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Hands On With The Very First Mac

February 27, 2015 | by CNNMoney | Comments

Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.                    

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Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 3:09 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere. According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory… and a lack of understanding of how quickly (or slowly) this inventory turns can...

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A New Source of Biofuel — Leather Sludge

February 24, 2015 10:02 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Leather processing produces large amounts of toxic waste including shavings, trimmings and fleshings. Much of this sludge is too dangerous to burn because it contains dioxins and nitrogen oxides that are harmful to the environment, so properly disposing of it is a costly and tricky...

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Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead On Electric Car

February 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”      

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Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device — has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But it’s not always as easy as simply hopping on a website and tracking down a very specific product. Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in this...

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Hershey Moves To Ban Cadbury Chocolates In U.S.

February 19, 2015 10:34 am | by CBS News | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hershey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating...

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Apple On Quest To Improve Labor Conditions In Supplier Factories

February 13, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Apple has released its 9th major annual audit to show that labor conditions are improving year by year, particularly in light of their record $18B profit last quarter. Stephen Engle of Bloomberg discusses the controversial past of Apple’s labor conditions. Apple wants to ensure that the new generation of phones...

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FCC Commissioner Speaks Out Against Internet Regulation

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

While FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has declared his proposal to regulate the internet as a telecommunications service, the rest of the Federal Communications Commission is not exactly decided. The FCC is set to vote on the proposal on February 26th, and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is distinctly...

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Thought Leaders: Tips On Using Your Supplier For An Improved Safety Program

February 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Manufacturing.net had the opportunity to chat with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these...

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Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 3:09 pm | by CBS News | Comments

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with "The Alternative," a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly. It's become more relevant in the wake of high-profile police shooting cases...

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New Automation Lends A Hand To U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on your clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech. SoftWear and Georgia Tech are working together to create robots that are able to manufacture and manipulate fabrics through conventional sewing machines...

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New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The marijuana market has been evolving quickly since it became legal for recreational use in 2014. Since then, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with using them and having them in your home. After many incidents where kids accidentally ate edible marijuana products led to a string of emergency...

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The Wild World Of Predicting Oil Prices

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Oil prices yo-yoed this week, giving analysts whip lash as they hurried to decide what it all means, and forecast what the future holds. On Wednesday the price of a barrel had fallen to about $48, but by Thursday was back up to $52. And as quickly as some were to determine that prices were rallying, other chimed in...

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What Is At Stake In The Anthem Insurance Hack?

February 6, 2015 9:37 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Earlier this week, health insurer Anthem had around 80 million personal records stolen in a disastrous hack. It does not appear that medical information was hacked, but other valuable personal information like Social Security numbers, names, and addresses of Anthem customers has been compromised.  Investigators are now trying to pinpoint...

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What's Really Going On With Port Congestion

February 5, 2015 9:31 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Port congestion is reaching new levels as container ships are being forced to wait to berth at anchor off the shore of Los Angeles-Long Beach. The Marine Exchange of Southern California has reported that the number of ships waiting has slowly been increasing and the increased wait time has been derailing shipping schedules. While many...

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Survey: Americans Do Not Recognize The Threat Of Cyberattacks

February 4, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

According to a SurveyMonkey report from last week, people are less concerned about cyber attacks right now than they were a few years ago, despite the fact that high-profile cybersecurity breaches are happening more often. Why are people so passive about cyber threats? SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg posits that perhaps people...

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Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable. According to Amazon, the robots are able to travel up to 60 football field’s worth of customer...

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When Will Low U.S. Gas Prices Fuel Consumer Spending?

February 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

The U.S. is benefitting from lower gas prices at the pump, but that has not yet translated to a spending boom as consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December. Bloomberg’s Matt Townsend and Alix Steel report on In The Loop...   

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Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget For 2016

February 3, 2015 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

President Obama has unveiled his new budget proposal — all $3.99 trillion of it. According to the President, the goal of the new budget is to be “practical, not partisan” in order to provide a boost to middle class families and to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Under the President’s new proposal existing spending caps would...

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American Economy In The Fourth Quarter: A Mixed Bag

January 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Bloomberg News sat down with Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek Economics Editor, and Susan Lyne, AOL BBG Ventures President to discuss the American economy, and to try to answer the question: is America roaring back economically? Coy reported that with an average of a quarter million jobs added per...

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FAA Deems Super Bowl 'No Drone Zone'

January 29, 2015 4:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The FAA announced in a public statement that they will allow absolutely zero drones to fly at the Super Bowl. An ad on the policy says, “Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a ‘No Drone Zone.’ Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home. #nodronezone.” The FAA statement explains, “The FAA will establish...

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