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First Look: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3

May 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet at an event on Tuesday, saying the goal of the device is to "take away the conflict" between owning a laptop and a tablet.                        

May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

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Google Eyes up to $30B in Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 billion.                                   

Special Operations Forces Could Get 'Iron Man' Suit

May 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.          

Cobham Buying Aeroflex for $920M

May 20, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aeroflex, based in Plainview, New York, makes products and test equipment used by the aerospace, medical and wireless industries. Cobham makes everything from aircraft fuel tanks to antennas.                  

Hover Bikes to Start Selling in 2017

May 19, 2014 2:50 pm | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                          

Britain Launches $17M Science Prize

May 19, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

Britain is offering 10 million pounds (almost $17 million) to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges — once the public has decided what it is.                           

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Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are knock-offs. Vinita Nair reports on how counterfeits slip into the system, and why companies feel it hurts their brand.            

How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer | Articles | Comments

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

Take a Ride in Google's Self-Driving Car

May 15, 2014 2:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Google's self-driving car makes strides. One technology reporter got a chance to ride in the car and says it drives quite conservatively.                                 

Google Glass Resumes U.S. Sales

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after a one-day sale gave U.S. residents their first chance to buy the hottest accessory in geek fashion.                           

Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas | News | Comments

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

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New Tool Will Change How Maintenance Teams Communicate

May 12, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Videos | Comments

Fluke has changed how maintenance professionals analyze information, communicate with their team and respond in emergencies with the Fluke Connect system. Last week, IMPO got a sneak peek at the technology.         

Information Superhighway May Become More Of A City Street In Disrepair

May 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

More than 100 Internet companies, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, sent a letter to the FCC calling for the agency to reject FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's open Internet proposal.          

Engineering Newswire: Experimental Electric Plane Takes First Flight

May 9, 2014 12:11 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of Engineering Newswire looks at 3D printed tattoos, rescuing a 36-year-old satellite and flying an experimental electric aircraft.                                  

Camera Tricks On Future Cars

May 8, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Car manufacturers like Nissan and Land Rover are looking at ways to make your car safer using cutting-edge camera technology to eliminate blind spots.                             

The Real Cost Of Google Glass

May 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google's face wear has an extremely high sticker price, but the parts inside cost less than $80.                                            

Personal Robots, New Business Models Are New Mega Trends By 2020

May 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Frost & Sullivan | Articles | Comments

By 2020, personal robots ranging between $1,500 and $4,500 could enter our lives, technologies such as 3D printing could likely generate revenue of $7.1 billion by 2020, and we will witness the emergence of new business models.       

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 9:53 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

Why are companies accepting unnecessary environmental liability associated with archaic, paper-based programs and what can they do to leverage existing technologies to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?          

Smart Gun Technology Sparks Outrage

May 7, 2014 2:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out why one gun store received backlash after planning on being the first in the country to sell the new firearm.                                      

Driverless Car Test Site Gets Industry Partners

May 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable.   

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

May 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Bruce Bradshaw | Articles | Comments

Catching design errors before committing to a production run can yield big savings, but there’s another benefit to using 3D printing at this early stage.                            

Choosing The Right Additive Manufacturing Technology

May 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Barfoot, Managing Director, Hyphen | Articles | Comments

Each additive manufacturing process is simply a different tool in the toolbox. Our goal is to help guide you through the technology options so that you can feel more confident and educated as you make your technology decisions.       

Nissan Invents A Self-Washing Car

April 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

If you're one of millions of car owner across the country who like a nice shiny car but hate what it takes to keep it that way... then wait til you see what Nissan is testing.             

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