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Tiny U.S. Phone Company Is Getting iPhone

October 19, 2011 9:18 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. said Tuesday that C Spire Wireless, the country's eighth-largest phone company, will start selling the iPhone 4S in a few weeks. That's a major coup for the small company, which provides service in Mississippi and surrounding states. So far, only the three biggest carriers sell the iPhone in the U.

Canada Objects To 'Buy American' In Jobs Bill

October 19, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's trade minister said Tuesday he's concerned about comments by the U.S. ambassador to Canada defending the "Buy American" provisions in President Barack Obama's jobs bill. Similar provisions in a bill two years ago became a major irritant in trade relations between the United States and Canada, its largest trading partner In a speech Tuesday, Ambassador David Jacobson said the "Buy American...

Sealevel To Provide GE With COM Express Carrier Designs

October 19, 2011 7:27 am | News | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. has announced that it will provide advanced custom carrier board designs for GE’s family of COM Express embedded processor modules. Sealevel, known for its expertise in I/O and connectivity, will design and manufacture high performance custom carrier boards and industrial computers based on the GE Intelligent Platforms COM Express modules for GE Intelligent Platforms’ OEM customers.


Adjustable Frequency Drives

October 19, 2011 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IMPULSE Series 4 Adjustable Frequency Drives from Magnetek, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI) can be used as an open-loop vector or V/F crane control for traverse motions or mechanical load brake hoists. The drives offer Load Check II, which continuously detects hoist overload conditions throughout the frequency range, halting upward motion and only allowing the load to be lowered.


Particulate Respirators

October 19, 2011 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

When workplace tasks produce fumes, mists, gases, vapors, or harmful dust, the TruAir line of particulate respirators from Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) can protect workers. The economical, effective masks in the NIOSH-approved P100  class, the TruAir Ultra, provide P100 class protection, filtering at least 99.


Plastic Shrink Gun Kit

October 19, 2011 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new plastic shrink gun kit from Malcom Technologies, Inc. (Tiverton, RI) features an adjustable gun and selection of specialty tips for a wide range of electrical applications. The kit features the Weldy Plus 1200 watt heat gun which maintains set temperature regardless of fluctuations in ambient temperature.


Storm-Safe Service Entrance Disconnect

October 19, 2011 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Blackburn Storm-Safe Service Entrance Disconnect System from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) de-energizes and releases utility service entrance cables when they are struck by debris, eliminating a safety hazard to the public, emergency responders, and utility repair personnel. Power can be quickly restored at minimal cost by installing a new link and re-inserting the contacts.


Chrysler Plans $165M MI Plant Investment

October 19, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A body shop will be added to Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant as part of a $165 million investment. Chrysler Group LLC says Tuesday in a release that the new body shop will add more than a million square feet to the plant and will build future products starting in 2013.


Report: 64,000 In MA Have "Clean Energy" Jobs

October 19, 2011 4:31 am | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts energy officials are pointing to what they say is significant job growth in the state's renewable energy sector. A report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center estimates there are now more than 64,000 people in the state working in the so-called "clean energy" economy — or about 1.

Fire Damages IA Farm Equipment Plant

October 19, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

CLEGHORN, Iowa (AP) — A fire has caused significant damage to a farm equipment plant in the northwest Iowa town of Cleghorn. According to KTIV-TV ( ), the fire broke out early Tuesday morning at Wetherell Manufacturing, which makes hydraulic cylinders and sprayers for farm equipment.


In Rare Miss, Apple 4Q Earnings Disappoint

October 19, 2011 4:27 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. failed to set a new sales record in the last three months of founder and CEO Steve Jobs' life. Its financial results came in below expectations on Tuesday — a rare miss for the company. After several record quarters, the July-to-September period saw Apple biding its time, with no new iPhone or iPad releases.

NV Exec Guilty Of Embezzling $2M From Sparks Firm

October 19, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The former chief financial officer for a door lock manufacturer in Sparks faces up to 67 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $2.5 million. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says Juan Ramon Cabezas pleaded guilty on Tuesday to mail fraud, tax evasion, aggravated identity theft, money laundering and bank fraud.

Ford Workers Ratify New Contract With UAW

October 19, 2011 4:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. factory workers approved a new four-year labor contract Tuesday that promises profit-sharing checks and billions in U.S. plant investments but keeps the company's labor costs under control. The United Auto Worker talks are closely watched because they set the pay for 112,000 workers at the Detroit Three large automakers as well as workers at auto parts suppliers and at U.


Hybrid Technology For Bikes

October 18, 2011 12:19 pm | Videos | Comments

A 22-year old college graduate in New York has adapted hybrid car technology to a bicycle. He uses a fly-wheel to store energy generated by the brakes for use when the riding gets tough. The engineering student's fly-wheel bicycle employs the same energy alternating principles as a hybrid car.


Who Would You Hire?

October 18, 2011 12:17 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I saw a burst of news on the issue of "long-term unemployment" in America. A frightening large number of people have been unable to find jobs for a year or more, which creates a host of issues. They are relying on government aid for a longer period of time (whether they want to or not), which costs everyone more money.

RV Supplier Plans IN Expansion

October 18, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A recreational vehicle parts supplier plans to expand its operations in northern Indiana and potentially add more than 300 workers in the coming months. Drew Industries Inc. announced Tuesday that two of its subsidiaries would increase manufacturing in Goshen and Middlebury.

RIM Reveals New Generation Of BlackBerrys

October 18, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO — Just days after the worst service outage in its history, Research In Motion was expected to unveil a new generation of BlackBerrys Tuesday at a software developer's conference in San Francisco. RIM (TSX:RIM) has struggled through several major setbacks in recent months and the conference gives the Waterloo, Ont.

Fitch Lowers Fiat Credit Ratings On Chrysler Risk

October 18, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

MILAN (AP) — The Fitch ratings agency has downgraded the credit rating of Italian automaker Fiat SpA because of risks linked to its combination with U.S. automaker Chrysler Group LLC. Fitch said Tuesday that Fiat's own operations may be disrupted by financial difficulties at Chrysler at a time when Fiat is under pressure at its standalone business.

GM's China Sales Top 2 Million

October 18, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Tuesday that it has sold more than 2 million cars and trucks in China for the second straight year. The company reached the milestone on Tuesday, more than two weeks earlier than it hit the 2 million mark in 2010. GM said Buick sales are up 24 percent in China this year, with Chevrolet sales rising 18 percent and Cadillac sales up 73 percent.

Energy Costs Push Prices Up In September

October 18, 2011 9:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in gas costs drove wholesale prices up in September by the most in five months. Economists cautioned that much of the increase was the result of one-time factors and said broader inflation remains modest. The Producer Price Index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.


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