’t Get Stuck At The Border

June 16, 2015 12:35 pm | by John Costanzo | News | Comments

Companies looking to do business in Canada can be caught off guard with numerous problems in navigating the U.S./Canada customs process and the difficulty in trying to resolve those issues. 


U.S. Factory Output Down In May, Hurt By Oil Refining Cuts

June 16, 2015 10:23 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output slipped in May, hurt by a decline in oil refining that overshadowed solid gains by automakers.


Reshoring In-Depth: Transportation, Electronics Lead Reshoring Efforts

June 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Transportation and electrical equipment accounted for most of the reshored U.S. jobs over the last five years, according to a report from the Reshoring Initiative.


SpaceX To Hold Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

June 16, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to hold a competition for pod designs for a Hyperloop system in a year, according to reports.


Honda Adds 1M Civics, Accords To Passenger Airbag Recall

June 16, 2015 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

At the insistence of U.S. safety regulators, Honda is adding more than a million of its most popular vehicles to a growing recall for airbags that can explode with too much force.


Kashi Agrees To Pay $4M Settlement Over All-Natural Label

June 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. could pay nearly $4 million to settle a Florida class-action lawsuit over "all-natural" claims on products under its Kashi brand.


Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises To 114

June 16, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen by three to 114.


HTC Rejects Takeover Bid

June 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Smartphone maker HTC on Monday adamantly denied any interest in a takeover by fellow Taiwanese tech company Asustek.


Lumber Liquidators Fires Chief Merchandising Officer

June 16, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators said Monday that it has fired Chief Merchandising Officer William Schlegel after serving more than four years in the position.


Legislation Would Curb Beer, Wine Taxes

June 16, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Democratic senator hopes to curb the taxes levied on small brewers, vintners, distillers and cider makers.


Safety Agency Probes Mazda SUVs For Suspension Problem

June 16, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that suspension parts can come loose on Mazda SUVs, causing drivers to lose control.



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