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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls In Legislature

March 11, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week.


More Turnover At Coca-Cola

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

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."


Apple's Tim Cook Cites Record Sales And 'Unbelievable' Year

March 11, 2015 10:06 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook took a figurative victory lap at his company's annual shareholder meeting, one day after he announced details about the new smartwatch Apple plans to start selling next month.


U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink In January

March 11, 2015 10:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.


Everything About The Apple Watch In :90

March 10, 2015 12:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Apple Watch is the company's first new gadget since Steve Jobs was CEO. Here are all of the highlights.


How Robots Are Saving The Dairy Farm

March 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Today’s dairy farm is a far cry from what ads and movies would have you believe. Cows go to robotic milking stations on their own, where they are identified, milked, and sent back out to the barn until the next milking. Sam Grobart visited Sunny Glade Farm where robots handle most of the work and the cows like it just fine.


Is Worst Over For GM And Mary Barra?

March 10, 2015 12:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM shares rise on news of a big stock buyback and are near a 52-week high. The company has bounced back from the worst of its 2014 recall woes.


10 Often Forgotten ERP Implementation Faux Pas

March 10, 2015 11:36 am | by Daniel Erickson | Articles | Comments

ERP software implementation disasters are the result of assorted smaller, and seemingly unrelated, actions that converge in a monumental event. So, why do ERP implementations go awry?


Creating And Accelerating IIoT Systems

March 10, 2015 10:55 am | by Real-Time Innovations (RTI) | News | Comments

Real-Time Innovations' Industrial IoT FastTrax will help companies capitalize on the economic growth and environmental impact of the exploding Industrial Internet.


Legislation Targets Detergent Packets Following Rash Of Child Poisonings

March 10, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.


Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Laser Weapon

March 10, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to develop lasers for military use took another step forward last week following the successful test of a Lockheed Martin prototype.


States Ask Federal Appeals Court To Toss California Poultry Law

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

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards.


Apple Watch Moves Internet Out Of Your Pocket

March 10, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple wants to move the Internet from your pocket to your wrist. Time will tell if millions of consumers are willing to spend $350 on up for an Apple Watch that still requires a wirelessly connected smartphone to deliver its most powerful features.


Chrysler Recalls Minivans, SUVs To Fix Ignition Switches

March 10, 2015 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

About 703,000 Fiat Chrysler SUVs and minivans will have to go back to the shop to fix malfunctioning ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.


GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 64

March 10, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.


Food Groups Call On Congress To Reject Fees In Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget. 


Goodyear’s Concept Tires To Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 12:21 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car.


The Portable Data Center That Fits In A Suitcase

March 9, 2015 11:42 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Tech firm Ubuntu’s "Orange Box” mimics a data center, but in a small box the size of a suitcase. The WSJ finds out why this portable processing power is useful. 


The Solar-Powered Bicycle-Car Hybrid

March 9, 2015 11:40 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's called the ELF, a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Costing $5,500, the transportation requires no insurance or gasoline.


Industrial IoT In 2015: Sensors, Software And Breaking Down Barriers

March 9, 2015 11:33 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Jerry Sorrells is a product manager at Parker Hannifin’s Automation Group, where he focuses on controls and HMI products. He recently sat down to offer some perspective on the trends, strategies and keys to IoT success for manufacturers in 2015.



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