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Facebook Aims To Get More Of World's People Online

August 21, 2013 2:29 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's more than 7 billion people — all of them, actually — online through a partnership with some of the world's largest mobile technology companies. In addition to the world's biggest online social network, the group includes South Korean electronics giant Samsung, Finnish handset maker Nokia and wireless chip maker Qualcomm Inc.

Driving An Ultra-Rare Classic Bugatti

August 1, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

French cars from the 1920s and 1930s are considered some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Worth more than a million dollars, this rare 1939 Bugatti may only have 170 horsepower but driving one is like driving a work of art.                 

BMW Pulls Wraps Off i3 Electric Car

July 29, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW AG is showing off the production model of its new i3 electric compact that uses carbon-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance. CEO Norbert Reithofer stressed at a New York unveiling that the car was designed as an electric from the ground up. The i3 is "born electric," he said.

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imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience Event Cancelled

July 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by AMT | News | Comments

The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s Board of Directors announced today the cancellation of imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nov. 18-20. This event, first produced in 2011 by the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and SME, focused on education and product applications.

Energy Intelligence Report: An Eye On Efficiency

July 22, 2013 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Our fourth annual Energy Intelligence Report has been designed to spark some ideas for cost savings measures, as manufacturers continue to face tightening budgets and competitive pressures. We hope you can find something of value as you look at your own plant floor and try to determine where to start.

Convenient, Efficient, Green Maintenance Chemicals

July 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturers across the world need to stay efficient, productive, and safe in an ever-increasing competitive global market. They turn to industrial cleaners and degreasers to quickly and effectively sanitize and disinfect, improve the appearance of their facility, prepare surfaces for plating or adhesive bonding, eliminate the potential for contamination, and more.

Restoring The ‘Tech Belt’ With Next-Gen Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The “Tech Belt“ region of the U.S. has undergone explosive growth in the years since the Great Recession. Some of the hardest-hit cities have seen manufacturing’s return with very positive upward trends. Among the region’s largest success stories is winning the nationwide bidding contest for the NAMII, a public-private collaboration to develop next-gen manufacturing processes based around additive manufacturing. 

When Autonomous Cars Kill Somebody

July 15, 2013 8:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

As drones, bipedal robots, and algorithm technologies continue to improve, the world of autonomous everything is looming. Beyond the iPad, synchronized quad-copters, and even 3D printers, one of the world’s most powerful forms of emerging technology is the ability to make more machines and devices autonomous.

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Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Diginfonews | Videos | Comments

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes.

July 2013: Let's Get Visible

July 11, 2013 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, manufacturers face new resources as they look to improve the visibility of their facility's assets, Lantech talks 40 years of innovation, and IMPO readers reveal how evaluate their current equipment and potential purchases when it comes to energy efficiency, and more.

Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 11, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year.

Researchers Project The Future Of Smart Phones

July 11, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that incorporates a sense of touch for interactive devices of the future. The system emits ultrasonic waves to generate pressure a user can feel and could one day render keyboards, smartphones, and even pens obsolete.

The Right Way To Drive A Lamborghini

July 11, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

If you've ever tried to buy a high-end supercar, just getting a test drive can involve a deposit of $15,000. But now, for a much smaller price, drivers can learn to drive Lamborghinis before taking them for a test spin. At the Lamborghini Esperienza, you learn to drift, auto cross, and drive Lamborghinis on a race track.

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First Apple Computer Sells At Auction For $387,750

July 10, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An original Apple computer from 1976 has sold at auction for nearly $388,000. Known as the Apple 1, it was one of the first Apple computers ever built. It sold on Monday for $387,750 at a Christie's online-only auction. The auction house did not disclose the name of the buyer. The seller was a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, Calif.

5 New Features That Could Be On Your Next Car

July 8, 2013 10:11 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Cameras that check around the car for pedestrians. Radar that stops you from drifting out of your lane. An engine able to turn off automatically at traffic lights to conserve fuel. Technology that saves lives — and fuel — is getting better and cheaper. That means it's no longer confined to luxury brands like Mercedes and Volvo. It's showing up in mainstream vehicles like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Fusion.

IMTSTV: Manufacturing With Darwin, Moore, & Metcalfe

June 25, 2013 12:30 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

IMTSTV's Penny Brown got a chance to speak with Steve Fritzinger, NetApp's Virtualization Alliance Manager, Java Author, and Economics Writer, about the current state of the manufacturing industry. Fritzinger explains how competition and technology are driving the industry's pace, and why companies must adapt to this change if they want to survive. He also speaks about the future of manufacturing jobs in America.

June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

Boost For Cars Or Bust? Ethanol Debate Heats Up

June 24, 2013 2:00 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That's the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.

Air Travel Changes At Less Than Supersonic Speed

June 21, 2013 2:06 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the Concorde started flying in the 1970s, hopes were high that the traveling masses would soon streak through the air faster than the speed of sound or soar in planes that hurtled like missiles above the earth's atmosphere. Instead, jetliners still look the same as they did five decades ago and travel times have barely budged.

Car Quality Dinged By Tech Glitches, Says Survey

June 20, 2013 10:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Car buyers increasingly want high-tech features like voice recognition and navigation. But they're not very forgiving of the car company when those systems fail. The top complaints in J.D. Power's closely-watched survey of new vehicle owners, released Wednesday, involved technologies that drivers are clamoring for.

Leading 3D Printer Firms To Merge In $403M Deal

June 20, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys, a leading maker of 3D printers, is buying another 3D printer manufacturer, MakerBot, for $403 million in stock. Stratasys Ltd. said Wednesday the acquisition will enable it to offer affordable desktop 3D printers. MakerBot, whose machines are priced around $2,000 to $3,000 and are aimed at the "prosumer" market, sells direct to buyers over its website.

Musk: Time To Tackle Dealer Dispute

June 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, tells the Reuters Global Tech Summit that he'll talk to politicians who back local car dealers trying to keep Tesla from selling directly to consumers. He also talks batteries, charging stations, and why he is in no rush to take SpaceX public.

An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

MakerBot's New Brooklyn Factory

June 14, 2013 5:23 pm | by TechCrunch | Videos | Comments

Bre Pettis and his team have enjoyed phenomenal growth since fashioning MakerBots in 2009. So much so, that they've opened a new space at Sunset Park in Brooklyn to handle all the orders for the Replicator 2 and 2x. Not to mention the new Digitizer that will democratize 3D printing soon to begin shipping.

U.S. Prosecutors Want Smartphone 'Kill Switch'

June 14, 2013 5:23 pm | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. law enforcement officials are demanding the creation of a "kill switch" that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, New York's top prosecutor said in a clear warning to the world's smartphone manufacturers. The New York Attorney General said the formation of a coalition of law enforcement agencies devoted to stamping out what he called an "epidemic" of robberies.

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