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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 5 & 6

December 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on implications on B2B commerce networks and smart services.  

MBT Manufacturing Newswire: 3D Printed Guns, Automotive Bankruptcies & Employing Vets

December 17, 2013 12:07 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, sponsored by Exact, we’ll discuss 3D printed guns and other disruptive technologies, as well as the Saab brand’s resurrection. We’ll also talk to Brad Holcomb of ISM on the latest strong manufacturing numbers, and see Honda’s fun new take on the airbag.

Obama To Meet With Tech CEOs Amid NSA Concerns

December 17, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.  The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

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Toyota Putting Higher Focus On Environmental, Safety Technologies

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Maybe Not Sci-Fi, But Robots Readied For Big Tests

December 16, 2013 2:18 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill & Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday in a Defense Department competition at Homestead Miami Speedway for how well they can complete tasks including getting into an all-terrain vehicle, driving it and opening doors.

Ten Business Technology Trends You'll Read About in 2014

December 6, 2013 9:25 am | by Matthew Littlefield; President and Principal Analyst at LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Which business technologies will lead the way in 2014? Research firms, journalists, and bloggers are gearing up to share their thoughts on this question and offer their predictions over the few weeks.               

MODEX 2014

December 2, 2013 4:32 pm | by MODEX 2014 | Events

MODEX 2014® is the industry's newest expo for the manufacturing and supply chain industries. It’s where the best and brightest thinkers in the supply chain gather to discuss the trends of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

What The iPhone 5S Costs Apple

November 29, 2013 8:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple's latest and greatest phone retails for $649 off contract, but costs a lot less for the company to make.                                        

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Cheap Motorola Smartphone Available In U.S. Early

November 27, 2013 11:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule. The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than expected. The U.S. launch was initially planned for January. But it is going on sale Tuesday.

The Internet of Things: Brooms Coming to Life

November 27, 2013 7:43 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In Walt Disney's Fantasia, the fate of the enchanted broom, the tale’s forgotten hero, is a rich allegory with modern flavors. It provides a helpful departing point for a reflection on the surging Internet of Things (IoT).        

BlackBerry Shakeup Continues As COO, CFO Depart

November 25, 2013 12:28 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, both hired by recently ousted CEO Thorsten Heins, will leave the struggling smartphone maker.  And the company said Monday that Brian Bidulka is being replaced by James Yersh as chief financial officer. Yersh previously served as senior vice president and controller.

Microsoft and Nokia Ready For Long Fight

November 21, 2013 9:44 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and the ads both companies are running, show they are ready to duke it out with Google and Apple over mobile.                               

Bentley Flying Spur: 200mph Luxury

November 14, 2013 9:36 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Bentley Flying Spur is sedan that can go 200 mph and offers luxury amenities like a back seat refrigerator and massaging seats.                                  

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Millions At Stake At 2nd Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:43 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

In courts, government tribunals, and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung's Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung Electronics Co. is fighting back with its own complaints that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has also copied Samsung's technology.

Smartphones Seen Tripling To 5.6 Billion By 2019

November 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Ericsson AB, the world's largest maker of telecommunications networks, says in a report Monday it expects smartphone traffic to grow tenfold in the next six years, with service providers increasing high-speed networks to deal with the surge. Total mobile subscriptions are predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2019.

Inside The Vertu Luxury Smartphone Factory

October 31, 2013 9:20 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Each Vertu smartphone is assembled by a single person and the finished product can run thousands of dollars.  Check out this behind-the-scenes video of this luxury smartphone factory.                 

Apple's Earnings Fall Despite Rising iPhone Sales

October 29, 2013 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Apple's quarterly earnings are still sagging even as sales of its iPhones are rising, a vexing phenomenon feeding investor worries about whether stiffer competition in the mobile device market will continue to undercut the company's prosperity.

Crazy Glitz At The World Luxury Expo

October 21, 2013 2:53 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These are some expensive toys. Check out the $250 million in extravagant items shown off at the World Luxury Expo in Abu Dhabi.                      

Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-off

October 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car.                            

U.S., Japan To Deploy New Radar, Drones In Next Year

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Matthew Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new 21st century challenges including the continuing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory.

Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

Justice Department Spent Nearly $5M On Drones

September 27, 2013 2:15 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3M on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said. The disclosure came in a new report by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who revealed that the department also has awarded $1.26M to at least seven local police departments and nonprofit organization for drones.

Nation's Largest Wind Farm Proposed For TX

September 25, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas-based wind-power developer has proposed an array of as many as 650 wind turbines for 190 square miles of the Texas South Plains. Tri Global Energy LLC announced plans for Hale Community Energy on Tuesday. The vast wind farm would extend from Abernathy over much of eastern Hale County on land Tri Global says is controlled by more than 340 owners and has more than 450 shareholders.

Will The Wave of New Wearable Products Change Product Development?

September 25, 2013 9:08 am | by Kevin Prendeville | Articles | Comments

The buzz around wearable technology has been escalating the past several months. With this market gaining momentum, a key question needs to be addressed: How prepared are manufacturers to design and deliver these new and innovative types of products time and time again?

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