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SAP And Oracle To End Bitter Legal Battle

November 14, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.                       

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise On Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 9:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                                 

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Monsanto To Pay Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 1:13 pm | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                             

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Biden Pitches Infrastructure Improvements

November 13, 2014 1:05 pm | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth.           

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GM: Parts Ready To Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs soon won't have to park them outside the garage for fear that they will catch fire.                                   

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Brazil's Drought Brews High Coffee Price

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Coffee drinkers hold on to your wallets. The worst drought in 80 years has hit Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter of coffee, and prices have surged to their highest levels in two years.               

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The Future Of Robotics May Be A Robot You Wear

November 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In a small lab at Purdue University in Indiana, a new kind of robot is being developed. Research could some day lead to a revolution in what we wear, from rehabilitative clothing to military performance enhancers, to everyday athletic gear. 

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This Car Has A Jet Engine

November 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The 1963 Chrysler Turbine car has a jet engine under its hood. In its heyday, it represented the future of automobiles.                                     

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A $40 Invention That Could Transform Heathcare

November 13, 2014 12:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

British chip designer ARM Holdings is best known for supplying processors to mobile giants like Apple. Now the company has thrown its weight behind a tiny Cambridge-based startup named SimPrints that may be on the brink of revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare.

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Honda Widens Air Bag Recall

November 13, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. expanded its recalls related to defective air bags on Thursday, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year.                    

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U.S. Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:27 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

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Berkshire Buying Duracell From P&G

November 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                           

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Remote Monitoring And Control With Netbiter

November 13, 2014 9:58 am | by HMS Industrial Networks | Product Releases | Comments

The Netbiter Remote Management solution from HMS Industrial Networks now allows automation devices using EtherNet/IP to be monitored and controlled via the web. 

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New Business Applications For IoT

November 13, 2014 9:50 am | by SAP SE | Product Releases | Comments

SAP SE has announced three new SAP solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), including the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Connected Logistics software and the SAP Manufacturing Execution application. 

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Workforce Management Scores Big With Gamification

November 13, 2014 9:45 am | by Kronos | Product Releases | Comments

By introducing concepts of game design and game thinking into the world of workforce management, Kronos has announced an innovative new leaderboard feature within its Workforce Central suite designed to reward and recognize employees, managers, and teams for positive job performance.

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A Powerful And Flexible Rugged 7-inch Android Tablet

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has announced the launch of the Toughpad FZ-B2, a rugged 7-inch tablet powered by Android for field-based workforces.

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:03 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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The Drone That Is Years Ahead Of Google And Facebook

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

Satellites are so 2014. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain.              

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'AirLegs' Technology Helps Troops Stay One Step Ahead

November 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The military's DARPA lab creates stunning inventions, and they could help service members stay one step ahead when answering the call of duty. Chip Reid reports on the new "AirLegs" technology for U.S. troops.           

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China-U.S. Trade Deal Could End Fees On $1T In Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 10:36 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

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