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NSA Fears Prompt Germany To End Verizon Contract

June 26, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.                   

Trend Detection: All Things Infrared

June 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Thermal imaging technology has become ubiquitous in industry, emergency services, DIY and municipal applications. Here’s the latest on all things infrared.                           

Toyota Teams Up With IBM To Improve Driver Experience

June 24, 2014 11:26 am | by IBM | News | Comments

The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.           

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Robot Valet To Park Cars at Airport in Germany

June 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.                                 

MakerBot, TechShop Join GE's Collaborative Innovation Strategy

June 23, 2014 1:39 pm | by Microfactory, Inc. | News | Comments

GE announced two new partnerships with MakerBot and TechShop that will harness the global brain of the maker community to bring innovative new products to market faster.                       

June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

Report: Apple Smartwatch Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.                       

Data Shows iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 19, 2014 4:49 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.                

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E-Cigarette Makers Under Fire In Senate

June 19, 2014 3:12 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

E-cigarettes with fruity flavors like "cherry crush" ignited an intense Senate debate Wednesday about whether manufacturers are trying to appeal to youngsters similar to the way that Big Tobacco used Joe Camel decades ago.     

Harley To Introduce Electric Motorcycle

June 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.

Musk Takes On Carbon With Solar, Battery Bets

June 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.      

The State & Future of the Global Electronics Market

June 17, 2014 10:34 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.”            

Lincoln's Nifty Parking Trick

June 16, 2014 3:58 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The Lincoln MKC can not only park itself, it can get you out of a tight parking spot, as shown here by Sandeep Khatiwala, its program manager.                               

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Grant To Expand Additive Manufacturing Research at Cleveland State

June 16, 2014 9:59 am | by Cleveland State University | News | Comments

The $293,500 award will fund the purchase of electronic and polymer 3-D printers, to be housed within the college’s Additive Manufacturing Instructional and Training Laboratory.                     

Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing.                                         

Conveyor Solutions That Keep Your Products Moving

June 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Following is a sample of some of the newest conveyor technology that’s available on the market right now, including food-safe options, control system and maintenance kits.                       

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.           

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Flying to the Farm

June 11, 2014 9:44 am | by Johnny Clark, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.                            

Is 3D Printing Right for You?

June 11, 2014 8:51 am | by PwC US | Articles | Comments

There are core questions all manufacturers ought to be asking themselves if they’re looking to implement a 3D printing strategy that could potentially expand their business and makes them more competitive in the marketplace.          

GE Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, SC to expand the company's advanced manufacturing capabilities.                                  

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.                              

Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app on Monday that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and is welcoming public monitoring of companies that pollute.

Commercial Aviation in the 21st Century

June 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how commercial aviation may change in the coming years.                                                    

Tesla CEO Hints at Surprise Move

June 5, 2014 9:52 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the company's annual shareholder meeting that he's thinking of doing something "fairly controversial" regarding the company's patents.                           

New Smart Car Tech Already Saving Lives

June 4, 2014 1:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

New technology that automates a lot of the driving is already saving lives. Safety advocates want it mandatory in all new cars.                                   

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