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Report: Third Industrial Revolution Led By Device Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 3:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

This week, IDC and Flexera Software released a new survey report that provides unique insights into how the third industrial revolution, currently sweeping the global economy, is being fueled by device manufacturers. According to the new...

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Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly In December

February 11, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month. Manufacturing job openings, however, were down compared to November...

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Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate At Least 5,000 Jobs

February 11, 2015 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton said Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices. The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of...

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Britain Starts Public Trial Of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology. Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can...

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Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

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U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses. The U.S. Trade Representative announced the dispute would...

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Congress Set To Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

February 11, 2015 10:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it. The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday afternoon, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans' top...

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A Look At The Upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines

February 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay...

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Contamination Still High Near ND Spill, Dropping Downstream

February 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

High contamination levels persist along a North Dakota creek more than a month after a massive wastewater spill was found in the state's oil patch, but levels have dropped considerably in larger rivers downstream, according to documents released by the state Tuesday. Results of a preliminary...

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Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls On Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found. According to the annual report by Chicago-based Kids in Danger, although...

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Rise Of The Machines: Study Sees Robots Cutting Labor Costs In Factories 24%

February 10, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cheaper, better robots are expected cut labour costs at Canadian factories by 24 per cent over the next decade as more companies replace human workers at a faster pace, according to a report issued Tuesday. Globally, labour savings are expected to be reduced by some 16 per cent by 2025, the report by the Boston Consulting Group...

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Samsung: Smart TV Could Be Picking Up Everything You Say

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Samsung’s privacy policy for their smart TV includes some disturbing fine print—that the TV’s voice command technology could be collecting anything it hears you say, and passing that information on to the third party responsible for transcribing voice commands. The policy warns customers to refrain from discussing private or...

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Oil On Wild Ride: How Will It End?

February 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed. After falling nearly 60 percent from a peak last June, the price of oil has now bounced back 19 percent since late January, closing Monday near $53. Oil has fallen or risen by 3 percent or more on 14 of 26 trading days so far this...

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Softbank To Add Learning Technology To Empathetic Robots

February 10, 2015 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear. The AI engine "Watson" is already used in health care, travel and insurance services in English, but an adaptation was needed...

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U.S. Job Openings Rise To 14-Year High

February 10, 2015 2:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market. Job openings rose 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted 5 million, the...

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CA Pledges Changes In Protecting Underground Water

February 10, 2015 10:11 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated press | Comments

California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oil-field wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said. The deadline is part of a broad plan the state sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week for bringing state regulation of oil and gas operations back...

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China Finds Huge Natural Gas Field In South China Sea

February 10, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations. The Lingshui 17-2 gas field was discovered 150 kilometers south of China's southernmost island of Hainan, and the...

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Sluggish Ports Cause Problems For Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going. Complaints are coming from managers responsible for containers filled with products such as...

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Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers At Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from...

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Breyers Ice Cream Says 'No' To Artificial Hormones

February 9, 2015 5:27 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

In the latest scoop, Breyers ice cream has announced it will stop using any milk or cream from cows treated with the hormone rBST. Recombinant bovine somatoropin, or rBST, is a chemical used in place of the natural growth hormones produced by dairy cows. According to CNN Money, critics say it allows for cattle to develop when...

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