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Cross Atlantic Capital Partners Invests In Rootstock Software

October 26, 2011 8:14 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rootstock Software , a provider of cloud-based manufacturing applications for discrete manufacturers, today announced that Cross Atlantic Capital Partners has completed its most recent investment in the company. This investment, announced in June 2011, also included funding from salesforce.

Nokia Unveils Two Windows Smartphones, Four Others

October 26, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its first Windows cell phones, in a bid to recapture lost ground to chief rivals in the tough top-end smartphone market. Nokia's Lumia 800, priced at some euro420 ($580), and Lumia 710 with a price tag of euro270, are the Finnish cell phone maker's first models based on Microsoft Corp.

Calif. Startup To Create 1,200 Jobs At New Indy Factory

October 26, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Reports say a California startup company will create more than 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis LiTEBOX Inc. chief executive Bob Yanagihara told the Indianapolis Business Journal and WRTV-TV on Tuesday that his company expects to hire 1,200 employees, mostly at a 125,000-square-foot factory on the city's northwest side that will produce trucks with giant video screens.

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IBM Names First Female CEO In Company's 100-Year History

October 26, 2011 4:26 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM Corp. has passed a milestone, naming the first female CEO in the company's 100-year history. The selection of Virginia "Ginni" Rometty, announced Tuesday, is also a statement about the growing influence of women in the top tiers of the technology world. Two of the biggest technology companies will have female leaders when Rometty's appointment takes effect Jan.

Father Of Artificial Intelligence Dies

October 26, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — John McCarthy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology and creator of the computer programming language often used in that field, has died. He was 84. Stanford University, where McCarthy was a professor for four decades, announced McCarthy's death Monday.

Consumer Reports Says Ford's Quality Slips

October 26, 2011 4:22 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Quality should be Job 1 at Ford again. The brand's ranking fell 10 spots in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability survey, hurt by glitchy touch screens and transmissions. It now ranks 20th out of 28 major brands, based on a survey of the magazine's subscribers. The Dearborn, Mich.

Boeing 787 Takes Flight For The First Time

October 26, 2011 4:20 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

ABOARD ANA FLIGHT 7871 (AP) — Boeing's much-anticipated 787 carried its first passengers Wednesday on a four-hour, 8-minute flight filled with cheers, picture-taking and swapping of aviation stories. The new long-haul jet aims to change the way passengers think about flying with larger windows, improved lighting and air pressure and humidity that more closely resembles that on the ground.

Defining Outsourcing Management

October 25, 2011 10:19 am | by Linda Elkins, EVP, PolyDyne Software | Articles | Comments

“Outsourcing management” defines the processes required to manage product pricing data, select outsourcing partners, manage pricing negotiations, maintain updated pricing across EMS providers, and rollup product costing. A cursory look at interactions between electronic OEMs and EMS providers clearly indicates the complexity that exists between supply chain partners.

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A 'Yardstick' To Simplify ERP Implementation

October 25, 2011 10:03 am | by Nikhil Kumar, Industry Principal, Oracle Practice, Infosys | Articles | Comments

In order to drive IT simplification for an ERP implementation, there is an acute need to establish a yardstick or metrics for determining its complexity, and common strategies to identify the means to influence this yardstick. While rapid globalization and inorganic growth have been the cornerstones for defining business strategies for most of the CEOs and business leaders today, these have also created a nightmare for CIOs with the ever evolving IT landscape and struggle in maintaining a common layer across diverse business units.

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Analyst: RIM Needs Touch Screens

October 25, 2011 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

Research in Motion needs to turn its focus to touch screens or risk losing more market share to Apple and Samsung, says Gartner Analyst Ken Dulaney. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

High-Capacity Production Caster Series

October 25, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) is pleased to announce the new Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) caster series, with a load rating up to 40,000 lbs. per caster. The new UMD caster series targets heavy equipment and aerospace manufacturers, as well as defense contractors.

Will Steve Jobs' Final Vendetta Haunt Google?

October 25, 2011 4:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave. The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple's co-founder. The book goes on sale Monday, less than three weeks after Jobs' long battle with pancreatic cancer culminated in his Oct.

Caterpillar Profit Soars In 3Q

October 25, 2011 4:41 am | by Samantha Bokamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong demand for construction and mining equipment should boost Caterpillar Inc.'s revenue through next year, even as the health of global economy remains in doubt. The company's optimistic forecast followed double-digit growth in third-quarter earnings and revenue, which it reported Monday.

Execs Admit Guilt In Auto Parts Price-Fixing Case

October 25, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two executives from a Japanese auto parts maker have admitted in a U.S. court that they conspired to fix prices of parts their company sold to auto companies, which may have raised car prices. Furukawa Electric Co. is to pay a $200 million fine, which the Justice Department said last month is among the largest it has won.

iPhone 4S: The First Phone For Low-Power Bluetooth

October 25, 2011 4:37 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The iPhone 4S has a little-heralded feature that makes it unique among phones, at least for a while: It can talk to a new class of wireless devices, such as watches and heart-rate monitors. The phone, which went on sale Oct. 14, is the first to have a new type of Bluetooth chip that can connect using very little power.

How Flooding In Thailand Has Affected Manufacturers, Suppliers

October 25, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

What tech manufacturers and suppliers have been saying about the impact from heavy flooding in Thailand: Oct. 12: Seagate Technology PLC, which makes hard drives, says its factories in Thailand have been operational, but it may have difficulty making hard drives because of constraints in getting parts.

Missouri Reaches $4.4B Trade Agreement With China

October 25, 2011 4:33 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday the state has reached an agreement to sell $4.4 billion worth of products to China for the next three years starting in 2012. Nixon said the deal between the state Department of Economic Development and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade emphasizes agricultural products and would boost Missouri exports to China by more than $1 billion over three years.

Somebody Messing with Your Reality? That's Quirky

October 24, 2011 11:22 am | by Brett Duesing, Obleo Design Media | Articles | Comments

For those with a strong desire to innovate and also improve the shortcomings of everyday products, there is an opportunity to do so at a social-media industrial design firm, where thousands of online members share ideas on how to make these products better. The Snow-Dozer windshield scraper is one of the many product ideas submiBed by an online community at Quirky.

Globalization: The Good And The Bad

October 24, 2011 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

Thomas Friedman, longtime proponent of globalization and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times , now argues that globalization is closing the gap between the United States and other countries. He believes other countries are catching up rather quickly and the U.S. is in decline. How can America turn things around? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile? (Part II)

October 24, 2011 8:15 am | Articles | Comments

The "holy grail" for mobile manufacturing has always been the capability to completely perform one's duties — say, as a plant manager — from the road. Many think this capability is still years away, if not more, but some say that world is closer than we might think. This is part two of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.

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