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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.

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House Committee Again Slams CSB Chairman

March 9, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lawmakers from both parties this week called for wholesale changes at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, including the resignation of its chairman following allegations he and other top officials violated federal records law.

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 9, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements.

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GM Plans $5B Stock Buyback, Avoids Showdown With Hedge Funds

March 9, 2015 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has headed off a potentially divisive proxy fight by agreeing to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year.

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Alcoa To Buy RTI Intl In $1.5B Deal, Expand Aerospace Push

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

Alcoa is taking another step to bolster its stake in the aerospace industry with a $1.5 billion deal to buy titanium supplier RTI International Metals.

Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 6, 2015 11:58 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

A manufacturer who is prepared — with adequate inventory levels — will be able to build positive relationships with customers and optimize the use of resources. 

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A Different Kind Of Electric Car

March 6, 2015 11:18 am | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Quant F and its more affordable version, the Quantino, are a pair of electric cars using nano flow cell technology for their power reserve.

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The Bourbon Master Taster For Brown-Forman

March 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Marianne Barnes, a 28-year-old former chemical engineer, is the master taster for Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve. Her job involves making sure the product tastes top notch before it hits shelves. 

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A Spray Designed To Save Your Phone From The Toilet

March 6, 2015 10:12 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nanostate's Flash Flood is a coating designed to save your smartphone from accidental water exposure. This test was a little more extreme.

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost At Sea for 170 Years

March 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the Pacific Northwest.

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Report: Reshoring To Boost Industrial Construction In 2015

March 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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