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Boeing-Funded Lab To Apply Analytics, Artificial Intelligence To Airplanes

October 7, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Chicago-based aerospace giant will pay $7.5 million over the next three years to fund the Boeing/Carnegie Mellon Aerospace Data Analytics Lab in Pittsburgh.

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China September Imports Plunge In New Sign Of Weakness

October 13, 2015 2:21 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Weakness in trade has fueled doubts Beijing can hit its economic growth target this year of about 7 percent.


Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant To Close By 2019

October 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by Mark Pratt, Associated Press

The decision comes about a month after federal inspectors downgraded the plant's safety rating to the lowest level and said they would increase oversight in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm. 


DOE Supports $2.2B Hydrogen Fuel Industry With $20M Funding

October 13, 2015 1:58 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

The hydrogen and fuel cell market is growing rapidly. According to the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report from 2014, the industry grew by almost $1 billion in 2014, and reached $2.2 billion in sales.


Survey: Distributors Expect To Add Mobile, Voice Tech In Coming Years

October 13, 2015 1:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The upgrades are expected to increase order fulfillment speed and accuracy while reducing costs. 


Report: Pepsi, Coke Each Hope To Invest In Chobani

October 13, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chobani, according to Reuters, hopes to partner with a company that will allow for an expansion of its manufacturing and distribution.


Russian Surveillance System Can Detect Camouflage

October 13, 2015 1:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation said that the system relies on the spectral radiation emitted by every material instead of on the human field of vision.


New Tesla Software Will Implement Autonomous Features

October 13, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the upgrade via Twitter over the weekend. The self-driving system, called Autopilot, helps steer the car on the highway and while parallel parking.


Amazon Announces New IoT Platform

October 13, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The platform offers companies a pay-as-you-go system to connect devices, applications and cloud services while storing and analyzing the massive amounts of generated data.


Despite Online Complaints, PepsiCo Officials Aren’t Worried About New Diet Pepsi

October 12, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In August, the company began selling Diet Pepsi sweetened with sucralose instead of the more controversial artificial sweetener aspartame.


Dell Buying EMC In Transformational $67B Deal

October 12, 2015 2:14 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer

The acquisition shifts the focus at Dell, once a pioneer in the personal computer business, away from hardware like PCs to the more profitable areas of storage and other business services.


Report: VW Brand Could Lose $10B In Value After Emissions Scandal

October 12, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Brand Finance noted that VW's brand focused heavily on reliability and environmental responsibility.


Budweiser's Parent AB InBev Raises Offer For SABMiller

October 12, 2015 1:52 pm | by Danica Kirka and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press

AB InBev has been trying for nearly a month to get its hands on SABMiller but its previous offers have met with resistance.


Ford To Invest $1.8B In China Research

October 12, 2015 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford said it will expand its research and development center in the eastern city of Nanjing and work on autonomous driving, smartphone connectivity, more efficient powertrains and other technologies.


North American Tool Named IBC's Supplier Of The Year

October 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Hockett, Managing Editor

Cutting tool manufacturer North American Tool received the award at Industrial Buyers Consortium's National Meeting Oct. 4 in Rosemont, IL.


August Manufacturing Tech. Orders Down

October 12, 2015 10:23 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

The Association for Manufacturing Technology president said that while a sense of uneasiness has reduced orders, a period of leveling off is expected and will help build stable, long term growth.


House OKs Lifting 40-Year-Old U.S. Ban On Oil Exports

October 12, 2015 10:18 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The bill was approved, 261-159, with 26 Democrats joining Republicans in backing the measure that now heads to the Senate, where prospects are uncertain.


California Craft Beer Brewers Balance Drafts And Drought

October 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Julie Watson, The Associated Press

A typical craft brewery uses up to 7 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of beer. Some in California have decreased that ratio to less than 5-to-1, but they are still being asked to cut back to meet the state mandate.


Crude Oil Bill Could Benefit Shipping Companies, But Passage Uncertain

October 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The program provides funding for large shipping lines — primarily Maersk and American President — to make 60 ships available for the Pentagon's use in times of war or national emergency.


Economists Still Expect Rate Hike Before End Of 2015

October 12, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Economists now expect the gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, to rise 2.5 percent for the year, according to the survey by the National Association for Business Economics. 


Natural Gas Facility Explosion Leaves Three Dead, Two Injured

October 9, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The workers killed and injured were contractors doing maintenance work when the explosion occurred, Williams Partners said in a statement. 



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