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In Securing Your Supply Chain, Don’t Forget To Lock The Back Door

November 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.

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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market.  The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

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Ammunition Company To Open Plant In Wyo.

November 27, 2013 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Tuesday that Maverick Ammunition, which is also known as Ammo Kan, intends to employ more than 50 people at its Laramie plant.                          

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Nippon Steel In Talks To Acquire U.S. Auto Steel Sheet Plant

November 27, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. is in talks to acquire a German company's U.S. automobile steel sheet plant jointly with ArcelorMittal S.A. for around 200 billion yen, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.         

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Peugeot Citroen Chief's $28.5M Pension Criticized

November 27, 2013 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 France's Socialist government is criticizing plans to award a 21 million-euro ($28.5 million) pension pot to the outgoing CEO of struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.                   

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Electric Helicopter's Maiden Flight

November 27, 2013 11:16 am | by e-volo | Videos | Comments

The German-built Volocopter VC200, with its 18 rotors, is a VTOL aircraft that aims to offer a calm, quiet and emmission-free ride for two people.                             

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FAA Rule Requires Airlines To Avoid Certain Storms

November 27, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airlines that operate some Boeing Co. 787s and 747s will be required to steer clear of some very large thunderstorms under a new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration.                     

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Cheap Motorola Smartphone Available In U.S. Early

November 27, 2013 11:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule. The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than expected. The U.S. launch was initially planned for January. But it is going on sale Tuesday.

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Toy Recalls Down, But Hazards Remain

November 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several toys with high lead levels or toys that could cause young children to choke were found at major retailers and discount stores in the last few months, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said Tuesday. The consumer safety group analyzed 50 toys for its annual report. Violations were found in fewer than a dozen, including a Captain America toy shield and play jewelry.

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Fisker Automotive Bankruptcy Case On Fast Track

November 27, 2013 9:25 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anaheim, Calif.-based Fisker, which planned to build cars at a former General Motors plant in Delaware, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, ending a long, downward spiral that began after it received a $529 million loan commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Judge Orders Cool-Down At Calif. Hot Sauce Factory

November 27, 2013 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.           

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Auto Sales Boom Spawns A Used Car Market In China

November 27, 2013 9:15 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As car enthusiasts converge on the annual Guangzhou auto show, few have anything except a shiny new set of wheels in mind. But explosive growth that transformed China into the world's largest auto market is also giving life to a new industry here: used cars.

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Honda Starts Constructing 2nd Assembly Plant In Brazil

November 27, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. on Tuesday started the construction of its second auto assembly plant in Brazil that is scheduled to open in 2015. Honda invested about 1 billion real (about $437 million) for the Sao Paulo plant to meet growing demand in Brazil, the fourth largest auto market in the world.

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Jobless Claims Drop To 316,000, As Layoffs Slow

November 27, 2013 9:07 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, a sign that workers are in less danger of being laid off. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell 7,500 to 331,750. Both the weekly jobless claims and the average have returned to pre-recession levels.

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What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 27, 2013 7:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

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Expanded Vertical Lift And Carousel Lines

November 27, 2013 7:51 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Now, the Shuttle XP VLM ranges from light duty storage in the 250 model to heavy duty storage in the new Shuttle XP 1000 model, boasting a 2,204 lbs. (1000 kg) capacity per tray.

The Internet of Things: Brooms Coming to Life

November 27, 2013 7:43 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In Walt Disney's Fantasia, the fate of the enchanted broom, the tale’s forgotten hero, is a rich allegory with modern flavors. It provides a helpful departing point for a reflection on the surging Internet of Things (IoT).        

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Sliding Jaw Air Chuck

November 27, 2013 7:31 am | by Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

This particular air chuck was custom designed for a gaging company that needed to grip a small area of a large casting so they could check OD runout of their part.

Universal Lifting System Lifts Products With Varying Geometries

November 27, 2013 7:29 am | by Cynergy Ergonomics | Product Releases | Comments

Cynergy Ergonomics has recently developed a universal lifting system to lift and manipulate materials with vastly different geometries with a single vacuum lifter.

Hose Burst Protection Sleeve

November 27, 2013 7:21 am | by Parker Hannifin's Hose Products Division | Product Releases | Comments

Partek Defense® features high-performance materials and a proprietary endurance-boosting weave pattern to contain pressurized hose bursts and dissipate media within hose assemblies.

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