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To Spice Up Disk Memory, Just Add Salt

November 9, 2011 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

Most people use salt to enhance the flavor of their food, but a Singapore scientist has discovered that it's also extremely good for improving the memory capacity of computer hard disks. Joel Yang of Singapore's Institute of Material Research and Engineering has found that salt is so effective, it could increase storage capacity by six times.

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iPod-Like Device Allows For Mind Control

November 9, 2011 10:38 am | Videos | Comments

The BodyWave, a new iPod-size device that straps onto your arm, allows the mind to control objects on a computer screen. The goal of developing this product was to create a consumer-level device that can get a person to focus his or her attention on one particular task. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Employers Use Social Media Networks

November 9, 2011 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Ramy Inocencio looks at how social media is used to recruit potential employees. 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.

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Microsoft Debuts New Smartphones

November 9, 2011 10:33 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft adds four new smartphones to the Windows Phone portfolio, focusing less on apps and more on experience, as it tries to build its small take of the global mobile phone industry. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Simotion Controllers

November 9, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Industry, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) has announced the new generation of Simotion D445-2 multi-axis controllers, with new features such as onboard Profinet interfaces and high-speed I/O. A single controller can support up to 128 axes of motion. Simotion D motion control systems are the ideal solution for production machines covering all levels of performance, from simple single-axis positioning tasks to complex synchronous applications.

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Liquid-Polymer Blending Systems

November 9, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluid Dynamics, Inc. (North Wales, PA) offers the L4-D and L6-D Series models within its dynaBLEND family of liquid-polymer blending systems as lightweight, compact solutions to the most difficult applications. The L4-D and L6-D models are the smallest and lightest (175 pounds and 220 pounds, respectively) dynaBLEND units and feature a diaphragm pump that makes them the most economical polymer-blending system from Fluid Dynamics.

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DuroSite LED Area Light

November 9, 2011 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ), has unveiled its new DuroSite LED Area Light, the newest addition to its class-leading line up of LED industrial lighting solutions. Leveraging the same outstanding energy efficiency and durability as the recently-launched SafeSite Class I Div 2 certified area light, the DuroSite LED Area Light delivers 79 lumens per watt to effectively replace up to a 250 watt HID unit, slashing energy consumption by nearly 70...

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New KrylonIndustrial.com

November 9, 2011 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Krylon Industrial (Cleveland, OH) has announced the launch of a new website designed specifically with customer’s needs in mind: KrylonIndustrial.com . Some features of the new site include: View by Product Category: Krylon's diverse product portfolio is categorized into specific categories to help users find the specific product they need.

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Coca-Cola Bottling 3Q Profit Falls 37 Percent

November 9, 2011 8:19 am | News | Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coca-Cola Bottling Co. said its third-quarter net income fell 37 percent despite a revenue increase as its costs rose more than 9 percent. The company reported net income for the quarter of $9.8 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with $15.5 million, or $1.

TN Exide To Lay Off 236 Employees

November 9, 2011 8:16 am | News | Comments

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Exide Technologies has announced it will lay off 236 employees at its battery-manufacturing plant in Bristol, Tenn., over the next 12 to 18 months. The company said Monday the fate of another 233 jobs will be decided in the next three months. Exide officials blamed the sluggish economy, according to the Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.

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Industry Says Africa Is Fastest Growing Mobile Market

November 9, 2011 8:14 am | by Donna Bryson, Associated Press | News | Comments

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market, an industry group report said Wednesday, citing the continent's innovative uses for cell phones. Gertrude Kitongo uses hers as a radio, library, mini cinema, instant messenger and bank teller. She even makes calls on it.

A123 3Q Loss Widens As Costs Triple

November 9, 2011 8:12 am | News | Comments

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A123 Systems Inc., which makes lithium-ion batteries for cars, said Wednesday its third-quarter loss deepened as costs nearly tripled. A123 posted a loss of $63.7 million, or 51 cents per share, compared with a loss of $43.7 million, or 42 cents per share, for the same quarter last year.

Toyota To Make New Engines At China Plant

November 9, 2011 8:10 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Nov. 9 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has begun manufacturing a new four-cylinder engine at a joint venture company in Guangzhou, China, with the aim of meeting anticipated strong demand in China and increasing the autonomy of its operations there by localizing production.

$3.4M Grant To Help Laid Off Goodyear Workers

November 9, 2011 8:07 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $3.4 million grant for re-employment and support services to about 850 laid-off workers at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Union City, Tenn. The National Emergency Grant, announced Tuesday in Washington, was awarded to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Nearly 70 Jobs Lost In IA Plant Closing

November 9, 2011 4:32 am | News | Comments

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 70 people will lose their jobs as a storm door plant closes in the northern Iowa city of Clear Lake. Larson Manufacturing is moving the plant's production to another company plant 20 miles to the north at Lake Mills. About 90 Clear Lake workers will remain in Larson's employ by commuting to the Lake Mills plant.

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New Vehicle To Be Produced At MS Nissan Plant

November 9, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan's commercial van will be added to the production line produced at the company's plant in Canton, Miss., next year. Nissan made the announcement Tuesday. The four-row 12-passenger commercial van will feature a center console and mobile office. Nissan says the vehicle should be available in the spring of 2012.

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Solar Company Cuts Production, Jobs

November 9, 2011 4:26 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Solar energy product maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc. says it has temporarily suspended manufacturing and is planning about 500 job cuts. The Auburn Hills-based company announced Tuesday that manufacturing has been halted because of excess inventory. The company says about 400 workers will be furloughed at its manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Mexico and Ontario, Canada.

GM 3Q Profit Falls 15 Percent

November 9, 2011 4:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Europe's economic woes are weighing on General Motors Co.'s profits. The company's third-quarter net income fell 15 percent from a year earlier, dragged down by losses in Europe and South America and weak earnings in all areas except North America and China. The company's shares fell 7.

Employers Post Most Openings In 3 Years

November 9, 2011 4:22 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers advertised more jobs in September than at any other point in the past three years. The increase suggests hiring could pick up in the next few months. Competition for jobs is fierce. And many employers aren't rushing to fill some because they are worried about the strength of the economy.

Toyota Recalls 550K Cars For Steering Issue

November 9, 2011 4:19 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 550,000 vehicles worldwide — mostly in the United States — for problems that could make it harder to steer. The recall affects 447,000 vehicles in North America, as well as 38,000 in Japan and another 25,000 in Australia and New Zealand, said Toyota spokesman Dion Corbett.

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