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Toyota Teams Up With IBM To Improve Driver Experience

June 24, 2014 11:26 am | by IBM | News | Comments

The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.           

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Big Tobacco Snubs Indonesia Health Warning Law

June 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, in another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.

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Businesses Join White House In Backing Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The bank's existence is fast emerging as a flashpoint in the internal Republican struggle between the business-backed establishment and tea party groups.                           

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Australia PM Introduces Bill To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.                     

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Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.            

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Purchasing the Right Jib Crane

June 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Don DeSimone, Wynright | Articles | Comments

When you’re operating in a highly regulated industry, buying major equipment is about more than just getting the best deal. Ask these four questions before making a purchase you could regret.                  

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Control Machines With an App

June 24, 2014 9:18 am | by Nanospark | Product Releases | Comments

Nanospark is a machine interface controller that manages attached equipment through the simple touch screen display of an iOS app.

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Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious

June 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Learn how educational institutions, government entities and businesses alike are working to develop the skills needed to fill vacant positions in manufacturing.                          

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Smith & Wesson: Americans Are Buying Fewer Guns

June 23, 2014 4:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Smith & Wesson posted a weak forecast for one simple reason: Americans are buying fewer guns.                                            

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FDA Extends Comment Period on E-Cig Rules

June 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes.               

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Food Safety Is a New Frontier for Legal Pot

June 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.                   

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Porsche Turbo S: Pricey Performance

June 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is as amazing as the name suggests. It provides a great driving experience, but it doesn't come cheap.                                 

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Robot Valet To Park Cars at Airport in Germany

June 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.                                 

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Supreme Court Limits Existing EPA Global Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                  

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China Factory Gauge Shows Economy Stabilizing

June 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory activity in China expanded in June for the first time this year, according to an HSBC report Monday, adding to signs that the slowdown in the No. 2 economy is stabilizing as recent micro boosting measures take hold.           

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MakerBot, TechShop Join GE's Collaborative Innovation Strategy

June 23, 2014 1:39 pm | by Microfactory, Inc. | News | Comments

GE announced two new partnerships with MakerBot and TechShop that will harness the global brain of the maker community to bring innovative new products to market faster.                       

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June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

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Oracle To Buy Micros Systems for $5.3B

June 23, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion.                            

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Wire Security Rooms

June 23, 2014 9:52 am | by Beacon Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Constructed from 8-gauge, 1.5” by 3” welded wire, these units are designed to limit access to certain areas and secure important items while still allowing air to flow freely. 

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Jamaica To Encourage Bamboo Industry

June 23, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jamaica hopes to kick-start a local bamboo industry as the tropical plant becomes more common in flooring, furniture and household accessories.                                

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