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IMF Cuts Forecast For U.S. Economy, Upgrades Europe And Japan

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.

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April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 2:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As industrial automation continues to become more prevalent on the plant floor, it is important to stay informed and know what you are getting into.

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 2:16 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

Is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Andersen walks through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without.

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Hackers Try New Targets In Search Of Easy Data

April 14, 2015 10:06 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hackers are also increasingly using automated software that spams companies or repeatedly probes their networks for vulnerabilities, which means they can launch multiple attacks with less effort.

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Two-Armed Robot Designed For Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 10:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our Next Level strategy,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

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Cord Cutters Expected To More Than Double By 2018

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

HBO launched season five of Game of Thrones, and for the first time cord cutters were able to catch the premiere online on the HBO Now streaming service. Bloomberg’s Ramy Inocencio reports on “In The Loop.”

Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Overall, production from the seven U.S. shale deposits tracked by the agency is expected to drop by 57,000 barrels per day between April and May, led by the Eagle Ford formation in Texas and the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana.

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Applications exceeded the government’s annual limit within a week for the third consecutive year.

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German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 6:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Munich-based maker of the 3-Series sedan and X5 sport-utility said Tuesday it sold 195,593 vehicles worldwide under the BMW brand. That was an increase of 5.1 percent over the same month a year ago.

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U.S. Telecom Association Files Suit Against FCC's New Internet Rules

April 14, 2015 6:06 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What some companies take issue with is that the FCC put the net neutrality rules in place by regulating Internet access as a telecommunications service — like the telephone, a public utility — rather than as an information service.

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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 13, 2015 5:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report showed employment in the production of goods remained flat at about 26 million, while service industry positions accounted for all of the 82 million new jobs created between 1967 and 2011.

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U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped In February

April 13, 2015 3:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.

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The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want To Buy

April 13, 2015 3:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

According to Kelley Blue Book, vehicles sold in the U.S. last year spent an average of 71 days on the dealer’s lot with some models taking less than 15 days to sell and others waiting more than four months to find a buyer.

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Students Gather For Team Robot Battles

April 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Vex World Championship is sponsored by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. It is held from April 15 to 18 and is open to the public.

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Southern California Water Agencies Brace For Water Cutbacks

April 13, 2015 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed tightening of water supplies comes as state surveyors earlier this month found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

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Amazon Announces Analytics Service

April 13, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although the service would likely benefit customers seeking computer behavior or customer data first, AWS data science chief Matt Wood said it would eventually extend to "genomics, the Internet of Things, or large-scale web applications.”

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Industrial Internet Software Is Helping Solve Pakistan's Electricity Shortage

April 13, 2015 3:02 pm | by Abeer Masood, GE Reports | News | Comments

Lack of power is one of Pakistan’s burning needs. Electricity consumption is growing by close to 8 percent, and peak power demand exceeds supply by more than 4 gigawatts (GW), a massive amount.

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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase In Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Producers can use antibiotics to promote faster growth in animals or to prevent disease, but critics believe the practice helps create bacteria that resist those drugs.

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Can Cybercriminals Exploit IoT?

April 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Cybercriminals will exploit vulnerabilities in new technology as they figure out how to make money from such activities, say a group of security experts.

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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