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Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.                               

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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV For Opel

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

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Ford Builds Robots For Rough-And-Tumble Roads

November 20, 2014 12:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

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The Band-Aid Of The Future Stops Bleeding Instantly

November 20, 2014 12:53 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A small lab in Brooklyn is working on a gel that can stop bleeding in 20 seconds. Platelets stick together when VetiGel, made from plant-based polymers, comes into contact with blood.                   

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Mobile Phones To Get Handy Upgrade

November 20, 2014 12:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Computer Scientists at the University of Washington are developing a radar-like system that will allow users to control their wireless devices with hand gestures. The system uses the reflection of radio waves to track hand movements and translate them into commands.

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L.A. Auto Show Eye Candy: A Preview

November 20, 2014 12:38 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Matt Hardigree, editor-in-chief at Jalopnik.com, and Bloomberg's Matt Miller previews the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.                                      

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Self-Driving Cars: Safer, But What Of Their Morals

November 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents can still happen.

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged In October

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.                                   

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L.A. Becomes Stage For High-Speed Luxury Cars

November 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Few people need an SUV with 567 horsepower that can scream around a racetrack and go from zero to 60 in four seconds. A small but growing number want one.                           

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Minivans Do Poorly In New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 10:36 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry.                                     

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Cloud Computing Cited As Competitive Advantage Over Rivals

November 20, 2014 10:18 am | by Netsuite | News | Comments

NetSuite Inc. has announced the results of a study titled, ‘Disrupt, Collapse, Transform: The Role of the Cloud in Industry Transformation’, sponsored by NetSuite and conducted by global industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.     

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PTC Systems Engineering Solution

November 20, 2014 10:12 am | by PTC | Product Releases | Comments

PTC has announced the PTC Systems Engineering Solution, purpose-built to help organizations reduce risk and accelerate innovation in an increasingly smart, connected world.

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Intel-Based Edge Computing Solution For Core Networks

November 20, 2014 10:07 am | by ADLINK Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology has introduces a new rugged, outdoor edge computing solution (codename: Hercules), the latest result of its technological collaboration with Intel.

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New Research Center To Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 20, 2014 10:02 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation history.

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PROFIBUS DP-V0 Slave Communication Modules

November 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated plans to highlight its recently released Brad SST Communication Modules SST-PB3S-CLX-RLL, SST-PB3S-CLX-RLL-CC and SST-PB3S-CLXT-RLL for Rockwell ControlLogix at the 2014 Rockwell Automation Fair.

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U.S. And China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 9:49 am | by IHS | News | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

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NHTSA To Push For National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

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Group Sues Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 9:12 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales.                   

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VW Recalls 442K Cars For Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.                           

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