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Illegal Drones A Growing Issue At Sporting Events

October 20, 2014 3:45 pm | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent...

Explosion Rocks Rubber Processing Plant

October 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place. Shockwaves from the explosion Monday damaged buildings and were felt over a radius of several...

U.S. Safety Regulators Warn Car Owners To Heed Recalls

October 20, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately. The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002....

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Hackers And Deathmobiles In The Age Of IoT

October 20, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses of Faber College’s homecoming parade...

Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

HP Delivers Security To Academic Institutions

October 20, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HP today announced that academic institutions including Loyola University Chicago, California's Irvine Unified School District, and Illinois' Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 are leveraging HP TippingPoint network security solutions to help prevent...

iRobot Receives $7.6M Order From U.S. Navy

October 20, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and spares for 46 Man Transportable...

The IoT Uplink: More Data Means More Security

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It's expected that data traffic will be more than 22 times heavier by 2020 thanks to the Internet of Things. That's why security and standards have become a growing concern in the world of industrial IoT, as well as the challenges that ...  

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Chrysler Recalls 907K Cars, SUVs For Faulty Wiring

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year to over...

Toyota Recalls 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak Risk

October 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million...

Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

Liquid Nicotine Exposures Up Sharply Among Kids

October 14, 2014 3:44 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked. More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to...

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Michelin Truck Tire Failure Under Investigation

October 10, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has six complaints and a police report about seven crashes involving the 2014 model of...

OSHA Launches Dialogue On Workplace Safety

October 10, 2014 10:38 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue...

Nissan Recalls Altimas, Hoods Could Fly Open

October 10, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they're being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models. The automaker says in...

Solar Technology That Ignites Birds Rejected

October 9, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.The California Energy Commission was slated...

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners...

Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

Boeing, Airbus At Odds Over Black Box Debate

October 7, 2014 3:39 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with deployable black boxes that would be easier to find in the event of an ocean crash. Airbus' chief product security officer, Pascal Andrei, told a government...

GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit

October 6, 2014 3:44 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the...

5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China. Police in Guizhou province are investigating the cause of the blast which ripped through the factory in the village of Lanjiang. One...

91K Pounds Of Beef Recalled For Possible Metal Contamination

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors is recalling the beef products after four consumer...

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