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Handmaking Vertu Luxury Cell Phones

December 19, 2013 9:36 am | by Finance News | Videos | Comments

Telecoms correspondent Daniel Thomas visits the British factory of luxury mobile phone maker Vertu to find out if the titanium-plated, jewel-encrusted smartphone is worth the $6000 price tag.                 

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Plant Tour: GE Appliances

December 19, 2013 9:20 am | by GE Appliances | Videos | Comments

Experience a virtual tour of GE dishwasher manufacturing in Louisville, KY where over 1,000 people are employed in wire rack fabrication, injection molding, stamping and assembly facilities.                 

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F35: The Last Manned Fighter Jet

December 19, 2013 9:14 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

United Technologies CFO Greg Hayes explains why he thinks the current fleet will be the "last procurement" of manned fighter jets.                                   

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Experts: Boeing Plant Move Unlikely For Illinois

December 18, 2013 3:18 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois has joined more than 20 other states trying to lure Boeing's production of the 777x airliner out of Washington state, but the company's long list of requirements could prove expensive.                 

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HP And Google Recall Charger Due To Burn Risk

December 18, 2013 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. are recalling about 145,000 computer chargers because they can overheat and melt, creating a fire and burn hazard.                             

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OSHA Cites Kan. Tyson Plant For Severed Hand

December 18, 2013 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal workplace safety agency has recommended that Tyson Foods pay a $147,000 fine because of several serious workplace violations, including one that led to a worker's hand being severed at the company's Hutchinson plant.     

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NAM, Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules

December 18, 2013 3:13 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent business group filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.               

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Ex-BP Engineer Convicted On Single Obstruction Charge

December 18, 2013 3:12 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.             

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Ford Calls 2013 One Of Its Best Financial Years Ever

December 18, 2013 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford expects 2013 to go down as one of the best financial years in its history. But its outlook for 2014 has concerned investors.                                   

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One Million In-Stock Electronic Components Accessible via Digi-Key’s BOM Manager

December 18, 2013 2:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation has announced that it has surpassed one million in-stock components available for immediate shipment, accessible via the new and improved Digi-Key Bill of Materials (BOM) Manager. 

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New Solutions For Tire Manufacturers

December 18, 2013 2:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation, the world’s leader in machine vision, introduced Cognex Tire Solutions, a suite of products designed to solve barcode and low-contrast embossed character reading challenges for tire manufacturers.         

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Silent Contacts 1.0 App For Android Announced

December 18, 2013 2:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silent Circle, the global encrypted communications firm revolutionizing mobile device privacy and security for organizations and individuals alike, has announced the availability of its Silent Contacts app for Android via Google Play. 

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Infor Announces Most Significant Infor EAM Solution In A Decade

December 18, 2013 2:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Enterprise Edition version 11.0 to help drive collaboration and innovation.

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A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance… Or Does It?

December 18, 2013 10:36 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter.             

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 3 & 4

December 18, 2013 10:24 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology & Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights provides organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon.                           

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Breakingviews: Is Google Building The Terminator?

December 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Rob Cox and Rob Cyran try to make sense of Google's purchase of robotics firm Boston Dynamics, its eighth in the space this year.                                   

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Delta: No Voice Calls On Our Planes

December 18, 2013 10:07 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines says it won't allow passengers to make voice calls from its planes.                                                

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Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German automaker is cutting the ribbon on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance on Wednesday afternoon.                                 

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EPA: Chevron Violated Law At California Refinery

December 18, 2013 9:55 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.                

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How Budget Deal Should Help Support U.S. Economy

December 18, 2013 9:52 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The two-year spending plan the Senate is expected to approve Wednesday all but removes the threat of another government shutdown like the one that slowed the economy in October. Among other things, the agreement will roll back some of the automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in this year.

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