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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market.  The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

Electric Helicopter's Maiden Flight

November 27, 2013 11:16 am | by e-volo | Videos | Comments

The German-built Volocopter VC200, with its 18 rotors, is a VTOL aircraft that aims to offer a calm, quiet and emmission-free ride for two people.                             

What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 27, 2013 7:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

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Changing Airport Security With Liquid Scanners

November 26, 2013 1:30 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's been seven years since a major change in airline security, but restrictions for carry-on liquids could someday be a thing of the past. An American-made scanning device is now being used at airports in Europe.           

Planes Could Allow Cellphone Use During Flights

November 25, 2013 2:55 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Not all passengers and airline staffers are happy that cellphone use has become an option on planes after a proposed FCC rule change would allow it.                  

Thank The Government For Your iPhone

November 25, 2013 11:56 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that much of the technology underlying your trusty Apple smartphone was actually created in government labs. What does that mean for innovation in the future?                 

DOE Loses $139M On Loan To Electric Car Maker

November 25, 2013 10:08 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $139 million loss is the largest in the Obama administration's green energy loan program since the 2011 failure of solar panel maker Solyndra. The government lost $528 million in the Solyndra collapse, triggering sharp Republican criticism of the loan program and President Barack Obama's investments in green energy.

Automation: Not Just For The Shop Floor

November 25, 2013 9:05 am | by Tim Haney, Director, Manufacturing Vertical, Information Services Group (ISG) | Articles | Comments

Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes – tasks that have traditionally required human intervention by onsite technicians – are becoming increasingly automated.  This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them. 

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Clemson Dedicates $110 Million Energy Center

November 22, 2013 1:35 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new $110 million energy research center dedicated by Clemson University will not only help develop a new generation of wind energy but will strengthen the grid by which electric power is distributed, U.S. energy and university officials said.     

Apple's Wild Future Headquarters

November 22, 2013 1:09 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Perhaps one of the last major ideas to come from Steve Jobs, Apple's future headquarters will be a sweeping reinvention of corporate office space.                             

Robot Colleague Boosts The Bottom Line

November 21, 2013 1:51 pm | by Universal Robots | Videos | Comments

For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.

Hydrogen Cars Could Be Headed To Showroom Near You

November 21, 2013 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as early as next spring.

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.                               

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Toyota Vows Fuel Cell Model By 2015

November 20, 2013 9:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota Motor Corp. executive in charge of fuel cells, said Wednesday the vehicle is not just for leasing to officials and celebrities but will be an everyday car for ordinary consumers, widely available at dealers.     

Hyundai To Sell Hydrogen-Powered SUV In 2014

November 19, 2013 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away.  That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It will be the first mass-market vehicle of its type to be sold or leased in the U.S.

Promoters See Technology As Key To Gun Safety

November 18, 2013 9:50 am | by Robert Miller, The News-Times | News | Comments

The California-based Smart Tech Foundation, announced last week it was offering a $1 million prize to innovators who could come up with the best new way to make guns safer.                       

ABB Unveils New Industrial Robots

November 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ABB Robotics | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.

3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 15, 2013 2:28 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.                                        

November/December 2013: Visual Analysis

November 15, 2013 1:23 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.  

Google Seeks Patent On New Hands-free Technology

November 14, 2013 1:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

With Google Tattoo, users apply a sticky substance on their neck and their voice is transmitted through their throat, allowing them to talk hands-free. Google has applied to patent the technology.               

Next Generation Of Biofuels Still Years Away

November 14, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.

iPad Drive Programming Application

November 8, 2013 4:08 pm | by Schneider Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Schneider Electric announced the new Altivar 212 mobile programming application and drive to iPad converter cable, which allow users to perform all Altivar™ 212  and S-Flex™ drives  programming through Apple iPads.

Hand-Operated Laser Cutting

November 7, 2013 1:54 pm | by TWI Ltd | Videos | Comments

This video shows how experts at TWI have adopted automated laser cutting technology for hand operation. The main application is in the area of decommissioning where the flexibility to choose where and how to cut the components can lead to significant advantages when it comes to packing.

What It Costs To Make The iPad Air

November 7, 2013 9:05 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Breaking down Apple's 32GB tablet into its parts reveals the true cost and profit of the $729 iPad Air.                                          

5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

November 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.                 

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