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No Fast or Slow Lanes For Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.          

FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open for Businesses

February 5, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining "net neutrality." So what does that all mean?   

White House Budget Would Fund Additional Manufacturing Hubs

February 4, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The Obama administration's budget proposal unveiled this week calls for seven new national manufacturing innovation hubs, along with funding to build toward a national network of 45 such sites.                  

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

Entries are Now Open for R&D Magazine’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards

February 2, 2015 9:30 am | by R&D Magazine | Events

R&D Magazine is now accepting entries for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards, the esteemed international competition honoring the 100 most innovative technologies and services in 2014. This year’s program has been expanded to include a wider range of categories spanning the manufacturing, design engineering, and consumer markets, in addition to science, academia, and government. 

GE Jet Engines Will Power the Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.               

Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 11:10 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.               

Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 2:11 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet.

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Ford’s Focus on Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

When it comes to the auto industry, you've got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles.                  

Branson's Futuristic Vision to Get Internet to Everyone

January 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson shares his vision of how Virgin Galactic will launch satellites to help connect the three billion people in the world who don't have internet access.                 

Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 22, 2015 2:26 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Robotics and AI have been taking some interest, so here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year.               

Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 2:21 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacturing robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, his interaction with humans, and his day-to-day work. 

Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Adam Schreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month.   

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President Promotes Plans to Improve Cybersecurity

January 16, 2015 2:47 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As news of stolen data and cyberattacks becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation to better protect personal data and put the U.S. on a path to a better cyberdefense.       

3D Pen Makes Your Drawings Come to Life

January 15, 2015 3:13 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The future of doodling just became 3D. The new 3Doodler is a pen that allows a person to create drawings that literally leap off the page and are three-dimensional.                         

ClearSign Has the Answer to Industrial Pollution

January 14, 2015 4:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

ClearSign Combustion Corp. has developed a new technology for the combustion region, dubbed Duplex Tile Technology. This new combustion technology could change the industry entirely by eliminating industrial emissions by a staggering 95 percent, reducing downtime and maintenance costs all while increasing profitability and fuel efficiency for manufacturers and plant operators.

Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 1:53 pm | by Julie Pace, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

Microsoft Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

January 9, 2015 1:47 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data - the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.                                         

Nissan, NASA To Work Together on Self-Driving Technology

January 9, 2015 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.                                       

3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                            

Hands-On With the Coolest Drones Invading CES

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Consumer drone companies are looking to keep drone fever alive at CES 2015. At the show this year, several companies are showing off new drones with features that should make them smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer drone can do. 

2014 in Review: GE’s Industrial Revolution

December 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

2014 was in many respects a pivotal year for GE, in which the company delivered on plans to bulk up its industrial core and grow its services by connecting machines to the Industrial Internet.                 

Technology Could Have Tracked Missing AirAsia Flight

December 30, 2014 12:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How could another commercial jet disappear? The technology needed to track it already exists, but it wasn't onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Here's what's stopping airlines from adopting a live-streaming black box.           

Drone Industry Launches Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some drones on the market are capable of reaching altitudes as high as 18,000 feet — the start of "class A" airspace where most passenger and cargo airlines cruise. Operators oftentimes don't realize the risks.       

Entrepreneur Builds 'Ghost' Ship for Navy, but Do They Want It?

December 22, 2014 1:21 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inventor Gregory Sancoff thinks the Navy needs a fast patrol boat to protect larger and more costly warships when they're most vulnerable. The Ghost's smooth ride makes it an ideal platform for weapon systems — and for transporting Navy SEALs. 

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