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Toyota Forecasts Annual Profit To Dive 31 Percent

June 13, 2011 4:48 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota forecasts its annual profit to dive 31 percent, hammered by production disruptions from parts shortages, but its outlook Friday projects a robust recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in coming months. Toyota Motor Corp. had not given an earnings forecast earlier because of uncertainties about its production outlook after the March 11 disaster wiped out key parts suppliers in northeastern Japan.

International Monetary Fund Suffers Computer System Attack

June 13, 2011 4:46 am | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The International Monetary Fund, already reeling from last month's arrest of its former leader, is investigating an attack on its computer system. IMF spokesman David Hawley said the organization is fully functional. He declined to provide further details on what he termed an "IT incident," including its scope or nature and whether any sensitive data were taken.

HP Wins Patent Dispute Over MicroJet Technology Co.

June 13, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Friday that it has received a favorable ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission on the sale and importation of inkjet printer cartridges that infringe on its patents. The ITC found that MicroJet Technology Co. violated HP's patents and that Asia Pacific Microsystems contributed to the infringement, HP said.

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Wis. Software Firm Invests In Energy 'Farm'

June 13, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

VERONA, Wis. (AP) — By the end of the year, the largest solar project yet built in Wisconsin will take shape in the rolling countryside that Epic Systems calls home. And by the middle of next year, the new solar "farm" will double in size again. Clearly, Epic, a fast-growing provider of sought-after health care software that's hiring 1,000 people just this year, doesn't embrace small projects.

Struggling Saab Inks $351M Deal With Youngman, Pang Da

June 13, 2011 4:40 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab Automobile AB said Monday it has signed a nonbinding agreement with two Chinese companies, which will inject a total of €245 million ($351 million) into Saab-owner Spyker Cars NV. Saab said Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. will invest €136 million for a 29.

Despite Labor Disputes, Boeing Cuts Ribbon On SC Plant

June 10, 2011 4:26 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley and Boeing officials are officially opening a South Carolina aircraft assembly plant that is the center of a National Labor Relations Board dispute. A ribbon cutting is being held Friday at the North Charleston plant where Boeing will assemble its new 787 jetliners.

Cause Of NJ Factory Fire Probed

June 10, 2011 4:21 am | News | Comments

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters were still battling a 12-alarm blaze that turned an abandoned tire factory in southern New Jersey into smoldering rubble and damaged several row homes. The fire in Camden broke out around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the vacant Reliable Tire Co. factory building and burned fiercely for several hours.

Review: HTC Flyer Tablet Mates With Slippery Pen

June 10, 2011 4:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all? That's the question posed by a new tablet computer that takes aim at one of the deficiencies of the iPad: that it's difficult to write on it with a stylus or pen. The HTC Flyer is a $500 tablet with a 7-inch screen.

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Aerospace Company To Add 2,700 Jobs

June 10, 2011 4:10 am | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An aerospace company says it will expand operations in Utah and potentially bring 2,700 new jobs to the state over the next 15 years. ITT Corporation Vice President Jim Barber says the company, based in White Plains, N.Y., will increase manufacturing positions for their aircraft materials plant in Salt Lake City.

Can Highly Engineered Machines Be Outsourced?

June 9, 2011 11:22 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

I don’t see how a highly engineered machine with specifications or custom engineering can be outsourced to a foreign country (or an engineering department) without high risks for the customer and the OEM. Globalization has eliminated millions of manufacturing jobs and closed down many American plants.

Mr. Jobs Goes To The City Council

June 9, 2011 10:47 am | Videos | Comments

On Tuesday, June 7, Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared before the Cupertino City Council in his traditional blue jeans and black turtleneck to present his proposal for a new Apple campus. I guess even the biggest corporations in the world have to speak with local government officials once in awhile. Here's the famous Apple CEO in action.

Microsoft Hit With $290 Million Patent Judgment

June 9, 2011 10:38 am | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Microsoft Corp. must pay a $290 million judgment awarded to a small Toronto software company for infringing on one of its patents inside its popular Microsoft Word program. The high court unanimously refused to throw out the judgment against the world's largest software maker.

Nokia's Head Of Technology Takes A Timeout

June 9, 2011 10:37 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Troubled Finnish handset maker Nokia Corp. on Thursday said its head of technology has taken a leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time. Nokia spokeswoman Paivyt Tallqvist said Chief Technology Officer Richard Green is taking time off "to attend to a personal matter," but wouldn't give more details.

Selecting The Best Touch Screen LCD Monitor

June 9, 2011 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

Here is a breakdown of the three most common types of touch screen monitors, their advantages, and their disadvantages. Touch screen monitors seem to be everywhere. The great thing about them is that they are extremely easy to use. A touch screen functions like an invisible keyboard, but it displays only as much data and button choices as users need to complete a task.

3D Printing Comes To The Masses

June 9, 2011 8:18 am | Videos | Comments

3D printing has been around for a while, but it's largely been far too expensive for the ordinary consumer, or even the smaller manufacturer. Multiple companies, such as 3D Systems and Makerbot, are coming to the market with cheaper 3D printers, not to mention technology giant HP. With so many companies throwing their hat into the ring, there's no question 3D printing will become a major market in the next few years.

How To Manage Devices AND Focus On Core Competencies

June 9, 2011 7:57 am | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers need to fully understand the level of control they have over their corporate devices, as protecting and managing these devices can be a complicated, time-consuming, and costly endeavor. Bobbie Ramsey, Senior Manager of Managed Services, Intermec, recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about device management and how managed services allows companies in the manufacturing business to focus on their core competencies while increasing productivity and efficiency.

Efficient Operations And Maintenance LEED To Savings

June 9, 2011 7:56 am | by Tom Bauer, Product Manager, The Garland Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The USGBC's Operations & Maintenance (O&M) component of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) green buildings rating system is aimed at managers and others “who wish to drive down operating costs while increasing the occupants’ productivity in an environmentally responsible manner.

Industrial-Grade Motherboard

June 9, 2011 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announces the introduction of a new industrial-grade motherboard – AIMB-767. It is designed with the Intel G41 and the ICH7R chipset for industrial applications that need dual displays for DVI plus VGA and rich strong I/O capability. AIMB-767 supports LGA 775 Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Pentium Dual-Core and Celeron 400 sequence processors with FSB up to 1333 MHz and DDR3 800/1066MHz SDRAM up to 4GB.

Keep Tabs On Your Equipment

June 8, 2011 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) announces Advantech WebAccess, Advantech’s terminal client, has just gone mobile. Immediately available on the App Store, Advantech WebAccess Mobile can be used on any Apple device running IOS 3.2 or greater, meaning that operators can check the status of their equipment wherever they are.

NASCAR's Kenny Wallace Takes On Fuel Efficiency

June 8, 2011 10:11 am | Videos | Comments

Famous NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace explains how a new technology, called the Liberator, can be used to give engines more torque, improve emissions, and save on (increasingly expensive) gasoline. Wallace says the Liberator can add 1 – 2 miles per gallon in the city and 2 to 4 miles per gallon on the highway.

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