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Keurig Starts To Backpedal On DRM As Sales Tank

May 12, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain promises to bring refillable K-Cups to its Keurig 2.0 system as customers reject DRM. 

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Air-Powered Cars Coming To The U.S.

May 6, 2015 12:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

On a recent episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Zero Pollution Motors sought a multimillion-dollar investment for an U.S.-based alternative vehicle factory to build an air-powered car named the “AIRPod.”

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Want To Manufacture Intelligent Products? Moving Your ERP To The Cloud Helps

May 1, 2015 11:08 am | by Rob Goldiez

As we seek to take advantage of the huge advancements in manufacturing — automation technology, advanced manufacturing systems, data infrastructure projects and data science — our internal mentality must change to create room for these new opportunities. 

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Jaguar Land Rover Is Furious Over Chinese Knockoff

April 22, 2015 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Jaguar Land Rover is accusing a Chinese automaker of copying its cars. At issue is the Chinese LandWind,  which appears to be a rip-off of the Land Rover Evoque SUV design.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

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Lincoln Returns To Its Roots With New Continental

March 30, 2015 12:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Ford’s 98-year-old Lincoln brand is bringing back the Continental full-size sedan 13 years after retiring the vehicle nameplate. Take a look at the Lincoln Continental through the years, as well as a preview of the next generation of the iconic vehicle. 

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5 Tips To Catch A Hacker

March 27, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Tech expert and Chief Technology Officer at SRV Network, Inc., Karl Volkman, returns to give his tips for catching a hacker. 

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More Or Less ERP: That Is The Question

March 26, 2015 11:05 am | by Zach Hanlon

The ERP is the lifeblood of most of the manufacturing industry, but that industry is changing fast and most can’t keep up.

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Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 1:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 11:52 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 11, 2015 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Intended to be mixed into drinks, the approval is an about-face from the bureau’s previous stance.

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Automakers Strut Their Stuff At The 2015 Geneva Car Show

March 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Take a look at the supercars, luxury models and prototypes being showcased at this year's Geneva Car Show. 

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Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 11:54 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Amazon's drone delivery program may be grounded, but who needs a drone to drop off an item when you could have it produced curbside of your home?

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What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 27, 2015 10:52 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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Happening Today: FCC Votes On Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally votes on its controversial proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility.

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle For Liftoff

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

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

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

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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Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 18, 2015 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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New Agency Designed To Fight Cyber Threats

February 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Today, the White House will announce the creation of a new agency named the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) — which will be tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis.

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BP Head Predicts ‘Years’ Of Low Prices

February 9, 2015 3:23 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on the direction of oil prices. Dudley’s predictions of long-term low oil prices are based on his confidence that the Saudi-bloc of OPEC will see its price war on high-cost producers through to the end.

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