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'Watson' Begins Robot Dystopia At Jeopardy

January 19, 2011 8:45 am | Videos | Comments

Watson, which IBM claims as a profound advance in artificial intelligence, went up against  Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter last week in its television debut. Watson held its own in a short practice round, and it will appear on  Jeopardy! as part of a million-dollar tournament that will be televised next month.

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Bet You Can't Build A Toaster

January 19, 2011 8:38 am | Videos | Comments

It wouldn't be that hard to build a toaster from scratch, right? It's no surprise that even the simplest of toasters is the result of a pretty complex process, but as Thomas Thwaites proves, creating something from raw elements to finished product in the modern era is simply not possible for the layman.

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Make Anything 3D By Just Blinking

January 19, 2011 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

If you heard anything about CES this year, or just like following information on the newest TV technology, you know that the big issue with 3-D technology is that it generally requires those clunky glasses to work properly. Well, one French engineer has solved that problem completely! I won't spoil the surprise, but I will say that it involves blinking.

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Apple's 1Q Finances Predictably Dazzle Investors

January 19, 2011 3:57 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Inc.'s stellar holiday-quarter results were enough to make investors forget, at least for the moment, that CEO Steve Jobs is taking another medical leave of absence. The company was able to boost production of iPads faster than analysts predicted, and shoppers bought iPhones as fast as Apple could make them, helping drive the company's fiscal first-quarter net income up 78 percent from the prior year.

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Ford Retains 3,750 Jobs At K.C. Plant With Massive Investment

January 19, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford will retain nearly 3,750 jobs and build a new vehicle at a Missouri plant that was in danger of closing. Ford is ending production of the Escape SUV later this year at the Claycomo plant near Kansas City. It will make the new Escape in Louisville, Kentucky. The company won't say which new product is coming to the Missouri plant.

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Hackers Face Years In Jail For Stealing iPad E-Mails

January 19, 2011 3:45 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two men who authorities say were competing to impress their fellow hackers were arrested Tuesday on federal charges they stole the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 Apple iPad users, including politicians and media personalities. The theft and the AT&T security weakness that made it possible were revealed months ago, and U.

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Obama To Find Common Ground With China's Jintao

January 19, 2011 3:33 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lavishing the grandest of White House welcomes on Chinese President Hu Jintao as the leaders of the world's two top powers try to find common ground on economic and security issues without alienating their domestic audiences. With many Americans blaming China at least in part for the high U.

Deere To Invest $100 Million In Indian Plants

January 19, 2011 3:30 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Deere & Co. said Wednesday that it will spend about $100 million to build a new factory in India and expand an existing tractor plant in an effort to keep up with anticipated demand there. John Deere India has been the largest exporter of agricultural machinery from India for the past 5 years.

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Mass. Recovers $13M From Tax Credit-Stealing Manufacturer

January 19, 2011 3:23 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts expects to recover about $13 million from the abrupt shutdown of a solar panel manufacturer that had received tens of millions in state aid, a top Patrick administration official said Tuesday. Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki said the $13 million includes a portion of the grants and benefits the state offered Evergreen Solar to encourage it to build its plant in Devens.

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Video Release: A Wind-Proof Door

January 18, 2011 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Goff’s Enterprises (Pewaukee, WI) has introduced the G2 Door, which is a high-speed and high wind load-rated vinyl roll-up door. To explain the features of their products, they have produced the following video: To learn more, visit www.

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Get Eco-Friendly With Spills

January 18, 2011 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

SpillTech (Alpharetta, GA) now offers the EcoTech Rolls, which are eco-friendly, cellulose blend mats to soak up machine leaks or overspray. They are made from 75 percent recycled newsprint to help keep a facility green, and they can absorb up to 16 times their own weight in liquids. According to the company, they are fire retardant for added safety, when the mat is exposed to heat.

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Get Interlocking 'Pelicans'

January 18, 2011 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shifting loads and loose cargo are not a problem for the Inter-Stacking (ISP) Cases, according to Pelican-Hardigg (Torrance, CA). The IPS cases are engineered with “wave design” stacking ribs (on their lids) and molded in-discs (on their bottoms) that lock the cases together in a stack.

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Big Impact, Small Package

January 18, 2011 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chicago Pneumatic (Rock Hill, SC) has developed the lightweight CP7739 ½” impact wrench, which features side-to-side (S2S Technology) forward/reverse functionality located directly above the trigger. The wrench can deliver 450 ft. lbs. of torque in a compact magnesium composite design that is only 2.

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Clean Up Your Label

January 18, 2011 8:56 am | by Renee Dufault, Archie Beaton, Steven Gilbert, and Daniele Pisanello | Articles | Comments

Consumers are increasing their demand for natural ingredients, and many are reading product labels and avoiding products with certain ingredients. Increasing consumer awareness has also led shoppers to avoid food contaminants like pesticides and mercury, leading to a push for clean product labeling.

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Buy American 2.0

January 18, 2011 4:47 am | by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

To say the least, a flourishing manufacturing sector is important to America’s economy, as well as providing good jobs for future generations. Chris Kilcullen is a self-proclaimed average American who just wants his economy back. As countless manufacturing jobs have been lost during the recession and companies have decided to outsource, Chris has become more and more unsettled with the status of things.

Apple Won't Skip A Beat Without Jobs At The Helm

January 18, 2011 3:55 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If the past is any indication, Tim Cook's mastery of inventory management and his high expectations of employees should leave Apple Inc. in good hands while its charismatic leader, Steve Jobs, takes a medical leave of absence. Apple said Monday that Cook, the chief operating officer, will take charge of the iPhone and iPad maker as Jobs focuses on his health.

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Boeing Delays 787 Again, Expects 3Q Deliveries

January 18, 2011 3:45 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. is pushing back the delivery date for its new 787 until at least July. The jet has been delayed several times already. Its most recent delivery target was for next month. But an electrical fire on a test plane in November put a halt to flight testing. Another delay has been widely expected ever since the fire.

Obama Works To Squash Job-Limiting Laws

January 18, 2011 3:41 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking another step toward mending his relationship with the business community, President Barack Obama will order a review of federal regulations with an eye toward getting rid of those that stifle job creation and hurt economic growth The president planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses.

Manufacturers To Focus On Chinese IP Theft, Not Currency

January 18, 2011 3:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And getting a fair chance to win government contracts.

German CEO Fired After Calling Own Product 'A Stupid Idea'

January 18, 2011 3:29 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — A German company involved in the building of European navigation system Galileo says it has removed its chief executive after he was quoted in a cable obtained by WikiLeaks as describing the project to a U.S. official as "a stupid idea." OHB-System AG said late Monday that the supervisory board decided to revoke Berry Smutny's appointment as CEO.

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