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Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Verge | News | Comments

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                    

Why Google Bought A Drone Manufacturer

April 15, 2014 5:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace and, like Facebook, hopes the technology will help...

3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

3D Systems has announced their partnership with Staples for a pilot program that offers 3D...

Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

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

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the...

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                        

Robotic Submarine Deployed In Search For Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 10:13 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days.                   

Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:09 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.                 

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Creating Fuel From Seawater

April 11, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Videos | Comments

Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept of technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.                  

Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.             

Real Time Visibility Translates Into Real Life Savings

April 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

It’s important to consider what software can do to improve your ability to react when faced with an unforeseen production snafu.                                   

Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

April 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Not all businesses have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team.       

Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:51 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.                            

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

Driving The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 10:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid packs 887 horsepower. CNN was lucky enough to drive the $845,000 monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.                         

The Hybrid Electronic Bike Of The Future

April 10, 2014 9:50 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike.                                         

3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. But one small company has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.           

Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The federal credit rewards companies anytime they are developing or improving their products and processes that are technological in nature.                                 

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MODEX 2014 Showcases Innovative Solutions From Around The World

April 9, 2014 8:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Thousands of professionals and enthusiasts converged on Atlanta in mid-March for one of the largest supply chain shows in the world: MODEX.                                 

3D Printing Humans

April 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them.                                    

April 2014: Real Time Visibility

April 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we recap MODEX 2014, discuss how creating a nimble production environment requires up-to-the-minute information, and learn how the latest technology can improve the ROI of predictive maintenance. 

China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

New Sensors Show When Food Is Spoiled

April 3, 2014 9:37 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out how the technology could revolutionize how we track the safety of our food, as well as how the sensors could reduce food waste.                                 

Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 2, 2014 8:33 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Adhesives and sealants are an essential asset of every maintenance and operation plan, and with technology and products always changing, it’s important to stay on top of these trends.                   

CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                     

The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

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