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Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 10:33 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

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With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 10:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted Friday overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.                   

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Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

August 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Hari Menon | Articles | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But, in reality, they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. 

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Putting A Spring In Your Step

August 4, 2014 8:17 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A British biomechanist believes he can help ease the strain on the shins of walkers and soldiers trekking for many miles while wearing heavy loads on their backs with a new type of footwear. Can a spring change the way we walk? Jim Drury looks at the product's first steps.

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Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 8:12 am | by Land Rover USA | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.                         

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Report: Customer Experience Gains Prominence Among B2B eCommerce Projects

July 31, 2014 4:57 pm | by IDC Manufacturing Insights | News | Comments

In the new report, IDC Manufacturing Insights looks at the subject of supporting the customer lifecycle in manufacturing value chains with software applications and processes.                     

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Hosting QuickBooks: It All Adds Up For Manufacturers — And Their Accounting Firms

July 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Rather than restricting access to an office computer, or taking a laptop on the road to visit clients, QuickBooks cloud hosting ensures that the software and hardware is managed, backed up and always available via the Internet.       

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Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save The Middle Class?

July 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.               

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Bringing 3D Printing To Your Hand

July 31, 2014 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3D printer.                             

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Asana hopes that its software that combines the elements of a communal notebook, social network, instant messaging application and online calendar will enable teams of employees to share information and do most of their jobs without relying on email.

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open To Attack

July 31, 2014 3:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack.                   

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Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built On A Corvette Chassis

July 31, 2014 3:15 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette.                 

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Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

July 31, 2014 3:01 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent.                       

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Study: 35 Percent In U.S. Facing Debt Collectors

July 31, 2014 2:54 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.                       

Ethical Practices Take Back Seat To Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 2:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Eighty percent of consumers believe it is important for companies and brands to behave ethically, however the most significant factors when shopping are price, value and quality.                     

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NC Weighs Offering Upfront Money For Promised Jobs

July 31, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the state.             

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Target Names Pepsi's Cornell As Chairman, CEO

July 31, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.                                    

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Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly Of 787-10 In SC

July 31, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.                                 

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Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the so-called "gigafactory," or large-scale plant, will be built.                              

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Connecting Internet of Everything, One Line At A Time

July 30, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chet Namboodri & Patrick Gilbert | Articles | Comments

From connected energy to more efficient hospitals to smart cities, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is producing real, transformative results. Amongst industries, manufacturing has the most potential for growth and development by connecting the unconnected.

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