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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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VIDEO: Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:28 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

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Online Excitement But No Long Lines For Apple Watch Debut

April 13, 2015 10:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

And some analysts said the lag time in shipping may help build anticipation while the company works to convince other customers — those who aren't early tech adopters — why they should want this new category of gadget.

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How Cloud Enables And Supports The Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite | News | Comments

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

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Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking To Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers said the fracking process — which uses a highly pressurized combination of sand, water and chemicals to drill into shale rock formations — can bring unwanted materials to the surface, including radium-226, which decays into radon.

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GE Pares Off Financial Unit And Returns To Industrial Roots

April 13, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is a major step in our strategy to focus GE around its competitive advantages," Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said.

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China's Trade Shrinks In Sign Of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The decline has deepened since mid-2014, feeding concern that growth might be falling too sharply and raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses.

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Why Everyone In The U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 2:43 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket.

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