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Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 10, 2013 9:11 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively.

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Behind The Wheel Of A Hot Wheels Camaro

October 10, 2013 9:06 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

While it may be a $7200 option, Hot Wheels teamed up with Chevrolet to create a fun, flashy car in the form of the Chevy Camaro SS, Hot Wheels Edition.                 

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For 2014, Fiat Offers A Longer 500 Model

October 9, 2013 2:12 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

It doesn't sound like much: An extra 27.7 inches of length, nearly 6 more inches of height, two additional doors and four more panels of window glass on a small car badged "Fiat 500L".           

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Auto Parts Maker Shifting Work From Mich. To Ind.

October 9, 2013 2:09 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Quebec-based Exo-s US says it will spend nearly $7 million on the factory in the LaGrange County town of Howe. It expects to open the factory next year and hire up to 250 workers by 2016.           

Grand Forks Wind Turbine Plant Bringing Back Jobs

October 9, 2013 2:07 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Denmark-based LM Wind Power expects to have 570 employees at its North Dakota facility by the end of the year.                  

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Worker Dies In Louisiana Plant Accident

October 9, 2013 2:05 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Deputies say Pollard became pinned between two large pipes, as one rolled forward during the course of his work. The plant makes steel pipe for the oil and gas industry.              

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Shutdown Means No New Beer From Craft Brewers

October 9, 2013 2:02 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger and Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tthe shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.             

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What If Car Boss Mulally Took Over At Microsoft?

October 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

PC sales are falling as consumers show a preference for mobile devices, and Microsoft is struggling. Meanwhile, U.S. car companies are resurgent.                         

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3D Food Printer: The Future Of Food?

October 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by NBC | Videos | Comments

A company may have come up with a way to solve food shortage problems using a 3D printer.                                             

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Time To Upgrade Your ‘Useless’ ERP System?

October 9, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is near-ubiquitous in manufacturing these days, with many companies large and small having invested heavily into solutions years or decades ago, there is always room for change and innovation within the offering.

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M2M + Security + Cloud = Love

October 9, 2013 9:21 am | by Marie McGehee, Director of Corporate Communications, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With sensors and networking technology being strapped to nearly every machine around the globe at a blistering pace, estimates projecting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may be too conservative.              

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Hawaii Wants Diet Supplement Removed After Illnesses

October 9, 2013 9:16 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii Department of Health and federal agencies are warning the public to stop using a diet supplement and have asked retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and liver failure around the state, including one death.

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Lincoln Takes On Lexus In New Ads

October 9, 2013 9:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford's luxury Lincoln brand spent most of this year reintroducing itself to American buyers. Now, it's taking on Lexus in a new bid to get noticed.                 

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Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills 10

October 9, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire killed 10 people at a garment factory in Bangladesh about six months after a factory building collapse that killed 1,100 people exposed the harsh and often unsafe conditions in an industry that is the world's third-largest.    

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Ex-Boeing Worker Accused Of Giving Inside Info

October 9, 2013 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in St. Louis has indicted a former Boeing Co. procurement officer on charges he gave inside information to a Washington state shop owner and others, netting the subcontractors more than $3.5 million in orders for aircraft parts.

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Pilots, Airline Fault Equipment In Asiana Crash

October 9, 2013 9:03 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.

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Gildan To Add 500 Jobs At N.C. Plants

October 9, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparel-maker that produces T-shirts, socks and other clothing plans a $250 million factory expansion that will add about 500 jobs in the next three years.                

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Largest Coal-Fired Plant In NE To Close By 2017

October 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Owners of the coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the region's electricity grid when it is retired as of May 2017.        

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U.S. Adults Score Below Average On Worldwide Test

October 8, 2013 2:26 pm | by AP | News | Comments

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

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FAA Brings Back Some Workers As Shutdown Drags On

October 8, 2013 2:24 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Federal Aviation Administration officials say 800 furloughed employees, including some safety inspectors, are being asked to return to work this week despite no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.        

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