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Control Machines With an App

June 24, 2014 9:18 am | by Nanospark | Product Releases | Comments

Nanospark is a machine interface controller that manages attached equipment through the simple touch screen display of an iOS app.

Oracle To Buy Micros Systems for $5.3B

June 23, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion.                            

Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                            

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Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping by U.S.

June 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.         

Ford Motor Company Expands Use of Aptean

June 13, 2014 2:04 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has expanded its use of Aptean’s Activplant solution to help drive continuous improvement in selected manufacturing plants around the world.                          

Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 13, 2014 10:59 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.           

Ultra-Rugged Mobile Device for Industrial Settings

June 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Two Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The first in a series of hard-shell mobile devices designed specifically to withstand hard use in industrial environments has been developed by Two Technologies. 

5 Trends Expected at E3

June 9, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                              

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New Software for Easy Database Building

June 5, 2014 10:14 am | by AutoCrib, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AutoCrib, Inc. unveiled its new Guardrail software, designed to simplify and automate the laborious task of building databases for industrial vending systems. 

3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

Siemens Donates $2B in Software to Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics and engineering company Siemens Corp. is donating software worth more than $2 billion to seven Virginia universities and community colleges.                             

Majority of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.                              

Digital Document Workflow Opens Options for Door Maker

June 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Chris Wacker, Laserfiche | Articles | Comments

This Texas company found itself paying for damaged delivery claims despite its meticulous packaging procedures. So it turned to technology to provide an answer, securing its reputation for excellence and reliability.          

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Manufacturing

June 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Why does software integration with hardware matter so much? In a word, money.                                                          

Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone in 3Q

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.        

Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.          

Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                                   

Boeing Buys Fuel-Saving Software Maker

May 23, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy British aviation software maker ETS Aviation to offer its customers a way to manage how much fuel it uses.                           

Caster Connection Rolls Out New eCommerce Site

May 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Caster Connection, Inc. | News | Comments

Caster Connection rolled out a new, more client-friendly version of its website in order to better serve current and prospective clients.                                 

How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge | Articles | Comments

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 9:46 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.                

The Sudden Death of Windows XP

May 20, 2014 9:42 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Strictly speaking, computers running Windows XP didn't die on April 8, 2014; they just became instantly vulnerable to malware, hackers and others who had been kept somewhat at bay by security upgrades from Microsoft.          

China Warns Cyber Charges Could Damage Ties

May 20, 2014 9:37 am | by Joe McDonald, Associated Press | News | Comments

China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies.                 

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