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Cordless Power Invention Coming Soon

February 25, 2015 11:54 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Marco della Cava talks to Meredith Perry, whose company uBeam hopes to make wireless charging technology as common as wireless Internet. 

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Car Technology: The Future Is Now

February 25, 2015 11:47 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

With recent reports that Apple is looking to get involved with car technology, auto writer Chris Woodyard and tech columnist Jefferson Graham talk technology in the car now.

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The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 25, 2015 11:32 am | by Stefan Guertzgen | Articles | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business. 

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Report: Vitamin Supplement Market Expected To Increase By 60 Percent By 2020

February 25, 2015 10:38 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A new report expects the global market for vitamin supplements to jump from $37.4 billion in 2013 to nearly $60 billion by 2020.

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Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars On Swedish Roads In 2017

February 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 25, 2015 10:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 25, 2015 10:17 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Goodyear Paying $16M To Settle Bribery-Related Charges

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear will pay about $16 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to prevent persistent bribery in Kenya and Angola aimed at winning tire sales.

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Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China.

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Nonprescription Diet Pill Alli Back In Stores After Recall

February 25, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline's diet pill, alli, is now back in most U.S. stores.

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Arizona House OKs Credits, Exemptions For Apple Data Center

February 25, 2015 9:34 am | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3-million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle For Liftoff

February 24, 2015 12:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.

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Worker Killed At Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 12:57 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports. 

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U.S. Military Has A Heat Ray

February 24, 2015 11:50 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military is developing a real-life heat ray. Thom Patterson explains this non-lethal "active denial system."

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 11:40 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees — or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce — made serious waves in business and political circles.

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JPMorgan Chase's $100M Plan To Turn Detroit Around

February 24, 2015 11:23 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon is trying to move past the mortgage meltdown, as his bank is part of a massive new investment in Detroit. The struggling city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history.

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Why Manufacturers Need To Do Their Duty To Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 11:17 am | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 24, 2015 10:30 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry, but says that the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out, if necessary.

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Apple To Set Up High-Tech Data Hubs In Northern Europe

February 24, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 57

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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