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Hispanics Skip Work To Protest Immigration Law

October 13, 2011 6:45 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Along Main Street in this small Alabama town, the Mexican restaurant was closed, lights were out at a Hispanic-owned grocery store and even a bank catering to Spanish speakers was dark. Nearby, the usual hum of a chicken processing plant was silent. Businesses dependent on immigrant labor were shuttered Wednesday as workers took the day off to protest the state's strict new immigration law.


Fewer Job Openings Posted In August

October 13, 2011 6:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in August than the previous month. Some may have pulled back on hiring plans in the face of wild stock market swings and renewed recession fears. Companies and governments posted 3.1 million job openings in August, down from 3.

Cyber Attacks Up 650 Percent

October 13, 2011 6:36 am | Videos | Comments

There's no doubt about it, cyber attacks are on the rise. According to research conducted by the Government Accountability Office, cyber attacks against the United States are up 650 percent in the past five years. This should be a major concern for corporations. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.


Behold, The Cheapest Computer In The World

October 12, 2011 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

India's Ministry of Education has announced it has come up with the world' cheapest computer. The 7-inch device is smaller than Apple's iPad, features two USB ports, as well as a HD screen. Perhaps more importantly, it costs only $50. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Robot Composed Of Parts That Learn

October 12, 2011 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

Information technology specialists in Berlin are bringing one of the world's first truly humanoid robots to life. What is even more unique is that the individual parts of "Myon" can learn independently of each other. German Robot Composed of Parts that Learn... by NewsLook If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


What's Behind U.S. Auto Market Growth?

October 12, 2011 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Ali Velshi sits down with Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Company, and asks him about the strongest influences in the American car market right now. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Is Technology Killing Jobs?

October 12, 2011 9:22 am | Videos | Comments

Anthony DeRosa speaks with Jeff Jarvis about the impact of new technologies on job creation...and extinction. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Furniture Maker To Open VA Plant

October 12, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Furniture maker Albany Industries is planning to establish its first Virginia operation in Galax, creating 335 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that the company will invest $2.5 million for the project. Albany Industries will revitalize a vacant property that formerly served as the B.


Thailand Flooding Stalls Auto Production

October 12, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Oct. 12 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has decided to extend the suspension of vehicle production in Thailand through Saturday due to disruptions to its supply chain caused by devastating flooding. Regarding operations from next Monday, Japan's largest automaker said it will decide after monitoring developments.


IN Official Happy With Solar Plant Progress

October 12, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — A local official says a solar panel manufacturer planning a major factory in central Indiana has kept up its commitments even as some residents worry about its future after the high-profile bankruptcy of a competitor. Abound Solar plans to start production at an unfinished factory near Tipton during 2013 and eventually employ 800 to 1,000 people with a $400 million federal loan guarantee.


First 747-8 To Be Delivered Wednesday

October 12, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing says it will finally deliver its new 747-8 freighter plane after resolving a contract dispute with its first customer, Cargolux, a cargo hauler based in Luxembourg. The revamped cargo plane was supposed to go to Cargolux last month. Cargolux isn't wasting time putting the plane to work.

Chevrolet Plans All-Electric Spark In 2013

October 12, 2011 9:00 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevrolet plans to roll out a Spark mini-car that runs entirely on electricity beginning in 2013, a move that will add to General Motors Co.'s electric car fleet. The Detroit automaker said Wednesday that the Spark EV will be sold in limited quantities in certain U.

BlackBerry Outages Spread To North America

October 12, 2011 8:57 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sporadic outages of BlackBerry messaging and email service spread to the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, as problems stretched into the third day for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the phones, said users in the Americas "may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning," and said it's working to fix the problem.

Is A Double-Dip Recession Imminent?

October 12, 2011 8:41 am | Videos | Comments

Just about everyone has an opinion on the current state of the U.S. economy and its prospects for the near future. In this video, ECRI managing director Lakshman Achuthan says the U.S. is heading into a 'mild' recession due to a slowdown in manufacturing and exports. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Lithium-Ion Power Supply

October 12, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced that it has added Lithium-Ion batteries as an option to its 1500VA model of its SSG Series Industrial Grade UPS Plus. Lithium-ion chemistry offers less weight, longer runtimes, and higher energy density over valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries.


Light Capacity Rodless Actuator

October 12, 2011 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Parker (Irwin, PA) Electromechanical Automation Division has released the new Light Capacity Rodless (LCR) Actuator Series. The LCR offers users the ability to purchase a complete engineered motion solution with an optional onboard stepper drive. Simply send a step-and-direction pulse for complete, easy-to-use motion in a compact footprint.


OpenVPX Backplane

October 12, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic Corporation (Fremont, CA) now offers a new 3U 9-slot OpenVPX backplane with optional Ethernet control plane. Designed to VITA 65 design principles, the 9-slot OpenVPX backplane features a centralized routing topology. The profile number is BKP3-CEN09-15.2.17-1, with data rate speeds to 3.


Buckhorn Bulk Box

October 12, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Buckhorn Inc. (Milford, OH) has introduced a 48 inch x 45 inch bulk box, the BN 4845. It features sturdy, structural foam panels and drop down doors with a strong, injection-molded, two-piece welded base. Perfect for the manufacturing and automotive industries, the new bulk box is available in 25 inch or 34 inch heights.


Samsung Replaces Smartphone Feature

October 12, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics is reportedly replacing a Galaxy smartphone feature to dodge a sales ban in the Netherlands. The world's No. 2 mobile phone maker is in an intensifying patent fight with Apple Inc. over smartphones and tablet computers that spans 10 countries.

Honda To Start 1,000-Worker Shift At IN Plant

October 12, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Honda is about ready to start up a second production shift at its southeastern Indiana factory after hiring nearly 1,000 new employees. The company says it expects to begin the new shift at the Greensburg factory on Oct. 24 in a move that will double the plant's annual production to 200,000 vehicles.



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